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kelseyy123  asked:

Hi, I was wondering if you know of any fanfics that relate to Larry in their real life situation and not a completely different story line and shows what it is like in their point of view from 2010 discovering each other up until now and all the things they've had to go through, throughout the years?


Ok, let me start off by saying that I am very, very choosy about canon fics and I am unable to complete ones I found lacking. You can say that I avoid reading canon fics because I am fragile. Also, I understand what kind of fic you want and I will do my best. So, here goes:

dark and the dentist by sunshiner  @theprizeofcoolness

“I know this song,” Louis whispers, and Harry has to lean his ear toward him to pick up what he’s saying. “It was written for people to dance to it. We should be dancing.”
We can’t, Harry almost spits, but it’d be stupid of him. Louis knows they can’t. Even if he looks like any regular Parisian in their twenties, and Harry looks like any hipster Parisian in their twenties, they can’t anyway. To be fair, they probably wouldn’t do it even if they were out. But if they were two uni students, both in Paris for an exchange, meeting over fallen books at the library, or because of mutual friends, or watching Monet’s Water Lilies?
“How would we dance?” Harry murmurs, mouth almost pressed to Louis’ cheek, so close he can feel his warmth. What a picture they must make, two millionaires freezing in a park and dreaming of a different life.

An account of the events of November 2014. Canon-compliant.

**This fic made me cry… in a very uncool way. Maybe my favourite canon fic.

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Bee Coin From Ephesos, Ionia, C. 390-325 BC

A silver tetradrachm. Obverse: Magistrate Antialkidas. E-Φ , bee with straight wings. Reverse: ANTIAΛKIΔAΣ, forepart of a stag to right, its head turned back to face left, a palm-tree on left.

Ephesos (Ephesus) used the bee on its coins since it was a producer of honey, so the bee advertised their most famous product. The bee was also mythologically connected to Ephesus because, according to Philostratos, the colonizing Athenians were led to Ephesus and Ionia by the Muses who took the form of bees.

The city was also the location of the famous Temple of Artemis. Her priestesses were called ‘melissai" or “honey bees” of the goddess. The stag, like the one used on this coin is also an attribute of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. This animal was regarded as sacred to her and stag figures were said to have flanked the cult statue of Artemis in her  temple at Ephesus. The palm tree on the obverse alludes to Artemis’ birthplace, the island of Delos, where the goddess Leto gave birth to Artemis and her twin brother Apollo underneath a palm tree. This coin represents its city of origin well.

Ephesus was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selçuk in Izmir Province, Turkey. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists.

Greece and Turkey earthquake: At least 2 tourists dead on Kos and 200 injured

At least two people were killed and 200 injured when a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea hit the Turkish coast and Greek islands in the early hours of 21 July.

The 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck 12km (seven miles) north-east of the Greek island of Kos, a popular tourist destination, with a depth of 10km (6.2 miles), according to the US Geological Survey. After the main quake, several aftershocks with a 4.0 magnitude were felt in Turkey and Greece.

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Last month an earthquake of a similar magnitude struck the Greek island of Lesbos, killing one and injuring at least 10 people.

The quake, which hit at 1.31am local time (10.31pm BST) triggered a small tsunami that caused flooding in Bodrum, Turkey, and parts of Kos.

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At least two tourists on the island of Kos have been confirmed dead. They are believed to have died when a wall collapsed on to a bar in the old town of Kos.

Greek authorities said both the victims were men and tourists from Turkey and Sweden. Their names have not yet been released. More than 120 people were injured on Kos, and several with serious injuries have been airlifted to nearby Rhodes island for treatment.

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In the Turkish city of Bodrum, around 70 people were treated for injuries sustained in the earthquake and aftershocks.

“We were asleep and we just felt the room shaking,” British student Naomi Ruddock, who is on holiday with her mother on Kos, told the BBC. “The room moved. Literally everything was moving. And it kind of felt like you were on a boat and it was swaying really fast from side to side, you felt seasick.”

“We were literally dozing off when the first tremor struck. From then on it was a bit of a surreal nightmarish experience,” London student Georgie Jamieson, who is staying on Kos, told BBC Radio 4.

“Everything was shaking really vigorously. I’ve never felt anything like it before. Almost as if the ground was going to cave in,” she said.

Videos and photos shared on social media showed the devastation caused by the quake and the panic that ensued as people ran through the streets filled with rubble.

This weekend is set to be one of the busiest of the tourist season, with thousands of people heading for holiday in Greece and Turkey. Some flights to Kos have been cancelled and tourist companies are checking with authorities on how they should proceed.

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Refugees (2015)

top left: Arriving on Lesbos
Migrants arrive on a Turkish boat near the village of Skala, on the Greek island of Lesbos, Nov. 16, 2015. The Turkish boat owner delivered some 150 people to the Greek coast and tried to escape back to Turkey; he was arrested in Turkish waters.
by Sergey Ponomarev

bottom left: Struggling to exit a dinghy
A Syrian refugee holds on to his children as he struggles to walk off a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey, Sept. 24, 2015.
by Yannis Behrakis

top right: Kissing his daughter
A Syrian refugee kisses his daughter as he walks through a rainstorm toward Greece’s border with Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, Sept. 10, 2015.
by Yannis Behrakis

bottom right: Pleading for passage
Migrants and refugees beg Macedonian policemen to allow passage to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia during a rainstorm, near the Greek village of Idomeni, Sept. 10, 2015.
by Yannis Behrakis

Σοφία Κέλσου, Library of Celsus, Ephesus.
Personal photography © 2010

Ephesus (Greek: Ἔφεσος) was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia. It was built in the 10th century BC by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. During the Classical Greek era it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. The library of Celsus is an ancient Roman building in Ephesus, Anatolia. It was built in honour of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus (completed in 135 AD). Celsus had been consul in 92 AD, governor of Asia in 115 AD, and a wealthy and popular local citizen. He was a native of nearby Sardis and amongst the earliest men of purely Greek origin to become a consul in the Roman Empire and is honoured both as a Greek and a Roman on the library itself. Celsus paid for the construction of the library with his own personal wealth. The library was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a monumental tomb for Celsus. Celsus is buried in a sarcophagus beneath the library, in the main entrance which is both a crypt containing his sarcophagus and a sepulchral monument to him. It was unusual to be buried within a library or even within city limits, so this was a special honour for Celsus.


‘Bee and Stag’ Tetradrachm from Ephesos, Ionia, c. 390-325 BC, by the magistrate Phanagores

From almost the very beginning of the history of coinage the Greeks made coins depicting animals symbolic of their city. The the bee was one of the first symbolic animals ever used. The obverse of this coin shows a lovely  bee with straight wings and the inscription for Ephesus, E-Φ,  The reverse shows the forepart of a stag to the right, its head turned back with a palm tree and the inscription of the magistrate who issued the coin, ΦΑΝΑΓΟΡΗΣ.

Ephesos (Ephesus) used the bee on its coins since it was a producer of honey, so the bee advertised their most famous product. The bee was also mythologically connected to Ephesus because, according to Philostratos, the colonizing Athenians were led to Ephesus and Ionia by the Muses who took the form of bees.

The city was also the location of the famous Temple of Artemis. Her priestesses were called 'melissai" or “honey bees” of the goddess. The stag, like the one used on this coin is also an attribute of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. This animal was regarded as sacred to her and stag figures were said to have flanked the cult statue of Artemis in her  temple at Ephesus. The palm tree on the obverse alludes to Artemis’ birthplace, the island of Delos, where the goddess Leto gave birth to Artemis and her twin brother Apollo underneath a palm tree. This coin represents its city of origin well.

Ephesus was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selçuk in Izmir Province, Turkey. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists.


August 12th 30 BC: Cleopatra dies

On this day in 30 BC the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra VII, committed suicide. She came from a family of Greek origin who ruled Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great. Upon the death of her father Ptolemy XII in 51 BC Cleopatra became co-ruler with her brother Ptolemy XIII (and later her other brother Ptolemy XIV). She famously became lovers with Roman leader Julius Caesar, with whose help she was restored to rule after her brother had tried to oust her; she eventually became the sole pharaoh of Egypt. Cleopatra travelled to Rome with Caesar, but returned to her native Egypt upon his assassination. After Caesar’s death, she began a relationship with Mark Anthony as they worked together against Caesar’s successor Octavian. However their attempt was in vain, and at the sea Battle of Actium on the Greek coast in 31 BC they suffered a resounding defeat by Octavian’s forces. The two fled back to Egypt, where Anthony committed suicide after his troops deserted him. Cleopatra followed soon after, supposedly killing herself by means of an asp bite on August 12th 30 BC. With the fall of these two powerful figures, Octavian was able to consolidate his rule and become the first Roman emperor as ‘Augustus’. Caesarion, Cleopatra and Caesar’s son, who had been ruling as co-ruler with his mother, was killed by Augustus’s forces and thus Egypt soon became a province of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra remains a famous figure for her political astuteness and remarkable leadership of Egypt and has been popular in art and literature, including William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.


Ancient Worlds - BBC Two 

Episode 5 “The Republic of Virtue”

Selinunte (the ancient Selinus of the Greeks), on the southern coast of Sicily, Italy, was a notable Greek city. 

Ancient Selinus was founded by Doric Greek colonists from Sicily’s Megara Hyblea between 650 and 630 BC and it was destroyed in 409 BC. It was one of the most progressive Greek cities in Sicily, second in importance only to Syracuse, and famous throughout Magna Graecia.

In 409 most of Sicily’s other Greek cities were in decline after years of fighting, with their armies weak and disorganized. Among these were Agrigento (Akragas) and Syracuse, Selinunte’s allies. This opened an opportunity for Carthage, who controlled parts of western Sicily and had a great interest in the island. The Carthaginians sent over a vast army and after a nine-day siege Selinunte was taken and most of the defenders put to the sword while the majority of the remaining citizens were taken into slavery. Although the city was repopulated somewhat by the Carthiginians, it never achieved its former beauty, power or prestige. Before the close of the first Punic War with Rome in 250 BC, the Carthaginians removed all the inhabitants of Selinunte to Lilybaeum and destroyed the city. It seems certain that it was never rebuilt.

The Greek archaeological site of Selinunte contains several temples centered on an acropolis.


Archaeological site of Selinunte, province of Trapani, Sicily, Italy

November 26, 1916 - French Battleship Suffren Torpedoed in the Mediterranean, Lost with All Hands 

Pictured - A painting of Suffren bombarding Turkish positions during the Dardanelles expedition.

Geography and superior numbers assured Entente control of the Mediterranean, but German U-boats took a heavy toll there in the second half of 1916. On November 26, one of them, U-52, sank her off the coast of Lisbon with all hands, as the Suffren headed to Lorient for a refit after patrolling the Greek coast. The captain of the German submarine recounted the event in his diary:

“On my starboard side, around 08:30, I can see the masts of a warship that is heading north.  I ask for a fast dive.  She’s a large ship with two chimneys, and I believe that she is from the Formidable class.  She doesn’t have any escort and is running straight north.

I maneuver so to attack her from the front.  I am trying to stay at attack speed, but the surge prevents us to stay submerged.  We then decide to go half speed, but realize that we’d get too close.  So, we change our course to attack from a different angle while preserving the possibility to attack from our aft tubes.  They are ready and filled. This maneuver makes the submarine’s aft very heavy and her kiosque is not submerged anymore when we are about 500 meters from our objective.  I ask all crew members to get to the front of the boat, to keep her at combat depth.

At 08:56, I order to fire from torpedo tube number 2.  As I believe that I’ve been spotted, and because I am in front of my target, I am afraid that she will ram me, and I order an immersion at a depth of 20 meters, while ordering a crash port turn.  In the meanwhile, after 18 seconds, I can her a first explosion, rapidly followed by a heavier one, which shakes our boat.  To find out what is going on, I ask to go up to a depth of 11 meters.  Before we are even to the desired depth, we are again getting very heavy in the aft section.  A little later, we hear a loud noise and something scratching against our hull.  We cannot maneuver our periscope, which is stuck at mid-height.  I try again to reach our new depth.  We can’t hear anything but I can eventually reach periscope depth.  On the rear, I can sea a very large blot as well as some smut.  I order the boat to surface and I go outside.  Seven minutes after I launched my torpedo, all I can see is an explosion cloud that is dispersed by the wind.  My explanation of what happened is that the torpedo provoked an internal explosion, which made the ship sink almost instantly, almost colliding with our submarine while she was going down.  I have some damage on the bridge as well as some scratches on the periscope.  I can also see some cloth on my radio mast, as well as a navy hat.  They smell of burn.  I also found a metallic piece that seems to come from a large caliber projectile.

At 09:03, I have not found any survivors or new evidence.  I continue my route.”

All 648 crew of Suffren perished with their ship.


Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia. After its foundation by Greek colonists under the name of Poseidonia (Ποσειδωνία) it was eventually conquered by the Lucanians and later the Romans. The Lucanians renamed it to Paistos; the Romans gave the city its current name. The ruins of Paestum are notable for their three Ancient Greek temples which are in a very good state of preservation. Today the remains of the city are found in the Province of Salerno in Campania, Southern Italy. The date of Poseidonia’s founding is not given by ancient sources, but the archaeological evidence gives a date of approximately 600 BC. It became the Roman city of Paestum in 273 BC after the Greaco-Italian Poseidonians sided with the loser, Pyrrhus, in war against Rome during the third century BC. During the invasion of Italy by Hannibal, the city remained faithful to Rome and afterwards was granted special favors such as the minting of its own coinage. The city continued to prosper during the Roman imperial period, but started to go into decline between the 4th and 7th centuries. It was abandoned during the Middle Ages and its ruins only came to notice again in the 18th century, following the rediscovery of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The decline and desertion were probably due to changes in local land drainage patterns, leading to swampy malarial conditions. In the film “Mare Nostrum” by Rex Ingram, they visit Paestrum.

Searching for Syria in Sweden

I just landed in Stockholm airport for a week of reporting. First, let me tell you a bit about the context of this week’s work.

Earlier this year, at a budget hotel in Athens, where I am based, I met a lobby full of Syrians in transit to new lives in Europe. Before the war, they had been part of Syria’s middle class — doctors, schoolteachers, lawyers, business owners, architects, computer programmers, comparative literature scholars. Most had never even gotten so much as a parking ticket. Now they were negotiating with smugglers, paying thousands of dollars to secure fake IDs and passports to board flights to Germany and Sweden — the two countries that have taken in at least half of the more than 70,000 Syrian refugees in Europe. There, at least, they believe they can work toward a new life.

It’s not an easy time to be a refugee in Europe. Anti-immigrant parties are on the rise. Europe has become more insular and identity-driven after the euro-crisis. And there are fears that jihadists may be hiding among the refugees.

Many of the Syrians I’ve met in Europe don’t want to call themselves refugees. They find the word strange and, to some extent, dehumanizing. They see the challenges they face as universal: Families selling everything to cast away for a new life; fathers who have lost their jobs redefining themselves in midlife; young people hurtling over barriers to pursue their dreams.

A couple of weeks ago, on the Greek island of Chios, I met two witty, brilliant sisters from Raqqa, Dania and Joud, who told me they planned to study architecture and engineering. “But first we need to get out of these clothes, which we have been wearing for the last ten days,” said Joud, making a face at her seawater-soaked sweater. I interviewed them just a couple of hours after the Greek coast guard had found their tiny, crowded boat floating in the Aegean Sea.

With adaption and reinvention, there also come moments of deep isolation and bewildering displacement. I just returned from Germany, where I spent time with one Syrian family of seven from Damascus that has moved a dozen times in the last two years. Photographer Holly Pickett and I accompanied them on their latest move — a 12-hour cross-country trek by train.

Change also brings surprises and beauty. During our week in Sweden, we will explore how Syrians here are working to feel at home in a place so far away from the one they lost. We will also be exploring how Sweden, a traditional haven for those fleeing wars, has been struggling to absorb — both socially and financially — so many newcomers.

Along the way, I will share photos and sound and any observations about Sweden, Syrians and my new favorite food, shakriya. And I’m really looking forward to introducing you to the wonderful people I will inevitably meet along the way.

-Joanna Kakissis (@joannakakissis)

The signs as landscapes

Aries - A german forest in autumn. The ground is covered in red, orange, and yellow leaves. The air is crisp and cool, and it rains occasionally. When the sun shines through the leaves, stripes of sunlight passes through. From the air, the forest looks like a dotted mess; Dots of different color everywhere. An ideal forest to take a relaxing walk through.

Taurus - A mesa. The mountains are shaped like “tables”, and the ground mainly consists of sand and dry plants. Warm, orange colors are everywhere. At nighttime you can see the Milky Way like a belt, surrounded by millions of stars.

Gemini - Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats. The world’s largest salt desert’s ground turns into a “border between heaven and earth” after it rains. The reason for this is that the ground mirrors the sky when the ground is wet. (Google it, its amazing)

Cancer - A coral reef. Colorful fishes swim amongst the large clusters of coral. The reef radiates of life, with starfish, urchins, jellyfish, and sea horses everywhere. Seaweed and seaflowers covers the ocean floor, and everything is really colorful.

Leo - A large city. It’s constantly crowded with cars and people. Massive skyscrapers dominate the skyline, and at night, the city lights up with thousands of colors.

Virgo - The wilderness of Norway in the winter. The snow falls from the sky lightly. White-grey mountains look dramatic in front of the green/red/blue Aurora Borealis. The whole scene has a surreal and magical feel to it.

Libra - A maldivian beach. Turquoise waves crash against white sand. Long, slender palm trees bends up and towards the sky. On the sand, many small boats lie, ready to be used for fishing. The sun shines down on the water, making it sparkly. The sky is an uniform azure color.

Scorpio - A lush and tranquil jungle. Tall, green trees and dense greenery are everywhere. The jungle gets life from all the colorful birds singing and flying around. A small waterfall with crystalline water flows down into a small pond, surrounded with flowers and hummingbirds. Monkeys jump around in the tallest trees. At night, all the stars are visible.

Sagittarius - A greek village by the coast. Small, white houses sit on a sloped cliff, facing the blue sea. The pace of life is slow here, with a relaxing atmosphere. Charming blue domed churches and small tavernas are normal to see in this part of the world. Olive/plum groves run down to the shore.

Capricorn - A Japanese pagoda by a lake. The red and white pagoda with ornate decorations is reflected off the water, and so are the pink cherry trees. The soft pink petals rustle in the wind, and some fall to the ground. Koi-fish swim peacefully in the lake, while the wind blows softly. Small wooden bridges run over the lakes.

Aquarius - Mountains in Himalaya. Giant snowy mountains tower over the numerous icy hills and glaciers. Home to the highest peaks on the planet, the Himalayas begin in Pakistan stretching across India, Bhutan and Nepal until reaching China in the east. This is a majestic landscape of mountains, deep valleys and glaciers, dominated by Mount Everest/Sagarmatha in the Mahalangur section.

Pisces - A meadow in the summertime. There are patches of gorgeous flowers everywhere. The sky is a cloudless azure blue. Bright songbirds flutter overhead. There is just a slight breeze in the air. Fat bumblebees fly around. The grass is a vivid green, and the trees are dense with leaves/fruit and provide shade. The meadow gradually developes into large hills.