The former South African president died today at age 95. Remember him through his uplifting and revolutionary words.
Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells, and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower, both strange and familiar.
|—||Cornelia Funke (via bookishleaves)|
The cast of The Lord of the Rings, everybody.
I tried to scroll past this…I really tried.
cast of the Academy Award winning Lord of the Rings trilogy
This will forever be the best picture to ever come from a movie cast.
I’ve been laughing for three years over the fact that in ye old England you could chose to have ‘trial by cake’ in which you ate a piece of cake and if you choked you were guilty and if you didn’t you were innocent, and the only time it was used the guy on trial fucking choked and was executed for it
(image by Jake Simkin)
War, Taliban, violations of human rights: unfortunately these are the things most associated with Afghanistan today. And yet in a society that has no place for them, 70% of the population of this country is made up of children.
Enter Australian skater Oliver Percovich, who first visited Afghanistan in 2007 with three skateboards in tow. It didn’t take long before he was surrounded by children eager to learn how to skate and his mission became clear. Since then, Olly has permanently relocated to Kabul and dedicated his life with his team to creating Skateistan, a non-profit NGO and full-functioning school where children can not only come to learn in a brand new skatepark facility, but in classrooms where they can choose to explore anything from creative arts to environmental health topics.
Regrettably, there are evident obstacles to teaching girls in a country such as Afghanistan but this NGO has worked closely with the local community and government to gain their full consent and support. It turns out, Afghans largely consider skateboarding a suitable activity for girls, but to respect the local law, they are taught on separate days to boys at the skatepark, by an all-female staff. Skateistan also arranges transport for the girls to make it easier and safer for them to attend.
Above is only an excerpt of something wonderful…
The folks behind Skateistan have opened branches in Pakistan and Cambodia as well. Check out the full article for a rundown of the organization’s history, plus an awesome trailer for their eponymous film that won the 2011 Cinema for Peace Berlin award for Most Valuable Documentary!
Major kudos all around.