domingo, 24 de marzo de 2013

25th March: Tolkien Reading Day

Tolkien's work is so appealing that there is a Tolkien Society and an annual Tolkien Reading Day, celebrated on 25th March.

"Launched in 2003 Tolkien Reading Day event has sparked interest in reading and reading groups across several nations and ages, from primary schoolchildren to university students and library users of all ages. 25th March has significance to Tolkien's readers, as it is the day of the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the 'War of the Ring' in The Lord of the Rings."
I'd like to contribute to the event with a video from Air New Zealand. Enjoy!

viernes, 15 de marzo de 2013

The Four Agreements

Some years ago I came across this book by Miguel Ruiz and my life started to change in a very positive way.
This is why I would like to recommend it once again to all those who are interested in leading a better life by making the most of it for themselves and for the others.
Enjoy your reading!

Don Miguel moved to the United States to share his wisdom, and spent the next 15 years exploring ways to heal and change the human mind. He witnessed his students struggling to quiet their minds and sought to create tools to assist them. The result of this quest was The Four Agreements®. That book contains a specific series of practical steps, that when used by anyone, can result in consistent and long-term personal transformation.

domingo, 10 de marzo de 2013

Bookshelf porn

Warning: this entry is suitable for all ages.

We all know libraries are hot places where you can find steamy stories, but we're not dealing with explicit intercourse today. Bookshelf Porn is a photoblog "created to allow people to indulge their love of books, libraries, bookstores and bookcases by showcasing the best bookshelf photos from around the world." If you're redecorating or you need ideas to accommodate your books, this is the place to go. They have a good plan for next Sunday, too.

viernes, 8 de marzo de 2013

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Directed by Sam Raimi, Oz The Great and Powerful opens today in cinemas worldwide. Disney's latest production invents a story for the famous wizard. There is little in common with the lovely 1939 film, or with the original novel.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum, was first published in 1900. It tells the story of a young girl named Dorothy who is carried away from home by a tornado. She turns up in the Land of Oz, where she must look for the Wizard if she wants to return home. On her way she meets a scarecrow who wants a brain, a tin man who wants a heart, and a cowardly lion who wants courage. They all go together to the Emerald City, hoping that the Wizard will solve their problems.

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most popular stories in American culture. It was so successful that Baum wrote 13 sequels in his lifetime, followed by 21 more after his death. You will probably be familiar with Oscar-winning song Over the Rainbow, from the1939 film. I include this other cheerful one, though: We're Off to See the Wizard.

You're off to see the Wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
You'll find he is a whiz of a Wiz! If ever a Wiz! there was.
If ever oh ever a Wiz! there was The Wizard of Oz is one because,
Because, because, because, because, because.
Because of the wonderful things he does.
You're off to see the Wizard. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

You can borrow the novel from us or download the text and audio.

PS.- It is Sunday now and Oz had a strong debut, according to the Los Angeles Times, grossing a combined  $150 million worldwide on Friday and Saturday (the movie cost $235).