castles from all over the world

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Thunderbird Common Room

Just as Chadwick and his wife Josefina traveled the world, Thunderbird’s common room captures the feeling of adventure and the great american frontier. Located in a tower many stories above the rest of the school, Thunderbird spans multiple floors; the house is one of the most spacious on campus with plenty of room to explore. Rough-hewn logs of fresh pine are set amid stone, supporting high-vaulted ceilings, and large windows look out in all directions over the vast world from Mount Greylock to beyond, allowing for plenty of room to practice charms and for spirits to soar. Windows are often left open to allow a breeze to pass through along with the smell of woods and fresh air.

While students may enter from the castle itself, Thunderbird house also offers a second entrance leading to the great outdoors. The exit is down a flight of stars, through a mudroom where students may take off well-worn adventuring gear when they enter, and pick up rope, packs, and protective warm coats when they leave. With getting out and adventuring as the main goal and pastime of most students, the house is simple and sensibly decorated, and spaces are built for relaxing at the end of an active day to recharge for the next. Arguably the best of these is the large observation deck that circles the entire tower, leading up to a rooftop open-air fireplace where students often study and watch storms grow in the distance. 

In the true spirit of adventure and discovering new places and people, students are encouraged to add some of themselves to the decoration of the house. As such, the space is a colorful and daring blend of culture, students from over seas, the states, and American Indians alike sharing their view of the world and filling the house with spirit and soul. Beautiful chandeliers of deer antler and warm furs to keep out winter’s cold; every part of the animals hunted for survival at the time of Ilvermorny’s founding went to good use in Thunderbird’s rooms, and are still loved by students today. The architecture itself draws from both Chadwick’s and Josefina’s own travels, reaching as far as the American Southwest to bring in the bright patterns and clean finish of the pueblos, and a strong sense of coming from and being a part of nature, these together forming the spark that gives Thunderbird true soul. 

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wizarding schools around the world// castelobruxo (brazil)

The Brazilian school for magic, which takes students from all over South America, may be found hidden deep within the rainforest. The fabulous castle appears to be a ruin to the few Muggle eyes that have ever fallen upon it (a trick shared by Hogwarts; opinion is divided on who got the idea from whom). Castelobruxo is an imposing square edifice of golden rock, often compared to a temple. Both building and grounds are protected by the Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who are extraordinarily mischievous and tricky, and who emerge under cover of night to watch over the students and the creatures who live in the forest.

So my brother and I started watching "The Man in the High Castle"

And for those of you that don’t know it’s an Amazon Prime series based on a book of the same name set the 1960s in an alternate history where America lost World War II

The East Coast is now controlled by Nazi Germany

But the West Coast is now part of Imperial Japan

Eastern states are now all very German'esque with Eagles and swastikas plastered over everything

The west tho….. imagine Little Tokyo but everywhere

San Francisco was what was shown mostly

It sparked a question from my little brother

“Does Disney’s Big Hero 6 take place in this same universe?”

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wizarding schools around the world: Castelobruxo

The Brazilian school for magic, which takes students from all over South America, may be found hidden deep within the rainforest. The fabulous castle appears to be a ruin to the few Muggle eyes that have ever fallen upon it (a trick shared by Hogwarts; opinion is divided on who got the idea from whom). Castelobruxo is an imposing square edifice of golden rock, often compared to a temple. Both building and grounds are protected by the Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who are extraordinarily mischievous and tricky, and who emerge under cover of night to watch over the students and the creatures who live in the forest. Former Castelobruxo Headmistress Benedita Dourado was once heard to laugh heartily, on an exchange visit to Hogwarts, when Headmaster Armando Dippet complained of Peeves the poltergeist. Her offer to send him some Caipora for the Forbidden Forest ‘to show you what trouble really is’ was not accepted.

Castelobruxo students wear bright green robes and are especially advanced in both Herbology and Magizoology; the school offers very popular exchange programmes for European students who wish to study the magical flora and fauna of South America. Castelobruxo has produced a number of famous ex-students, including one of the world’s most famous potioneers, Libatius Borage (author of, among other works,Advanced Potion-Making, Asiatic Anti-Venoms and Have Yourself a Fiesta in a Bottle!), and João Coelho, Captain of the world-renowned Quidditch team the Tarapoto Tree- Skimmers.

Black monday

So today for Polish women is a really black day. Again, it’s about abortion ban that’s being discussed in Polish government. Women are wearing black clothes all over the country and also abroad; there are also many strikes in the biggest cities. Even not in Poland.

There are protests in whole Europe, in Brussels, Berlin, yesterday was a protest in Paris

The photo below is from the Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland, from just a few minutes ago. It’s estimated that there are about 20 thousand people there

20 thousand

Be aware of what’s going on here. Because if the world is not united we surely know how that ends. But there is a light in the dark. Today’s protests show that humanity can stand together if the situation is bad

But I think that after so many wars that have been fought and so many battles that have been lost we should learn something

We should always be united

What’s going on in Poland is exactly an example of what happens if someone who is xenophobic, homofobic and nationalistic rules the country. And I’m not saying that because I don’t like conservative people. Or that I’m not patriotic. That’s not the point. I’m saying that, because if a country stays closed to the rest of the world there will never be peace

Abortion ban is a bad thing. And it was mostly approved by men and elder women. If it becomes real, abortion will not disappear. It never does. There will only be even more problems with the illegal ones

Stay with us, as we try to prevent this from happening

Because enough is enough

#blackmonday

So, I felt like I should show you guys this monstrousity.

A while ago, my girlfrien and I started playing Terraria, and after a time we realized we had a lot of rock that we were not using, and decided to build a castle for fun in one of our pre-hardmode worlds, making it as weird as we could.

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Soon we transformed it in a place to hoard all of our stuff.

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We have a little workhouse wherewe keep our crafting objects.

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And a boreal wood forest.

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And from here on the castle became a mish-mash of whatever block we happened to have a lot of.

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The most recent addition: Tha amazing pumpkin tower of pumpkins! (we hoarded over 2000 pumpkin block and didn’t know what to do with them)

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And this is currently the tallest point in the building.

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We usually just go there and start building erratically, so it’ll probably just keep getting bigger and bigger. Here’s a map of the whole monstruosity:

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wizarding schools around the world //  Uagadou School of Magic.

Uagadou was the Ugandan wizarding school, located atop the Mountains of the Moon in western Uganda.It took students from all over Africa, and was the largest of the eleven wizarding schools.The school was located in the Mountains of the Moon of Uganda.Visitors spoke of a stunning edifice carved out of the mountainside and shrouded in mist, so that it sometimes appeared simply to float in mid-air.

Sunset On The Mountain

A lone, scraggly figure crested the final foothill of Jollywood’s iconic mountain range, bent nearly double beneath the weight of his pack. He paused to rest a moment and looked out over the sprawling village below, the sinking sun setting everything ablaze with vivid oranges and reds… it was breathtaking, to be sure, but that wasn’t the reason why Lord Starchbottom’s breath hitched in his throat. No, it was because at long, long last, he had returned. His time in the other kingdom had been pleasant, but all of the exchange programs and learning experiences in the world couldn’t compare to being home.

Well. Nearly home, at any rate, but he could see the spires of Castle Jollywood glittering in the distance. Thoughts of the cozy castle kitchens, his Queen, his friends, his own bed; they washed over him like the warm breeze that drifted up from the valley. With the breeze came the faintest strains of music and he just couldn’t stand it any longer! He couldn’t rest here, not when he was so close!

He straightened up and adjusted the pack on his shoulders, chest swelling with a deep lungful of the crisp mountain air. It didn’t matter if he had to walk there in the dark, he was determined to reach the castle tonight! With renewed purpose, the young lord began his descent, eager for the laughter and merriment he knew would be waiting for him at the end of his long journey.

Hmm. Mysterious Lillie looks a lot like Caitlin from the Unova Elite Four. This certainly doesn’t hurt the theory about Caitlin appearing in Sun/Moon (which began based on her name appearing in the Japanese trailer and was fueled by her in-game quotes). Is Lillie her sister perhaps?

“This is my villa. I have villas all over the world”

“I used to own Battle Castles. Then I became one of Unova’s Elite Four. Will I be a Champion somewhere next? You never know!”

Do you think Vlad ever phases into the games he plays like Danny did in Teacher of the Year?

Like, can you imagine Vlad running around in minecraft, building incredibly intricate mines and a huge freakin castle and taking rly good care of his world but then one day Danny’s over and finds the game on his computer so he phases into it and he just spawns a bunch of creepers everywhere then leaves the game. Next time Vlad goes into the game its just like a dozen hisses when he spawns. Get reckted Vlad

Or Vlad playing Skyrim and trying to not get caught any glitches. He prolly has all the houses from the Hearthfire DLC. and he prolly adopted two kids too. Vlad prolly plays with a lot of mods (hell me might have even made a mod so he could have Maddie as a wife in game actually no he totally does that.) Vlad would also be a super completionist  like he’s got over 200 hours logged into the game doing absolutely everything he can find. and cheating to give himself money with the console commands bc honestly who doesn’t.

Vlad making a duplicate to phase into a mobile game on his phone to play while he’s in a really boring business meeting. he prolly plays candy crusher too.

Vlad playing the Sims so he can have his perfect family, which is only slightly satisfactory considering that SimDanny always puts his dirty plates on the floor. and SimMaddie sometimes gets stuck in the upstairs bathroom. 

Vlad playing Splatoon, Vlad playing Pokemon (He’s prolly got a chandelure cuz Fire/Ghost type), Vlad playing Kingdom Hearts, Vlad playing rly obscure games no one’s heard about. 

just…..Vlad playing games.

Bonus: Danny thinks Vlad sucks at games so Vlad tries to prove him wrong by suggesting they play co-op Portal. They can’t get past the first testing chamber they pick bc their too busy killing eachother with the turrets and lasers. Vlad figures out the solution fairly quickly and he’s just watching Danny fumble around trying to figure it out and messing Danny up whenever he’s progressing. (”Whoops, you needed a red portal instead of a yellow? My bad. How does that acidic water taste, Daniel?” “You’re about to find out!”) It takes them hours to get through a singular chamber but they both have tons of fun though the would never actually admit it.

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Banksy Reveals ‘Dismaland’ and Announces ‘War on Fun’

British street artist and pretentious douchebag Banksy recently revealed his newest art exhibit Weston-super-Mare, UK, which he has dubbed Dismaland.  The piece features an array of elements, such as a decrepit castle and various artworks from all over the world, to satirize escapist and corporate theme parks around the world.  In addition to the satiric abandoned theme park, Banksy also announced a War on Fun, which he plans to fight with dozens of art pieces on British streets that people may or may not pay attention to.

“Theme parks should have bigger themes, man,” Banksy stated, whispering through the doors of an abandoned Hot Topic in Topeka, Kansas.  “Fun is frivilous.  You should be mad at the world.  ALL THE TIME.  NO FUN.  ONLY ANGER.”

Banksy, who was recently revealed to be 15-year-old Joshua Schmidt, is a British street artist and student at Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School.  In addition to his famous anti-society street artwork, Banksy is also president of his school’s Philosophy Club and is the lead singer of a Fall Out Boy cover band, Sell Out Boy.  More information about Dismaland can be found on Joshua’s DeviantART page and his tumblr.(x).

Der Bodensee (known in English as Lake Constance) lies on the Rhein at the northern end of the Alps. Three countries - Germany, Switzerland, and Austria - share this lake, which derives its name after Bodman, an 8th-century Carolingian palatinate. The lake attracts tourists from all over the world for its beauty and the flora and fauna found in its islands. The monastic island of Reichenau is the largest; it bears testimony to the cultural and religious role played by the Benedictine abbey in medieval society. Tourists are also attracted to the area because of the fun of floating in the world’s largest working zeppelin, the nice villages along the lake, palaces, castles, water sports, and good food and wine. 

Separating Culture from People

life-chats asked:

I’m in the planning stages of a story set in a fantasy port city where people from all over the fantasy world pass through. Except for one small tribe of pale people in the north, who will not feature prominently in the story, all the societies in this world are made up of people of color. In writing about the various peoples that pass through my main city, I’m trying to find ways to break out of the idea that certain cultural elements always have to go with certain skin colors (aka white people don’t always have to live in feudal castles, brown people don’t always have to be horse-riding nomads, etc). Obviously some elements of any given culture come from the environment or from specific histories or traumas, and I’m going to incorporate that into the history of my world. But my question is, would it be wrong to assign cultural elements that DON’T have those traumatic histories to groups with different physical traits than in real life? This might take the form of, for example, black people whose culture uses chopsticks. Is this a form of erasure or appropriation? Should I stick to more generic cultural aspects or to inventing totally new ones that don’t have such strong real-life racial associations?

There are Black people who live in Asia and use chopsticks. There are Black people who don’t live in Asia that use chopsticks. Diaspora exist. Diasporic communities exist. There is cultural exchange and trade all over this planet. So when writers use that, I think it’s really neat.

But when writers go “What would happen if I randomly had this people group have this other group’s culture?” it makes me feel like they think other people’s cultures exist to be their toys. For funsies!

Culture is not for shock factor. A people group’s culture, history, cultural artifacts and traditions - these aren’t toys and doing this is not the way to insert originality into a work.

Cultural elements don’t have to go with certain skin colors because there’s a huge range of skin colors in almost every country. Diaspora, immigration, intermarrying, that’s all stuff that happens. But cultural elements don’t exist as a sort of external force that has nothing to do with the people of that culture. Culture is created, consumed and changed by people. So when you pick things here and there willy-nilly, you’re divorcing people from their culture for no reason.

And I’m not sure if you know this, but chopsticks (what they’re made of, how they look, proper usage) vary all over Asia/East Asia. Their usage has evolved differently in different countries. For example, Koreans like metal chopsticks that are kind of skinny/flat, and they’re intended to be used in sets with spoons (so they’re intentionally designed to be sold in sets). 

Chopsticks in Japan, though, are often made of wood, are more “chunky” shaped, and often lacquered. You don’t really buy Japanese chopsticks in sets with spoons like you would in Korea. [Mod Stella honestly prefers using Japanese-style chopsticks because they’re just more comfortable for her to hold. But she definitely grew up with Korean chopsticks!]

Chinese chopsticks are longer because they eat “family style” which is putting everything on the table and reaching for it. [Mod Jess says, “Family style is how I certainly eat at home, reaching for things instead of asking to pass them. So it’s actually expected that some stuff might drop onto the table itself, which is solved by mopping it after each meal.”]

But my point is that randomly taking the idea of chopsticks and arbitrarily assigning it to a people group just seems like a really problematic thing to do. Chopsticks have a specific history. We don’t put them in our hair. Some things that are rude in one country that uses chopsticks isn’t considered rude in another. How do you describe that (as well as the reasons why chopsticks evolved differently) while divorcing it from the actual country that uses them? 

The idea of randomly assigning cultures to other peoples is a very uncomfortable and frustrating one, so we’d advise you to reconsider it.

~Mods Stella, Jess & Colette

A Seal of Woven Years|| Closed

@codeinalpha​ sent the Password for a Vice!Verse starter

It took a while to decide that Alphamon could be trusted, and even as Cherubimon invited the Royal Knight back to the Rose Morning Star, he had reservation over how much Alphamon could be trusted. Certainly, Cherubimon was aware that he needed all the help he could get, and Alphamon seemed to understand the issues that the Celestial had with his Order, but that didn’t change the fact that he Cherubimon had no faith in the Royal Knights.

Still, Cherubimon offered Alphamon refreshments and explained his situation, the dimensional rift underneath his castle, the Dark World on the other side of it, and the other worlds beyond that. 

“The power that’s corrupting this land and it’s inhabitants is definitely coming from that Ocean,” He said, “But in the few times I’ve gone in for a closer look, the natives of that world only seem hostile because we’re in their territory. I’m not sure they’re aware of what their world is doing to ours, otherwise I think more of them would be coming from the rift.” Cherubimon took a sip of his tea before continuing with his latest theory. 

“The Corruption may be coming from that world, but I think some other power created the tear between our worlds to begin with. In my first investigation, a friend and I came across another tear that led to a Red Meadow, and from there, a world where humans lived. It might be possible that someone, or something was traveling through these worlds and left the rifts in their wake.”

Adventurers alike. (Closed with Twibthegriffin)

In the castle in Canterlot, a stallion waited in his room patiently, the room was a vast room, the walls the usual shining white stone that covered around the castle, but it was heavily personalized with shelves and walls stacked with books, pictures and odd trinkets that looked to come from all over the world.

Even his gear, which he usually had on him, was hung on a rack along with his black leather overcoat. Which left the Alicorn in his gray jeans, and black T shirt and boots.

He was standing over two objects. A light harness like object with a small slot in the middle that seemed to be waiting for the object it would contain, the other, was a massive exoskeleton fitted for wings, the power source on that was already at hand, but there seemed to be a few things missing, and that was why the stallion was waiting.

He stroked at his chin, which was getting a purple scruff on his blue coat. His ocean blue eyes looked at the devices with thought and he muttered a few words to himself. Equations, theories and self warnings about the objects if they should fail. He was confident though that they wouldn’t this time. He had made every precaution able in these latest prototypes.

Pacing, the tall Alicorn, whom stood at 6′2, fiddled with his purple hair, which was styled in various braids, and ran all the way to his shoulder. He was deep in thought at the moment. But he had thankfully ordered that the objects would be sent directly to him at once without delay.

@twibthegriffin

No seriously, what WAS that?!?!!!!!

So that garbage of a backdoor pilot was horrendous. Shaft music? SERIOUSLY? High tech gadgets, flashy outfits, literally a “castle in the clouds” type hideout for their little spy crew, cheesy one liners from the cliche overweight World of Warcraft tech guy… It was just Leverage done all over again.

Complete garbage and didn’t add to the Blacklist story at all.

Tom lovers PLEASE watch your boy so his spinoff doesn’t get cancelled, so I don’t have to have him come back to the Blacklist when it fails. PRETTY PLEASE?!!??!!!

Get crafty: Join the #RainbowHeartsChallenge

Do you remember the Rainbow Heart made of perler beads that was placed on one of the water bottle buckets during the first half of the OTRA UK tour?

The hearts, more than 1000 of it in different rainbow versions and pride colours, were made by @beatingfortwo​ and her friends to give out to people during the OTRA Vienna, London, Dublin and New Castle shows to help raise awareness and spread the word for Takemehomefromnarnia and the Rainbow Direction campaign.

They now started the RainbowHeartChallenge which aims to craft 10.000 hearts before the next One Direction tour (maybe in 2017?) and they are hoping to engage people all over the world to help reach the number (shipping to one place is not necessary)

Everything you need to know about how to make them and were to get the material you need, including prices and tips.

  • you can get beads from Ikea for 5€/box (+ they have a set of boards for 2€; you can use ¾; the circles are useless for this). One box makes ~120 hearts
  • HERE IS HOW IT WORKS
  • we use hospital tweezers instead of fingers because oh my god, it’s SO much faster (and it’s amazing for people whose fine motor skills aren’t that great)
  • as shown in the picture, we have 3 sizes:
  • big ones: made on the heart board, either 8 red pearls and 10 purple ones or other way round, 3 rows down of each other colour
  • medium ones: on square boards, 2 rows of each colour
  • small ones: on square board (big ones fit 12, we usually do 9) as shown in picture


  • depending on how many pearls we have left we sometimes use pink instead of purple
  • since black and white are useless we sometimes use them for frames on the big hearts
  • you don’t need special ironing paper, baking parchment is fine 
  • we always iron both sides so they’re more resistant (the otra water bucket heart @onedcupoftea threw on stage wouldn’t have survived otherwise) - be careful not to iron for too long, the boards melt quite easily and it gets harder to get the pearls on once they are (iron for ~30 seconds, take heart off board, iron again without board)
  • we also tag all our hearts with #RainbowDirection @HomeFromNarnia and put double-sided adhesive tape (we use quite a strong one) on the back so people can stick them on their shirts

if you want to help out please count your hearts and let me know so we can reach our goal of 10,000 together (I keep count in my twitter bio


For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact @beatingfortwo.

We hope to see you join the RainbowHeartChallenge to spread even more love and colours at the next Rainbow Direction / One Direction tour. Happy crafting!

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Cinderellas Dream Lights by Disney Photo Tour
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Today’s photo tour sends us back to the Magic Kingdom for a closeup shot of the Cinderella Castle dream lights. You can really see all the detail on how these lights were placed perfectly on the castle. There are probably thousands upon thousands of these little LED lights draped over the castle creating a glow of different colors which can be seen from anywhere in the park. What’s your favorite part of the Cinderella Castle dream lights? Have a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!