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, 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.

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

    Russian philosopher & political thinker Leo Tolstoy …

  • 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?"

  • The Awful Truth, Day 4:  Could Be Working HarderFunny story: Exciting period.

    Rosh is excited by the buying opportunity created by UK Government support of Northern Rock but Isha finds other jokes exciting.

  • President Tusk attends the European Ceremony of Honour for the former German Chancellor Helmut KohlStory On People & Places: God’s Favourites

    Witty story on leading Indian film celebrities, Indian politicians, and influential world leaders who died in 2017-18

     

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • LionnessInsightful story: Mouse Marries A Lioness

    Interesting Abstemius sequel to Aesop’s Lion and Mouse fable.

    Marriage & alliances between unequal parties don’t last.

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • For Fox Sake, Slow DownFunny Story With Driving Tips: Slow Doon Or Stop?

    With retold joke on how a Scottish traffic cop demonstrates the difference between stopping and slowing down.

  • 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.”

  • Alan Kurdi lifeless body.jpgCan we learn something from the Syrian Refugee Crisis?

    Insightful story on how European Union is working together to provide relief for these tragedies.

  • 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.

  • 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? ”

  • 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."

  • 'Sniper'Liam O'Flaherty story: The Sniper

    Irish Republicans and Free Staters were waging civil war in the 1920s.

    A sniper hunted from a Dublin rooftop on a dark night

  • 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?

  • 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.”

  • 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.