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Howard Carter and Tutankhamun - a picture from the past

Harry Burtons photograph of the Egyptologist Howard Carter examining one of the most famous archaeological discoveries in history. Carter and his team discovered the entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun on 4 November 1922. The discovery was widely reported in the media and caused a renewed interest in Egyptology around the world, the neologism King Tut entered popular culture, inspiring the naming of comic book characters, songs, night clubs and even a brand of dog food Continue reading…… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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WikiBooks: Bahai Faith

WikiBooks: Bahai Faith
The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh in nineteenth-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá'ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.In the Bahá'í Faith, religious history is seen to have unfolded through a series of divine messengers, each of whom established a religion that was suited to the needs of the time and the capacity of the people. These messengers have included Abraham, the Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and others, and most recently the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. In Bahá'í belief, each consecutive messenger prophesied of messengers to follow, and Bahá'u'lláh’s life and teachings fulfilled the end-time promises of previous scriptures. Humanity is understood to be in a process of collective evolution, and the need of the present time is for the gradual establishment of peace, justice and unity on a global scale.The word “Bahá'í” (pronounced /bəˈhaɪ/) is used either as an adjective to refer to the Bahá'í Faith or as a term for a follower of Bahá'u'lláh. The word is not a noun meaning the religion as a whole. It is derived from the Arabic Bahá’, meaning “glory” or “splendour”. The term “Bahaism” (or “Baha'ism”) has been used in the past, but the correct name of the religion is Bahá'í Faith.

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Happy Valley latest in British crimes TV division to capture large audiences

BBC1 success follows Broadchurch, Line of Duty, The Fall and Hinterland as UK matches US and Scandinavia for drama There was little clue in Happy Valleys title. But after six weeks, millions of viewers are finding themselves anxiously counting down to the conclusion of the latest British television police drama to grab the attention of audiences and critics. Sarah Lancashire has given what critics agree is an astonishing performance as Sgt Catherine Cawood in a show that follows a year of hit ho… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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Bahai prayers for unity

The Bahai faith has its very foundations in religious unity.

The concept that religion should be used as a means to bring us together instead of dividing us, has eluded us all for far too long.

It’s time we all start realising that our salvation lies in our unity.

O my God! O my God! Verily, I invoke Thee…

Omy God!  O my God!  Verily, I invoke Thee and supplicate before Thy threshold, asking Thee that all Thy mercies may descend upon these souls.  Specialize them for Thy favor and Thy truth.

O Lord!  Unite and bind together the hearts, join in accord all the souls, and exhilarate the spirits through the signs of Thy sanctity and oneness.  O Lord!  Make these faces radiant through the light of Thy oneness.  Strengthen the loins of Thy servants in the service of Thy kingdom. 

O Lord, Thou possessor of infinite mercy!  O Lord of forgiveness and pardon!  Forgive our sins, pardon our shortcomings, and cause us to turn to the kingdom of Thy clemency, invoking the kingdom of might and power, humble at Thy shrine and submissive before the glory of Thine evidences.

O Lord God!  Make us as waves of the sea, as flowers of the garden, united, agreed through the bounties of Thy love.  O Lord!  Dilate the breasts through the signs of Thy oneness, and make all mankind as stars shining from the same height of glory, as perfect fruits growing upon Thy tree of life.

Verily, Thou art the Almighty, the Self-Subsistent, the Giver, the Forgiving, the Pardoner, the Omniscient, the One Creator.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

  God grant that the light of unity may envelope the whole earth, and that the seal, ‘the Kingdom is God’s’, may be stamped upon the brow of all its people.

Bahá’u’lláh

Happy Valley latest in British crimes TV division to capture large audiences

BBC1 success follows Broadchurch, Line of Duty, The Fall and Hinterland as UK matches US and Scandinavia for drama There was little clue in Happy Valleys title. But after six weeks, millions of viewers are finding themselves anxiously counting down to the conclusion of the latest British television police drama to grab the attention of audiences and critics. Sarah Lancashire has given what critics agree is an astonishing performance as Sgt Catherine Cawood in a show that follows a year of hit ho… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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Beneath the bandages: an Egyptian mummy as youve never seen it before video

Meet Padiamenet, an embalmed temple doorkeeper and a very unusual mummy. 3D scans done for the British Museums new Ancient Lives exhibition show that his head had somehow become dislodged from his body, and wooden poles had to be used to keep it in place. But the rituals of the time meant that it was vital to maintain the bodys integrity above all, so this is a particularly surprising and gruesome mummification Tomb raiders: enter the British Museums underground mummy store with Jonathan Jones C… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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Gardens: in praise of cyclamen | Dan Pearson

In the darkest days of winter, when other plants are dormant, cyclamen supplies a welcome blast of colour Hunkered down in the moss and the leaf mould are some of my favourite winter leaves. You have to crouch to see the detail of cyclamen, but if you do, you will see that every plant is different, bearing its identity in silver-marbled foliage. I have grown the ivy-leaved Cyclamen hederifolium for as long as I can remember. Their winter foliage emerges only after they have flowered in September… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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If the FCC is going to kill net neutrality, itll have to get through you and me first

Believers in an open internet just delayed a seemingly inevitable takeover from Big Telecom and its allies. Can we win the war? Plus: FCC extends deadline for comments on net neutrality If you, like me, are one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who has recently asked the Federal Communications Commission to support an open internet, congratulations: you may actually have made a difference. So many people posted pre-deadline responses on Tuesday about how the regulator will oversee the fu… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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How to teach grammar

Do your students struggle with misplaced commas or muddled tenses? Here are the best lesson resources on teaching good grammar Do your students often confuse the subject with the object, or the comparative adjective with the superlative? The Guardian Teacher Network has collected a range of lesson resources on grammar to help you bring clarity to your pupils sentences. The first worth mentioning is eight parts of speech , a succinct guide to English grammar. Nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, a… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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Sainsburys kiss-in held after lesbian couple told they were disgusting

Brighton supermarket swamped with protesters after two women threatened with ejection after sharing a kiss in the aisles Brighton kiss-in in pictures As the crowd surged indoors shortly before 6.30pm, Luke Wassell and Lewis Jones found themselves in the vegetable aisle, wedged between the sweet potatoes and the bags of spinach. Though both are gay, they are friends rather than partners, and so I guess Ill have to kiss a vegetable, said Wassell, glancing around him for a suitable candidate. Were … [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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Religious leaders should divest from fossil fuels, says UN climate chief

UN climate chief urges faith groups to tell followers not to invest in fossil fuel companies Religious leaders should pull their money out of investments in fossil fuel companies and encourage their followers to do the same, according to the UNs climate chief. Christiana Figueres, who is speaking at St Pauls Cathedral on Wednesday night, urges faith groups to find their voice and set their moral compass on climate change, in an article published in the Guardian . Continue reading…… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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Hacking game TouchTone turned me into an NSA spy, and I liked it

I didnt think Id make for a good NSA agent until I played TouchTone . The iOS puzzle game had me looking for enemies of the state by scouring text messages and emails, and it didnt faze me one bit. Its absolutely unlike how I am in real life. Im not a voyeur in any sense of the word, nor am I nosy. To this day, if my dad asks me to grab his debit card, I just bring him his wallet because Id rather not snoop through peoples stuff. The allure of invading someones privacy isnt my bag whatsoever. An… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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EUs Catherine Ashton criticised for meeting Iranian women activists

EU foreign policy chief sparks fury by meeting six leading campaigners during landmark Tehran trip Catherine Ashton has infuriated hardliners in Tehran by meeting a group of leading womens rights activists during her first visit to Iran as EU foreign policy chief. Ashton, who brokered a historic interim nuclear agreement with Iran last year , met six female activists at the Austrian embassy in Tehran on Saturday, marking International Womens Day just hours after arriving in the Iranian capital. … [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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Why is the deporter-in-chief celebrating while these families get torn apart? | Tania

Obama is still asking for election-year patience on immigration reform. He still doesnt understand the human cost of delay Washington is a town known for its contradictions. Politicians caught having affairs preach family values. A series of presidents who have admitted to drug use in college oversee prosecutions that punish people for doing the same. Reform lobbyists claim to advocate for the inclusion of immigrants, but they rarely if ever include us at the table. So when the Congressional His… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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Western liberations are grotesque experiments just look at Libya | Antony Loewenstein

I feel like Ive been writing the same column for over a decade: humanitarian interventions by the west end up destroying the countries they try to save Libya was sold as a glorious, liberating war. Londons Tory mayor Boris Johnson wrote in March 2011 that the overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi was of course a good idea. He was cautiously optimistic that a Western-led military campaign would not be a disaster like Iraq in 2003. What kind of democracy do we hope will bloom in the desert soil, a… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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Wooden skyscrapers could be the future of flat-pack cities around the world

The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly plyscrapers. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow When American engineer William Le Baron Jenney designed the worlds first skyscraper in Chicago in 1884, no one believed in his unconventional technologies. His lightweight steel frame relieved a structure of its heavy masonry shackles, enabling it to soar to new heights. P… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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