Vietnamese Water Puppets

Vietnamese Water Puppets

Vietnamese water puppets – photo: chriskay Water puppetry is a Vietnamese tradition that dates back almost a thousand years. Think of it as a more refined Punch & Judy show with less shouting and a lot more water! And the band played on… – photo:...
All about seals, sea lions and walruses

All about seals, sea lions and walruses

There are many different types of seal – Seal (the famous singer), seal (the semi-aquatic marine mammal) and seal (the seal around a shower door). Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s the marine mammal that we’re looking at here. A harbour seal, swimming around. Photo: Tony...
The Perfume River of Vietnam

The Perfume River of Vietnam

Perfume River, from the air. Photo: Oscar Saunders I reckon this might be the most romantically named river ever. It certainly beats ‘The Thames’ which, by the way, is said to mean dark or wide. Dark because it’s filthy I guess. Perfume River isn’t its official name,...
Wintery myths and legends

Wintery myths and legends

January may be well behind us, but we’ve still got at least another month of winter (except in Newcastle Upon Tyne, where it seems to be winter permanently). We know that spring will soon be here, but in the past people couldn’t be so sure. So what did folk around the...
Unusual races from around the world

Unusual races from around the world

As January comes to an end, so does many people’s motivation for sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. Running to keep fit seemed like a great idea at 11:30pm on New Year’s Eve, but a month later, as the snow starts to fall, you might start thinking that a less...
4 spooky ghost towns from around the globe

4 spooky ghost towns from around the globe

As the Specials once pointed out, this town is coming like a ghost town; all the clubs have been closed down. But sometimes it takes a lot more than a lack of nightlife to create a ghost town. Although Halloween may be over, the scent of pumpkins and (for some reason)...
Autumn traditions from around the world

Autumn traditions from around the world

Autumn is here (apparently) and we all have our own traditions, be it the first pumpkin spice latte of the season, or the ceremonial Changing of the Coats. But what about the rest of the world? What do they do when the leaves start to fall from the tree and the nights...