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Show jumping is a discipline which is a timed event judged on the ability of the horse and rider to jump over a series of obstacles. This discipline is one of the most popular sports and equestrian riders most used today, and is the most modern specialty equestrian sport that has come to turn the classic sport of riding in a spectator sport.
Narcissus Eugeniae is a bulbous plant specie belonging to the Amaryllidaceae family that is endemic from Valencia and adjacent areas of the province of Albacete, in Spain. Its natural habitat is swamps and irrigated land.
Narcissus are toxic plants, especially bulbs, which can cause nerve, digestive and heart deficiencies.According to classical mythology, Narcissus was a young boy so in love with himself, that looking at her reflection in the water became a flower, the Narcissus.
Datura stramonium, known by the common names Jimson weed or datura is a plant in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, which is believed to have originated in the Americas, but is now found around the world.
All parts of Datura plants contain dangerous levels of the tropane alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine which are classified as deliriants, or anticholinergics. There is a high risk of fatal overdose amongst uninformed users, and many hospitalizations occur amongst recreational users who ingest the plant for its psychoactive effects.
In June 2004, in Valencia, a Danish citizen has been arrested for sharing a drink offering as “liquid witch” and that it was actually jimsonweed, prompting the entry of five youths in several hospitals in Valencia. One of them was in a coma and four others suffered delusions and hallucinations.
Aconitum napellus (monkshood, aconite, wolfsbane, fuzi, monk’s blood) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Aconitum of the family Ranunculaceae, native and endemic to western and central Europe.
Like other species in the genus, A. napellus contains several poisonous compounds, including enough cardiac poison that it was used on spears and arrows for hunting and battle in ancient times. A. napellus has a long history of use as a poison, with cases going back thousands of years. During the ancient Roman period of European history the plant was often used to eliminate criminals and enemies, and by the end of the period it was banned and any one growing A. napellus could have been legally sentenced to death.
/Atropa belladonna or Atropa bella-donna, commonly known as Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the family Solanaceae, native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. The foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing tropane alkaloids.
It has a long history of use as a medicine, cosmetic, and poison. Before the Middle Ages, it was used as an anesthetic for surgery; the ancient Romans used it as a poison (the wife of Emperor Augustus and the wife of Claudius both were rumored to have used it to murder contemporaries); and predating this, it was used to make poison-tipped arrows. The genus name “atropa” comes from Atropos, one of the three Fates in Greek mythology, and the name “bella donna” is derived from Italian and means “beautiful woman” because the herb was used in eye-drops by women to dilate the pupils of the eyes to make them appear seductive.
/Belladonna also were a female quartet appearing in Navarra early 80s. The formation of this group coincides with the big boom of local punk-rock bands in the Basque Country (Barricada, La Polla, Hertzainak, Eskorbuto, etc.).
Aristolochia clematitis, (European) Birthwort, is a twining herbaceous plant in the Aristolochiaceae family, which is native to Europe. The leaves are heart shaped and the flowers are pale yellow and tubular in form. The plant seeks light by ascending the stems of surrounding plants.
Just after the end of World War II, family doctors in north-west Bulgaria noted a high incidence of kidney disease but only in some areas. The disease occurred only in villages and small towns; it did not affect cities. Afflicted villages were separated by no more than a couple of kilometres from disease free villages and, though often found to affect members of the same family, it was shown that it was not hereditary.
A Serbian microbiologist, called Ivic, theorized that seeds of the plant could be contaminating the wheat used to bake bread, in the home. It is said that he was aware of reports of poisoning in horses that had grazed Aristolochia clematitis. After conducting trials with rats and rabbits which showed that Aristolchia seeds caused both kidney damage and cancer, Ivic published full details of his careful research in 1969. For reasons which are, today, unknowable, his work was largely ignored and efforts continued to focus on the mycotoxin theory or some other environmental factor.
There are still people, living in the afflicted areas, who blame the water for taking the lives of members of their community.
Cicuta virosa (Cowbane or Northern Water Hemlock) is a species of Cicuta, native to northern and central Europe, northern Asia and northwestern North America. It is a perennial herbaceous plant which grows up to 1–2 m tall. The stems are smooth, branching, swollen at the base, purple-striped, and hollow except for partitions at the junction of the leaves and stem.It grows in wet meadows, along streambanks and other wet and marshy areas.
There has been some dispute whether it was a hemlock of the genus Cicuta or the genus Conium which was used in ancient Greece as state poison. This poison was administered as a method of capital punishment and certainly the Greek philosopher Socrates drank a cup of some kind of hemlock infusion at his execution in 399 BC.
“In one of his books, Fernando Ortiz includes slaves prices in 1970, according to its owners advertised in a newspaper of Havana: a black men 24 years old, robust and healthy, with no strikeouts nor diseases, could cost 300 pesos; a black man , creole, 16 years old, healthy and ready, 500 pesos; a good cook woman, humble and faithful, healthy and unblemished, up to 950 pesos. At Real Madrid, sport imaginary multinational, Cristiano Ronaldo has cost 93 million euros, that is 130 million dollars. Is the record. Zidane had cost 76 millions, Kaká 66; Figo 61; Buffon 47.”
(Santiago Alba Rico / El Naufragio del Hombre)
Not so surreal that it seems. You will understand better watching this video…
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hmm…looks familiar this painting
It´s the second year that we visit Besançon (thanks “Juste ici“).