If We Were Having Coffee… On April 25

Hello, my lovelies!

I’m glad to see you for our Weekend Coffee Share, as initiated by the lovely Part Time Monster.

If we were having coffee today we’d meet at the ice cream parlour in town, despite the rain. We’ve had nice weather for the past week but it’s been raining all morning so far. Still, I need to get out a little and I fancy an ice cream with my coffee. Would you join me?

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The smoke that thunders – Victoria Falls

This post is part of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge. Find the challengers via the Blog Sign-Up or on Twitter using #AtoZChallenge.

You can hear Victoria Falls long before you see them. The majestic waterfall on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe drops into a narrow gorge, amplifying the crashing water’s echo throughout the gorge and beyond. It can be heard in Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The Zambezi is a mighty river, home to hippos and crocodiles, it also provides the livelihood for many of the people living along its shores.

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Waltzing Matilda at Uluru

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You may have heard Australia’s unofficial anthem, Waltzing Matilda. In it, “a jolly swagman camps by a billabong, under the shade of a coolibah tree.” But to fully understand the lyrics, you need to know the lingo.

A swag is a traditional Australian sleeping bag. They are rolled up and carried on your back during the day. These days, they are sturdy things made of canvas, and some even have a bit of padding on one side to act as a mattress. A swagman therefore, is a traveller or worker who is camping out in one of these swags. A billabong is a waterhole and coolibah is a type of eucalyptus.  Matilda is the nickname the men gave their swags.

Now imagine camping out in the vast Outback of Australia, where there’s no light pollution, sleeping underneath millions of stars in the shadow of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Sounds amazing, right?

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The Doctor Who makes reading cool

The Doctor of BBC’s Doctor Who might be a world-saving, time-travelling 900-odd-year-old alien, but even he makes time for a good book or two in his hectic life.

What started over 50 years ago as a (somewhat) educational filler-programme is teaching kids today (in a very sneaky way) that literature isn’t dull. Literary references abound on the show, and the Doctor is showing a whole new generation that it’s perfectly acceptable to geek out a little when you meet your favourite author or cry over fictional characters. Sometimes, the literary nods are subtle, a throw-away line here or a sneaky glimpse of something there, but sometimes they are bold and in your face. For example, there are a whole episodes dedicated to William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie.

Some episodes were even written by famous authors. The list of authors includes such names like Ben Aaronovitch (known for Rivers of London), Douglas Adams (known for Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Neil Gaiman (known for Neverwhere) and Mark Gatiss (known for the Lucifer Box trilogy).

As it is World Book Day today (except in the UK, because they’re special little snowflakes) I compiled a list of 40 references to literature or reading on Doctor Who, with a little help from my cousin.

Have we missed anything?

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Monkeyin’ around in Tafi-Atome

This post is part of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge. Find the challengers via the Blog Sign-Up or on Twitter using #AtoZChallenge. Located in the heart of Ghana’s Volta region, some 230km north of the capital Accra, the village of Tafi-Atome is making a name for itself in the eco-tourism niche as the home of the Tafi-Atome Monkey Sanctuary. Continue reading Monkeyin’ around in Tafi-Atome

World Book Day: Sherlock Holmes #Shelfie

It’s World Book Day, and so I thought I’d take a shelfie of my favourite book: Sherlock Holmes.

This leather-bound edition of the Complete Sherlock Holmes stories is one of my most treasured books, and the centrepiece of my collection.

My leather-bound Complete Sherlock Holmes, with a small violin and bow as well as figurines of Sherlock and John as they appear on the BBC show Sherlock. Photography by Cornelia Kaufmann
My leather-bound Complete Sherlock Holmes, with a small violin and bow as well as figurines of Sherlock and John as they appear on the BBC show Sherlock. Photography by Cornelia Kaufmann

I do have other Holmes books, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in English and an illustrated German version. I also have non-ACD Holmes stories, like Young Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Lane and House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz.

And in front of the Sherlock Holmes book and violin, are two small figurines of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as they appear on the modern BBC show Sherlock, because I like Holmes & Watson in all their incarnations.  The small lads were made by Elanor Clay Works on Etsy.

 

World Book Day: Harry Potter #Shelfie

Today is World Book Day (except if you’re in the UK – then it was on March 5).

So I thought I’d share a few glances at my bookshelves with you and take a few shelfies.

Here’s my Harry Potter Shelfie:

My German Harry Potter books (left) and English Harry Potter books (right), separated by Hedwig. Photography by Cornelia Kaufmann
My German Harry Potter books (left) and English Harry Potter books (right), separated by Hedwig. Photography by Cornelia Kaufmann

There are 4 more, colourful small owls as well. Two in front of the German language hardcovers and two in front of the English language books (only the first 3 books are paperbacks).