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Bob Marley and the Dutch Golden Age

What does Bob Marley, the legendary reggae musician who rose from grinding poverty in Jamaica, have to do with the over-the-top wealth of the great trading city of Amsterdam? 664 more words

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What happened to England's WWII POW camps

The extent and state of World War II prisoner of war camps in England has not received the due attention it deserves. While the National Archives in London is riddled with sources and documentary evidence of the almost 1,500 camps across the British Isles during the war, war camps is a memory most would rather forget. 283 more words

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What To Do With All This Yarn?

After knitting for 20+ years, I’ve acquired quite a bit of yarn.  My yarn collection has a history all its own.  Like fashion, the color of yarn, texture and composition of fiber, records trends and style of a particular time period.   196 more words

A Royal Honeymoon (Gone Wrong)

My apologies: I noticed a typo in my last post.  The royal yacht “Britannia” was in active use from 1954 to 1997, not 1957.  That made it available for the now-notorious honeymoon of Charles, Prince of Wales, and his bride, Diana Spencer, in 1981. 322 more words

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Sightseeing on a trip to Wales someday

“Happy St. David’s Day!” That was the greeting today in an e-news message from Lynott Tours, a company offering tours of the British Isles. So, in honor of the holiday celebrated by the Welsh on March 1, I decided to share a list of sites in Wales I’d love to see someday. 150 more words


Wild Wales

Once upon a time (and I mean once upon a time, circa 1990), I visited Conwy in North Wales on a cruise through the British Isles. 348 more words

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The QuickTurtle® Band

     The Little Pinky

While on tour in Japan, the instrument maker and bassist for The QuickTurtle Band, TBone Ditty was inspired by an instrument he saw being played by a youthful Geisha Girl in the hotel where the band was holed up.   205 more words