The BackShop Journal

A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Children Who Watch American Cartoons Learn to Speak American English Without Accent

    There have always been students of English who were very good at pronunciation, and who could successfully adopt native accents. Occasionally, a young person who liked to listen to English music, watch American films and memorise lines from them could be encountered in classroom. The lack of foreign...
  • Back to School: Fun or Ennui?

    In most European countries, September 1st is the day when children start school. It can be an exciting, but also stressful event. There are some benefits from school, but detriments seem just as extant, especially regarding the focus in learning. Unfortunately, most children consider school an annoy...
  • Aleksandr Vampilov's Characters Live to This Date

    For each who has seen performances and films based on Vampilov's plays, for those who experienced them deeply and kept them in their soul forever, the dates connected to Vampilov are not dry marks on a literary calendar. They are notches on the heart of a generation. An occasion for sad and anxious...
  • Christian Cyprus on the Crossroads of Space and Time

    4So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. 5And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister. 6And when they had gone through the isle unto Paph...
  • Novak Djokovic: Hostility and Defiance

    Two days ago, the former number one tennis player Novak Djokovic announced he will sit out the rest of the season. The announcement comes after an apparent 18-month struggle with a lingering elbow injury. The arrival of his second child this coming September and a burnout from playing on top level f...
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A Short Rumination on the Hypnotic Effect of Computer Screens and Social Networks
Have you ever had difficulties walking away from your shiny laptop or smart phone screen? Do you have a site, like Facebook or some other social network, which you have to keep checking every 15-20 minutes all day long? If the answer is yes, it is not surprising, since looking at your favourite webs...
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