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A Titanic achievement! Billy shows off his artwork AND his adorable daughter at exhibition opening

He is most famous for playing Victorian tycoon Caledon Hockley in Titanic.

But it seems Billy Zane is more of a renaissance man after he showed off his handiwork at his solo art opening in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

No doubt the family man will have been even more proud to present his adorable daughter Ava to the adoring crowd as he lapped up the acclaim on his special night.

The 47-year-old looked understandably smug as he posed on the red carpet ahead of the grand opening of his Seize The Day Bedshow at G+ Gulla Jonsdottir Design.

Some of the handsome star's old magic was clearly there as he posed in his white suit, open necked shirt and trendy thick rimmed spectacles, which he wore on his head.

Cerebral Billy said : art means more to him than simply splattering colors on a canvas.

He said: 'For me, the act of painting is a seduction by way of a contradiction, while creating on the ground is labor-intensive work, I am somehow transported beyond the physical

'Rather than adding layers of paint, I feel I am digging a tunnel to another land. Other times, instead of the floor I feel I am working on the ceiling.'

British fans will soon be able to see what all the fuss is about for themselves.Seize The Day Bed will open to the public in London at Rook & Raven gallery in October 11.

Source: dailymail


Sandra Oh Decides To Depart Grey’s Anatomy At The End Of This Season!

In an emotional interview withThe Hollywood Reporter, Sandra Oh, one of the most popular actresses on the hit ABC series Grey’s Anatomy has announced she is departing the series after this season!

Having played Cristina Yang since the series premiered in 2005 , Oh has decided to leave the ABC’ top-rated drama at the completion of its upcoming 10th season.  Oh related, “Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go. It’s such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. (Cristina) wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go. We have to start the process, story-wise, for the Grey’s writers to think of why she’s going to go.”

The actress told THR, she first began thinking about wrapping her Grey’s run in May 2012 when what she called the “original six” inked new two-year deals to take them through the 10th season of the series. “I’ve gone through a lot of therapy over this,” she says through tears. “I started thinking about it because I had to prepare myself. I gave myself two years to emotionally let go. At the end of last season, Shonda took me aside and said, ‘What are your thoughts?’ I said, ‘I’m ready.’”

Oh informed her co-stars about her upcoming exit during Tuesday’s table read for the show’s 200th episode and said the decision “doesn’t feel real” yet. “I seriously think I need that much support over processing it over this next year for me to be able to leave fully and leave in a way that I feel like Cristina deserves,” she says, noting that Rhimes has supported her every step of the way. “For the first time, at least for my character, you actually have an endpoint, which in series television you never or very rarely have.”



Study: 5,000 personality traits are linked to hand writing

Some 5,000 different personality traits can be explored based on the person’s handwriting, according to the research from the National Pen Company in the United States.

According to the study the behavioral profile can be determined based on the process of analyzing a person's handwriting which is called graphology.

The recent study dubbed info graphic analyzes the way each person spaces letters and signs his or her name, and even the way of connecting the letter 'o' and 's' to other letters in a word.

The research also says that even the size of people’s handwriting can demonstrate the type of personality they have.

 “People with small handwriting tend to be shy, studious and meticulous, whereas outgoing people who love attention will have larger handwriting,” study suggests.

According to the graphic tests, the type of looping illustrated by the letters 'l' and 'e' can show a person's nature, for example, wide loops represents someone who is relaxed as well as open minded.

Furthermore, people who write narrow loops are “skeptical of others and may restrict themselves from certain activities, which causes feelings of tension.”

The graphic tests can even depict an individual's physiological and psychological functions and potential health problems such as schizophrenia and high blood pressure.

 “Schizophrenics tend to have writing that switches direction in the way that it slants, between left and right, and this is supposedly a sign of a person not having continual contact with reality,”

The study researchers claim that the new way of graphology will help people understand their inner beings.

Source: Press TV


Tobacco: The original habitat and areas of deployment

Tobacco cultivation is one of the most important pillars in any national economy. Countries cultivate this type of plant because of its great support to their local economy.

Historically speaking, tobacco was used for the first time by Mayas tribesmen who transferred it to northern America Indigenous people, using it in their religious rituals, and named it YETL. in 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered tobacco in America. It was spread in most countries of the world through the Spanish and Portuguese. Tobacco reached China, Japan and West Africa in the second half of the 16th century, whereas It extended to all parts of the world during the 17th  century.

Therapy by Tobacco

Before Europeans arrival to Central and Southern America, genuine inhabitants were healing head and chest pains by tobacco, believing that it could heal from all pains. Moreover, when tobacco  reached  Europe, Asia and Africa; the  belief about its curing effects extended to those countries. Consequently, they also used tobacco  for medical purposes .
In Spain, it was believed that tobacco is a magical plant that cures all diseases. They used tobacco's leaves in medical treatment. 

In Arab world, therapy by  tobacco dates back to the early 10th hijri. Some showing enthusiasm for tobacco’s therapeutic properties, wrote many books about its benefits, claiming that it may cure many diseases and boost defense strength. Whereas facts shows the opposite, tobacco does not cure diseases, more over it is a principle cause in many of them, it even accelerates man’s end.

Tobacco is grown in different environments in 120 countries. The best Tobacco comes from the United States, China and the Mediterranean basin countries. In 1999,  tobacco planted surface reached  4.606 million hectares in the world, 45 thousand hectares of which  are planted in the Arab world, 15 thousand hectares of them are in Syria. The global tobacco production achieved  7.085 million tons during that year; 61 thousand tons of which were in the Arab world and the other 23 thousand tons were achieved in Syria scoring the first place in the Arab world in tobacco cultivation and production.


Tobacco Cultivation in Syria

Tobacco cultivation is one of the strategic crops in Syria since it employs a large numbers of peasants and farmers, as well as  providing national factories with the best kinds of tobacco. It also contributes significantly in meeting the local and neighboring countries market needs.  Syrian tobacco enjoys high quality features that ensured a good reputation abroad and snatches the international ISO certification for 2003.

It is known that the Syrian coastal villages are the places for tobacco cultivation.

Over three centuries Lattakia  was known for the cultivating, manufacturing and exporting tobacco to all parts of the world. Currently, it is branded in Europe and America as "Lattakia tobacco".

However, recently lack of tobacco cultivation has been noted, since most villages growing tobacco turned to plant their lands with other crops that  do not need a big effort. 
"Those plants reduce effort and fatigue for farmers yet yielding more;  unlike tobacco cultivation, which demands several stages starting from planting the seedlings then picking and arranging them in a step to be exposed to the sun and eventually placing them in canvas bags. Besides the price of tobacco which is  always disappointing and not equal to the exerted efforts." one of the farmers said.

Amal Farhat


A Czech Singer of Syrian Extraction Sings for Syria

Samer Issa,  a Czech singer of Syrian origin released  a new song  entitled "Syria" at a special ceremony In the Czech capital Prague. Samer sang  to express solidarity with his native country Syria which is being exposed to a global war.

Samer Issa, born to a Syrian father and Czech mother, said that he will donate half of his revenue from the song as a contribution for rebuilding schools and other establishments which sustained damage in Syria.

He clarified  in an interview with a Czech e- sight that he likes his country Czech , but he never forgets his roots of his homeland Syria, adding that he feels an excruciating pain when he sees the people in Syria Suffer from war.

It is worth mentioning that shooting the song was conducted  in the Tunisian desert.