From 2000 until 2009, Cultural Tourism DC led Art on Call, a city-wide effort to restore Washington’s abandoned police and fire call boxes as neighborhood artistic icons. The art in the reinvented call boxes ranges in style from representational to abstract. The boxes showcase each neighborhood’s unique identity and entice residents and visitors to explore the city’s distinctive communities.
Police and fire call boxes were installed in Washington, DC starting in the 1860s. They began to become obsolete with the introduction of the 911 emergency call system in the 1970s, and the working electronic components were all removed by 1995. Yet the call boxes remained, too large and heavy to remove yet subject to deterioration from weather and vandalism. The Art on Call initiative began in 2000 when the city surveyed and identified call boxes for refurbishment. More than 1,100 abandoned boxes have been located.
Neighborhood organizations formed coalitions with residents and artists to propose, and then carry out, ideas for refurbishing their neighborhood’s call boxes. Each community selects a theme or color palette for its boxes, thereby creating recognizable identifiers for its geographic area.
At the time Cultural Tourism DC wrapped up its work with the project, 145 completed call boxes could be seen in the nation’s capital.
Though the Holocaust ended in 1945, the ignorance and repulsive attitudes that fueled it were quietly handed down to further generations. In 2017, more than half of German 14-to-16-year-olds surveyed hadno idea what happened at Auschwitz. Nearly one in seven adults were similarly unable to say what it was or what happened there. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany, but the country has failed to adequately educate all who live here about the horrors of the past.
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After the KGB was tipped off to Gordievsky’s work with the British, the KGB recalled him to Moscow for interrogation. Miraculously, with the help of the British, he managed to escape to London by car via Finland and Norway. His escape is gripping reading. I still can’t believe the escape plan succeeded. Macintyre’s writing is excellent. He makes every word count.
Ben Macintyre writes for The Times of London and is the author of other espionage books including A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, and Rogue Heroes.
The Washington Post Editorial Board commented that the world’s democracies now face “populist political movements that traffic in racial and anti-immigrant demagoguery” as well as “an international, Internet-savvy threat from ultra-right-wing, white-supremacist and anti-Semitic terrorists”.
I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.
In 2019, I visited Croatia as part of a Rick Steves tour and our guide introduced us to the music of Oliver Dragojević , who was a beloved Croatian singer. He was born in Vela Luka on the Croatian island of Korčula in 1947 when it was part of Yugoslavia and died in Split in 2018 in present day Croatia.
Dragojević performed around the world and will be honored with a concert at Spaladium Arena in Split for his birthday on December 7, 2019.
I love his music and have listened to hours of it. I am so glad I was introduced to this great artist even though I don’t speak or understand his language. The audience in the following video seems to adore him. During my visit to Croatia, Croatians spoke about him with great love and admiration.