Pushing your body to the limits: A chat with Benjamin Arnold on Calisthenics

Last weekend, eMAG talked to Benjamin Arnold, an addict of the street workout scheme Calisthenics. Most of you are probably not familiar with this kind of workout. So let’s find out!

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The day after

What is it like to live in a country in which a state of emergency has been declared? How do the people of a country whose capital has just been struck by the hardest massacre since the end of World War II feel? In the middle of a catastrophe, how does a nation find its way back to normality? Many questions and the desperate search for answers… Continue reading

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Theatre in the courtroom!

This scene in front of me looks just like an American trial: the judge, clerk, defence and prosecution, plaintiff and defendant, respondents and the jury are present. The charge is read out, the lawyers give their speeches, the examination and cross-examination take place, the final arguments follow, and finally, the jury decides. But it isn’t a usual trial I’m talking about; in fact, it’s all great theatre! Continue reading

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Hair chalk, how to not just color the streets

Sometimes in life, you need a change. The latest thing that I felt like doing was giving my hair tips some color, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a load of concerns first. What if, you just colored them and it turns out you hate purple? Or it turns out to be more drastic then you originally intended? Or the color washes off in like, three days? Or…OK, I guess we can all think of a long list.  First of all: It’s just hair. Second: It really is just hair. But, in case I haven’t convinced you yet, let me tell you about hair chalk!

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A Dream of History

History has always been one of my favorite subjects in school. This isn’t just because of what happened in the past but also because of what connects the past with the present and thus with the future. When I went to the US this summer, I experienced one of my most vivid and interesting dreams about one specific place there: The Gardens at Great Oaks in Roswell, Georgia. After going there on a hot summer’s day and listening to stories being told about the history of this place, I dreamt about it. Continue reading

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Berlin Experience Extraordinaire – Or how to spend a lazy weekend in the capital

Travelling is a great way to spend lots of money. It doesn’t always have to be super expensive though. One way of saving money while travelling is to start by exploring your own country. Germany has a lot to offer, among others my favourite city: Berlin. There’s so much to do there that it can be hard to decide what to do first. So here’s a list of my favourite things to do in the capital.  Continue reading

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A room that inspires and makes you happy

Holidays are such a great time, especially in the summer, as there’s so much to enjoy and explore. And when we meet up after our holidays, we’ll tell each other about the things we’ve experienced. I’ve really enjoyed my holidays. It’s given me time to rest after a term full of tasks and time to do things that I’ve always wanted to but never had the time for, such as reading. Yes, it’s nice to take time to read and savour what a book has to say. So today I’d like to share a great experience of mine.

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Attention Bookworms! Read Niq Mhlongo’s “Way Back Home”

South Africa after the end of apartheid. Kimathi Fezile Tito has returned from exile and built himself a life full of comfort and riches: He owns a prestigious house in Bassonia, one of Johannesburg’s rich suburbs, and expensive cars, dates beautiful women and is co-founder and joint owner of a construction company. But the ground on which his perfect life is built soon starts to crumble when his past catches up with him. Death and disaster follow him wherever he goes, hallucinations start to control his life. Kimathi needs to face what he long had suppressed: the terrible events of his time in Angola. Continue reading

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