- Don't lie with beasts - lest you wish to run the risk of giving birth to monsters
- During sex women should "earnestly look upon the man and fix her mind upon him". Then the child will resemble its father.
- Want a girl? After sex, a prospective mother should lie on her left. For a boy, she should lie on her right.
- Don't rush off - "When they have done what nature can require, a man must have a care he does not part too soon from the embraces of his wife".
Kickstarter to Buy Longbourn The role-playing group Regency Encounters, a group which is dedicated to providing the ultimate experience in role playing experiences for Harry Potter, Dungeons and Dragons, and Jane Austen fans (though not all in the same role-playing experience event!) are in the midst of creating a kickstarter campaign. The hope is that the group will, with the help of Austen fans around the world, raise the money needed to buy Luckington Court, which was the location used for Longbourn in the 1995 BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice. It's had a few interested parties looking at the multi-million dollar home, one of which was Prince Harry! Currently neither he, not any of the other viewers, have had an offer accepted though, so it's still on the market and there's still time for the Regency Encounters campaign to raise funds. The campaign is set to begin by May, or June at the latest, and the Regency Encounters group hope to buy the property and restore it. After this they hope to invite Austenites to Luckington Court for rewards stays. Kickstarter pledges will, depending on the amount, feature an overnight stay, or tea in the drawing room.
A Period Drama To Look Forward To
A Blue Bus Full of Books We found this wonderful good-news story this week, and all of us here at the Jane Austen News thought that it was such a marvelous example of how books bring joy to people, and help to create bonds between families and within communities, that we had to share it with you. In Afghanistan, providing libraries isn't high on the list of government priorities: fighting the Taliban has to take precedence. However, in western Kabul, a big blue bus run by volunteers is bringing joy to some of the capital's younger generation. The bus is called the Charmaghz, a name which means walnut in Dari (one of Afghanistan's national languages) and it has special resonance as it represents the brain in local culture. "It equates to logic. We are trying to promote critical thinking. We want the kids to have opinions and share them, debate and be willing to listen to others' opinions." Ms Freshta Karim, founder of the bus, explains. As well as the skills of listening, debating and critical thinking, another thing the Charmaghz is trying to promote in its own small way is literacy. It's a big problem in Afghanistan. The United Nations says only 31 per cent of Afghans are literate. An estimated 3.5 million Afghan children have never gone to school and 75 per cent of these children are girls. With this in mind, the bus not only stocks over 500 books, in Dari, Pashto and English, but it also has volunteers who travel with it to help teach reading and to read stories to the children who come to visit it on its travels.
Apart from reading, we also have board games like chess; we also have poetry recitations and we play them songs about our country and culture.What a fantastic idea!
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