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Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son

Cast: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas, Michelle Ang, Portia Doubleday

Director: John Whitesell

Turner is joined by Trent, as they go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Posing as Big Momma and as hefty coed Charmaine, they must find the murderer before he finds them.

Scoobydoo: The Curse Of Lake Monster

Cast: Robbie Amell, Hayley Kiyoko, Kate Melton, Nick Palatas, Frank Welker, Ted McGinley

Director: Brian Levant

Off to a resort with summer jobs, the gang stumbles onto a mystery when the Frog Monster of Lake Erie makes an unexpected appearance, scaring away all the guests.

The Rite

Cast: Colin O’Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciaran Hinds, Alice Braga, Toby Jones

Director: Mikael Hafstrom

Michael Kovak, reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he’s in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.

The Tourist

Cast: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise, an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path..

Gulliver’s Travel

Cast: Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly

Director: Rob Letterman

Lemuel Gulliver is a lowly mailroom clerk. After he bluffs his way into an assignment writing about the Bermuda Triangle, he goes there only to be transported to an undiscovered land, Lilliput.

Yogi Bear

Cast: Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller, Andrew Daly, Nathan Corddry

Director: Eric Brevig

Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. That means Yogi and Boo Boo will be tossed out of the only home they’ve ever known.


Cast: Matt Damon, Cecile De France, Bryce Dallas Howard, Lisa Griffiths, Cyndi Mayo Davis

Director: Clint Eastwood

22/10/2017     0 Comments  

Jenene Castle

Emergent gaming trends increasingly connect virtual in-game space with “ordinary” or geophysical life space.

The inclusion of real world interaction within game play is imminent. For example, the developers of World of Warcraft (WoW) are currently investigating ways to synchronize WoW’s auction house with real world currency.

Game worlds seem to be more inclined to partner with components in life space as opposed to the reverse. That being said, the unfortunate reality of gamification has started to take shape in both realms.

There is, however, an alternative to this diluted perspective. Game designer and professor Ian Bogost notes: “Serious games have given their advocates a way to frame the use of games in governmental and industrial contexts by making the claim that games can tackle consequential topics and provide profound results. ” These can range from simple games to more complex systems. For instance, Third Faction presented “DPS” (Demand Player Sovereignty), a project promoting social activism, at ISEA 2011 in Istanbul. This is one way artists have begun merging real world politics with gamespace in a non-trivial way.

The future of gaming is morphing. Artists and educators are acting as a catalyst for this change. The result will be a merging of both the virtual and the geophysical world. Instead of integrating games into reality, as with gamification, reality will be integrated into games.

John Bruneau

There is a lot of buzz right now over Gamification. Businesses are jumping on the Gamification bandwagon to push profits up. There is a strong drive in academia to gamify education. On the one hand we have Serious Games and Games for Change; on the other, we have foursquare America Army and Badgeville, all vying for our attention, all trying to up the ante. Gamification is the present of gaming. So what of the future?

The future is full of intensity, excitement and stress! Every aspect of life is so deeply infused with game mechanics that separating game and life is an impossibility. Desperately, people begin searching for a way to escape into a place where they won`t be weighted, measured or scored, a place where quest-lines all come to an end. Banal is the new fantasy world of games.

When life is a game, escapism becomes the ideal life. Several indie game titles currently indulge this impulse. Passage, Dinner Date and Metro Rules of Conduct are all signs of things to come. As this new genre of games begins to rise in popularity, marketers and academics will begin looking for ways to introduce life-like elements into life. For better or worse, future schools, businesses and altruistic nonprofits will all try to lure us away from the leveling rat race with “Lifeification”. The future of gaming is not the Gamification, but rather the Lifeification, of life.

21/10/2017     0 Comments  

Filibe Koftecisi

If, whilst shopping, you couldn’t stop thinking about having some delicious meatballs, then look no further; head straight to Filibe. You’ll find delicacies like grilled chicken and meat varieties, baked rice pudding and cheese pudding as well as famous Plovdiv meatballs at this restaurant open between 7am and 5pm. A meatball sandwich is 5 TL and a portion is 8 TL. They stress that they don’t accept credit cards.

Tel: 0212 522 9721

It has been serving customers on Uzungarsi Avenue since 1960. The scent of meatballs will seduce even the fullest of people. The restaurant whose portfolio includes regulars including celebrities and journalists, offers a portion of meatballs for 6.50 TL, while its semolina halva will leave you begging for more. Consider yourself lucky if you find any at lunch though, as the dessert is served from 7am along with soup.

Tel: 0212 52013 25

Lezzet-i Sark

One meeting point for kebab lovers is Lezzet-i sark restaurant where you’ll find all types of kebabs, from Urfa to Adana, lamb- stuffed kibbeh, a variety of soups and of course, angel’s hair dessert. Prices range from 10 TL to 20 TL.

Tel: 0212 514 27 63

Asli Borek

If you set off before breakfast, stop by at Ash Borek. Order a breakfast platter and get delicious su boregi (layered pastry). Pastries are 5 TL, breakfast 9 TL and manti 8 TL.

Tel: 0212 527 54 80

Tahtakale Et Lokantasi

Soups, meatballs, wraps and kebab varieties await you in the restaurant open between 10am and 9pm every day. Prices vary from 2.50 TL to 10 TL.

Tel: 0212 512 52 92


Take a lunch break here if you long for traditional Turkish home cooking like eggplant ragout, bean stew or soup. Prices are low; specialties from the daily menu cost from 2.50 TL to 6 TL.

Tel: 0212 526 26 86

Murat Karadeniz Pidecisi

If you like pide you must try this place which has been serving Tahtakale’s craftsmen for 20 years. Try its pide with tahini. The restaurant, famous for its Konya-style pide, serves minced meat and mixed pides for 5 TL.

Tel: 0212 522 49 08

Milan, which hosts the ‘Salone Internazionale del Mobile’, the world’s biggest furniture and design fair in spring and the world’s two most prestigious fashion weeks during the winter, is a fashion and design paradise. Despite having become a cliché, the ‘Quadrilatero Della Moda’ (Quadrilateral of Fashion), consisting of Via Della Spiga, Via Montenapoleone, Via Santo Spirito and Via Sant’Andrea is one of Milan’s most necessary routes.

20/10/2017     0 Comments  

Roman Medicine

It’s known that the Roman medicine is originated from the agriculture and the farmers were using the mixtures of plants and remedies. The two most important witnesses of this period are the Roman statesman, the orator and the first master of prose in Latin Marcus Porcius Cato (BC 234-149). The unique text remaining from Cato is the booklet about the agriculture.

Besides his experiences of agriculture in his work, Cato witnesses also the relationship between agriculture and medicine. While the Roman people attribute extraordinary forces to the wool, Cato advises to eat cabbage in abundance to be protected against illnesses and even he proposes to drink the urine of person who ate cabbage.

The chapter “De Medicina” (About Medicine) considered among the greatest medical classics of the most important medical author of the Roman period Aulos Cornelius Celsius, has been found by the Pope Nicolaus (1397 – 1455) in the Middle Age and has been one of the first medical books published after the invention of the printing machine (14 78). Celsius having the titles of “Cicero of the Doctors” and “Hippocrates of the Roman people” gives important information about the hygiene in his work and defines the plastic surgery operations.

Chinese medicine

The Chinese medicine related with Taoism has been focused on the prevention of diseases. As the legendary Huang It who is the father of the Chinese medicine observed, “A talented doctor helps the patient before the symptoms of the disease. The classical Chinese medicine is principally based on the works attributed to the three legendary emperors. According to the legend, the first one of these emperors is Fu Hsi who was born as a sacred creature in the shape of a snake at the beginning of B.C. 3000. In some illustrations, Fu Hsi is described as a head emerging behind a mountain and ornamented with a wreath of leaves.

Master of the doctors Ibn-i Sina

Ebu’l-Ali el Huseyin b. Abdullah Ibn-i Sina born in Hormisen in A.D. 980 near Bukhara and known as “the master and the monarch of the doctors” has reigned over the Eastern and the Western medicine for 600 years. The maturation, the progress and the emergence of this little giant who started to the primary school when he was 5-6 years old are unbelievable. After having learnt logic, mathematics and astronomy, he starts to deal with the medicine. Especially, he studies the causes of the emergence and the spreading of the diseases and the methods of treatment.

Ibn-i Sina who finishes his religious education at the age of 10, finds the remedy for the illness of “angina” which couldn’t be cured until that time. He is awarded by being nominated to the direction of the palace library named “Sivan al-hikma” belonging to Samanogullari. Ibn-i Sina involved in the books of the library and who is 20 years old when Nuh bin Mansur dies, goes to Harzem. The real inventor of the cybernetic and the automation El-Biruni accepts he and they work together; but this fact gives rise to the jealousy and some investigations are made about him: after these events, he lives Harzem and travels to the other places. He decides to stay in Hanedan, which is his last stop, and he spends his life here; he dies in 1037. His greatest work is shortly “The Law”. This manuscript translated to all Western languages is a piece of art with the calligraphy, the adorning and the anatomic miniatures.

The Ottoman medicine

One of the most important doctors of the Ottoman period is the doctor and poet Nidai who had lived in the second half of the 16. Century; he’s one of the five children of a family who had migrated from Jerusalem to Ankara. Nidai becomes one of the private doctors of Sehzade (son of a Sultan) Selim during the years of 1558-1562 and writes the illustrated medical manuscript in Turkish called “ed-Dihru Manzum” while practicing his profession in the asylums.

After the ascendance of Sehzade Selim to the throne, he becomes one of the doctors of the palace and he dies on a date which could not have been determined up to now. Nidai has seven works, most of them related to the medicine.

28/09/2017     0 Comments  

The Military Expedition to Nahcivan

On 28 August 1553, the Sultan started from Istanbul for a new military expedition to Iran. This was his twelfth mili-taiyexpedition. He was quite an aged man, 59 years old. The Sultan arrived in Erzurum via Konya and Diyarbakir and from there he advanced in Kars direction. Sending an insulting letter to the Shah as his father Sultan Selim, had Previously done, challenged him to a fight.

But none of these treats yielded a result, the Iranian army once again did not appear on the scene. The Turkish army proceeded in the directions of Karabag and Nahcivan areas. Although the Sultan’s army reached as far as Nahcivan, Shah Tahmasp and his army where always freeing away. Under these conditions, the army was set free to enter and completely destroy the city. The Sultan believed that doing that much damage was good enough and decided to return.

Sultan’s plans

When the army reached Erzurum on its way back, the Sultan received an appeal from the Shah for an armistice. It was accepted on condition that peace was realized and the enmity between the two countries was terminated. The Sultan’s plans were to spend the winter of 1554-1555 in Amasya and to continue the operations against Iran in the spring.

Shah’s envoy arrived in Amasya with new proposals, precious gifts and a letter to the Sultan. A Peace treaty, was made when Shah gave a word of assurance for friendship (1555). According to these treaty Azerbaijan and its capital Tebriz, the eastern part of Anatolia and the Arabian Iraq were being annexed to the Ottoman State.

Peace of Amasya

This first treaty concluded with Iran was in effect until the year 1576. Through the peace of Amasya, the fights of the Ottomans and Iran which stretched over half a century came to an end. During the military expeditions of the Magnificent, no Iranian army had the courage to get involved in a decisive battle with the Ottoman armies.

Therefore, the military expeditions were no more than invasions. The Iranians however, after the withdrawal of the Ottoman army continued their attacks to the Eastern Anatolia. The Ottoman State during this war,secured contact with the Turkish States in the Central Asia forming an alliance with them and extending assistance.

20/03/2017     0 Comments   , ,

The prerequisites for inflation do not exist at present

“The threatening scenarios are a factor. They cannot be ignored.”

Tnvestors found themselves staring spellbound at the quotation boards A of financial markets in mid-March. The inferno in Japan had stoked uncertainty in particular, which was already high due to the uprisings in North Africa and the sharp rise in the oil price. Christian Ohswald, Manager of Private Banking at Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederdsteneich- Wien, puts it thus: “The threatening scenarios are a factor. You cannot simply ignore the levels of national debt now prevalent in European periphery countries, the problems in the Arab world, or the situation in Japan.”

The signs were positive when it came to saving the euro, at least, after heads of government in the Eurozone states reached an agreement to double the euro rescue package. On the other hand, the rise in inflation, which reached 2.4 percent in the Eurozone in February, continues to generate concern. Susanne Hollinger, Private Banking Manager ofErste Bank, commented: “The rate of inflation has risen in Europe.

But I’m not expecting to see a further sharp increase in the near future, however, or even inflation spiralling out of control.” Jurgen Danzmayr, Head of Private Banking at Bank Austria, went on: “For inflation actually to experience a lasting rise, the wage-price-spiral needs to begin spiralling very quickly, and the preconditions for this don’t exist at present.

Those still wishing to play it safe can invest part of their assets in inflation-linked bonds. According to Marcel Landesmann, Chair of the Board of Directors at Bank Vontobel 0sterreich, however, wise heads will not pursue such a strategy too brashly. Landesmann: “Inflation could rise to three percent in the medium term. Buying inflation-linked bonds only makes sense, however, if the increase actually turns out to be higher.” Raiffeisen expert Ohswald agrees: “inflation-proof bonds do not protect you against rising real rates of interest. In a scenario of that nature, they need to be handled as carefully as traditional government bonds.”

“Inflation could rise to three percent in the medium term.”

Where shares are concerned, the paper form continues to point to useful opportunities. However, investors should not flirt with the idea that the large profits that could be generated on many stock exchanges between March 2009 and the beginning of this year will continue unabated. In light of the precarious situation in the crisis spots of the world, moreover, investors will need to factor in often heavy price fluctuations on markets. From the point of view of share evaluation, at least, exchanges are well placed.

The securities of the world share index, MSCI World, are still reasonably valued with a price-eamings ratio of 13 based on profit estimates for 2011 as a whole. While investment experts particularly liked stock exchanges in emerging markets last year, the pendulum has now swung back in the other direction.

Private Banking Head Danzmayr: “The trend is positive in the USA and Europe, and particularly France and Germany in the latter. Measured by their price-earnings ratios, European shares are 30 percent cheaper than papers on Wall Street on average. On top of that, the average dividend yield in Europe is still 1.6 percentage points above US securities.”

24/05/2016     0 Comments   , ,