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Happy World Book and Copyright Day!

23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the…

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Monthly Matters

Doing: Being outdoors really. I work in an air conditioned office building where it is hard to even notice the changing of seasons. So usually I can’t wait to get out, breath some fresh air, and have some fun! I had some of it this August (not nearly enough, though), in the form of late night walks, short trip on the country-side while at home in Nagykálló, even a Danube cruise-trip. Learning: I have already written about Learning How To Learn, I took the 4-week course throughout August and it was so much fun. Highly recommended! Besides that, I was…

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Happy World Book and Copyright Day!

Happy World Book and Copyright Day! 23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. Click to learn more about World Book and Copryright Day.

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Sunday Smack

Welcome to the last Sunday Smack of 2013! This is going to be a special edition as this time I will recommend some year-end reviews of a wide range of topics. Hope you’ll enjoy!   9 Stories that Will Drive the Global Agenda in 2014 OK, I know that’s not what I promised, but I thought I would start with the exception. I think this is a great compilation, plus UNDispatch is still my favorite world affairs blog.   Now, let’s see what 2013 was like… 2013: the year in world news Great picture review of world news on the Telegraph….

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Sunday Smack

How is everybody doing this weekend? Once again I wish the weekend would last a few days longer, so I could catch up with all the things I don’t get to do with my 10+ hours per day working schedule. I know I seem to be complaining all the time, but finally I am about to act on it too. In the meantime, check out the news that caught my attention this week. On world affairs: Nobel Peace Prize Fails to Pacify Interesting collection of social media responses to the news. I personally am among those who are disappointed that…

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Sunday Smack

Happy Sunday people, how is summer going for you all? I hope you are having a wonderful weekend either you’re working or vacationing these days. Here’s a collection of some of my favorite reads this week. World affairs news of the week: This Could Actually Work – Why John Kerry’s Middle East peace push isn’t a fool’s errand OK, I know it’s too early to really rejoice about this, and that the last talks barely lasted a few weeks with no concrete result, but still. Democrat administrations had such great achievements on that front in the past, I am just…

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UNESCO: World Book and Copyright Day 2013

UNESCO: World Book and Copyright Day 2013 Join the celebration Download books published over 100 years ago on Kindle, they’re free! Share your passion for an author and offer his book to people around you! Take this opportunity to discover something new from what you’re used to read. Leave a book on a park bench or a metro seat with a note saying “Happy Book and Copyright Day!” Find out how to send your old books to schools and libraries in countries facing a post-disaster situation.  Educate yourself on books pirating: respect for copyright encourages the dissemination of knowledge and rewards their creators and publishers….

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papillondemai: Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen’s most beloved novel, first published on 28 January 1813 Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, the story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London. Though the story is set at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the…

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December reads This month after I finished Kofi Annan’s Interventions (of which I still owe you a review) I read a great and long novel by my favorite Hungarian author, one of the works of my favorite Hungarian feminist sociologists – although not a study this time, but a romance, another Hungarian book I read in only an afternoon (yes, Hungarian Christmas candies were involved…), an English novel throughout a journey back from the countryside (and back from Christmas to weekdays), a wonderful women’s guidance book I got for Christmas and a tale everyone needs to read once in a…

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November reads

First of all, instead of random book titles once in a while, I decided to do a monthly book recommendation post from now on. November was rather poor for me on that front, with only four full books finished, while I am also making progress with my first ever Spanish language book, and learning a lot. What I read in November included two classics, one Hungarian romance (sort of) and the long anticipated memoirs of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Many might find strange that I have never read Lolita and The Great Gatsby before, but in Hungary neither…

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