Hate You Right Back

A special kind of Poetry Slam has established itself in Germany, the nation of poets and philosophers. Unfortunately there is another P-word to describe our beloved society, PEGIDA is the living proof that there will always be people stupid enough to be racist. And this is exactly what the Hate Poetry events are about: to fend back the racist hate.

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Do Elves and Trolls Really Exist?

Volcanoes, snow and untouched nature might come to your mind when thinking about Iceland. But the small island has definitely more to offer. Depending on its cultural heritage, the small volcanic piece of land involves a lot of Nordic folklore, whereas such ancient customs and traditions usually do not get a lot of attention in other European countries today.  Continue reading “Do Elves and Trolls Really Exist?”

Let’s Cut it Short!

We’ve all been there: Friday evening, hanging out with friends and you can’t come to a decision which movie to watch. Considering that a film will last for at least one and a half hour – it’s not easy to choose. How great would it be if a movie was only 15 minutes long? It wouldn’t take that much of your time and instead of two you could watch a whole bunch of different films. Perhaps no one would even fall asleep, imagine that! Continue reading “Let’s Cut it Short!”

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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