Thursday, March 31, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,
And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,
I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.
Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,
Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west,
And thought of him I love.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Sunday, March 27, 2016
It's a mystery that has gripped historians and Shakespeare experts for generations - and one archaeologists believe they could have finally found an answer to. After a hi-tech investigation concluded the legendary playwright's skull was probably taken by trophy hunters more than 200 years ago. His Stratford resting place has been disturbed at the head end, and proves a mystery skull thought to be his is actually that of a woman, new theories about what happened to Shakespeare's head are beginning to emerge but remain at best ‘guesses’.
|Dublin was shelled by English gun boats|
Some 1600 hundred Irish rebels country wide faced nearly 19000 British troops and artillery.
Rebels suffered 64 killed, with 143 English killed. Some 1800 Irish were arrested and sent to interment in England without proper trial.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Stripe hyenas are solitary hunters and unsociable even with their own kind. They forage alone and only occasionally come together to munch on a kill. They are known to be highly intolerant of other large carnivores. But in an unusual find, scientists have increasing observed striped hyenas travelling as members of grey wolves’ packs, often at the center of the group. Wolves are better at tracking down large prey, while hyenas have a superior sense of smell. The ‘cooperation’ reflects the hard times’ both groups are experiencing.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Home to MacDonald Clan who where notorious cattle thieves and brigands. On February 13, 1692 English loyalists killed 78 members of the clan after spending the night as guests in their homes.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
In 1898, 14 years prior to , author Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called Futility: The Wreck of the Titan. His story was about the largest ship ever built hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic ocean on a cold night in April. The fictional ship was named Titan, and his description of and its circumstances were incredibly close to the real-life Titanic. Both ships were called “unsinkable”.
Numerous people purchased tickets for the journey but did not actually sail. These included Hershey’s chocolate founder Milton S. Hershey; Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the telegraph; J.P. Morgan, the American banking and steel magnate; and Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, one of the richest men in America.
Monday, March 21, 2016
The British Natural Environment Research Council is running an internet competition to name its new 250 million dollar research ship. "Boaty McBoatface' is currently leading with more than 27,000 votes, while the second place pick trails with around 3,000. Can you imagine, Boaty McBoatface?
Butchering marks on a bear bone discovered in 1903, but just reanalyzed has been dated to 12,500 years ago. Further examination proves the marks were made when the bone was fresh. The find is the first proof that humans inhabited Ireland during the Paleolithic Era. Previous findings demonstrate the oldest evidence of human occupation dates to 8,000 years ago.
A nocturnal "cat burglar", six-year-old Tonkinese cat Brigit from Hamilton city, NZ, has been stealing dozens of socks and men's underwear. In two months, she brought back 11 pairs of underpants and more than 50 socks. Her owner. Sarah Nathan told the news that the trouble first began when she started discovering "odd pieces" of underwear among her washing. No idea where the stuff came from.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
A reveler in Dublin
March 17, the date of St. Patrick's death, is celebrated world wide through the Irish Diaspora. The date has been celebrated in Ireland since the 9th century. But the Irish Americans get credit for making the celebration what it has become around the world. St Pat's celebrations in Boston, Philadelphia and Savannah pre-date the America Revolution. The first parade took place in Boston in 1737. New York followed in 1751, both more than 150 years earlier than the first in Ireland, Waterford 1903.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Here’s to you and your, And to mine and ours, And if mine and ours Ever come across to you and yours, I hope you and yours will do As much for mine and ours As mine and ours have done For you and yours! Unknown
It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.” B Behen
I come from an Irish Catholic family, and hell-raising is part of the DNA. Brian Dennehy
Geographically, Ireland is a medium-sized rural island that is slowly but steadily being consumed by sheep. Dave Barry
Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy. William Butler Yeats
If you're Irish, it doesn't matter where you go - you'll find family. Victoria Smurfit
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
The English have a complex history in the 'naming' of places. Here's one of my favorites, a village named after the local river, which was used as an open latrine in ancient times. Translated it simply means 'the town of the place to shit.' Love history.
The Pope has imposed new regulations on the 'saint' process after journalists revealed financial abuse in the system. The new rules set out the mechanism by which donors supporting a candidate for sainthood pay for the services of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Vatican office responsible for reviewing candidates for sainthood. Large amounts of money have been donated and relatively unaccounted for, while evidence suggests that the path to sainthood for large donations is faster than others. The new system ensures oversight and accountability.
The smallest flowering plant in the Plant Kingdom is also aquatic. It is Wolffia, commonly known as Watermeal, one of the Duckweeds, in the family Lemnaceae. It generally floats on the surface of the water.
jpr: check out that pond scum.
jpr: check out that pond scum.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The distinguished looking gentleman above, with a long arrest recorded, recently arrested in California, testifies to a somewhat unpopular criminological theory. A growing number of behaviorists recognize that biology, especially cognitive dysfunctions, plays a part in the behavior of some career criminals. The suggestion is that such individuals are unable to comport their behavior (to be socialized) to social expectations, maintain relationships, hold jobs or commitments, pay bills, or accept normal responsibilities. They drink, smoke and use drugs excessively, demonstrate sexual abnormalities, and cover themselves with tattoos, piercings etc. Interesting eh?
This RR bridge has been painted continuously since 1890 to 2011 due to corrosive sea water mists.
The most recent painting uses glass flake epoxy and is expected to last 25 years. The workman's scaffolds that have been there since queen Victoria's time are now gone!
knownWe have a picture of Thoreau as a hermit in the deep woods, but he lived just a mile from Emerson’s home in town, within hearing of Concord’s church bells. He also lived within close proximity of his mother, who did his laundry for him—in exchange, lest this seem a one-sided favor, for handyman jobs around Mrs. Thoreau’s Main Street home. He did odd jobs for other people in Concord as well, often in exchange for meals, and he set a good table himself, once, it’s said, hosting a supper party for twenty-five people in his small one-room cabin.
Thoreau’s notion of self-sufficiency did not involve standoffishness, then, and it made ample room for conviviality and company. Let’s not incorrectly remember him, on this anniversary, as a loner, but instead as an ardent student of simplicity, pleasure, and the best of the good life, dinner and drinks included.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
BS is an ART, heh?
Araksya Karapetyan, a 29 year old weather person for Fox News Los Angeles, was born in Armenia and represents all that is beautiful in the Armenian people. She performed an ethnic dance during a recent broadcast that will just knock you out. I DARE you to watch the 2 minute peace at www.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIC3XuQwKI
An "earthquake" was caused by 30,000 football fans celebrating a goal and recorded by a seisnometer near Leicester City's (UK) King Power stadium. It reported a minor quake with a magnitude of 0.3. The tremor was attributed to a "sudden energy release" made by fans when Leonardo Ulloa scored a last-minute winner against Norwich, in February. The event has been labelled the "Vardy Quake" after top scorer Jamie Vardy.
The ‘@’ character, the symbol of the internet age, was once an obscure symbol known only to book-keepers. Ray Tomlinson, who died this week, the man widely regarded as the inventor of the email, plucked it from his keyboard in 1971 to go between the user name and destination address. He chose @ because it was then rarely used in computing and the English name of the symbol was already "at". Businesses used it to indicate unit price eg 12 batteries @ $1 each. Early uses of the symbol can be dated to the 1300’s.
William Hitler, son of Adolf's brother, served in the US Navy during the second world war. Wounded in combat, he received the Purple Heart. Born in the UK, he lived in Germany during the 1930's. After immigrating to the US he had to personally petition President Roosevelt for permission to join the military. He died on Long Island in his 70's.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Friday, March 4, 2016
Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,
Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in my arms,
Live fairy-gifts fading away,
Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will,
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still.
It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervor and faith of a soul may be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear!
No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns on her god when he sets
The same look which she turned when he rose!
"believe me if all those endearing young charms"
by Thomas Moore