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Saint Pat, Bless His Heart...

Saint Pat, Bless His Heart…     —by Jinny Batterson

A set of reports from an ancestry DNA service recently confirmed that over half of my ancestors originated in Ireland, England, or some other part of the set of islands off the northern coast of France that its current rulers like to call the “British Isles.”  Just which parts of the islands, I cannot say with confidence, nor, apparently, can the DNA service (unless I want to spit into another tube, answer a lot of intrusive questions, and send a heftier fee).  587 more words

Caribbean Princess to have multi-million-pound refit before UK season

Caribbean Princess will have an extensive two-week refit before its summer in Southampton, Princess Cruises announced today.

The 13-year-old, 3,200-passenger ship will go into dry dock at Freeport, Bahamas, from March 26 to April 6. 242 more words


Magic of the British Isles

Today I want to briefly talk about my love for Britain and Ireland and how much the mythology and landscape has greatly influenced my love for drawing and writing over the years. 198 more words

Isle of Man #553B (1994)

The Isle of Man (Ellan Vannin), also known simply as Mann, is a self-governing crown dependency located in the middle of the northern Irish Sea, almost equidistant from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland (closest), and Wales (farthest). 5,577 more words

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British Isles Research Seminar

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will present a 5-day research seminar on the British Isles beginning Monday, March 13.

The brochure lays out their entire schedule.  80 more words


40 really trivial things that make all British people want to explode with rage

We Brits usually have a reputation for being calm in all situations and adopting a stiff upper lip when things go wrong – but there are certain things that get under our skin to such an extent that we want to claw out our own eyeballs in rage.  923 more words


Scottish snowdrops

As I approach 30 I realise I’m turning more and more into my Mum. One symptom is a desire to seek out the best of nature in every season, which in the UK in February is snowdrops. 280 more words