Recently I had the privelege of interviewing Malaysian author Tash Aw for the review site Bookmunch.
It started with an email from Marta, PocketCultures contributor in Spain. “Is a book feasible?” she asked. The idea caught fire – for the next few weeks our contributor mailing list was a flurry of ideas, discussions, details and shared experiences of childhood games.
We decided to make a book collecting games we played as children. Today, after a lot of hard work we are very excited to share it with you.
There are games from fifteen different countries – Spain, UK, Nigeria, Costa Rica, USA, Argentina, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Romania, South Africa, Italy, India, Turkey and China – and we’ve chosen games that don’t need much equipment, that way you and your children or students can play them no matter where you are in the world. We’ve also introduced the players from each country and illustrated the games to help you imagine more about life in each country.
We’re very happy about how it came out – please take a look, let us know what you think and share with all your friends! The ebook is completely free to download.
Find out more and download the book on our Games for Kids of the World page.
Jorge Luis Borges is considered the most prominent and influential Argentinean writer of all times. He penned essays, newspaper articles, poetry and short stories, which he mastered to the highest degree.
Bouquinistes, a trade that goes back to the Middle-Ages and is unique to Paris
The story has it that a boat transporting loads of books sunk near Notre-Dame Cathedral.
The sailors swam ashore taking with them as many books as they could and sold them to the passersby to make up for the wages they had lost. They certainly found the sale lucrative enough to start making a regular living from it.
Since then, we are used to seeing the booksellers along the Seine and they have become one of the many iconic symbols of Paris.
Working on a project aimed at German tourists for the Irish Tourism Board this May, I realised that people still come to Ireland to enjoy the stereotypes: green fields, dramatic cliffs and the merry fiddler in the pub. Only few visitors seem to realise that Ireland has, like all other countries, a very interesting (and quite bloodstained) history.
From the Irish regiments that fought in the First World War, the Easter Rising 1916 to both the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921 and the Irish Civil War 1921-22, these events formed Ireland as it is today, and learning about it offers a much broader picture of the island and a deeper understanding of why there are actually two countries on it. (more…)
Happy Monday to you! We have a double offering for you this week as two people have sent in their market photos.
The first photo is from Sandra and was taken at Luilabloemenmarkt in Almere, The Netherlands. It was snapped during Pentacost weekend and she says, “Pentecost occurs seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Sunday and comemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ after the Resurrection. It is celebrated on Sunday and Monday, the first and the second day of Pentecost.” She explained that people buy all these lovely flowers to put in their houses and gardens.