Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Old and New Culture

You can't make this stuff up. Well, actually you can. Before it became a reality, I recall reading about Chessboxing in the Franco/Bosnian comics created by the futurist and social comentator Enki Bilal. Now it is a reality. See segment 5 or download the show.

Segment 1 - France & Germany Plan Own Google
..and its called Quearo. This is give Europe and European language a higher percentage ranking, but also, as Frank Browning reports from Paris, to change the way you look at that information.
Rather bizarrely, Quaero is not yet online. Enjoy this wiki instead.

Segment 2 - Sweden Returns Totem Pole
Sweden is returning a stolen totem pole it stole a century ago from the Haisla First Nation tribe from British Columbia. Radio Swedens Dave Russell reports.
The official Canadian government's take on the pole's return.
Also, the site of the Haisla First Nation itself.

Segment 3 - Dutch Nautical School Teaches Real Sailing
The Enkuizen Nautical School in North Holland is the one and only place in Europe where you can learn to sail the old way. Our Michel Walraven learned all about it from school director Henk Wever.

Segment 4 - Bucharest Gone to the Dogs
Romanias capital is thought to be home to around 300,000 strays. At the beginning of 2006, stray dogs were again omnipresent on the streets of the Romanian capital. Until someone got bitten, really badly. Iulian Muresan has more.

Segment 5 - Chessboxing!
The only sport where taking a rook leads to a right hook. Kyle James reports from Berlin.
It's for real and you can view video featuring it, right here.

Click here to download the program as a high quality mp3.


At 7:27 AM, Anonymous David said...

Hello Jonathan and all at Euroquest !

This week's show was GREAT. I loved both the segments about the return of the Haisla Totem Pole, and about the very unique Enkuizen Sailing School in Holland.

I feel one of the real strenghs of Euroquest as a program, is that you choose segments that make cultural differences personal, while at the same time you put a twist on our expectations and assumptions about those stories.

For instance...it's immensely interesting to learn about how the Haisla First Nation in Canada are reclaiming their heritage. But it's even MORE interesting to discover why and how a symbol of that past ended up in Sweden, and how it's story has become an integral part of both cultures.

As for the sailing school...who would imagine a land locked ship ? But I could certainly see it become a tourist destination for all those passionate devotees of author Patrick O'Brien. He writes action packed historical novels about the age of great sailing ships and the English Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.

And the sailing school shows us a glimpse of Holland's great golden age, but at the same time, also shows us the changing roles in modern Dutch culture. This sailing ship isn't just for guys !

And what in the WORLD is one to make of Chessboxing ??? Reminds me of the Monty Python phrase "And now for something completely different..." What's the next Olympic sport - vicars on roller skates ?

Kudos to all at Euroquest for a truly delightful podcast !

At 4:43 PM, Blogger Jonathan Groubert said...

Thanks very much for these comments. You've made my day.

At 12:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found some nice pics about chessboxing! http://chessboxing.canalblog.com

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Jonathan Groubert said...

Great! I'll take a look.


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