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Great architecture makes me happy

November 4, 2012

This spiral shaped building is a project for a Buddhist temple soon to be built in Taichang, China. It  takes shape of a Mobius ring, reflecting the basic principles of Buddhism and the idea of reincarnation. It’s a bit like a new version Franck Lloyd Wright’S New York Guggenheim. By Shanghai-based architecture firm Miliy Design. extraordinary temple. Continue Reading

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Meet Maud and the Shrimpton Family

October 24, 2012

“Maude The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton” is a brand new book by Lauren Child, illustrated by Trisha Krauss. The story is about The Shrimptons family; “flamboyant and eccentric, being noticed is what all the members of the Shrimpton family live for – all except, that is, for Maude. She prefers to blend into the background rather than stand out in a crowd. And this is very much to her advantage when they all come face to face with a rather hungry tiger”. Trisha Krauss tells us more about the collaboration… Continue Reading

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Movie Night Out : A Film List by Pirouette

September 14, 2012

Watching movies with the whole family is a wonderful pastime. But it takes a while to arrive! It’s something to look forward to when your children are toddlers and an incredible reward when the kids are older. The Mini Social Blog invited me to put together a selection of our favourite movies, a bit off the blockbuster-beaten-path.   Continue Reading

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A view on today’s China

September 9, 2012

From The Guardian/Eye Witness : Swimmers wait for the wave machine to start at a saltwater pool dubbed China’s Dead Sea. More than one million visitors are expected at the resort this summer. My children were amazed by this image. For parents I highly recommend a documentary called “Last Train Home“. About family mutations in an overpopulated country and in the modern world. Continue Reading