Category Culture

Customs and beliefs at Christmas, New Year and ceremonies

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Did you know ?
In Corsica, it is customary to fire shots in the air for Christmas, New Year and certain other ceremonies ..

Yes, but why ?

Extending culturally throughout the US, Asia, Corsica, and also the Maghreb – this tradition permits the celebration of holidays such as New Year, along with religious holidays.

While the powder was originally created to make noise, the historian Constantin Parvulesco believes that shooting in the air sometimes takes on a ritualised and religious dimension.

Gunshots in the air also register within a symbolic dimension. “Weapons are intimately associated with the concept of freedom in many countries. Therefore, firing in the air is a means of expression...

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When ‘Driftwood’ Finds A Final Destination, And All Through Natural Transformation ..


Isn’t it a wonder, how nature generously provides creative, palpable substance that enables us to conceive according to our imagination and perception? Meeting Boris Ferrandi, was my exploring the world of driftwood, and how patience, talent and resourcefulness can develop realms of design and charm.

Boris grew up knowing he desired to create, but, it wasn’t until he sensed a state of suffocation from living in the city, that he started to wander off to the sea, in order ‘to breathe’ and discovered his desire to collect pieces of driftwood – triggering off his creative instinct, and also proving the fact that he was capable of manual creation. This instinct had always accompanied him, from childhood – however, time was essentially required in order to ‘find’ himself...

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A Retrospective of Feminine Criminality in Corsica over the 18th Century, Marie-Josée Cesarini-Dasso exposes ..

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There was certainly a motivating force behind my recent choice to communicate on this subject. The fact is, I had read an article that had captivated my full attention, by Marie-Josée CesariniDasso – criminologist, lawyer and furthermore, author – also having consecrated her thesis on the feminine criminal world during the 18th century.Presently residing between Corsica and Nice, she has been rewarded by the European Academy of Science/Arts, (which includes seventy Nobel prizewinners) and is a continual correspondent for UNESCO.

The question can be asked, why as of that particular century?

to which is the answer is, because of the lack of archives beforehand – here, one discovers the situating/retracing (in particular) of Corsican women through time...

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Dr. Edmond Simeoni – fervent defender of Corsica


One cannot imagine writing about Corsica, without including one of the most emblematic notables existing on this island; naming Dr. Edmond Simeoni. His presence has bathed in history since the 60’s – diffusing perception, long term reflexion and vital experience. And when one meets this man, the sudden awareness of being in the company of an individual whose interests extend to unlimited references, is very much sensed.

Dr. Edmond Simeoni thrives on innovation, exchange, reflexion and progress. Born in Corte and schooled in Bastia (north of Corsica), he went on to study medicine and became a gastroenterologist, practising in the region of Bastia for many years.

Early political activist, his progression through politics did not go unseen, for his profound beliefs, anxious hop...

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Portrait of an abstract artist: Anto Tomasini confides ..

Bocognano fin Juillet 2013 009For the past 25 years, this abstract artist has been painting what is the dearest to him – his native land and roots, and when asked what his projects may be, they remain grounded on his only influence, he has no need for external or alternative elements, he composes with instinct, conviction and total gratification.
A work of art is an image of reflexion through colours and melodies of experience – a correlation of ideas, through a given time, self-projection too, with the chosen object. He underlines the fact that we often have the tendency to vision just the morphology, rather than the contents, and the artist searches a way to immerse the viewer – and to the full extent.

Through his choice of shades and blends, Anto denotes the above – the translation is obvious to the viewer...

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