23 April 2018

La Rosa i El Drac - Català; Ara i Sempre

Today is a a very important day in Catalonia, is like Valentine's Day for the rest of the world, that's why today I want to share with you the words "La Rosa i El Drac".

It is quite original because the 23rd of April is an important day for England too, but we can say we celebrate it quite differently. If you ever visit Catalonia one day like today you'll find all the cities full of book markets and flowers, because is tradition to give your loved ones a rose and a book."La Rosa i El Drac" means "The Rose and The Dragon".

I found this translation of our legend, I hope you like it... (the source is Catalans a Aarhus)

According to legend, there was a terrifying dragon located in the village of Montblanc, south-west of Barcelona. The dragon was always hungry, so the people in the village gave him one animal a day to keep it from attacking the village. However, one day the dragon ate the last of the animals, and then it started eating the people of the village too. In order to satisfy the hunger of the dragon, the people of the village decided to randomly chose a person every day to be sacrificed to the beast.
One day the princess’ name came up, and although that made the King very sad, he sent her to the dragon. But just when the dragon was about to eat the princess, a brave and handsome knight, known as Sant Jordi, rode into town and killed the beast with his spear, saving her life.
From the blood of the dragon, there grew a rose bush, and Sant Jordi took a red rose and gave it to the princess as a sign of his love. Everybody in the village was very happy the dragon was dead and they lived peacefully ever after.

Yellow Portraits by Marc Urtasun

Can you guess who are the characters bellow these Yellow Portraits by the artist Marc Urtasun. ;)

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4/5

If you don't know any Irish possibly you have no idea that Aisling is a name; Irish for 'dream, vision'.
So when I started reading What a Complete Aisling, I was expecting a lot of Irish humour and life, and I wasn't wrong, this had been an insight of life here in Ireland, mixing the life of busy Dublin with the tranquil village of Ballygobbard.
Aisling has her life more or less balanced, during the week she works in the big city while on the weekends she stays with her parents at the small village. Everything will change when a trip to the "too much tourists" Tenerife island with her boyfriend doesn't end with a happy engagement and she decides to take a break of them, not just the boyfriend but all her life as she had lived since then. So when she decides to move to Dublin with her co-workers she knows that she will have to change but, is she ready to stop being Aisling?
This story explains Aisling's life, with her ups and downs, how life with your parents away could make your life quite difficult, or how breaking with your childhood friend is not simply saying stop but having to separate two life that had been together for a long time.
This had not just been a funny book, but an opening eye story, because some of the insights that are written in the book are really how life is here, they see the life in the big city too far away and simply like their lives without big changes or a hurry life. Maybe that's why I still haven't feel the "Irish calling" in my blood yet, too many years living in a busy city and loving it, but reading Aisling life makes it seeing with another view, you have it or not, and it would be your decision to know if Aisling has the blood to survive in the big city... ready for it? 
This book will make you go to a rollercoaster of emotions, ups and downs, but at the same time a really fun attraction to enjoy and remember for a long time. And lets say the truth, I am sure you will repeat the experience! ;)

22 April 2018

Your child imagination is important just like food! - Legoland Advertising

I have to totally agree with the statement "Your child imagination is important just like food!" of this Legoland advertising. The world is too hard not to make them enjoy these few years where their only worry should be if they are eating their favourite food or if they will have enough time to play with all their toys, don't you think?
Take a look at these original Lego images...

Creative Director: Abdelkader Driss
Art Director: Patrick Souleman
Copywriter: Ihssan Ali
Photographer: Alberto Kazck

The source is Ads of the World.

Keeper by Johana Gustawsson - Blog Tour

Genre: Thriller, Crime
Source: Orenda Books
Rating: 4'5/5

"Lobes and mash, home-made style...
Beat two egg yolks and dip the lobes in.
Toss them in breadcrumbs.
Fry the in parsley butter.
Drizzle them in olive oil and serve with mash.
Lobes and mash, home-made style..."

This has been a twisted noir crime mystery, where dark passions and hungry will be mixed with the mythological Sweden Gods, making any other crime book you've read lately superfluous and light compared to this one.
As we start reading the new case of Emily Roy and Alexis Castell we will discover that there's a new killer, of course this would not surprise anyone, the only problem is that this killer has the same pattern as one they thought they put in prison ten years ago... Did he had an accomplice or was he innocent? Richard, the man they put in prison is totally disturbed, but a killer? They will have to dig deeper and travel to the past to discover the truth... because this killer seems to have links with Jack the Reaper...
This had not been an easy read, some scenes were quite difficult to read, but at the same time I understood why they should be in the book, this will not be a compassionate killer, but one that wants to posses completely their victims forever, what could be more possessive than eating them?
It is always interesting how Johana Gustawsson likes to connect their stories between the past and the present, in this case with the mysterious and deadly Jack the Reaper, with his victims it would seem that our present killer could have a similarity... but it will be Emily and Alexis the ones to try to unravel the web of killing and dark needs that this killer has left with the victims.
This story had been full of characters, some time I would say too many, between all the police detectives, the victims, the family of the victims and the killer it was difficult to catch up who was who in the beginning. But let me say I wouldn't had chosen two better characters to investigate this case, even when is too personal for them, they are impersonal on the case and they just want to discover the truth. And even if their friendship would seem quite weird it works on this stories, they connect and make the cases direct and without flourishes, a delight to read (even if the case is as dark as this one!).
Just one little recommendation if you start reading this book, don't have any meat near! ;)
Ready for a feast?

20 April 2018

Calendari - Català; Ara i Sempre

Calendari... I used to buy one each year and had it hanged on the kitchen... now that I have a little one, I have a wood one... I miss my picture papers!! /kæləndʌrɪ/

I think I have given you a lot of clues... and is almost written the same, so I am sure you already know what is a Calendari... Oh yes, Calendari is a calendar; a chart or list displaying the days of each month and week in a year.

Here is a Calendar from this 2018 in Catalan! ;) You can download it with full definition in Tricicle.

Miena Art

Take a look at these cute gifs by the artist Miena...

Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton - Blog Tour + Giveaway

Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Great Escapes
Rating: 4/5

Anna Freenant is trying to start again, in a new place, a new house and maybe some new friends... but a murder never entered in her plans! So now, she will have to discover the truth if she wants to continue with her new life...!

'"I have a lawyer. He's driving over from Denver today. I need a detective."
"Okay. Good to know. But maybe you haven't noticed. I'm not a detective, either."
"But I don't have, like, anyone else." As her voice rose in anguish, the guard took a step closer. Kandi got the message and lowered her voice. "I've got to find out what really happened. I can't let them pin this on me. I need you to be my Miss Marple."'

Since the first page I felt in love with this little village and all the neighbours in it. Yes, there's a killer between them, and let me say that I hope there will be more, because I can't wait to read a new mystery with all these characters. Everyone is welcoming and sweet, why reality cannot be this way?
Of course all the characters will have secrets, some of them more dangerous than others, even Anne has a few of their own, but this makes the book interesting and addictive for the reader, don't you think?
I loved how in the end, when Anne discovers the truth, she would confront all the possible killers in one room and discards one by one with their explanation for why they lied or not told totally the truth... and then we will have the killer to confess!
If you are searching for a quick read mystery, with delightful characters and some very promising series, I would recommend you to start this series, is perfect for any cozy mystery lover.
Ready to discover who killed the chicken?

Sounds interesting? Good luck in the Giveaway! ;)

19 April 2018

DirectPortrait by Federico Babina

I am sure you remember the previous post I made of Federico Babina, Architale, so today I want to share you the new project, DirectPortrait, mixing famous directors with their movies, take a look! ;)

Here are all of them...

NATEDE; A Natural Air Purifier by Clairy

I am a big lover fan, so every time I find a project to fund in Kickstarter which is plants related I always try to fund it. That's why today I want to share with you this project, the Natede, a natural air purifier.

NATEDE has the most advanced sensors and it leverages a new photocatalytic filter, which does not need to be replaced, eliminating waste and extra expenses.
Thanks to the combination of the plant with this innovative filter, this air purifier successfully eliminates 93% of VOCs, 99% of bacteria, viruses, fine-particulate and odors.

NATEDE also works with its dedicated app that allows users to monitor air pollutants and control the air flow in their space in real time.

I have backed this project and I can't wait to share my experiences with you! ;)

18 April 2018

Flors - Català; Ara i Sempre

Flors... I really like Spring! Not just because the weather it starts changing, but because the plants start blooming! /flɒs/

Today's word is related to nature... any guess? It is not so different from the English word... Flors means... Flower; the blossom of a plant; bloom.
I was searching for a beautiful poem or song to share with you, and I found this Japanese poem adapted to Catalan, I hope you like it! ;)

Xipi-xipi! Xapu-xapu!                    Xipi-xipi! Xapu-xapu!
Cling, cling, clang.                    Cling, cling, clang.
Xipi-xipi! Xapu-xapu!                    Xipi-xipi! Xapu-xapu!
Cling, cling, clang.                    Cling, cling, clang.

Les gotetes de la pluja                    The rain drops
van espurnejant,                    drizzle,
i a les flors del meu jardí                    and the flowers of my garden
van acaronant.              are being caress.       

Xipi-xipi! Xapu-xapu!                    Xipi-xipi! Xapu-xapu!
Cling, cling, clang.                    Cling, cling, clang. 
Xipi-xipi! Xapu-xapu!                    Xipi-xipi! Xapu-xapu!
Cling, cling, clang.                    Cling, cling, clang.

Disney Princess by Daria Art

A new way to see our famous Disney Princess created by the artist Daria.

Lost Forest Jewellery

Are you a lover of nature and forest?
Then you will love these beautiful jewellery created by Lost Forest. All the designs are handmade by bits of Ireland nature and with a 14k gold necklace. Don't you love them?

17 April 2018

Tom Bob Art (tombobnyc)

Some hilarious street art by the artist Tom Bob, enjoy!

Ploma - Català; Ara i Sempre

Can you guess what Ploma means? /plɒːmə/
It has two main meanings, one is easy with the calligraphy on the photo, the other more difficult...

So any guesses? Ploma is... yep one answer could be feather; one of the light, horny structures that form the principal covering of birds. And any idea with the other one? Ploma could be too... Fountain Pen! Yes, so different! But I suppose it comes that in the beginning they used the feather to write, so it has maintained the name.

I will share with a little part of a poem from a Catalan writer, Joan Brossa.

Les Teves Mans - Joan Brossa
Castellets de l'amor. Flames de ploma.                    Castle of love. Flames of feathers.
Són banderetes del teu parlar. Són                    They are flags of your talk. They are
i toquen sense pes, clares d'un món                    and touch without weight, clear of a world
que tu modules des dels teus Bagdads.                    that you modulate from your Bagdad.
Respires per les mans, amor. Són poma                  You breath for your hands, love. They are apple
i estel saboner quan renten els plats.                    and soapy star when they clean the dishes.

Now You See by Max Manning - Blog Tour

Now You See by Max Manning
Genre: Thriller
Source: Headline
Rating: 4'5/5

There's a new killer in town and his ego grows with followers and fame. So DCI Fenton will have to be very careful and smart if he wants to keep his family safe and catch this dangerous killer...

"I can't blame myself for what I've done, for what I have yet to do. Guilt is a concept I've never understood. It gets in the way of true creativity, stops you doing things you want to do. Imagine not having a conscience. Think about it. Wouldn't life be so much easier? Admit it.
A veil has been lifted. Life promises so much more for me now. I'm free to follow my path."

This had been a turbulent read, not just for the murders but for the message that the book transmits... I was really touched by some of the truths that the killer shares, specially when it talks about how many people liked the photo of the victim the killer shared on his profile or how many followers started following him and asking for more. Luckily this had never happened in real life, but how many times the newspaper shared morbid photos of terrorism attacks? Or how many times you had been stuck in a jam for an accident simply because the drivers had been looking at the victims? So are we really so needy for scabrous details and misery of other people? This really makes me think what our society has grown up to...
Let's focus on the book! The story is told by various voices making the story easy to follow and perfect to understand the thoughts and actions of each one of the characters. The main character, DCI Fenton will not just have to discover a killer but has to decide what's more important in his life; his work or his daughter... We will have the mysterious Adam Blake who was the ex-boyfriend of the first victim Lauren Bishop, he is a suspect for the murder, but soon we will discover that is quite troubled but he wants to know the truth the most. And then we will have the view of the killer, the I Killer, that loves to kill and share the victims photos on the net. Between all of them, the story is complete, interesting and addictive. 
This is one of those books that you are eager to know more about the characters, their life and what will happen after the case, I can only hope I will see another case with DCI Fenton!
Ready to see the fear on your own eyes?