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Middle East February 2nd 2017

The hijab, niqab, chador, and burka, are all types of clothing that Muslim women use to cover their hair, and sometimes entire face and body. It is to allow women to be modest, though there is a lot of controversy both in countries with large and small Muslim populations. To some the Hijab represents and allows freedom from pressure and unwanted attention, to others the hijab is a way to subjugate Women. World Hijab Day's aims are to bring better awareness, have greater understanding, and have a more peaceful world. I think it's fair to say that the organisation has high hopes, but why not, eh. Women wearing the hijab are more likely than Muslim men to be attacked by racists and bigots. There are also higher rates of verbal abuse and discrimination. Interestingly, there seems ... read more
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South America » Brazil January 31st 2017

28th Chinese New Year This is the year of the Rooster, the zodiac animal that is trustworthy, has a strong sense of timekeeping and is responsible at work (side note: I am an earth dragon... Just Like Jesus :) The Chinese New Year is based on a lunar cycle that goes through twelve animals. It is celebrated throughout China and the Chinese diaspora. CNY is celebrated with firecrackers, red packets, and lion dances, among other things. The legend goes that a village was being attacked by a Nian, a mythical creature that would take children and destroy property. An old man swore he would rid the village of the Nian. The Nian was afraid of loud noises and the colour red, so he hung up red sheets and set of firecrackers all night. To celebrate, my ... read more

Europe January 27th 2017

Today is another sombre affair, we remember the holocaust. Beyond remembering what happened, how it happened and why, International Holocaust Rememberance Day is remembered in the hope that it will never be repeated. Over the course of the day I have been exploring how people in the age of technology have been rmembering the tragedy. Some campaigns were simple; show solidarity. Everybody shares the same phrase on social media and share personal stories, interviews with survivors and facts. One campaign that I found particularly touching was @stl_manifest on twitter. it is a simple thread of almost identical tweets About the refugees on the St Loui, a ship that took a thousand Jewish people across the Atlantic who hoped to settle in America. They were turned back, and almost all that returned to mainland Europe were murdered ... read more
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Europe January 27th 2017

Today is another sombre affair, we remember the holocaust. Beyond remembering what happened, how it happened and why, International Holocaust Rememberance Day is remembered in the hope that it will never be repeated. Over the course of the day I have been exploring how people in the age of technology have been rmembering the tragedy. Some campaigns were simple; show solidarity. Everybody shares the same phrase on social media and share personal stories, interviews with survivors and facts. One campaign that I found particularly touching was @stl_manifest on twitter. it is a simple thread of almost identical tweets About the refugees on the St Loui, a ship that took a thousand Jewish people across the Atlantic who hoped to settle in America. They were turned back, and almost all that returned to mainland Europe were murdered ... read more

Oceania » Australia January 26th 2017

There are a couple of celebrations today. Possibly the most famous is Australia Day. It's currently summer down under, and residents of Australia celebrate with fireworks, food, and all the usual trapping that you would associate with celebrating your country's day. But I am not celebrating Australia Day today. In fact, today I am not celebrating. Today I'm learning actual history. What with what's going on in America right regarding 'alternative facts', it should come as no surprise that the past is full of hidden history. There are things that shouldn't be done now that that resonate throughout history. Hidding history, covering up facts and removing knowledge of what happened before, should be a crime because it is definitely a sin. In history class, I was taught only a small fraction of history, and I accept ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow January 25th 2017

Tonight we celebrated the Scottish poet Rabbie Burns, with veggie haggis, neeps and tatties. An annual event that began in 1801, originally held in memoriam of Burns' death, Burns' Night is now celebrated on the anniversary of his birth. Both formal and informal events are held, but almost always include Haggis and poetry. Haggis is a savoury pudding in which a sheep's heart, liver and lungs are minced with onion oatmeal, suet, spices, salt and stock and then stuffed into the sheep's stomach. hom nom nom. Although associated very closely with Scotland, the first known written recipe for 'Hagese' is in the cookbook Liber Cure Cocorum - from 1430 Lancashire, North West England. Fortunately for me, Scotland has been producing Veggie haggis since the 1960s. Formal suppers including piping, a welcoming speech from the host, a ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz January 24th 2017

Today I'm celebrating the Bolivian Fiera de la Alasitas! (Alasitas fair). For the next month, people from all over Bolivia will travel to La Paz to buy and offer miniature versions of their desires to Ekeko, the Aymara god of abundance. The Alasitas, miniatures of everyday items, money, etc. are blessed by an Andean priest with bells and smoke given to statues of the god along with a lit cigarette, in a festival that predates the Incas (12th - 16th century). Nowadays it is a mix of spiritual and consumerist practices in which people will spend hundreds of dollars in the hope that Ekeko will grant their wish. According to lapazlife.com Typical miniatures include 'houses, cars, electrical goods, clothing, food, computers, airline tickets and even university degrees'*. The fair was originally celebrated in September to ensure ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Milton Keynes January 23rd 2017

Today I've been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes, optimistically labelled the 'Best City in Britain' by BBCs Newsnight... even though it still isn't technically a city. Milton Keynes is known for it's 'iconic' concrete cows, roundabouts and grid plan. Milton Keynians (Miltonians? Keynese? Miltish Keynites?) have been celebrating with birthday cakes and parties, the BBC have dug into their archive to bring us videos of the very beginning when the city was designed to be the first of many to relieve the housing pressures on London. The modernist, fairly brutal architecture, was purposefully placed between London, Birmingham, Oxford, Leicester and Cambridge to allow for endless business opportunities. Two of my friends hail from the city and have differing opinions on the 'city'. When I asked how I should celebrate, one suggested drinking a beer ... read more

North America » United States » Utah » Park City January 22nd 2017

At the moment in Utah, the Sundance festival is taking place – an annual film festival that takes place in Park City, Utah, celebrating cinema from around the world. It is a showcase for new work from American and International independent filmmakers. There are awards for some sections (American drama, International drama, documentaries, feature films and short films). It began in 1978 and originally featured only American-made films, with a focus on independent films, and regional films. I spent the afternoon listening to the live stream of a panel called 'Post-Truth and Consequences part 2'. A group of journalists discussing questioning society and challenging political orthodxies, discussing what 'post-truth' is, fake news, hate speech, trolling, and open hostility to free press and free speech. I will also be listening to 'Cinema Cafe' live stream which is ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson January 21st 2017

In Tucson, Arizona, there is a Jazz festival currently in it's third year. So today, I have been listening to Jazz. That's pretty much it. A nice relaxing day of Jazz.I never realised there were so many varieties! And, of course, Jazz leads nicely on to trip-hop which is what I will be listening to for the rest of the evening. Here are some links to some of the festivals headliners - enjoy. GEORGE BENSON https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imYJpr09IgQ DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOcgUcc4xHc TOWER OF POWER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfj8zxGos10 JOHN PIZZARELLI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVNVJGLVFCk... read more




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