foreign holidays

Bit more about Japanese culture and anime...

There was some interest after this Inuyasha post. Thought it would be cool to go more in-depth and relate it to anime, so next time you watch something you can go, “Oh yeah. That happens over there.”

Originally posted by sam2119931

No, THAT doesn’t happen in Japan.

As a word of caution: I grew up near Tokyo in the 90′s, when the economic bubble had burst but your average family didn’t feel the effects until later. Culture may have shifted slightly after the economic downturn (I know there’s a more nationalistic undertone now, like most of Asia), and everything I say will not apply to all of Japan. Places like Sapporo and Ōsaka have their own distinct cultures, like how New York and Texas are uniquely different.

But since most anime are set in or are geared towards the Tokyo crowd, I have a good idea of the cultural influences. Especially when relating it to Inuyasha, which was published and set in the 90′s (at least in Kagome’s modern time).

Originally posted by 19-de--fevereiro

Memories~

Also, what I’m about to say below is about Japan (Tokyo). Please don’t start applying it to other countries in Asia, or you will be laughably misled.

Additionally, I’m not some researcher who did extensive study on my own culture. I’m just relating to y’all my background, experiences, and the little bit of knowledge I’ve gleaned from my memories of living there as a little girl, as well as from stories shared by my parents.

Suffice it to say, you should not cite me for your research paper.

Originally posted by emiria

You’re on your own, suckers!

I didn’t want to bother making multiple posts, so this is gonna be looooong. It’s not all roses either. If you have this fantastic, perfect vision of Japan, turn back now! You hear me?

Now then.

Are you ready, kids?

HERE. WE. GOOOOO!!!

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anonymous asked:

HEY LOVE (i hope your sitting because this will be a rollercoaster) I was thinking about writing a story about a boy going on like a culture exchange thing and living at a girl's house, the only thing is he only knows basic english so i was just wondering how i would go about it? like how would i be able to convey his thoughts and actions and even the dialogue (the girl will also be learning his native language) i hope this makes sense ;-;

HELLO DARLING <3  That sounds super adorable!  Language barriers between characters force you to be more creative in how they communicate, and therefore, how their relationship develops.  It’s definitely an undertaking, but once you’ve gotten used to using non-verbal methods of description and communication, it’ll feel just like any other story you’ve written.

Writing Characters with Language Barriers

I’m assuming that as your story progresses, your characters will learn enough of each other’s language to communicate a little better – but until then, you can make use of…


Body Language

Body language is the obvious first answer to writing without deep dialogue.  When two people with a language barrier try to communicate, there’s a mental process – scrambling to think of a way to describe something, trying out a few words, then resorting to hand gestures and using objects.  There are two types of body language:

  1. Conscious body language – which the two characters may use to communicate with each other when words fail them.  This kind of body language includes facial expressions, hand gestures (some informal sign language?), physical displays of affection (platonic or romantic), or using/pointing at inanimate objects to convey their meaning.  Remember that the more tired or distracted your characters are, the more difficult it will be to remember words or phrases in each other’s languages – so they’ll be more dependent on physical signals and tone of voice.
  2. Subconscious body language – which all characters use, but often goes unnoticed.  When your characters are communication without words, however, they will be more aware of each other’s small tics – their accidental facial expressions, nervous body itches, affectionate stares, frustrated jaw-grinding, and the alike.  When writing from the POV of Character A, allow them to examine Character B’s eyebrow twitches, falling gazes, and face scratching.

Here is a book I recommend for expanding your body language terminology.


Actions (speak louder than words)

If your characters struggle to explain concepts more complex than eating or sleeping, or emotions deeper than happy or sad, it’s doubtful that waving their hands will help them very much.  Instead, there may be opportunities to cut dialogue out of the equation – Character A knows they won’t be able to explain a concept, so they… show rather than tell.  This will result in a few things:

  • Gestures – Think about it: when a person is in love with someone and they don’t know how to say it, they tend toward romantic gestures instead.  This is the same for two people who don’t know how to verbally express complex emotions – like growing friendship, thanks, guilt, sympathy, etc.  Gifts, songs, games, special meals, and cards can help to express emotion or explain foreign holidays/concepts.
  • Assumptions – When Character A knows that they won’t be able to explain something to Character B, they may engage in preemptive behavior – foregoing conversation and skipping right to handling things.  Instead of asking B if they know what a cheeseburger is and if they’d like to try it, they may just order one for them anyway.  This can sometimes result in secrets, too – knowing that Character B won’t understand why they offended someone at the party, A might lie and say nothing was wrong.  These secrets may be intended to spare the other person or to take advantage of the other person.
  • Leaps of Faith – When all else fails and two characters just can’t understand each other, they make take a leap of faith and trust each other implicitly.  They give up on trying to understand each other’s words and instead trust intentions.  This is where verbal communication ends and actions begin.

Dialogue

And lastly, there is a way of handling dialogue, even when your characters’ mutual vocabularies are limited.  My advice would be to, as non-condescendingly as possible, think of complex thoughts in terms of how you would explain them to a child.  This isn’t a slam on your characters’ intelligence – but children do have limited vocabularies, so this is a good reference.  If there are words a small child doesn’t understand, you may explain it with smaller words – or if you don’t have enough small words, you may include gestures or noises.

For instance: the odds are, your foreign speaker will mainly know action words and conventional phrases (like “thank you” and “good morning”), as well as things like night and day, breakfast and dinner, cat and dog – things you might learn from experience, or a language class.  So when your English-speaker wants to explain a term like “hangover”, they may have to use “drink” and put a hand to their head symbolizing a headache.  This is easily communicable, but not directly.

The goal here, though, is not to over-explain or belittle the non-native speaker, on either side.  If Character A does make Character B feel embarrassed or unintelligent, Character B shouldn’t let this go unaddressed.  Otherwise, this can feel like a slap in the face to readers of Character B’s race/culture.  The best way to learn what words a foreign speaker should know is to try taking beginner’s (or even advanced, depending on the extent of the character’s learning) classes in a foreign language.  Take note of the kinds of words and phrases you learn first – for example, in my Spanish class, I first learned things like, “Where are you from?” and, “I ate soup for dinner.”  I learned numbers 1-20 and the days of the week, and how to ask where the bathroom was.  I probably wouldn’t be able to understand the answer to that without hand motions, or probably half of the words in your response, but hell, I knew that phrase!

In summary: decide how extensive your character’s second language is, then use the words they know + sounds and motions to communicate.


That’s what comes to mind right now, but I’m sure there’s much more I’ve yet to cover.  If any of my followers has anything to add (maybe from experience?) be sure to jump in!

Thanks again, anon, and happy writing :)


If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

The Fourth of July

Originally posted by abovethethroat

Sherlock Holmes

Although this holiday was foreign to Sherlock, he insisted on celebrating it with you. The two of you bought small fireworks, sparklers, and food for the BBQ. Sherlock rolled your eyes and grumbled as you invited people to the BBQ, insisting that it would be much nicer with only two people. However, when the BBQ started, you saw a small smile ghost over Sherlock’s lips. He wrapped his arms around you and pressed a kiss to your forehead as John and Mrs. Hudson tried to set off the fireworks. You watched as Mycroft walked around passing out sparklers and snuggled further into Sherlock’s embrace, perfectly content. 

Originally posted by sherlockspeare

John Watson

John Watson didn’t mind celebrating the Fourth with you, however, he hated the sound of fireworks. Last year, the two of you had gone back to the States to celebrate with your family. It was fun until the fireworks started lighting up the sky, sending John deep into his own mind with thoughts about the war. The two of you decided that this year, you would celebrate the Fourth at 221B. John lazily draped his arm across your waist, pulling you into his warm embrace. He placed a small kiss on your lips and muttered a quiet, ‘I love you’ before getting out of bed and grabbing the sparklers. You followed soon after, grabbing his hand and following him to the front steps of your shared flat. John held a sparkler in one hand and you in the other, as the two of you spent the last few hours of your holiday playing with sparklers and stealing kisses.

Originally posted by alksontini

Jim Moriarty

Jim Moriarty never really celebrated holidays until he met you. Now, he celebrated them all, looking for any excuse to spend entire days with you. When the sun started setting, Jim took you out for a boat ride on the River Thames. He packed a few of your favorite dishes, champagne, and a few sparklers. You smiled as he grabbed your hand, letting the boat slowly drift as you stared at the Palace of Westminster in awe. The beautiful lights bounced off of the water, illuminating it even more. When you told Jim how wonderful the night turned out, he pressed a kiss to your lips and told you that it wasn’t over yet. Jim motioned for you to look over at the parliament buildings, and soon, red, white, and blue fireworks were pouring out of the top. Jim let go of your hand and pulled you back against his chest, placing a kiss on the top of your head as the grand finale began. 

everything you need to know about polish history can be summed up by this little fact:

there is a national/religious song, in which there are two versions of the last verse depending on Poland’s political situation

so we either ask God to bless our fatherland or we ask him to return it to us

Six Months After

Everyone talks about Exchange. They talk about the phases you go through –Excitement–> Hardships–> Boredom–> Missing home at the holidays –> Re-birth–> Exchange becomes your life. 

What about the phases when you get home? Those are important too and can leave you feeling just as many emotions.


1-2 months after exchange: Ups&Downs

Being home is exciting. You are re-discovering your old life, but with new eyes. You re-discover certain comforts of home you were missing for a year. Most days. Some days. Other days you question weather you are really “home”. You miss exchange. You want to go back. Every day you feel different. 


3-4 months after exchange: Re-building

This is the stage in which you re-build your life. If can be frustrating, but over-all exciting. For those of us who went straight to college, it’s nice having something new to do. It’s like adventures on exchange again. After all, how many exchange students actually do well with routine?

But it will be hard. People will get annoyed, they won’t understand that 4 months ago still feels like yesterday for you. They won’t understand that your version of “homesickness” is different than theirs. They might be able to drive home on the weekends, or look forward to break, but you’ll be counting change wondering how long it will take you to save up for a plane ticket “home”. Your homesickness will only ever be “half” clenched.  


5-6 months after exchange: What is home?

This is the stage, right as the holidays are approaching. The excitement to celebrate the holidays in a traditional way is exhilarating, after all, you feel as if it’s been 2 years since Christmas. Yet something feels wrong as your find your self longing to spend the holidays in the way you once did. As in you did, one time. You can’t stop talking about traditions that aren’t yours. “Home for the Holidays” is a confusing phrase that has a strange meaning to you. Everyone has been busy will school and you talk to your friends less, but miss them just as much if not more. Photos start appearing, “One year ago today”, and you spend an entire day looking through all your photos, wondering how time passed so fast.

Everyday exchange passes through your mind, every hour actually. And you feel mute. Like no one will listen. Like those you do talk to don’t understand what you are talking about. Exchange is like another life, hidden inside you. People talk about “home” when they get “homesick”. You find your words and thoughts split between too places, and no one wants to hear about your year in Italy because you seem to full of yourself, but people can talk about home and no one would suggest that they think they are better than others. You fight the urge to mention that you didn’t live in Rome or Florence. You find yourself stuck in a life you aren’t able to exist in.

And you like your life in your home country. You like being at school in your native language, you are happy with your growth and progress, you have a better idea of your future.

You like having friends who speak your language, but yet you still find yourself struggling to be understood. You like that you’ll be going home soon, but you are still asking yourself, “what is home?”

Let’s Save The World

Pairing: Avengers x reader
Summary: the holidays have arrived and despite being with family, work seems to never stop
Warnings: swearing


Family dinners had been your least favorite thing in the world. Everyone would ask questions like, when are you going to get boyfriend or how’s school going or are you looking for a job yet and to be honest, you couldn’t answer any of them or the ones that followed. None of them knew you switched to online schooling and none of them knew you worked for the Avengers. You had met Tony when he came to talk to one of your classes in college and while he tried to flirt, you shot him down quickly. But not quickly enough. He took a liking to you and introduced you to the others and it was clear, you were meant to be there. And while you had no special powers, you were well taught in different fighting styles and proved valuable to the team. And your knowledge in science and technology had Bruce and Tony keeping you constantly busy in the lab. 

Yet as the holidays finally made their way, you were slowly dreading the return home to face your family. And despite your protests, you were forced to return to them for the holidays. You’d much rather spend it with those back at the tower who had no one but each other to celebrate with. Yet there you sat, talking with your family and answering questions the best you could about your life and your schooling. But as you began eating, you could hear the news play in the background on the kitchen tv and suddenly you were standing. Without fully realizing it, you were walking to the kitchen and turning the volume on the tv up.

“Everyone shut up,” you snapped, silencing the twenty something family members you had. You watched the tv, watched as some form of alien tech wrecked havoc across the globe and you cursed to yourself. Your family just had to live in one of the cities that was being terrorized. You were already making your way to the door without having to see the other Avengers already getting to some of the scenes.

“Y/N! Where are you going?” Your mother called after you as you grabbed your coat and the car keys.

“Stay here, lock the doors and don’t do anything to get yourself killed,” you demanded, leaving without another word. Dialing Tony’s number, you turned the car on, cursing as you got voicemail. You tried again and to your fortune, he picked up.

“Y/N. I’m assuming you saw the news?” Tony asked, his voice calm as it always was when danger threatened the lives of thousands.

“Tony, what the fuck is going on?” You asked, bypassing cars and weaving your way through the streets. You had to get home, home had your weapons, your motorcycle. The gun in your purse wouldn’t do you much good against foreign tech.

“Holiday surprise. Sam and Steve are already on one of the quinjets, Natasha and Clint are on another. You don’t have to worry, we’ve got this,” Tony tried to reassure.

“You got this my ass. They’re in my city, threatening my people. Hell yes I have to worry. I told you the holidays are the worst." 

"You’re overreacting.”

“Overreacting? Tony, there is a fucking alien invasion. I’m not overreacting, I’m being realistic." 

Despite not being with him, she knew Tony was rolling his eyes. "Listen, just be careful kid okay?" 

"I’ll be fine. Now, let’s go save the world." 

Brazilian Mythos and Folklore

As someone who’s Brazilian but can’t find anything about Brazilian creatures and mythology around the witchy community - and I think that shouldn’t be happening, because Brazil is a huge country (and I mean it, it is fucking huge), with different cultures all mixed together, we have a lot of good stuff to share, and I don’t think we should be ignored. -, I’ve decided to write a series of posts about our tales and stories, that are influenced mainly by the beliefs of our native Indian people, African people, and European people.

So let’s get to it: 

Saci Pererê

Usually depicted as an one-legged black boy, with holes on the palms of his hands, who wears red shorts and a red hat, and who’s always smoking a pipe, Saci Pererê is one of the most iconic beings in the Brazilian folklore.

Saci can be viewed as evil and malign, or as just a silly prankster; he likes to hide children’s toys, braid horses’ manes, spill salt, make the milk go sour, curse chicken eggs so they never hatch, set farm animals loose, etc. To avoid him doing such terrible things, you should leave him gifts an offerings, such as tobacco for his pipe and cachaça (a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugar cane).

Saci’s hat is magical and can help him appear and disappear as he wishes, and it is said that he comes and goes from a dust devil. The lore says if you can grab a hold on Pererê’s hat, you can make a wish and he is forced to grant it to you, and he has to obey you for as long as you have his hat, but if he manages to escape, hopefully you treated him well, because if he likes you he might become your friend, but if he doesn’t he will most likely hold a grudge.

If you are being chased by Saci, to escape you can either jump a water stream (if he follows you he will lose his powers), and/or throw ropes with knots on the ground, because he has to stop and untie them one by one. 

It is also said that Saci isn’t just one particular being, but more. It is said a Saci is born from the seventh segment on a bamboo stem.

The origins of this myth are said to be Native Brazilian, with the Tupi-Guarani mythological creature Ŷaci-ŷaterê; an one-legged child, with bright red hair, who casts spells and breaks the silence, later adapted and modified by the African people who were brought as slaves by the Portuguese, hence why now he is depicted as a black kid.

Trivia

  • October 31st is not Halloween in Brazil, but the Saci’s day. A day to celebrate Brazilian culture and folklore, instead of following the foreign holiday. However, not many commemorate it.

(I do not own the picture)

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All about Easter in Germany!

A Brit in Germany explains German Ostern. 

This week I’m looking at how Easter is celebrated in Germany - including special food, customs and tons of vocabulary. Joining me are stone rabbit and stone bird. ;D

☆ Mini Deutsch dictionary:
Alles über Ostern - everything about Easter
Ostern - Easter
der Gründonnerstag - Maundy Thursday
der Karfreitag - Good Friday
der Karsamstag - Holy Saturday
der Ostersonntag - Easter Sunday
der Ostergottesdienst - Easter mass
der Ostermonntag - Easter Monday
die Osterwoche - Easter week
die Osterkarte - Easter card
das Osterrad - Easter wheel
der Osterbrunnen - Easter fountain
die Ostereier - Easter eggs
der Osterhase - Easter bunny
das Osternest - Easter nest/basket
der Osterstrauch - little branch or bush with eggs hanging on it
der Osterzopf - plaited bread
Osterlamm - cake/bread in shape of lamb
das Osterbrot - Easter bread
die Osterglocke - daffodil
Frohe Ostern! - Happy Easter
das Ostereiersuchen - Easter egg hunt”

Der Osterhase (Easter Bunny) is a German-Lutheran tradition - it started in Germany in the Middle Ages. Read more about it here.

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PRINGLES GONE CRAY-CRAY… P.S. I am aware some of these are U.S. Holiday flavors… P.P.S I am not very fond of that whole “Cray-Cray” thing. 

  • Soft-shell crab
  • Seaweed
  • Indonesian Satay
  • Bangkok Grilled Chicken Wing
  • Blueberry & Hazelnut
  • Grilled Shrimp
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • White Chocolate Peppermint
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Sausage
  • Pigs In Blankets
  • Hong Kong Fishball
  • Bacon Caesar Salad
  • Tandoori Chicken
  • Aromatic Crispy Chicken
  • Milky Shoyu Butter
  • Smoked Salami
  • Spareribs
  • Cheese Dog
  • BBQ Chicken
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Visiting the German Christmas Market: A Food and Shopping Guide

“Christmas markets are naturally must-see attractions in Germany. Every Christmas Market is special in its own way. To spark the Christmas mood, we decided to show you what it is generally like in a Christmas Market and my most recommended food at the Frankfurt Christmas Market. Enjoy!”

Having A Crush On A Foreigner (BTS)

You could make a reaction BTS when they find their ideal type, but it is foreign and is just holiday in your country? thanks ^^


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Rap Monster:
I think he’d be visibly frustrated. He wouldn’t say directly what it was so people would be curious as to what’s wrong. It’d also be annoyed at himself for falling for you so quickly, especially someone he may never see again. By the end of the holiday, he’d be honest with his feelings to you. Your reaction would help him decide whether to pursue it or not.

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Jin:
He would be a little sad, but like RapMonnie, wouldn’t express why he was acting the way he was. He’d try to be a little optimistic and would really hope it’d work out between the two of you.He’d tried to find out as much about you as he could and enjoy every moment you spent together. When he had to leave, however, he would be a little crushed.

Originally posted by daesbulge

(he’s ruining me again wtf)

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adelha-mathilde  asked:

She brought a bag of cookies to the shop. The chocolate chips still soft and melting as she set the bag down next to the shop keeper. Her smile not as cheerful as usual. "Your sugared treat for a foreign holiday. I hope you and Lady Yoruichi are doing well."

“As well as can be expected,” he returned, “and thank you for asking. Ah!” He pulled his hand from the bag, already having found its way in to claim one of the delicacies for himself. “I believe I recognize this type of cookie as Nestlé-Tolouse, an elegant French pastry,” he said, taking one and sinking his teeth into the crisp-yet-chewy cookie. “An appropriate treat,” he continued dryly, “to celebrate a country whose independence would not have been achieved without the assistance of France.”  Cookie – and tongue – in cheek, he chewed in pensive satisfaction, affording a moment of silence.

“Yet, if I may make an observation, dear lady, you don’t appear to be in a celebratory mood.” He let the statement hang in the air – an open invitation.

ES Views: Airport parking charge won’t help cut air pollution

I was disappointed but not surprised by former Airports Commission chair Sir Howard Davies’s suggestion that it would be acceptable for people to drive to an expanded Heathrow as long as they pay a £10 or £15 charge for the pollution they cause [July 7].

This would make virtually no difference to air pollution or congestion because most people who can afford to jet off on foreign holidays can easily afford a charge of £10 to drive their car to the airport.

An estimated 9,500 Londoners die every year prematurely from air pollution and Heathrow, with so many aircraft flying overhead and road traffic, is the biggest polluter.

Our real aim should be to reduce air pollution and protect Londoners’ health rather than expanding Heathrow — and allowing the airport’s car users to get away with a pathetically small charge for poisoning our air.
Nic Ferriday

With all the discussions about the impact of a third runway at Heathrow, I am left wondering why the noise-mitigation measures agreed by the pro-expansion lobby won’t be implemented immediately, regardless of whether a third runway is built.

The blight of aircraft noise in south-west London is a real issue today to residents, with a thundering airliner flying overhead every 90 seconds. If measures including steeper landing flight paths and more varied approach directions have already been approved to decrease the noise burden of a third runway, why would they not be put in place as soon as humanly possible?

It seems churlish not to. They could offer some real respite and just might help convince more Londoners of the merits of a third runway as the debate bubbles on.
Jeremy Calvert


Thank you for your thoughtful piece by Nicholas Cecil in conversation with Sir Howard Davies. However, whether or not flights are banned before 5.30am or 6am, I wonder why Heathrow cannot introduce this ban now, rather than only when an agreement on a third runway is made? If the airport has the means to do so, why can we not be allowed an extra hour of sleep now?

Furthermore, how meaningful would the no-fly period be when planes currently fly over London as late as 1am and as early as 4.15am, exercising an exemption that permits them hundreds of night flights a year before they even have to consider paying any penalties?

Incidentally, many of your readers will know that, at this time of the year when it is so stuffy and you have to keep windows open at night, Heathrow is particularly disruptive and affects the well-being of hundreds of thousands more Londoners than is normally the case.
Nic Oatridge


No end in sight to chaos on Southern

Yet again there is disruption on Southern as guards join drivers in protest at plans to remove guards from services and extend driver-only operated trains. These actions cause huge inconvenience as timetables are shaved and cancellation to peak-time services are implemented.

For the thousands of workers trying to get to and from work it is yet another blow. I have nothing but contempt for the unions and their dinosaur tactics and, for that matter, the management of Southern, who continue to demonstrate an arrogant position.

The polarised parties of unions and management should be forced into binding arbitration to resolve this nonsense once and for all. If not, Southern should be replaced with a new franchise.
David Doe


Leave campaign loses all credibility

Vince Cable is right to claim that “Brexit may never happen” to the public debate [July 7].

A year after the EU referendum, we have had the opportunity to test the veracity of the Leave camp’s arguments; almost all have been found to be either the result of wishful thinking or lacking in detail. Crucially, the notion that the EU “needs us more than we need them” has been shown to be nonsense.

With the credibility of Leave’s arguments so visibly undermined, we cannot continue on our current course to leave the EU.
Rohan Moorthy


Billionaire tax will achieve very little

David Reed suggests billionaires should pay more tax “to cover decent wages across the public sector, abolish student loans, and… [support] major investment projects” [Letters, July 7].

He mentions Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley in particular, who is said to be worth £2.2 billion. However, liquidating his assets would only keep the NHS running for about 5.5 days, or alternatively we would need 66 Mike Ashleys to fund the NHS for a year. Maybe we can find another source?
C D Drewe

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Konta is looking the part at Wimbledon

We have been waiting a long time for a British woman to win Wimbledon. But I think Johanna Konta has done everything she can so far to show she can end that run.

In typical British fashion Konta didn’t make it easy for herself, needing three sets to beat Caroline Garcia of France. But the grit that got her through against Croatia’s Donna Vekic in the second round was evident once again.

With Serena Williams not competing this year and Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki all out before the quarter-finals, Konta might not get a better chance to win. And yet I do not believe there has been as much support for her as there is for Andy Murray.

Konta is the first British woman to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon since Jo Durie 33 years ago — a damning reflection of the state of women’s tennis in Britain.

Many of your correspondents have written to complain about the predictability of the women’s game. I would counter with the fact that only Romania’s Simona Halep — the number two seed and Konta’s next opponent — made it to the quarter-finals out of the top five seeded players.

Let’s hope Konta can capitalise on this and make history at SW19.
Emma Stewart

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Commuters face serious health risks

RE: Robin De Peyer’s article [“Tube passengers ‘breathe in 12m toxic air particles a minute’… and could be at risk of dementia”, Online, July 7] — what about the carcinogenic asbestos dust from brake shoes that is known to be wafting around the network every time a train pushes its way through the underground tunnels?

How many Londoners have suffered permanent lung damage and premature death due to a lifetime’s exposure as part of their daily commute on the London Underground system? It appears that only half of the story regarding air pollution has been covered so far.
William Judge

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In Light of the Holiday Season-

I would like to wish all of my religious and/or foreign followers happy holidays!

-  رمضان‎  (Ramadan) 

-  عيد الفطر (Eid al-Fitr)

-  عيد الأضحى (Eid al-Adha)

-Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe)

-Saint Lucia Dag (Saint Lucia’s/Lucy’s Day)

- חֲנֻכָּה or חנוכה (Hanukkah)

-Boxing Day

-Kwanzaa

- 大晦日 (Omisoka)

-Yule

-Saturnalia

-Saint Nicholas Day

-Christmas Day

-Three Kings Day/Epiphany

-Winter Solstice


If I’ve forgotten anything or spelled anything wrong, please correct me! Every belief and celebration, nationality, religion, and spelling of said celebrations is important and should be correctly represented!

I'm bored so send me your birthdays and I'll answer questions corresponding to it :)

January - what’s your favorite season?
February - who do you want to talk to right now?
March - what’s your best subject in school?
April - describe your favorite pair of shoes.
may - what culture of food is your favorite?
June - what are you most afraid of?
July - how many pillows do you sleep with?
August - who’s the last person you kissed?
September - if you had a week to live, what are some things you’d do?
October - favorite holiday?
November - what are you best at cooking/baking from scratch?
December - what’s your favorite song this week?

1st - what’s something you wish you weren’t the first to be?
2nd - have you ever been catcalled?
3rd - what’s your favorite name for a child?
4th - favorite snack?
5th - who are you most happy for right now and why?
6th - where is your happy place?
7th - what’s the first thing you do every morning?
8th - about what time do you usually go to sleep?
9th - do you consider yourself a pessimist, optimist, or realist?
10th - if you had to go back to a certain time period in history, where and when would it be?
11th - what’s the last big problem you’ve overcome?
12th - invent something useful.
13th - what’s your favorite personality trait about yourself?
14th - what’s your favorite part of your body?
15th - have you ever questioned your gender?
16th - are you religious?
17th - what’s your favorite foreign holiday (not native to your country)
18th - what’s something you’re looking forward to right now?
19th - are you good with computers?
20th - if you could design an animal, what would it look/sound/be like?
21st - what’s your lucky/favorite number?
22nd - favorite flavor of pie?
23rd - what’s a sport you love but aren’t good at?
24th - what’s the last compliment you remember from someone?
25th - what’s the last text you sent say?
26th - what’s your favorite style/vibe of clothing?
27th - if you could make a solid living doing anything, what would it be?
28th - mind over matter? (aka non-tangible things, your feelings - over physical problems)
29th - what’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled off?
30th - how do you fix coffee? tea?
31st - most annoying internet trend to you?

Halloween cheeriness

This fanfic actually had some plot, but it got lost to the depths of Skype chatrooms and only the silly conversations remained. Sorry for not describing the party, but I’ll leave it to your imagination. This is over 3000 words of modern AU comedy and goofiness. The setting is my own Hiryuu House.

Characters: The entire Happy Hungry Bunch, Kaya, Lili, Tae-yeon, Mundok, Soo-won in spirit. Also in spirit but literally, Hakuboos and Seiboos since it is Halloween, but they’re not shown in the fic.

“Let’s have a normal Halloween party and not become a horror movie,” Yona grimaced.

“Please,” Jae-ha shook his head, “especially since I’m probably the only one present who’s not a virgin.”

“Do you want to decorate the walls with your blood, Droopy Eyes?”

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