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Mikey Houdini. Obviously the one with the short hair

Mikey Houdini. Obviously the one with the short hair

Rescue exercise in Zierbena (Spain)

Rescue exercise in Zierbena (Spain)

This is the personal web site of Yvan Figueiras-Ruiz, writer –winner of the I and the VII International Prize of Historical Divulgation Juan Antonio Cebrián, commercial diver, photographer and graphic designer, as well as being a collaborator of the Radio Nacional de España program Espacio en Blanco and a member of the remembered radio show Dimensión Límite. The site is created as a personal portfolio, with sections devoted to my published books and articles and to one of my true passions: homemade robotics. In this last section we’ll be also including our radio interventions in Espacio en Blanco and other shows about this fascinating subject.

We include a modest blog, where we’ll be commenting a “Featured Image”, so that nobody can doubt that the incredibles images that we can see in magazines o professional web sites aren’t that difficult. They really are at the grasp of everybody with a little amateur equipment.

We are working in a series of photography tutorials to show our visitors some of the least know techniques: freezing the explosion of a balloon, turning water into smoke… even catching the Milky Way o projecting an image INSIDE a water drop.

If you need help in the creation o maintenance of your web page, you can write to us in the contact section.

Thanks for visiting our site. We hope that the continuous renovations aren’t too annoying.

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Y.F.R.

Jack the Ripper: case open

Jack el Destripador: caso abierto es el dossier de investigación más completo sobre los crímenes que tiñeron de sangre el barrio londinense de Whitechapel durante todo un otoño de terror. Hoy conocemos los perfiles de aquellas mujeres que fueron víctimas de un arma de doble filo: la sociedad que las marginó relegándolas al alcohol, la miseria y la prostitución; y la mano del asesino que aprovechó las cloacas de la sociedad de la época para asesinar impunemente. La obra, merecedora del VII Premio Juan Antonio Cebrián, se adentra en la escena del crimen poniendo sobre la mesa fichas de sospechosos, evidencias, recortes de prensa, perfiles de las víctimas, contexto social y las más recientes investigaciones, convirtiendo al lector en el auténtico detective.

Kom Ombo Temple

Sunset at Kom Ombo

Sunset at Kom Ombo

The Kom Ombo temple, built in the ptolemaic period is remarkable for being the only doble temple in Egypt, with its north side consecrated to Haroeris and the southern to the crocodile god Sobek.

Kom Ombo was a place where medicine and surgery were practiced, with such a skill that even today seems surprising. Its reliefs of medical instruments, including a stethoscope in one of the back chapels are very famed throughout the egyptological world.

 If you see a bunch of cobras near the temple, don’t worry. They are quite harmless.

 

Denderah Temple

Sunset at Denderah

The Denderah temple –consecrated to the cow goddess Hathor– is one of the less frequented, in spite of its importance and its pristine state of preservation, of the whole Egypt, mainly because of being so far from the mainstream tourist tours.

It is known for the horoscope that covers the ceiling of one of its chapels and specially for being home of the famous “Denderah Lightbulb”. The latter is a bas relief in which many people see a modern light bulb, although orthodox egyptologists postulate that is the mash up of a djed pillar and a lotus flower with a snake inside of it.

 

Horus Temple (Edfu)

Entrance of the Temple

The Horus Temple in Edfu is the best preserved temple in Egypt. The actual building, raised between 237 and 57 b.C, was built on top of much older structures. Its reliefs tell us the story of its own construction, along with different legends, including the mythical struggle of Seth and Horus, who was trying to avenge his father Osiris’ death.

Many of the ceilings show the damage caused by fire; perhaps an attempt of the christians to destroy the pagan images; perhaps the remains of bonfires of the people that chose to seek refuge in the temple in ancient times.

 

Abydos Temple

A ray of sun entering the temple

The temple of Seti I in Abydos is one of the most magical in Egypt. Where the great egyptologist and paleographer Dorothy Eady –better known as Omm Sety– stated that she had lived in ancient times like the priestess Bentreshyt, very close to Seti himself, durin the XIX Dynasty.

It is here where we can find the famous cartouche with the superimposed name of Seti and his son, the future Rameses II, showing out some strange images, in which many people believe to see a submarine, a helicopter, a tank and other modern machines.