Exhibition “The Sea” at the Musée Lalique, Wingen

Thank you to Jean-Yves Ragot for sharing this information.

The “Harthouse Centre” is just outside Haguenau and is a social establishment that helps adolescents and adults who are mentally disabled. These people suffer from psychological disorders or from autism. There is a multidisciplinary team that supports them.

The disabled people of the Harthouse Centre were invited to express themselves artistically on the theme of “The Sea”, in connection with the works of René LALIQUE on this theme.

The various creations (canvases, ceramics, various objects, etc.) were made by the adults and are now on display at the Maison Picasso (the cultural and technical space of this public medical-social establishment) in order to enhance the value of their work.

Entry to this exhibition is included in the entry price of the Musée Lalique. Please ensure you have your Health Pass with you.

Alsace Weekend

In its second year, the Alsatian Tourist Authorities and local “vignerons” join forces to dedicate a weekend to activities combining wine, local food and the best that the Alsace Region has to offer.

Have a look at the video below and for more information, click on the buttons to find out what activities are on offer. You can view the English translation and French original.

More details by clicking on the website in English :

Original French:

California Dreaming

Text read by Mary Peters

Bernard travels down memory lane.  

In 2009 I visited California, Nevada, and Colorado in the United States. The trip lasted three weeks. It was a fantastic trip, which I recommend because we travelled through many states and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

We flew from Mulhouse to London and then flew to Los Angeles. We drove on Route 66. I saw the Grand Canyon, gambled in Las Vegas, ate with the Navarro Indians, broke down in Death Valley and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Route 66 was the first trans-continental asphalt road in America, the “mother road”. It was opened in 1926 and is 3945 km long. It was built to start in the east in Chicago and end in the west at the Pacific Coast in Santa Monica, Ca. The road crosses many big towns, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, and many States, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, California.

The US 66 was the main route for farmers who travelled to California looking for work during the drought of the 1930s. (And now the US have the same problem, there is a drought in California).

The road supported the economies of the communities through which it passed.

People doing business along the Route 66 became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway. The same people gave everything to preserve this road to develop tourism.

Interstate 66 (I66) was officially designated a tourist route in 1985 when it was signposted in several places under the historic name Route 66.

There are 5 major climate regions in the United States. The southern states are the hottest region and the aridest. There, the temperature can rise to 43°C in the summer. The Central States are the most humid. There is a lot of snow in winter, but the summers are hot and dry. In the Mid-West, the climate is moderate and dry. It can be very cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The Eastern States summers can be hot and humid and the autumns with their Indian Summers are pleasant, the winters can be cold. The Pacific Coast / Rocky Mountains. Dry and sunny, very mild in California but clear and cold in the mountain regions. Summers are long and sunny.

The continental United States covers 4 time zones.  When it is Midnight in Paris, it is 6 pm in New York, 5 pm in Chicago, 4 pm in Denver and 3 pm in Los Angeles.

The United States now has two official languages, North American English, and Spanish.

I invite you to join me on my American adventures over the next few months, when we can explore a beautiful and interesting area of our planet.

Lemons and Pepper

Text read by Mary Peters

Cleaning Hacks.

Here are two recommended cleaning hacks. What do you think?

Clean dishes using a lemon.

Sparkling clean plates, glasses without water spots and a pleasant fresh scent. There is a simple but ingenious dishwasher trick. All you need is half a lemon.

The acid in the lemon cleans limescale deposits, eliminates unpleasant odours, and leaves the dishes sparkling clean at the same time. All you have to do is put a lemon half on the top rack of the dishwasher.

It also minimises kitchen waste. Use squeezed and pitted lemons. If you do not use cored lemon pieces, the pipes can get clogged. However, beware! If you do this too often, the citric acid can attack the rubber seal of the dishwasher.

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Put black pepper in the wash.

Pepper is something just about everyone has at home. Black pepper is a super laundry hack. When washed, coloured clothes lose their luminosity, white laundry becomes yellow or grey over time. Black pepper prevents this naturally. Instead of using bleaching chemicals or colour-protecting additives, you can use a natural and cheaper method: pepper!

Add a finely ground teaspoon of black pepper to the regular washing powder the next time you do the washing. However, don’t put it in the washing powder compartment, but directly in the drum. The effect of the pepper unfolds, especially at lower temperatures. The spice removes soap residues from the fibres of the clothes. That is why our clothes fade or discolour over time.

Role of Parents and Teachers in Absolutism of a Child

By Saif Ur Rehman TGT FG Public School Boys Kharian Cantt, Pakistan

Text read by Mary Peters

Absolutism is the concern with rules. According to the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget,
(1896-1980), playing children become aware of this around the age of five. Children have blind faith in rules and ideas of right and wrong that their parents give them. Children regard their parents as the ultimate arbiters of these rules. They perceive these as being quite absolute, subject to no arguments, compromises, or changes of any kind.

Parents and the community play a vital role in the absolutism of the child. A five-year-old child tends to believe the rules. Parents are responsible for refraining from doing anything in front of the child that causes abnormal behaviour. They must expose the child to an environment they want to see in the child as a grown-up. They must keep him away from the company of children who are delinquent and learn substandard behaviour. They must teach and demonstrate before him the values that are standard. Parents should give friendly advice and avoid quarrelling, admonishing abusive language and corporal punishment. Mothers must not cheat the father in domestic matters. Parents should impart punctuality, obedience, politeness, truth, honesty, love, cooperation, tolerance, self-help, a timetable in a friendly way. The long company of parents, proper monitoring and guidance is necessary at this stage.

An important factor is the company of parents. We often observe that parents usually send their child to school, and then, after school, they force the child to attend nearby coaching classes. It spoils the personality of the child and creates a gap between parents and the child. It also exerts pressure on the mind of the child. It constricts the child like a sparrow between the claws of an eagle. In this situation, a child tends towards negative influences. And when once or twice he finds it works, the child develops an attitude that becomes permanent behaviour. Delinquency and crime become the seeds in the child’s personality. A child also reflects this in the classroom. A teacher may notice and try to combat this. However, because the child receives regular reinforcement from his street and home, the attempts by the teacher may prove to be ineffective. 

Parents can arrange for books and electronic devices to help the children remain exposed to such material and develop a better morality. Videos and picture books are ideal for teaching morals. They can give children movies or cartoons as entertainment and share stories with moral lessons again for both education and entertainment.

Absolutism, as hard luck would have it, is ignored in most of our schools. Yet, the learning power of the child is at its height at an early age. Children learn well anything you teach because the mind immediately accepts what the elders or teachers do. It is the ideal learning stage. The English philosopher John Locke (1622-1702) asserted that the child’s mind is a Tableau Rasa (a blank slate) on which you can write anything; it will leave its impression. At this stage, the child has a quick susceptibility for anything he observes and learns. However, children already learn uncountable things before they attend school. Their minds are not “tableau rasa”. All this distracts from classroom rules and management. 

But it would be quite a wrong concept to say that now the teacher has nothing to do. We need active and competent teachers for the children at this very stage. We often see that most of the school headteachers detail newly appointed or untrained teachers in primary classes. It implies that they give no or very little importance to primary school classes, and it is the biggest mistake ever committed by the headteachers. They forget the psychology of the young learners. They do not remember that only a strong foundation can let them construct a skyscraper. The result is dyslexia. We find in many cases that the students of grade five and above do not even have the basic three skills of reading, writing and arithmetic that is the major requirement of the learners at the primary level. We must consign certified, well trained, and experienced teachers to teach young pupils at schools. We must have a robust arrangement of activities, separate places, or playgrounds to play with their classmates. We need to separate their cafes and washrooms. We must remember, if there are high school scholars, they must not mix with these children in any way. When a school holds functions in which students of all grades participate, the gathering of all students can be allowed. However, we must keep their seating separate and under the supervision of class in-charges. We should also remember that only learners in the same grade should participate in competitions and co-curricular contests.  

The subject teachers must teach children in all possible interactive ways. The headteachers must also arrange for the ICT for effective teaching and audio-video aid. The use of a computer can be beneficial here. They can teach using videos and audio. Drills are the most effective tool for these young learners, and computers are the best aid for the purpose. Different poems, stories, and mathematical videos can have a positive and fruitful effect on their learning. Even the repetition through a computer is quite an easy, enjoyable, and time-saving factor in the class of such young learners. 

To forge an atmosphere of creativity, we can use blocks and complete a picture by joining different parts. Only well trained and experienced teachers will skillfully use picture books to improve vocabulary and drawing boards to satiate the aesthetic sense of a child.

To conclude, if we want to produce well educated and learned individuals, we will have to teach and train our young learners in true spirit. Both parents and teachers must be vigilant of the learners and provide them with a comfortable environment to develop good morals.