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Castro enjoys an Irish coffee in Shannon

There was a time when I used to pass through Shannon airport on a regular basis; so did Fidel Castro. In those days, the flight from Moscow to Havana would come down to refuel in the west of Ireland and the passengers would sometimes get off and have a stroll around the airport. 72 more words

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Memories of Bratislava

A visit to Bratislava in 1970 entailed a short bus ride from Vienna through barbed wire fences and past watchtowers. The walk up to the castle was a rough path covered with snails of many colours: brown, yellow, green. 65 more words

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German words and playful statues

In Bad Hersfeld there is a memorial to Konrad Duden who produced the 1880 Vollständiges Orthographisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache, a work that was to influence the standardised spelling of German throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 27 more words

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The Long March to Freedom in Colombia

The first time I met Tom Hargrove he boasted, tongue in cheek, that he had published one of the world’s most successful titles: a rice disease identification manual that had been printed in millions of copies in many languages throughout Asia. 266 more words

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Tick Tock Dada

As Dada’s centenary is celebrated, I remember my 1968 visit to Dada 1916-1966, a fiftieth anniversary exhibit, when it came to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. 123 more words

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"a simple observation"

the rumble growl of stock exhaust
raging through a soul
lulled only by the gentle vibration
between air warmed legs
a creeping smile curved upward delight… 10 more words

Reblog: NOLA Church Writes 44 Cards of Inspiration

NOLA Church partnered with Free-NOLA and on March 5th hosted an awareness event for individuals who want to personally get involved in local rescue efforts. A human trafficking film,  56 more words

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