Easter Surprise. Stories to hear. Narrations by MSB's member Peter Medawar.

Two Stories: "Agent Charlie" & "The Calendar Thief".

Don't miss out on this enjoyable experience.

Agent Charlie

Father’s Note: I told Charlie not to let his birthday go to his head: 'Drop the car keys, no more beer, you're only a month old.' The next day I found an unusual message in my computer. Turns out Charlie can touch type...

Casefiles of a month-old investigator, and his Native parents, ‘Bristles’ and ‘Smooth’.

The Calendar Thief

A 13 year old girl tries to escape from a fantastic land, inside an advent calendar. 



On Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, we will share the first episode of  both stories on our Facebook page.

On the following Sundays, we will alternate the stories, so the Sunday after Eater will be Episode 2 of Agent Charlie, and the next Sunday will be Episode 2 of The Calendar Thief, and so on...



Our Wwebsite - Not Just Spring Cleaning, But All NEW.

We started with some basic cleanup.
But - you might not this from Spring Cleaning - cleaning here and there unveiled parts that needed maintenance and cosmetic changes...

So basically it was easier to re-build our home(page) altogether. It took a while, but here we are, still at the old address, but with a totally new look and feel ....

Treat for Valentine's Day 2021


What can we do on Valentine's Day to have that little extra to enjoy the spirit of love?

So here we'll give you a culinary idea how you can spoil yourself and your loved ones.


Chocolate Fondue.

A bit messy sometimes, but a lot of fun and extremely yummy. Lots of calories though. But what … It's Valentine's Day.

What do you should know…

  1. The better the quality chocolate bars, the better the taste. Chocolate chips do not work well for this. You can mix milk chocolate and bitter chocolate to you liking.

  2. Make sure the fondue pot, and all dishes the chocolate might come in contact with, are absolutely dry and free of any water, since water will change the consistency of the chocolate and ruin the fondue.

  3. Fresh fruit is fun: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, bananas, apples – basically any fresh fruit you like and you can get hold of. You might want to cut fruit like banana in slice of approx. 0.5 inch. You may as well use dried fruit like apricots, etc.

  4. Cookies or even white bread, if it is not too soft, also cut in approx. 0.5 in cubes can be served.

What do you need for 4 servings…

  1. 400 g chocolate semisweet chocolate (or bitter, if you like), chopped into small pieces

  2. 200 gmilk chocolate, chopped into small pieces

  3. 200 – 30 ml  whole milk (depending on thickness preference, I use 1/2 cup)

  4. 1 and 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional, if you prefer a more mellow chocolate flavor)

  5. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  6. 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

  7. 500 g fruit

How you prepare the fondue …

  1.  Prepare all of the ingredients/treats you will be dipping in the fondue. The preparation of the fondue takes only very little time, so you want to have all the treats and skewers (if using) ready!

  2. For the fondue, use a small bowl and combine the chocolate, 1/2 cup milk (or cream), and butter (if you want) and melt gently in a barely simmering water bath.

  3. Stir until completely smooth.

  4. Add more milk if desired. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.

  5. Serve the warm fondue immediately with whatever you've chosen to dip into it.

  6. If the fondue gets too thick (or starts to harden), reheat in the bowl in barely simmering water until it's melted and smooth again.

Now sit down and enjoy!!


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Xmas Raffle - Deadline for Tickets is January 15th

 For all who just forgot date and time after the holiday season, just a quick reminder that you and your family and friends can still buy tickets for the Xmas Raffle until tomorrow, January 15th.

Your membership fee already grants you two tickets.

Here is more about the raffle and how to participate.

World Braille Day - 04 January

(Image source: Pixabay)

Braille is not a language. Braille is a tactile reading and writing system that is used by blind and visually impaired people and was named after its creator, Louis Braille.

Braille is very important to the lives of visually impaired people, because the ability to read and write in braille opens the door to literacy, intellectual freedom, equal opportunity, and personal security. Even though Braille is mainly used by blind or deafblind people, teachers, parents and others who are not visually impaired tend to read Braille by sight rather than by touch. 

Louis Braille, who became blind at the age of 5 years after an accident and a subsequent infection of his eyes, was an educator and the inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind or visually impaired. His system, simply known as "braille", remains basically unchanged until today. Braille was inspired by the military cryptography of Charles Barbier and built a new method specifically designed for the needs of the blind. He presented his work to his peers for the first time in 1824.

Braille developed a code for the French alphabet. He published his system in 1829. The second revision, published in 1837, was the first small binary form of writing developed in the modern era. Braille's system was not used much in education until, many years after his death, it was recognized as a revolutionary invention, and it has been adapted for use in different languages.

The Braille System consist of raised dots. The basic braille alphabet, braille numbers, braille punctuation and special symbols characters are made up from six dots in a "cell". Picture the side of a dice with the number 6. Three dots each in a grid of two parallel vertical lines are the basic setup for braille. Different combinations of the dots represent different letters, numbers, and symbols. Nowadays, the braille system includes also  mathematics and scientific characters, music, computer notation and foreign languages. 

Blind and visually impaired people communicate via braille in various ways.  Most known probably is "reading" braille with one's fingers and writing by means of manual braille machines which resemble old-fashioned typewriters - just with only 6 keys - and "emboss" the dots. Today braille writing devices come in a vast variety: from old-school slate and stylus approaches to electronic braillers with built-in screen and speaker that provide instant visual and audio feedback. "Braille printers" are more accurately referred to as "braille embossers", since they render text as tactile braille cells, and therefore require heavyweight paper that won't be punctured by the embossing pins. In general, braille also requires more pages for the same amount of information compared to regular paper print with ink. 

Modern technology also offers options like braille readers/keyboards for computers as well as applications for reading and writing braille even on smartphones.