We want a Fernando Pessoa doodle

     I’ve just received this email from Casa Fernando Pessoa and couldn’t resist to share it:

     ”On June 13th 2013, Portugal and the Portuguese language (spoken by more than 280 million people all over the world), will be celebrating the 125th birthday of Fernando Pessoa, our most universal writer and poet. Internationally revered by readers, Fernando Pessoa was the first writer ever known to have dispersed his creativity through tens of literary personas and the genius creation of the concept of three main heteronyms, whom he embodied but at the same time giving them a life, a biography and a style all of their own. Writing in Portuguese and English all his life, Fernando Pessoa, through himself and his own others, was the epitome of Portuguese literary innovation breakthrough, on the XX century. His legacy is now more alive than ever, having been translated and published in more than 40 languages.

     With all this in mind, we thank your doodle team, in advance, to take his upcoming 125th birthday under serious consideration.”

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“To be great, be whole;
Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that makes you.
Be whole in everything. Put all you are
Into the smallest thing you endeavour.”

Google Doodle – Bordallo Pinheiro

     Have you checked google today?

     Today’s google doodle celebrates the 167th birthday of one of the most important Portuguese ceramists, Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro.

     One of his biggest creations was the “Zé Povinho” (can be somehow translated into “John Doe”), representing the average Portuguese man in the 19th century. This is the man you can see in the doodle, with his hands in his pocket, a little bit confused with the actuality and politics. The image is a little bit dated, but we still use the expression today, when we refer to an average person, mostly regarding politics.

     Another creation was the pottery with the shape of a cabbage leaf. Dishes, terrines and bowls with this inspiration can be found almost everywhere in Portugal. In 1884 a factory was created with a view to revitalizing the traditional arts of ceramics. It has been in business since then, recovering old and creating new pieces, always preserving the tradition of our ceramics.