European Story

European Stories. TaleTown multimedia English short stories about Europe or Europeans, retold tales of EU, European Union, Eurasia, European people or culture.

  • Bull Running In Pamplona

    Bull running, PamplonaThe two sat huddled cozily in his bed watching Encierro, the most famous event of the festival of San Fermín held in the city of Pamplona, Navarre.

    With over a million global visitors annually, it had become probably the most internationally renowned fiesta in Spain.

  • Check Your Engine Oil

    07_2013_40“How black is too black, Pa?” Hosh asked, “How would I know if it is dirty enough to change?”

    “Oil turns black pretty quickly,” Rosh smiled, “but that doesn’t affect its quality. Rub a little between your thumb and index finger. If it leaves a dirty smudge, it probably needs to be changed.”

  • Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

    Leo Tolstoy in His StudyCount Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy influenced Gandhi & helped shape India’s non-violent resistance movement.

    Russian philosopher & political thinker Leo Tolstoy …

  • Eggs - French Toast

    Portuguese Sweet Bread French Toast"Eggs are full of goodness anyway, like proteins, vitamins A,B,D and E, lots of minerals and those very important good-for-you fatty acids."

    "But why do you keep eggs in a fridge Ma?" Hosh asked as they sat down to eat the French toasts he had just cooked under her supervision, "Will they not keep outside?"

  • Exciting Period

    Red Rose Petals"Oh nothing as exciting as a run on a bank," Isha answered, "pumping central bankers or falling sharemarkets."

    "But I did hear a joke about another kind of exciting period today."

  • Instant Breakfast - Porridge Oatmeal

    Oatmeal - for breakfast "The modern world rediscovered Porridge Oatmeal when they wanted a cheap, healthy, instant breakfast."

    "The fact that it was easy to cook, easy to digest, and easy to blend with different flavorings made it fashionable."

  • Midas’ Choice

    Liquid goldDionysus heard his prayers and decided to save him. He told Midas to wash in the river Pactolus to lose his golden touch.

    Midas did that. When he touched the river waters, his power flowed into the river, turning its sands golden.

  • Mouse Marries A Lioness

    LionnessA mouse marries a lioness in the Abstemius sequel to Aesop’s Lion and the Mouse fable.

    What happens next is interesting.

    Insightful story for kids & grown-ups.

  • Sir Richard Francis Burton

    BELGIAN movie-poster- ''The Arabian Nights'' 1942"He was a man deeply interested in sex and sexuality," said Rosh.

    "Together with Forster Fitzgerald Arbuthnot, he created The Kama Shastra Society to print and circulate books on sexuality, which were considered pornography at the time of publication and would have been illegal to publish in public at the time."

  • Slippery Slopes

    Stranger in the woods, Nandi Hills"Enforcing the right-to-die by law puts society on a 'slippery slope' with huge potential for abuse."

    "Its interpretation can eventually reach a point where what is allowed would have been unacceptable initially."

  • Slow Doon Or Stop?

    For Fox Sake, Slow DownA sign is posted somewhere for a reason. To keep you and others safe on the road.

    You don’t argue with a sign. You follow it!

  • Soren Kierkegaard

    Kierkegaard“What interested me in Kierkegaard," said Rosh, "was the realization that here was a man 200 years before me, thinking about how belief inherited through custom, tradition or lineage reduced the wonder of faith to a civil duty.”

    “Like in post-Upanishadic India, up until recent times, religion here was being practiced by the population out of habit and fear, rather than due to any individual choices made by people about their own lives and destiny.”

  • Syrian Refugee Crisis

    Alan Kurdi lifeless body.jpg“At least no Alan Kurdi would die then,” Rosh sighed, “that three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea as his family was trying to get out of Turkey for the third time.”

  • The Frog Who Climbed The Eiffel Tower

    Look way up...As they milled about on le Champ de Mars, loud discussions raged about the chances of the frogs.

    "No way anyone will get to the top!” said one.

    "Yeah, it's just too far for the poor buggers," agreed another.

  • The Midas Touch

    Touch,feel,power“Everything he touched turned instantly into gold. It was miraculous!"

    "He touched a tree. Gold! He touched a stone. Gold! He touched a piece of shit. Gold!”

    “Wow!” said Josh, “I really want that golden touch. Can Dionysus make me rich too? ”

  • The Right To Die

    I AM LEAVING...BYE"Interpreting the right-to-die within the right-to-life is contentious," said Rosh, "While one can choose not to exercise one's right-to-life (a right explicitly protected in NZ) or choose to commit suicide (which is legal in NZ) etc., one's right-to-life does not extend to allowing someone else to take one's life."

    "Voluntary consent is therefore not a universally valid defence for murder."

  • The Sniper

    Sniper Elite V2 - ChurchThe turret opened. A man's head and shoulders appeared, looking toward the sniper.

    The sniper raised his rifle and fired. The head fell heavily on the turret wall.

  • The Sniper - Reflections

    From PIGs to HOGs the Scout Sniper way [Image 4 of 7]Reflections on Liam O'Flaherty story, The Sniper.

    War makes enemies out of brothers & neighbors.

    In the darkness within & without, do they know who they shoot at or why?

  • Thirsty Crow Gets Water

    AMERICAN CROW“Come on Pa,” Josh was incredulous. “That story can’t be literally true."

    "Crows are stupid. Look at that one. He looks stupid, he acts stupid, he talks stupid. Aesop must have seen a special crow.”

  • Tortoise Beats The Hare

    640-01358405 tortoise and hareOur education system has become a race. A race amongst all sorts of participants. Fast and slow, bright and dumb.

    And it’s not always the fast or bright who get to win this race. Like in the old Aesopian fable about a race between a hare and a tortoise.