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What's On The Shelf

A few more book finds I thought I’d share. Perhaps some of them will inspire you! Happy reading!!


Underground Belgrade walking tour

I usually take the free walking tours in the various cities I have been to, and this time I decided to take the underground walking tour of… 210 more words


Ukraine Crisis: is Vladimir Putin walking the path of his Soviet predecessors?

by Fraser Moore

This past week in the Ukraine has been hectic for all parties involved. Amidst accusations by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko that Russia is showing “direct and undisguised aggression” towards Ukraine, government forces are slowly losing ground to pro-Russian and separatist forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. 465 more words


Where’s the Other Pig? The Mystery of Orwell’s Animal Farm

George Orwell’s Animal Farm, for those unfamiliar with the story, follows the tale of how two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, inspired by a deceased prize pig, Old Major, unite their fellow animals (or comrades) to take over the farm on which they have been imprisoned by Mr Jones. 1,444 more words


Stalin's two commandments

Why use ten when two commandments are enough (Matthew 22:35-40)? So also Stalin:

The first commandment: Don’t allow yourselves to be provoked by the counter-revolutionaries; arm yourselves with restraint and self-control; save your strength for the coming struggle; permit no premature actions.

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Family Memorabilia, History's Artifact

This little album is a piece of history, not just family memorabilia. In 2009, a cousin in Germany received an e-mail from Mr. Imants Lancmanis, Director of the Rundale Palace Museum, a gorgeous, 18th century buttercream palace in Latvia, designed by Rastrelli, architect to tsars,  creator of St. 263 more words


On interfering politicians, Daphne du Maurier, and a plea for the humble seagull

Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. If your name is Malvolio or ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt you can legitimately make such a claim, but what about all those others who go in search of greatness for its own sake? 1,270 more words