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Did You Say Court Shoes?

Culture shock can be fun to experience at times. When it comes to language, there certainly are many differences to go around. Hearing the term court shoes in the United States obviously makes you think of footwear for the court: namely the tennis court and basketball court. While in England, don’t expect to grab a catalog entitled court shoes and expect to see sports gear. Instead you will be surprised to find some fantastic dress heels or opera slippers.

Languages have evolved over time. It has been reported that there are over 6,000 languages in use today and approximately 30% are spoken by 1,000 people or less. That certainly is a lot of languages to be spoken in this small planet  we all call home.  But even within just the same language, there are different meanings.

Take for example the word holiday. Those in the United States refer to holiday as a day on the calendar when most stores and offices are closed in celebration or reverence of some event. Canada and other parts of the world refer to “holiday” as a vacation time to take off.  Even within the same west coast, you could ask for a soda in Southern California and get a Coke or 7Up handed to you. If you ask for a soda in Washington state, you will receive just that, a bottle of club soda. That’s not as tasty as a Coke.

The other comical thing about the English language is its spelling and meaning. For example, number and number. It’s the same word, spelled the same, yet entirely different meanings. If you ponder over the topic of spelling, that doesn’t help the situation either. Words such as potato can also be spelled potatoe. Next time you are on a holiday ask for a soda and see what they hand you.

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Tennis Benches as Recycled Recliners

The other day I found myself sitting on a bench made of an interesting material. I would not have given it a second thought, but I realized I wasn’t burning my bottom on hot aluminum or steel. The material was brown. Brown I wondered? Upon looking a little more intently on this brown seat to rest and recline my tired body, I saw a decal that read the bench was made with 1,050 recycled plastic milk jugs. I was impressed.

Consumers always thought of recycling but never really acted upon it until recent decades. Even though Earth Day was named in April 1970 by a US Senator, it really gained momentum in the 1990’s through the present. During that time, it also became an international movement where other countries celebrated Earth Day as well.  Some even extended it to Earth Week.

So we know about recycling the basics such as plastic bottles, cartons, glass bottles, and aluminum cans and so forth. The list is long, yet the end result of all our recycling efforts can be fascinating just like that sturdy bench that offered me a seat. The other side of recycling is reusing. The internet offers a galore of websites to peak your creative side in recycling-reusing our everyday discards. Children’s crafts many times use empty cartons or toilet paper rolls. This all makes recycling fun and involves and teaches young ones.

A great example of reusing can be found at Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen,  where you will come upon a lovely tennis bench like no other.  This bench is brought to us by Dutch designer Tejo Remy. He used real tennis balls to create this work of art. It is quite a sight to see. It resembles a giant piece of PVC pipe covered in yellow balls. Museum visitors can sit and muse at the art hanging on the walls. Some are even giving this designer some ideas to make a tennis ball couch. How comfortable would it be to sit on? Not sure, but you may want to bring a lint roller with you.

tennis bench at Museum Boijmans

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen/Artist Tejo Remy