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Opening Ceremony of Olympics in London – Hyped in Press but Not Loved By All

July 28, 2012

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Foreign and Brit press all seem to have glowing reports of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Was I wearing the wrong glasses? I found it boring and not that good – a messy jumble of images and sounds. The culture of Britain will not be killed by immigrants. It has been dispatched by the […]

Google the Dictator Encounters Censorship

June 22, 2012

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Google has reported what it deems an alarming growth of censorship from many quarters.  Countries, business and individuals are asking that search answers be deleted.    The search engine giant revealed that western countries in addition to Asian. It is exceedingly strange to see the company that holds an iron grip on the internet fighting for […]

Sadly, The Diamond Jubilee Did Not Bring All Of Britain Together

June 5, 2012

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Fully one-sixth of the population in the UK are non-white.  There was just a sprinkling of these people in the massive crowds that lined the streets and stood to wait for the family on the Balcony that ended the celebrations. This was a surge of white Brits demonstrating pride not only in their Queen but […]

Royal Barges and Special Events

June 1, 2012

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This Sunday Queen Elizabeth II and selected members of her family will travel down the Thames in a flotilla of  vessels aboard a  barge called Spirit of Chartwell.  She may no longer have her yacht, Britannia, but she has use of both this and also her very own  new barge, Gloriana,  in time for her […]

Sarkozy Years Ahead in Addressing Radical Muslims and Protection of French Culture

March 27, 2012

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The reality is that Europe has been over-run – really invaded by Muslims.  They refuse to integrate into the society in place not just through dress but through isolating their communities, disdain of Western culture and, in many cases, preaching the overthrow of western governments and the destruction of western culture within  the boundaries of […]

The Unpleasantness of The Royal Wedding – Big Bussiness for Press and Palace and Tourism

April 3, 2011

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One thing is clear:  coverage of the Royal Wedding is currently sucking the air out of press rooms worldwide.  This was the assessment of a panel discussion on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning.  Budgets have even been earmarked for the event. Helping to generate addictive interest in the event months out – the Palace and […]

Royal Wedding In Name Only On 29 April; Pageantry a Thing of The Past

April 2, 2011

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You don’t have to love the Royals or even to like them but if you love the history and the pageantry often associated with them you will thirst for the good old days of Royal Weddings this April 29.  Not only costs but also security have dictated that most wedding guests will travel to and […]

SamHenry’s Sunday Sillies from the Headlines for 3/20/2011

March 20, 2011

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Amazing news of time travel from the Hadron collider deep underground somewhere in Switzerland.  They have discovered a particle that can move through time dimensions.  They say it does not mean men can travel (women will find a way) but it does mean we can send messages to, say, the past.  Why would we want […]

“US In Decline” Says Time Magazine; The Eagle Tells Me Otherwise

March 3, 2011

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China is carefully positioning its currency to topple the dollar, Time Magazine has a lead story on the US decline and so it must be true – we’re  in decline.  Are we now in a position to be able to say to the world “you won’t have the US to kick around anymore”? Funny thing.  […]

Bookstores That Will Survive the Shift in Technology, Distribution and A Down Economy

February 28, 2011

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Recently, Borders books, that other large us chain bookstore filed for bankruptcy and will close many stores.  What once seemed its stodgy counterpart, Barnes and Noble, has taken steps to remain financially solid with a transition to e-books built around its popular nook reader.  But recently, there was a dire announcement: Barnes & Noble Inc […]

A Royal Wedding Set Against A World In Bankruptcy and Turmoil

February 21, 2011

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The Middle East is on fire and in the midst of political upheaval of historic proportion.  Globally, people are out of work, struggling and facing an uncertain future.  And yet with all of this, the biggest hits on this website come to blogs about the British Royal Family. People are very keen to know more […]

DOE Awards Arabic Language FLAP Grant to Texas School That May Send It Back

February 8, 2011

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In 2010, the Department of Education distributed more grant monies under its Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) that at any other time.  One of the recipients was a Texas school district that had applied for funding of an Arabic language and culture program. The Department of Education has identified Arabic as a ‘language of the […]

Protecting Uncontacted Jungle Tribes – SamHenry Joins the Effort

February 4, 2011

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Here is one of  the beautiful videos that give us insight into the lives of an undiscovered tribe in the  jungle near the Peru-Brazil border. They are threatened by logging.  The only way to save them was to film them and thus expose them to the unknown actions of others. There will, of course, be […]

Background Information on the Current Crisis in Egypt in News Analysis, Literature and Film.

February 1, 2011

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Analysis and News of Current Crisis in Egypt – See Mother Jones‘ site features a wealth of information both historical and contemporary about Egypt and its politics. Recent article: “Who is Behind the Egyptian Revolution” – an overview of the factions in the body politic from the Guardian. Recent article in Jordan Times, “Columinsts Split […]

Why Wasn’t the Egyptian Army Protecting the Cairo Museum Earlier?

January 30, 2011

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Troops have replaced police and citizens in protecting the Cairo Antiquities Museum.  It is not out of danger yet.  Other sites across Egypt being secured remain in danger as well. The troops should have been deployed earlier for this but perhaps sending in a small unit may have been impossible.  Regardless, they are on duty […]