Never say never

How could someone who can’t see kayak? With a lot of motivation and ingenuity, and a litle help from technology.

Read more about this native of Turkey, who lost his sight when he was a child:

“The Water Belongs to Everyone, and This Blind Kayaker Will Prove It” (from KQED)

Here’s the app he uses: Be My Eyes. If you’re feeling philanthropic, maybe you can lend your eyes to someone who needs them.

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Volleyball + soccer + trampoline + music

= a sport called bossaball

This short video introduces the sport being played by at-risk kids in Bogota, Colombia (in Spanish, with English subtitles):

Here’s more about the sport: bossaballsports.com. You could use this for a research task.

It would be hard to demonstrate it yourself for the demonstration task, but you could gather together video clips and screenshots to show us how it’s played.

“A shift, a change in momentum”

The Autumn Sumo Tournament is starting this weekend. I happened across these two videos, which I enjoyed and even if you don’t know much about sumo (I love that I know the names of many of these rikishi, having been a sumo fan for the past couple of years and been to two tournaments at the Kokugikan in Tokyo) you may enjoy them too.

One focuses on the rikishi coming to and leaving the tournament. There’s no speaking, just a rather beautiful audio track, and it gets us thinking about tradition and modern conveniences.

The second one focuses on what the rikishi can do after they retire, especially the less successful ones. It’s rather bittersweet. Most of the speaking is in Japanese, with English subtitles, so it’s a good chance to focus on language similarities and differences.

I really liked the attitude of the rikishi who opened a restaurant. He has no regrets, he says.

“To make the best and not to waste everything the past.”

“It’s not an end. It’s a shift, a change in momentum.”