A Teaser Tuesday about Book Burning


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too […]

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Race


The story of legendary athlete Jesse Owens gets the Hollywood treatment in Race (see, the title is a pun.) Owens made history in 1936 by- oh, spoiler alert – winning four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics. Of course, he had to overcome a lot of adversity both in Berlin (them Nazi boys didn’t care so […]

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Bon Anniversaire, Tour d’Eiffel


By Niall McArdle The Eiffel Tower is 125 today. Did you know it was supposed to dismantled in 1909? You can read the history of the design and construction here. Engineer Gustave Eiffel also designed the dome of the Nice Observatory, Pest Railway Station in Budapest, and the metallic structure of the Statue of Liberty, […]

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Diasporational Part Three: The Irishman Who Taught Churchill Oratory


Winston Churchill is for many the epitome of English statesman, scholar and orator. With his V for Victory sign, his cigars and his bulldog frame, he stands as the Imperial Briton, the Victorian English gentleman who helped deliver the world from the Nazis.

It is ironic, therefore that this most English of leaders, famed for his speechmaking, borrowed much of his oratorical style from an Irishman.

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