Archive September 2018

The sinking islands of the Southern US

Spanish moss draped over St Helena Island, South Carolina, as Elting Buster Smalls and his children hummed down the earthen path in their 1960s station wagon. It was the summer of 1974, and the harvest from the Smalls’ 20-acre farm – passed down since the late-1800s through their family of newly freed enslaved and runaway West Africans – was bountiful. Smalls and his children packed baskets of fresh honeydew, peanuts and sugar cane, and fish they’d caught in the river, to drop on the porches of local elders who were no longer able to work the land. Our Unique...

Cosmic celebration of Sami culture at Russian festival

The Taburetka festival was launched for the third time on the last weekend of August this year in Monchegorsk City near the Finnish border. Taburetka as the gateway to world literature The name of the event is dedicated to a 3-meter-high stool—a symbol of the city meaning the “first children’s stage” from which they used to sing songs and read poetry to their parents for the first time at home. In other words, the stool is somewhat the first bridge built for the kids connecting them to the world of literature, which provided them their first storytelling experience. The organizers...

Zarb: The Bedouin answer to barbecue

A baby goat just had been thrust into my arms when one of the girls got an idea. “Gift!” she exclaimed. “Gift for you!” Before I had time to worry that she meant the goat itself, 11-year-old Muna was running back to her family’s tent. She returned with a smile, holding a travel-sized tube of foot lotion in her palm. It was half used. “Gift,” she repeated. Her 13-year-old sister, Nida, was not to be outdone. It was her turn to disappear and return, this time with a plastic bracelet. The girls would not take no for an answer. I fished the only object I...

5 Ways to Being Organized Before, During and After Vacation

Summer is the most popular time of the year to go on vacation. Although you are waiting for your holiday destination, you may be dreading the last-minute struggle that generally accompanies their quest for relaxation. To make your holiday relaxing and enjoyable, you need to use the following top 5 Ways to being organized before, during and after a vacation. 1) Have a List of Your Vocation Objects Use lists to make sure you are careful before you leave. You must have a packing list for each family member and a to-do list of all the things you need to take care of before going on tasks. Have...

India’s ingenious approach to life

Delhi summers can be brutally hot, with temperatures of 47C not uncommon. Having recently moved to the capital’s Nizamuddin West colony (which also houses the city’s nullah [drainage channel]), British expat and journalist Dean Nelson wanted an air-conditioning solution for his new home. Flicking through The Hindu newspaper, he stumbled upon an article about the ‘Snowbreeze’, an ice-based cooling machine invented by a retired Indian journalist to help India’s rural poor. Nelson’s curiosity was piqued, especially as it was a fraction of the price of a...

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