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    Pinball, billiards and table football

    Our need for play is eternal. Many people remember only certain toys from their ‘idyllic’ childhood that became sugar-coated during the years. Rocking horses, stuffed animal toys, red bicycles. But what about our later games? Everybody felt the usefulness of slot machines in catering industrial units, which could save countless parties from drowning in boredom. This week, we have selected photos of skill games like pinball, table football or billiards that has a long history.

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    Honey, honey…

    The favourite confection of us all: we flavour our tea with it, spread it on bread, make cookies with it and use it for healing our sore throats. This is honey. You would not think that people in Hungary did apiary already a thousand year ago and partly due to that, a lot of folk beliefs and customs are related to apiculture. Our current article is about them, illustrated with ethnographic thematic records, apicultural and gingerbread tools from our database.

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    Castle tour

    The starting points of every holiday at Balaton are good weather and a packed-up family with air mattress, sun-cream and chilled drinks. But what to do if it rains? If your plans are upset, choose a cultural program, which can compensate for the missed bathing. Choose something like the Festetics Castle of Keszthely. This week we are wandering in the Castle – with the assistance of Balaton Museum.

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    Let’s go camping!

    The excitement of camping belongs to our most beautiful childhood experiences. Putting up the tent, nestling in, roasting bacon in the evening, fighting with mosquitos, listening to noises of the night, playing with the torch. If the weather is rainy, it makes the adventure even more exciting. Queuing at the bathroom or just simply having a bath in the lake.

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    Zoo tales

    People’s attraction to exotic animals is not a novelty, nor their collection and ostentation. The richness and power of rulers were not indicated by just the content of their treasuries, but also by the number of special animals in their courts. In the London Tower, there was a zoo as early as in the 13th century, but of course, it was not like today’s modern zoos; they kept panthers and lions. In Hungary, probably King Matthias had the most particular animals. According to chronicles, two lions and a number of exotic bird species gave light to his court. Nowadays, the aim of zoos is not to entertain and show special animals any more, but to save species. Although the panda diplomacy avoids Hungary, it seems we do not run out of brown bears.

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Virtual exhibitions

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Besides searching and browsing digitized cultural contents, visitors can view thematic virtual exhibitions from the records of MaNDA’s database, which are widened weekly. Our aim with the exhibitions is to introduce the cultural contents of the database in a new context, in a way that they would never be in the same virtual room otherwise, due to their spatial, legal or formal features. You can see our former exhibitions under this menu.

Establishment of Europeana

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During the period of the Swedish EU presidency in April 2001 in Lund, representatives of the then 15 Member States formulated their demand that a breakthrough in the field of cultural digitisation was necessary. One of their most important issues was that a cooperative forum should be created in order to put cultural digitisation in the European dimension and the accessibility and visibility of the European digital cultural heritage must be promoted.