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A France court has imposed a huge fine on an African activist who has staged a protest in a museum in Paris by attempting to remove an African artefact from the museum.

The activist livestreamed the whole episode. He alleged that the art piece was the part of art pieces looted from his continent during the colonial era.

He defended his act by saying that his attempt was to reclaim the art piece which was looted from his continent by France.

The act was intended to gain global attention over the matter of colonial looting.

Anyway, the France court has dismissed his defence. It has imposed a huge fine on the activist.

The court has justified its decision saying that the fine has been imposed to deprive others from following the same path adopted by the activist.

The activist has been found guilty fort aggravated robbery.

The judge has pointed out that he could have adopted other methods to invite the attention of the global community into the matter.

The action of the French court has invited mixed response. Many have come forward in support of the activist and the matter he attempted to project with his act to the world.

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“COME, balmy Sleep! tired nature’s soft resort!
On these sad temples all thy poppies shed;
And bid day dreams, from Morpheus’ airy court,
Float in light vision around my aching head!
Secure all thy blessings, partial Power!
On his hard bed the peasant throws him down;
And the poor sea-boy, in the rudest hour,
Enjoys thee more than he who wears a crown.
Clasp’d in her faithful shepherd’s guardian arms,
Well may the village girl sweet slumbers prove;
And they, O gentle Sleep! still taste thy charms ,
Who wake to labour, liberty, and love.
But still thy opiate aid dost thou deny
To calm the anxious breast; to close the streaming eye.” – Charlotte Turner Smith

Beautiful is her construction; thoughtful is her lines. Romantic poet Charlottee is nothing less than a legend. No poet conveys emotions better than this beautiful lady.

Her lines have soul; her lines speak to heart directly. There is no place for confusion in her poems. Her poems deliver exactly what they are supposed to convey.

Her poems care little to restrictions. They cannot be confined inside any boundary. They are free.

The freedom her poems enjoy is what that gives wings to them. They fly high. From them, even sky is not a limit.

Let’s take a minute to remember this legend poet.

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Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art –
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors –
No – yet still steadfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breadth
And so live ever – or else swoon to death
.” – John Keats

Drawing a comparison with star, omitting all its qualities except its steadfastness, is extremely brilliant.

Here star is an unchangeable observer. He carefully and eagerly watches all beautiful things happen around him. His eyes are at snow-filled mountains. And, it is in running waters. He is aware of the purpose for which the aforesaid beauties exist. Yet, he keeps a safe distance from the said things, making sure he does not get trapped inside these beauties. He does not want to get lost in those beauties. What he wants is to stay constant. Importantly, he attempts to remain unchangeable.

Like that constant star, the protagonist wants to stay undisturbed besides his love. His only need is to stay immersed in the love of his love. He enjoys her softness. And, what fuels him is his love’s calm breadth.

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as man strives for right.
I love thee purely
, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old grief and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints – I love thee with breadth,
Smiles, tears, of all my life – and, if God choose
I shall but love thee better after death
.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Nothing defines the concept of eternal love better than these fourteen lines of Mrs. Browning. The poem portrays the depth of Mrs. Browning’s love towards her husband, Robert Browning.

‘How do I love thee’ is one of the truly heart-touching poems the British literature has ever witnessed.

The poem has a soul. It is simple, yet deep. It is eternal. Interestingly, it does not have a defined gender. In that sense, it is universal also.

The deeper you go into the poem, the purer your notion about eternal love becomes. In fact, that is the only thing this poem demands.

What the poet discusses is not the love that can only be experienced physically. Her love transcends everything – including the cycle of death and birth.

What she portrays is a love which is selfless. Her love does not expect praise either. It even fills the usual silence she experiences with her loved one, like it occupies their joyous moments.

Those who have not experienced this poem at least once are real losers. What they have missed is a rare opportunity to feel the taste of eternal love.

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A group of thieves have broken into the largest treasure collection in Europe, known as Green Vault – situated in Germany.

Several treasures worth millions are feared to have been stolen by the group. No information regarding that has been released yet.

The German police are examining the view. They have not yet responded to any media personal.

It is yet to know whether they have received any clue about the group who has committed the theft.

Green Vault is an 18th century treasure collection. It is the contribution of the then ruler of Saxony, where the centre is located.

It houses several rare diamonds and similar expensive things.

It is important to understand how the group has managed to escape the security cover offered to the centre to avoid similar failures in future. It is also pertinent to understand has the theft been the contribution of any security failure; if it is so, those responsible should be brought to justice.

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A rustic sculpture of US first lady, Melania Trump was made in her home town in Slovenia. The figure was cut from the trunk of a living linden tree. This was built in a field beside the Sava River in the village of Rozno, near Slovenia.

The sculpture was commissioned by Berlin-based American artist Brad Downey. A local folk artist Ales Zupevc carved the figure with a chainsaw.

The figure cannot actually be said as a perfect sculpture. The face of the sculpture is rough-hewn and unrecognizable.

The figure shows the lady wearing a pale blue dress that Melania wore at Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president.

Mr. Brad Downey, who commissioned the sculpture said that he wanted to have a dialogue with his country’s political situation, and highlight Melania Trump’s status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration.

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The gun that is believed to be Vincent van Gogh used to kill himself has been sold in auction for €162,500 (£144,000; $182,000). This is about three times more than the expected amount.

The rusty revolver is supposed to be used by Van Gogh to kill himself in 1890. A private collector had purchased this gun via telephone call.

The gun was found by a farmer from the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise, where the artist spent his final days. The gun was believed to be used by Van Gogh for his suicide, since it was approximately the right age, and used the same calibre of bullet he shot himself with.

In a statement prior to the auction sale, it was said that, “It was discovered where Van Gogh shot it; its caliber is the same as the bullet retrieved from the artist’s body as described by the doctor at the time; (and) scientific studies demonstrate that the gun had stayed in the ground since the 1890s”.

This was a The 7mm Lefaucheux revolver, and was sold at the auction in Paris on Tuesday. The gun was described as “the most famous weapon in the history of art”.

Auctioneer Gregoire Veyres said, “It is a very emblematic piece”.

“The fact that it’s a gun, it’s an object of death. And if Van Gogh is Van Gogh, it’s because of his suicide and this gun is part of it”, he added.

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British actress and writer Daisy May Cooper made a different attire on the Red Carpet of Bafta Awards. She was dressed in a black bin liner, with rubbish strewn from the back and paired with a hat with a pigeon on top.

The actress told media that the dress was designed by her mother. She also told the media that her intention was to donate the money she did not spend on a luxurious gown to charity.

“I wanted people to say, ‘Oh what are you wearing? Gucci?’ No just bin bags.” Cooper told ITV. “My mum did with her two friends Viv and Sharon, but I decided instead of wearing a normal dress I’d donate what I would have spent to charity and wear bin bags. There is a reason behind it”, she added.

There were incredibly amazing detailing in done in her bag gown to match the attire. All the elements were found extremely well-executed. The main body was formulated of ruching and an A-line mass of black binliners.

The gown train was well arranged with rubbish, including a Screw Fix leaflet and a pack of Old El Paso sauce mix was carefully attached to the ensemble.

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As a part of the 30th anniversary of the Louvre’s glass pyramid, A huge paper collage had been created by French artist JR in the Paris art gallery’s courtyard on Friday. This artwork had been created with 400 volunteers, with 2,000 sheets of paper.

But on Saturday, the artwork was torned by the visitors walking over it. JR said of his 17,000 sq m (183,000 sq ft) work, “Once pasted, the art piece lives on its own”.

This was really a “disappointing experience” for the Louvre pyramid’s 30th anniversary, says some art lovers to the media.

JR is not a new artist to the Paris’ famous art institution. He had given the pyramid a very different treatment, three years ago, covering it in a giant trompe-l’oeil that made it seem like it had disappeared.

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Dora Maar, the stolen Picasso painting has been found out by A Dutchman known as the “Indiana Jones of the art world”. This painting worth 25 million euros ($28.3 million) had been stolen from a Saudi shaikh’s yacht on the French Riviera in 1999.

Arthur Brand says that this portrait was there at the Dutch criminal underworld after it had been stolen. Brand claimed that the painting was handed back to an insurance company. The ‘Portrait of Dora Maarwhich’ was first painted in 1938, and it is also known as Buste de Femme (Dora Maar).

Dora Maar was the lover and muse of the great artist Pablo Picasso, for seven years. It is believed that Picasso had kept this portrait hung in his room until his death.

Arthur Brand had found this painting of the most influential mistresses of Pablo Picasso after a four-year investigation into the burglary on the luxury yacht Coral Island.

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