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Alcatraz federal prison.

On March 21, 1963 the last 27 inmates of the legendary federal prison Alcatraz left their cells and were sent to other prisons. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy ordered to close the prison. According to the officials the prison was closed as it was too expensive to maintain it and its inmates.

The story of this place goes back to the 18th century. A Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala y Aranza discovered the island in 1775 and named it La Isla de los Alcatraces. The island served as a fortress for some period of time and later was transformed into the military prison that later became the most terrific prison in the United States. The prison was built in such a way no one could escape from it. Obviously it was impossible to escape from the prison as it was located on the island surrounded by San Francisco bay. The ocean waters are very cold and rapid so that even if some of the inmates could leave the building they could hardly leave the island.

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Being honest.

Women are unpredictable creatures. You never know what to expect from them. It seems like your girlfriend wants you to be honest with her. But next time she is offended you are too honest. She wants to hear your opinion but then she doesn’t like it. And it may even cause arguments between two of you. So what would you do in the situation?

No one wants to be cheated and betrayed. But at the same time not many are ready to accept the things as they are. Not many are ready to hear the truth about themselves. The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple (Oscar Wilde). Well, agree that it would never be simple. Especially if you touch on a subject that seems to be ambiguous. At the same time you should keep in mind that girls are pretty touchy on the subject of physical appearance and relations. I mean if you do not like something then being too direct would hurt her feelings. It doesn’t mean you have to flatter her all the time. Just don’t be too direct or too honest. If she is interested in your past be careful. Otherwise your past would ruin your present. Women are curious and your past relationships are not excluded. Of course it depends on her. But at the same time I think that it is okay to keep some secrets from her. Women can ask really strange questions. For example, she wonders if someone is better than her. Well, I think a little lie wouldn’t hurt in the case.

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British Pop Art.

Obviously you would be surprised but pop art originated initially in England not in in the USA as it is believed. And actually its ideological guru and father wasn’t Andy Warhol. It sounds pretty strange really but it is true. For me pop art and Andy Warhol as well as studio 54 and the Factory are inseparable terms. And I got acquainted with the world of pop art through the works of Andy Warhol. But the story is a little bit different. Thus movements of so called pop art appeared for the first time in England in the very beginning of the 1950s. This art movement and its principles became popular among artists who were members of the Independent Group that was established in 1952 in London. English artists were inspired by the art and artistic statements of Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters. Marcel Duchamp was a remarkable artist indeed who made the whole world change attitude to ordinary things and events. Thus once he exhibited his famous a urinal named Fountain. By the way this piece of art was chosen and admitted as “the most influential artwork of the 20th century”. I’m not a big fan of art of readymades but nevertheless his impact is invaluable. Thus Marcel Duchamp brought into a mainstream art of mundanity and daily routine. The same did pop artists in Great Britain and in the USA as well. And in this case it is just impossible to ignore Andy Warhol and one of his favorite American objects of daily life that is Campbell’s Soup. As for Kurt Schwitters then he was famous for his collages also known as Merz Pictures and they were exactly the objects that inspired pop artists in England as well in the USA.

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