A Musical Pun

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

This funny postcard comes from Susi, who lives in Germany. If I am not mistaken, the name of Phantom of the Opera in German would be Phantom der Oper. The postcard is punny in that Phantom der Opa would mean, “Phantom of the Grandfather.” But nothing is ever funny if it needs to be explained. Just in case you’ve been living in a distant part of the universe and have never heard of it. The Phantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Anyway, I don’t want to take away from the lightheartedness of this postcard by telling you all about when it is was written, how it was written, where it was written and the colour of Andrew’s underwear during the time it was written, so I’ll just end off by thanking Susi. Thank you Susi!

A Round Argentina

Argentina

Argentina

Julio from Argentina sent me this cool round map card of his country. Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world, with a land area of 2 780 400 square kilometers. That is more than double the size of my home country of South Africa, which is also quite large. It is also the second largest country in South America and the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. The capital city of Argentina is Buenos Aires. Despite the country’s ranking as a middle-income country, its Human Development Index indicates that it has done quite well in empowering its people. This country is, however, no stranger to instability and hardship, with a great number of military coups having taken place over the course of its history. I cannot think of this country without thinking about that oh-so-famous Andrew Lloyd Webber play, Evita and of course the flamenco. It is a country, very rich in culture and with a very interesting history indeed!