All Souls’ in Czechia

Celebration of All Souls’ Day (Credits to Rinaldo Wurglitsch from Flickr)

The Czech version of Halloween is called “Dušičky” (All Souls’ Day) and takes place on November 2nd. But there is a difference. In Czechia no one dresses up and you see no children walking from door to door asking for trick or treat. Rather you see a lot of people visiting the graves of their deceased family members or friends, to leave flowers and light up candles. And not only one candle. As soon as the sun has set the cemeteries are brightly illuminated.  The light is considered as a guide for the dead as it is believed that their souls return on this day to communicate with the living. 

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Children Beware, JK Rowling Is Back!

After finishing the theatre play „The Cursed Child“, a sequel to the Harry Potter series set nearly two decades after the last book of the Harry Potter installment ends, J.K. Rowling has announced that she is working on an new children’s book. It’t not her first book after finishing the Harry Potter Series. She has already written the Cormoran Strike detective series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, which will be adopted by BBC.

 

JK Rowling
J.K. Rowling at the White House (c) public domain

On November 2nd, 2015, J.K. Rowling was on BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show to give an interview and promote „Career Of Evil“, the third book of the series. There she said: “I have an idea for a children’s book, actually I have written part of a children’s book that I really love, so I’m definitely going to finish that. There will be another children’s book.” She hasn’t provided any details about the plot, publisher or release date: “I’m not going to give you an absolute date because things are busy.“ Writing screenplays and promoting her current books and events makes writing new books a challenge. “I sometimes worry I’ll die before I’ve written them all out. That’s my midlife crisis – that I will leave this earth without having written them all”, she said, before adding that she might even consider to continue writing about Harry Potter, since she had a lot of fun working on the „The Cursed Child“ which debuts in London next summer. She has always had ideas about what could have happened 19 years after the final installment of the Harry Potter series, which was published in 2007. But she never wanted to write „The Cursed Child“ as a novel „(…) for reasons I think will become clear when people see the play.“ In any way, the theatre play will be a success. 175.000 tickets where sold in only eight hours last Month.

November 17, International Student’s Day

Two really important demonstrations took place in mid-autumn in former Czechoslovakia. Students played a big role in both of them.

The first one happened back in the time of World War 2. On October 28th 1939 students initiated a peaceful demonstration in Prague, then occupied by Nazi Germany, to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the creation of an independent Czechoslovak Republic.

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“Political debate is the cornerstone of democracy“

I meet Marcel on a foggy Sunday in a nicely warm café in Rüsselsheim – a town which is known for its varied cultural and ethnic groups. People from different ethnicities live here together in a relatively small area. The automobile manufacturer Opel had promised a safe workplace to a lot of migrants in the 1980ies.

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Europe and rugby

All Blacks from New Zealand. Credits to Natural Heart (c) from Flickr. http://bit.ly/1Mx4BD9
All Blacks from New Zealand. Credits to Natural Heart (c) from Flickr.

The rugby World Cup 2015 has ended this weekend. Old and new world champion are the All Blacks from New Zealand. The tournament was hosted in Great Britain. Time to take a look at the sport with the egg and its influence in Europe.

Where are the roots of rugby?

Why are only a few countries involved?

What does it need to become a rugby nation?

Football, or soccer, as it is called in the US, is a sport that unifies a nation and its fans. You talk about football with people from different countries and everybody interested knows the players and the game. Which part in European binding can rugby take.

Patrick Haas is an expert on rugby. He is 25 years old, from Krefeld, Germany and moved to Ireland two years ago, a european country known for its rugby team. Patrick plays rugby for the Monkstown FC near Dublin. Before he moved to Ireland, he was a member of the german youth national team. Lets hear his opinion about the  rough-looking sport and how europe can adapt to the rugby mentality.

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