Model railways: perfect world in the Corona time

Singer Rod Stewart has been building a huge model railway for more than 20 years. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has long been an avowed model railroad fan. The hobby was a bit out of fashion, but in recent years some old railways have been rediscovered in basements or people have newly entered the world of model making. Especially in times of Corona, the hobby proves to be crisis-proof.

The model railroad experienced ups and downs. The latter especially in the 1990s and noughties, when the game consoles pushed onto the market, as Rudolf Böhlein, owner of Eisenbahn Dörfler in Nuremberg, explains. In recent years, however, the hobby has picked up speed again. “In contrast to the past, the model railroad has become cheaper. I can get into my hobby for little money,” says Böhlein.

Ulrich Brobeil from the German Association of the Toy Industry confirms that there has been a steady upward trend for a few years now. “The manufacturers have succeeded in making the hobby more emotional, achieving a change in image and addressing new target groups beyond the traditional clientele.” According to him, there are no figures on total sales in the industry. Most manufacturers are currently very satisfied with the sales development, he says.

“You can build your own ideal world, regardless of what is happening outside,” is how Böhlein, a passionate model railroader himself, describes the charm of the hobby. In contrast to other toys, it is not subject to any trends, it often accompanies its followers for a lifetime – and above all it takes time, which many people have again since the outbreak of the corona pandemic in spring.

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Digital world trips save dealers in the corona crisis

Toy dealer Heinz Lehmann

On the computer: This is how toy retailer Heinz Lehmann can be seen on his virtual world tour. Because of Corona, the merchant has to do without events in his shop.

(Photo: Lehmann Spielwaren)

Munich Get on the plane and out into the big wide world: to Dublin and Las Vegas, to Rio and Marrakech. Purely virtually, of course, because of Corona. Out of necessity, Heinz Lehmann is just starting to organize digital world trips.

Because the virus ensures that the toy retailer from Hanover has to completely forego events these days. However, the merchant has been living off game evenings in his shop for several years. The shelves are full of Lego packs and slide cars. But sales would not be enough, emphasizes Lehmann: “You can’t earn anything more from the toy trade.”

For this reason, the native Swabian began to develop an online alternative to the on-site events in spring during the first corona wave. He uses zoom to invite groups to play with each other for two and a half hours. Against the backdrop of a pub in Ireland, Lehmann is holding a quiz, in Nevada guests can guess card combinations, in Sydney it’s like the Monday painters on television.

The answer is always via the comment function of the video service Zoom, several game masters in changing costumes lead humorously through the evening. Of course there is also a winner in the end. That is well received, a team from the insurer HDI has just spent an evening with Lehmann and his colleagues.

Because of the virus, the Christmas parties in restaurants will be canceled. The 70-year-old is therefore expecting a good response to his new offer in the next few weeks.

Lehmann has always been a pioneer in the toy industry in this country. Sometimes with more, sometimes with less success. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he bought a number of shops in East Germany. In 1994 he was one of the first to start selling toys online. Much too early, as he had to admit afterwards. The jovial entrepreneur is now a pioneer again with his adventure shop. Hardly anyone relies on events as much as Lehmann.

The experienced seller has good reasons for his strategy. The local toy stores are noticeably dying. Lehmann himself also gave up his store in the city and moved further out. The competition was getting tougher every year even before the pandemic. Germans are increasingly shopping online. Seven years ago, the online share was around a quarter. Last year it was over 40 percent, in 2020 it should be even more. At the same time, the share of stationary retail fell from almost 40 percent to less than 30 percent.

Heinz Lehmann

The toy dealer during an event in his shop in Hanover. More than 8,000 guests attended the game evenings last year. At the moment the merchant is allowed to sell his articles, but not entertain people.

(Photo: Lehmann Spielwaren)

For retailers this means: they have to consider whether they are investing in a competitive online offer. Only then will they benefit from the Internet boom. On the other hand, it is imperative to make the shops more attractive. Scheduling any customer event is not enough, warns Wieland Sulzer, chairman of the toy trade association. It has to be professional and imaginative – and with passion: “People have become more demanding.”

There are around 3,000 toy shops from Flensburg to Garmisch, says Steffen Kahnt, managing director of the Spielwaren trade association. But every year it would be 100 less.

More than 8,000 guests in one year

With the events, Lehmann had found a way to survive. He welcomed more than 8,000 guests in 2019. Before Christmas, he would have passed the people in two shifts last year. Up to 96 participants then crowded into his shop. A profitable thing at a fee of 45 euros per person. So it is all the worse for Lehmann that business is dormant now, at the most important time of the year.

Lehmann is causing a stir in the industry with its digital advance. Also because in late summer, together with the specialist magazine “Planet Toys”, he sent the leading figures of the German toy industry on his digital trip one evening. Ernst Kick was there, the head of the Nuremberg Toy Fair, Ulrich Brobeil, Managing Director of the Association of the Toy Industry, and also a functionary Kahnt. Afterwards, they all said they were very enthusiastic about the concept.

Companies can secure their own evening for 1200 euros, individual players can take part for 15 euros. “I never would have thought it, but there is a lot of emotion in there,” says Lehmann. He wants to compensate for at least part of his failures. It remains to be seen whether this will turn into a business in the long term. Nevertheless, he does not want to do without the events in the store in the future either. “It will only become normal when we are allowed to start the events again.”

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Listeria possible in “Bettine soft goat cheese” – CleanKids Magazin

Sales & Service Aktuell GmbH, based in 98646 Straufhain, is recalling the product “Bettine soft goat cheese” as a precaution for reasons of preventive consumer protection. Only the products with the best before dates from 10/30/2020 to 11/27/2020 are affected. The soft goat cheese roll is offered cut open in a black bowl and transparent film (see picture).

It is available nationwide in REWE and nahkauf stores, at Karstadt Feinkost and wholesale customers of Für Sie eG.

We strongly advise against consuming the affected product. The reason for the recall is the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. A health hazard, especially for risk groups – older people, people with a weakened immune system, pregnant women and small children, cannot be ruled out with absolute certainty.

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Product name: Bettine soft goat cheese
Packaging unit: approx. 150g
Shelf life: 10/30/2020 – 11/27/2020
Manufacturer (distributor): Company Sales & Service Aktuell GmbH

The company reacted immediately and had the affected product withdrawn from sale.
Customers can return the product in the respective market and get the purchase price refunded, even without presenting the receipt.

Consumers can contact their questions on Tel. 036875 / 500-0, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
or by email to qs-bcs@oper-concept.de (036875 / 500-26).

Source: produktwarnung.eu – Product image: Sales & Service Aktuell GmbH

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ATTENTION health hazard!

Consumers who have purchased one or more of these products should definitely refrain from consuming them

In addition to nausea, vomiting or diarrhea after eating the affected food, Listeria can also trigger symptoms similar to a flu-like infection after a long incubation period (sometimes over 3 weeks). This particularly endangers the health of pregnant women, young children and the immunocompromised. If the above symptoms occur, contact your family doctor immediately.

Listeriosis is usually harmless in healthy people or is hardly noticed. If a particularly large number of pathogens are ingested, fever and diarrhea can occur. Small children or people with weakened immune defenses, such as recently operated on, AIDS or cancer patients and diabetics can become seriously ill.

The onset of the disease can occur up to eight weeks after ingestion of the bacteria. Listeria can cause sepsis (“blood poisoning”) or meningitis (meningitis), which can be treated with antibiotics, but still lead to death in 30 percent of cases.

Listeriosis is particularly dangerous in pregnant women, as it can have fatal consequences for the unborn child. Premature birth, severe damage or even death of the fetus can occur. The pregnant woman, however, often does not even notice the disease.

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brief journey through the long history of self-pleasure

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A few years ago, in 2015 specifically, some Polish archaeologists were excavating in a latrine of a swordsmanship school in Gdańsk and unexpectedly found a “in excellent condition” sex toy dating back 250 years. The location and shape of this 18th century “Satisfyer” suggested that it was used for personal pleasure. Measuring 20 centimeters, built with bristle-filled leather and finished in a wooden point, this discovery was an “extraordinary find for people who investigate the history of erotica.” But it is almost a modern object, because the history of these objects has accompanied mankind almost forever.

In fact, physical representations of the phallus have existed for thousands of years. The oldest recovered artifact of this form was found in the Paleolithic. Because for thousands of years, phallic objects were used as a symbol to increase fertility and ward off evil spirits, but, also, their use as sexual aids has a very long history …

In Germany, in 2005, a 28,000-year-old stone phallus was found at the Hohle Fels site, which is recognized as the oldest known “sex toy” ever found. The significance of the find lay both in the scarcity of representations of male genitalia and in its extraordinary antiquity. “Female representations with very pronounced sexual attributes are numerous in many excavations, however those of male genitalia are extremely rare,” explained the project’s chief researcher, Professor Nicholas Conard.

Regarding the debate on whether this artifact was used for personal pleasure or for a religious purpose, Conard and researchers relied upon underlining its status as an erotic toy on the fact that its measurements (20 centimeters) were close to those of an erect penis, plus it was polished to a high degree. The phallus had to be rebuilt in 14 parts because it was found in very poor condition.

Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Chinese …

As “Ancients-Origin” recalls, historical references to sex toys go back millennia. Both Roman and Greek men and women are known to use phallic objects for pleasure. In “Lysistrata” (411 BC), Aristophanes talks about a woman’s mission to end the Peloponnesian war and writes that women argue about the use of sex toys to deny their husbands sex in an effort to stop the war.

And the Middle East, the historical records refer to Egyptians using resin coated camel feces, as firm as it is soft, as a sexual aid. In “The Arabian Nights” dildos are said to be made of intricately carved gold, silver, or ivory, “Ancients-Origins” also tells. And it is believed that the Greeks were the first to use leather or animal intestines to cover a sculpted penis, to make it appear more natural.

Also, for example, the one estimated as one of the first references to oral sex in history is included in an Egyptian myth and has to do with a clay penis. After the god Osiris was killed and dismembered by his brother Seth (the evil one), his wife and daughter traveled around the world collecting all the pieces of Osiris’s body. Not finding his manly member, his wife sculpted a penis in claya, attached him to her body and brought him back to life through fellatio. And one of the strangest objects found by ancient Egyptian archaeologists is a primitive dildo made from the remains of a sperm whale penis. It is also said that Cleopatra was the inventor of the first vibrator in history, but there is really no historical evidence to support it.

And let’s fly over the past of China. In 2017, they were discovered during the excavation of some tombs belonging to the Han dynasty (which spans from 206 BC to 220 AD), various dildos made of bronze and also in jade. As can be seen, these erotic toys were found in the graves of people belonging to royalty and nobility.

He also recalls “Ancients-Origins” that phallic objects were not only used for sexual pleasure. In ancient Greece, “hysteria” (caused insomnia, mental instability, etc.) was believed to be a medical condition caused by the lack of a “hysterical paroxysm” (orgasm). Hippocrates then prescribed women to use sex toys made of stone or wood to prevent this disease. This belief that women could suffer from “hysteria” even survived into the early 20th century.

And when excavations began in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in the 18th century, the site turned out to be full of penises. There was phalluses drawn, sculpted and carved on the lintels, in the bread ovens, carved in the road, and members with bells that sounded when the door was opened or the wind stirred. Even penises with wings. This last icon, the penis bird, is, for the historian Mary Beard, a mixture of joke and shameless celebration.

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Toniebox test: the radio play box for children is that good

FIn the past, radio play cassettes and cassette recorders were an integral part of many children’s rooms. You played your favorite cassette again and again until the tape got tangled and you carefully tried to rewind it with a pencil. The CD followed, but scratches caused frustration over time.

Now the Toniebox is set to revolutionize listening fun in German children’s rooms. You can find out what is behind the WLAN-Box and what the download function does in the practical test from “Computer Bild”.

What is the Toniebox?

The Toniebox is a compact loudspeaker with WLAN. Small figures, the so-called Tonies, determine what happens in the box, which is completely padded with foam rubber. Every Tonie stands for a different story: for Benjamin Blümchen it is the elephant, for Janosch stories the tiger and for stories about the show with the mouse – you guessed it right! – mouse.

The starter set includes the Toniebox, a charger and a Tonie figure

The starter set includes the Toniebox, a charger and a Tonie figure

What: TONIES

At the start of the story, you put the desired Tonie on the box and off you go. It is even less complicated than a cassette recorder, so that even the youngest can use it on their own.

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Children sit on the table and play with the Toniebox.

Toniebox: audio play box with WiFi

Technically, the Toniebox is a WLAN loudspeaker. It loads the desired story from the manufacturer’s website into its memory and plays it. There is an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip in the bases of the Tonie figurines. The figure then identifies itself at the box and starts the corresponding radio play or audio book.

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Without a Tonie, the box doesn’t make a sound. For the first facility, however, the following applies: it doesn’t work without parents. First of all, they have to create a free Toniecloud account. An e-mail address is sufficient; the specification of name and address is optional.

The Toniebox is then connected to the home WLAN on the PC via an Internet browser and its serial number is linked to the account. If you want to give away or sell a used Toniebox, you have to break the link beforehand.

Operation and sound of the Toniebox

After setting up, you can start immediately. You just put a Tonie figure on the box and it immediately starts playing while simultaneously loading the story into its memory. If you remove the figure from the box, the latter pauses playback and only continues it again as soon as the figure is on it again.

Practical: If the story is saved on the box, it can also be played without an internet connection. According to the manufacturer, around 400 hours fit in the memory, enough for a vacation without internet.

The selection of Tonie characters is growing steadily and, in addition to radio plays, children's songs, for example, are also available

The selection of Tonie figures is growing steadily and, in addition to radio plays, children’s songs, for example, are also available

What: TONIES

The story can be fast-forwarded and rewound by simply tilting the box to the right or left. With a tap on the right or left side of the Toniebox you can jump forward or back a chapter. If you press the ears of the children’s loudspeaker, you make it louder or quieter.

Thanks to the built-in battery, the Toniebox runs for up to seven hours away from the socket, after which it has to be placed on the supplied charging cradle. A shame: Overall, the Toniebox sounds tinny and there is a bit of noise in the background. However, the sound is completely sufficient for radio plays.

Proud prices for Tonie’s figures

In addition to audio books and radio plays, there are also children’s songs and child-friendly documentations. The running time ranges from 19 to 129 minutes. According to the manufacturer, the audio content is suitable for children aged three to eight. Each figure costs 15 euros – a steep price compared to audio books from Audible, for example.

With the creative tonies, the box also plays stories that you have spoken yourself

With the creative tonies, the box also plays stories that you have spoken yourself

What: TONIES

Even small children can find and start the stories they want on their own much more easily than with other devices. The selection is huge and has many well-known licenses with Benjamin Blümchen, Janosch and “Was ist was”.

Good: The Tonies are not tied to an account and can therefore also be bought and sold second-hand. That puts the high prices into perspective.

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Children sit on the table and play with the Toniebox.

Tell your own stories using the Tonies app

In addition to the characters with permanently assigned content, there are also the so-called creative tonies (price: twelve euros). These figures play audio files that you have previously uploaded to the Toniecloud yourself. This can be, for example, MP3 files from the computer or stories you have spoken yourself.

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They can also be recorded with the smartphone using the free Tonies app (iOS and Android). For example, grandparents can send their grandchildren a greeting or speak fairy tales for them. Up to 90 minutes can be saved per creative tonie.

Download new Tonies

An update and a revision of the Tonies Cloud in April 2020 will bring a very practical function. First of all, all Tonies radio plays acquired can now be viewed in an overview called “meinetonies” on the official homepage.

From July 2020, new stories for the Toniebox can also be purchased purely digitally and without a figure. However, this only applies to episodes that belong to a corresponding Tonie. For example, if someone wants to hear new adventures from Benjamin the Blümchen, they need at least one figure of the pachyderm. You then load more episodes onto them.

The function is quite practical, as it saves space in the children’s room and you can easily download the consequences at any time. How much a story should cost is currently not known (as of April 27, 2020).

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Conclusion: The Toniebox is a loudspeaker for children specially designed for radio plays. The nicely designed box is robust and can withstand falls without damage, and operation is really child’s play. However, the box is limited to specially produced radio plays and they are expensive.

After all, the selection of radio plays for children aged three to eight is decent. The overall sound of the Toniebox is tinny, it is sufficient for the purpose.

Strengthen: Simple operation, robust and stylish housing, lots of content, beautifully designed figures (Tonies), headphone connection

Weaknesses: Sounded tinny, new content quite expensive, e-mail address required for setup

Assessment: satisfying

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Drone for children: which drones are suitable for children?

AEven if flying quadrocopters doesn’t necessarily sound like a particularly child-friendly hobby: There is also a considerable selection of children’s drones that can provide the little ones with age-appropriate and safe flying fun. From the toy drone to the mini drone with a camera, there are a few options.

Drone for children: what to look for when buying

When it comes to a quadrocopter for your children, safety is of course paramount. It is therefore essential to buy a drone with a low weight, especially for smaller children. This minimizes the risk of injury to both your child and bystanders. So it means: the lighter, the better. The safety precautions also include the fact that the propeller is covered by a cover and has a so-called prop guard. After all, rotating propellers pose a serious safety risk.

In particular, let smaller children fly indoors at the beginning – and do so in a room where there is as little risk of damage as possible. A basement room, for example, is ideal here – the larger the room, the better. The advantage of toy drones that are designed for indoor use is that they do not require any additional functions (such as GPS).

If you allow your child to fly a quadrocopter outside, it is recommended that you go to a field, meadow or the like where there are as few obstacles and other people as possible.

Another question to ask yourself is whether you just want a toy drone that your child can use to practice flying a quadrocopter a little – or whether you want to give your child a drone with a camera.

Children’s drone: legal regulations

There is currently no minimum age to fly a drone under 2 kilograms. If the quadrocopter weighs over 2 kilograms, you need one – and the minimum age is 16 years. Drones are also subject to insurance and, in the case of a weight over 250 grams, also to labeling.

Quadcopter for children: these models might interest you

With the HS210 Mini-Drone *, Holy Stone has a quadrocopter for children in its range, which is particularly suitable for indoor use. The drone for children from 8 years of age is smaller than a smartphone and very easy to control. It has an automatic hovering function that keeps it at a set height – even if the child lets go of the remote control. With a push of a button (emergency landing function button) the drone can also be brought back to the ground immediately. A flight time of seven minutes is possible per battery charge.

A similar model – however, according to the manufacturer’s recommendation, suitable for children aged 14 and over – is also offered by the manufacturer Sanrock *. The toy drone is suitable for children as well as beginners. The functions are similar to those of the Holy Stone model. An altitude hold mode makes flying easier, and the key return function enables the drone to land automatically without any problems.

Another fun drone (this is also how toy drones are called) is the E010 * model from Eachine. The quadrocopter has dimensions of 9.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm and offers a flight time of 5 minutes. The possible flight distance is 30 meters. It offers the so-called “headless mode”, which makes it easier to learn to fly. A one-button return function is also included. As with the other two models, the remote control is included in the set.

But it can also be more unusual! If your child is a fan of the Star Wars saga, the Star Wars drone from TIE Advanced might have some fun. The optics of the quadrocopter – which doesn’t look like an ordinary drone at all – comes in a collector’s box and is fun even when it is switched off!

Drones with camera for children

Perhaps the child in your life not only wants to have fun flying, but also learn to take pictures with a quadrocopter. The toy drones presented so far are not suitable for this purpose, as they do not have a camera. Here you should use a mini drone that is suitable for outdoor use.

The foldable drone from Potensic * is equipped with an HD camera that offers a camera angle of 90 degrees. A special feature of the drone is the self-protection function. This detects when the drone’s battery is weak or exceeds the range of the remote control. The aircraft slowly descends its flight automatically.

If you also let your child lie outside, the Ryze DJI Tello * Quadrocopter, for example, is an option. It has a 5 megapixel camera and can record 720P HD videos.

The fun drone is also available in an Iron Man special edition *.

A drone with a camera that, according to the manufacturer, is suitable for children from 8 years of age, is the quadrocopter from the manufacturer DoDoeleph *. As with most of the recommended beginner models, a mode is included that automatically keeps the drone at a certain height. Take-off and landing are possible at the push of a button, making the flight easier.

Drone as a toy? The bottom line

From when you let your child fly with a drone and which model you actually choose is ultimately up to your own judgment. Especially with small children, it is definitely advisable to buy toy drones that are lightweight. In addition to age, of course, it also depends on your child’s special interests: Does he or she just want to fly around with the quadrocopter? Or are you also interested in aerial photography and maybe want to take selfies from a bird’s eye view? From a certain age – you also have to assess this yourself – your child can already fly with a high-quality mini drone for adults. You have to decide for yourself whether you want to wait until the age of 14 or give your child a drone that is no longer a toy drone earlier. A high-quality mini drone is the DJI Mavic Mini *, which weighs only 249 grams and falls into the lowest weight class of drones.

It is important that you inform yourself about the legal obligations of drone flights. Misconduct has consequences when flying drones. Do not let your child fly quadrocopters unsupervised and make sure to find a suitable and safe environment for the flight. Explain the functions exactly to your child and keep an eye on the flight. If the drone does get lost, you can go looking for it with a walkie-talkie, for example, to coordinate and stay in contact while on the move.

*This text contains affiliate links. This means: If you make a purchase using the links marked with an asterisk, WELT will receive a small commission. The reporting doesn’t affect that. You can find our standards of transparency and journalistic independence at axelspringer.de/unabhaengigkeit.

This article was first published on November 27, 2019.

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Soon there will be a monopoly for bad losers – housing

Happy news from Hasbro: The cult game “Monopoly” is being reissued – to the delight of the biggest losers.

Anyone who has never cursed or cried at games like “Mensch, dich nicht” and “Monopoly” has never played them properly. The game manufacturer Hasbro also appreciates this and honors its worst losers with a different version: A “Monopoly for Bad Losers” will be launched in Germany and Austria from mid-September.

In this game, losers are rewarded – and winners are punished

Hasbro is bringing out a solution for all permanent losers. In the modified version of the classic game, these become winners. Whoever loses receives special bonuses with which he can rip off the other players.

So-called “loser brands” should make losing a pleasure. These are collected until you reach a certain number. Then others have to pay the loser money when he drives onto his own field. In addition, he is then tax-exempt. As if that weren’t enough, he can steal property from other players. The stolen must then even skip a round.

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5 year old boy saves mom by calling the number written on the toy ambulance

He didn’t even think about it for a moment when he found Mom unconscious on the floor. Josh, 5, picked up his home phone and dialed 112, the one-time emergency number he’d seen on his toy ambulance. He was thus put in contact with a police officer and was able to raise the alarm. The police in Telford, Shropshire (Great Britain) thanked the child for his gesture. As reported on the BBC, local police commander Jim Baker said Josh was very brave. stayed on the line as we managed to get to the family home and make sure her mom got medical help. Josh has already proven he would be a brilliant police officer and we hope to see him again when he is old enough as a new recruit, Baker added.(Josh has already proved he would make a brilliant police officer in the future, hopefully we’ll see him again when he’s old enough as a new recruit!).

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Drone for children: These are particularly popular with children

AEven if the flying of quadrocopters does not initially sound like a particularly child-friendly hobby: There is also a considerable selection of drones for children, which can provide the little ones with age-appropriate and safe flight pleasure. From the toy drone to the mini drone with camera, there are several options.

Children’s drone: what to look for when buying

When it comes to a quadrocopter for your children, safety is of course the number one priority. That is why it is essential to buy a drone with a low weight, especially for smaller children. This minimizes the risk of injury to both your child and bystanders. So it means: the lighter the better. The safety precautions also include that the propeller is covered by a cover and has a so-called prop guard. After all, rotating propellers are a serious safety risk.

It is best to let smaller children fly indoors, especially in the beginning – and best in a room where as little as possible can break. Here, for example, there is a basement room – the larger the room, the better. The advantage of toy drones that are designed for indoor use is that they do not require any additional functions (such as GPS).

If you allow your child to fly outside with a quadrocopter, it is recommended that you go to a field, meadow or the like where there are as few obstacles and other people as possible.

Another question you should ask yourself is whether you only want a toy drone that your child can use to practice flying a quadrocopter a little – or whether you want to give your child a drone with a camera.

Children’s drone: legal regulations

There is currently no minimum age to fly a drone under 2 kilograms. If the quadrocopter weighs over 2 kilograms, you need one – and the minimum age is 16 years. Drones are also subject to both insurance and labeling requirements in the case of weights over 250 grams.

Quadrocopter for children: You might be interested in these models

With the HS210 Mini-Drone *, Holy Stone has a quadrocopter for children in its range that is particularly suitable for indoor use. The drone for children from 8 years old is smaller than a smartphone and very easy to control. It has an automatic hover function that keeps it at a set height – even if the child releases the remote control. With a push of a button (emergency landing function button), the drone can also be brought back to the ground immediately. A flight time of seven minutes is possible per battery charge.

A similar model – however, according to the manufacturer’s recommendation, suitable for children aged 14 and over – is also offered by the manufacturer Sanrock *. The toy drone is suitable for children as well as beginners. The functions are similar to the Holy Stone model. A hold mode makes flying easier, and the key return function enables the drone to land automatically without any problems.

Another fun drone (that’s how toy drones are also called) is the E010 * from Eachine. The quadrocopter has dimensions of 9.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm and offers a flight time of 5 minutes. The possible flight distance is 30 meters. It offers the so-called “headless mode”, which makes learning to fly easier. A one-key return function is also included. As with the other two models, the remote control is included in the set.

But it is also more unusual! If your child is a fan of the Star Wars saga, they might enjoy the Star Wars drone from TIE Advanced. The look of the quadrocopter – which doesn’t look like an ordinary drone at all – comes in a collector’s box and is fun even when it is switched off!

Drones with camera for children

Perhaps the child in your life not only wants to have fun flying, but also learn to take pictures with a quadrocopter. The toy drones presented so far are not suitable for this because they do not have a camera. Here you should grab a mini drone that is suitable for outdoor use.

The foldable drone from Potensic * is equipped with an HD camera that offers a camera angle of 90 degrees. A special feature of the drone is the self-protection function. This detects when the drone’s battery is weak or is flying beyond the range of the remote control. The plane automatically lowers its flight.

If you leave your child outdoors, for example, the Ryze DJI Tello * Quadrocopter is an option. It has a 5 megapixel camera and can record 720P HD videos.

The Fun drone is also available in a special Iron Man edition *.

A drone with a camera, which, according to the manufacturer, is suitable for children from 8 years of age, is the Quadrocopter from DoDoeleph *. As with most recommendable beginner models, a mode is included that automatically keeps the drone at a certain height. Take-off and landing are possible at the push of a button, making the flight easier.

Drone as a toy? The bottom line

From when you let your child fly with a drone and which model you actually choose is ultimately up to you. Especially with small children, it is definitely recommended to buy toy drones with a low weight. In addition to age, your child’s special interest is of course also important: Does he just want to fly around a bit with the quadrocopter? Or is it also interested in aerial photography and maybe wants to take selfies from a bird’s eye view? From a certain age – you have to assess this yourself – your child can already fly with a higher quality mini drone for adults. You have to decide for yourself whether you are waiting until the age of 14 or if you give your child a drone that is no longer a toy drone. A high quality mini drone is the DJI Mavic Mini *, which weighs only 249 grams and falls into the lowest weight class of drones.

It is important that you inform yourself about the legal obligations of drone flight. Misconduct leads to consequences when flying drones. Do not let your child fly unsupervised with quadrocopters and be sure to choose a suitable and safe environment for the flight. Explain the functions to your child and keep an eye on the flight. If the drone is lost, you can use a walkie-talkie, for example, to search and coordinate on the go and keep in touch.

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This article was first published on November 27th, 2019.

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The novelist Juan Marsé, Cervantes Prize 2008, is dead

Juan Marsé died at the age of 87 on Sunday in Barcelona where he was born Juan Faneca Roca on January 8, 1933. The life of the future writer’s little boy was not trivial. Her mother died two weeks after giving birth and, writes Enrique Turpin in his introduction to the collection of short stories Lieutenant Bravo, “Her father, who works as a taxi driver, one day takes charge of a couple in front of a clinic who has just lost their first child, and will not be able to have others. Learning that their driver has just lost his wife, these people with a desire for a child offer him to adopt little Juan ” who will only see his biological father twice. The adoptive father being a communist militant worker, Juan Marsé will not see him every day either, the Francoist prisons often separating them. The future writer will not carry out very advanced studies, entering at 13 years old in a jewelry workshop. In 1961, a grant allowed him to stay in Paris, where he returned without a grant the same year, earning his living as a laboratory boy at the Institut Pasteur in the department of the future Nobel Prize winner Jacques Monod. The city also allows him to quench his passion for cinema and its theaters which haunts his work.

“Orphans by profession”

His first novel, Locked up with a single toy, appeared in 1960, but he became famous in 1966 with Teresa in the afternoon where a poor and calculating motorcycle thief brings sentimental and political disorder to good Spanish society. The hero is called Bande-à-part. “There are nicknames that illustrate not only a way of life, but also the social nature of the world we live in.” In 1970, The Dark History of Cousin Montsé has to do with Viridiana, the 1961 Palme d’Or by Luis Buñuel, depicting the all-out hypocrisy of Franco’s society (from rich to poor with the Church at its peak), the poor dead and her dream of solidarity failing in front of “Miserable patients, prisoners without entrails and orphans by profession”. Appears in 1973 Goodbye life, goodbye love, often considered his masterpiece. “When I wrote this novel, I was convinced that it would never be published. It was between 1968 and 1970, the Franco regime seemed established forever and a depressing idea haunted me: I was convinced that the censorship, which then enjoyed flourishing health, would outlive us all, the Franco regime which had engendered and […] would settle for eternity, like an evil spell cast by the Caudillo in the very heart of future Spain ”, he wrote in 1988. But the novel appeared in 1973 in Mexico where Juan Marsé sent it for a prize that he won. A complex text that begins in the morgue where an employee believes he has discovered the body of a childhood friend, the book is full of various narrative tracks where children and guerrillas mingle until the last sentence: ” Men of steel, forged by so many battles, who dreamed like children. »

“A neighborhood that only exists in my head”

Barcelona and its boulevard du Guinardó are also the perpetual heroes of Juan Marsé, with the vagueness he knows how to maintain around his creations. “I’m talking about a neighborhood that only exists in my head, not in reality”, he said, but this neighborhood of his childhood, he constantly resuscitates in novels that evoke the thriller and often populated by criminals, detectives and prostitutes. Are coming One day i will come back in 1982, Boulevard du Guinardó in 1984 (“The inspector, at the gates of sleep, stumbled against himself and said hi, go to hell” and this is where it will end following a transfer of lividity), the bilingual lover in 1990 (whose epigraph due to Antonio Machado is: “The main thing, in carnival, is not to put on a mask, but to remove your face”), Shanghai Nights in 1993 (at the beginning: “Childish dreams are corrupted in the mouths of adults,” said Captain Blay, who walked before me with his big bold step, under his precarious appearance of Invisible Man.“) And Lizards in the ravine in 2000 with an epigraph, among others, by Nietzsche: “I don’t understand why it is necessary to slander. If you want to harm someone, you just have to say something true about them. ” Juan Marsé was awarded the Cervantes Prize in 2008 for his body of work. Childhood is constantly recalled in his novels even if the writer never used the reality of the story of his adoption as such in his fictions. His latest novel, published in 2016, is entitled This whore so distinguished. There is still a prostitute and a movie theater, but this title is in fact a periphrase to designate memory.

All the translated books of Juan Marsé are at Bourgois (some taken in pockets in Points or 10/18), with the exception ofLocked up with a single toy at Gallimard as the Phantom of the Roxy Cinema (of which the three short stories are however included in Lieutenant Bravo), of the Girl in the Golden Panties at Denoël and The Strange Disappearance of RL Stevenson at Climats

Mathieu Lindon

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