Monopoly Money

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We found an old Monopoly set in the attic of the summer house. My daughters were very keen to learn how to play. So I dusted off my memory of the rules, tried to recollect the Franc/ Dollar exchange rate (this set is from circa 1970), and we got down to business.

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Paper marvels : Zim & Zou

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The wonderful universe of  Zim & Zou is made of paper sculptures, installations, illustrations and more. No computer for this French duo composed by Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann as they prefer to create real objects using paper or other tangible materials.

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Parenting by Default vs Parenting by Design

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We are obsessed with our kids. Society’s move from ancestor worship to descendant worship ‎has made us uninterested in culture, more primitive in our outlook, worse citizens, and ultimately… boring. That seems the Parenting Paradigm as presented by the English media. Readers of Pirouette know that it need not be this way. 

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Sunday Video : keeping contact with earth

Earthing

When we were kids we were going barefoot a lot, at least I was, during the 2 months of summer holidays. A good habit to keep… Take a look at this short animated video to understand what’s behind the concept of earthing. Off the shoes, and for your good health, don’t hesitate to hug trees!

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Sunday Video : animals run the show

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Little ones will laugh out loud with this BBC video featuring talking chipmunks, farting gorillas or dancing birds. I hope you parents will join them and share a fun moment!

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Sunday Video : Optical Pop

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Optical Illusion? Most certainly. Photoshop? CGI? This remarkable pop video was made in a single, remarkable take. It gives both “Pop Art” and “Op Art” a whole new spin. Turn up the volume, and enjoy!

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Sunday Video : Growing cities

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Have you thought about starting to grow your own garden with your kids? On the balcony or window box, on the roof, on your backyard, garden…the size doesn’t matter, what is important is to plant a seed, to see life taking shape,

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Sunday Video : Banksy’s hide&seek game in NY

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Who does not love Banksy? Irreverent, clever, mysterious. This is a trailer for a documentary film of the ‘Artist in Residence’ in New York, during his month-long stint in the Big Apple. Or is it? With Banksy, you can never be too sure.

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Sunday Video : Wanna take a cool ride?

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Make yourself comfortable to watch this 3’50 long video. A hand animated toy car, 10 000 photos, 150 hours of shooting…

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Best kept secret in Paris & New York, by Marin Montagut

Marin Montagut - Bonjour New York

A new generation of beautifully made travel guides is flourishing, giving our travels a different, more interesting angle. Bonjour Paris” and “Bonjour New York“, created by Marin Montagut are worth a place on the top of the must-buy list. Marin’s take on the world is joyful and easygoing, echoing his sunny and poetic imagination.

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Sunday Video : iDiots

Sunday Video : iDiots

You can never have enough of what you don’t need to make you happy…. Especially if ‘Planned Obsolescence’ is involved! This Sunday video is a little sermon for adults and kids alike.

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Mae’s radical haircut for a good cause

Sophie Demenge and daughter Mae

I am sharing this story of Mae, a 12 year old girl who decided to cut her hair, with the aim to make a cancer patient happy somewhere. Here’s how brave young Mae scarified her long 17″ (43 cm) braids…

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