Sunday, March 22, 2009

Immigrants on board?

Our sail today was taken on a sea of discussion. It was actually the first time we did it without using any words. It was surprising experience, but somehow we managed it. We stopped for a while at the Nation State. Has anybody still have problem with understanding the difference between a nation and a state? – I don´t think so. J

We had a lot of fun at the immigration office. To get the nationality was not as easy as preparing an application form, but actually some of us got it- CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

The questions were quite difficult, based on history, politics and culture. Those one who did not pass should not be worrying.

These are some examples:
Czech Republic asked:
1. Who was the composer of the Czech hymn?
2. Names of presidents from 1918?
1. Do we have to put cream to sauce carbonara?This experience brought us a little bit more information about our countries, but we also noticed that our actual knowledge is not as high as we thought it was.

Singing sailors
The moment all the sailors had been waiting for was the karaoke night. Our sheep expert Fergal also turned out to be a karaoke guru so we all were able to express ourselves through the microphone.

The beginning of the night was slow because as we know- all good things take time. When everybody heard the first brave solo singer they started coming into the “karaoke bar”.

Everybody was enjoying themselves but the only minus about the karaoke was a lack of new songs, because HmmHmm.., all of us don't know songs from the 70's-80's. :)

Even though some sailors sang into a fake microphone made of paper they still had fun. Go-go girls made the atmosphere of the “karaoke bar” even hotter. We just hope that their heat didn't burn down the room, because today we have to start with our training in another room. :)

Fergal and the sheep
1. What are your connections with sheep? Over the last 12 months I have become closely associated with Shaun, I was Shaunalized. We are very close. Life is so much better since Shaun came into my life.
2. When was the last time you touched a real sheep? I probably shouldn't say that. would be exposed.
3. What's your wildest dream connected with sheep? That Shaun The Sheep becomes the one
true god.
4. How old are you in sheep years? 124
5. Show us how a sheep looks like!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Drugs legalized in Ochsenburg!

Today's council's and citizens' gathering brought an really unexpected and shocking solution. O chsenburg's major, Herr Hans Branderburger and other council members (Frau Topelberg, Frau Schwartzsteiger, Frau Schmauz and Frau Falschberg) were facing a huge challenge during past few months – drug pushers were recruting youngsters and making them push drugs to their school friends. It caused a lot of unpleasance in the town. But, finally – after consulting with stake holders, the council made up a decision – drugs are legallized. Council hopes that it will make the illegal drugs selling unprofitable and the drug pushers will give this up. Of course, there are some conditions – drugs are legal for those over 21, the selling will be strictly controlled by police. It seems that council made all members of the community happy – NGO will get money for health centre improvement, parents will get free drug tests and police will get their dreamed cameras in the city centre.

Welcome, dear Sailors, to the usual column about places and travels, because as we know, you love it!
To make sure we get the right information, also about citizenship good practices, we want to present you Iva as indigenous representative from this marvellous town located In Czech Republic called Liberec.
With her we would like to suggest you some organizations to join if you are on the place and you want to activate your citizenship: You can join LOS, for educational, intercultural activities, or other local ngos in order to become aware of local dimension.
Concerning touristic attractions, in Liberec you can find the White Tiger in the Zoo.
If you want to enjoy the panorama view, you can go to the Jested hotel, very peculiarly shaped, in order to see all the valley.
On typical products, is it possible to drink Svijani Beer and eat some Czech food with it.

New sensational Picasso collection discovered
Picasso fans from all over the world will be celebrating: after having analized the range of colors and the painting technique, scientists have confirmed that 23 portraits, which were found discovered yesterday under strange circumstances in a hotel near Derry/Londonderry, belong to the ouevre of the famous Catalan painter. It is supposed to have been a private collection of portraits from friends, both male and female, on colored paper. They must have been created in the early blue period, so they are especially precious and art collectors are already discussing their value.
An international group of youth workers accidentially found them, as they had been exercising on the car park in front of the hotel, blocking the traffic. So far the question, who hid the precious pictures outside and to which purpose, is not answered. There have been some speculations about a private art collector, who payed the owner of the hotel, but the owner of the establishment, whose name is not going to be mentioned, is refusing to answer our questions. We will keep you informed about the development of this little sensation.

Who is who?

The journey has begun!

The first day the voyage has begun. We are 23 young people from Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Spain and Germany getting together on the newest edition of the Sailors on Citizenship seminar. We wake up this morning in the White Horse hotel, surprised from the sunny and warm weather in Derry/Londonderry. The first task we should manage was to learn our names. We played few games which not only helped to get to know each other but also bring energetic mood in our group. It was fun! The pick of the day was the signing the contract of our living together for the next 7 days. It’s a paper that all the political leaders from all over the world could be jealous of.
The gossip column:- The roumers said that the Intercultural evening turns out to be very long for some of our participants. We heard that 4 people tried to meet the dawn by staying up drinking wine and chatting. Our informer didnt share the names, but we learned that there were representitives from Bulgaria and North Ireland - Our all the time aware photographers are already managed to capture some moments showing that our sailor-participants can be humans beings as well. Here what we’ve got:

The northern exposure!

And here we are! Sailors decided to go to the northern exposure to Londonderry/Derry in Northen Ireland. All sailors were welcomed by the Captains - Fergal (NI), Kasia (Poland) and Ondrej (CZE). Our cruise number 8. has begun and we all here will be happy to hear from all Sailors on CitizenShip around Europe how are you doing and if you have any comments for the sailors here in Londonderry.
Sailors and captains of Northen exposure