Daily Archives: December 25, 2014

The “Christmas Truce” of World War I (1914): people who sings same carols in different languages, on Christmas, at least, cannot by enemies, even in the most helish circumstances (not of their own making)


The “Christmas Truce” of World War I (1914)

As Christmas approached in the early months of World War I, British and German troops stationed on the Western Front took it upon themselves to stage an unofficial cease-fire. Roughly 100,000 troops participated in this inspiring display of humanity. Over the course of the brief cessation of hostilities, enemy soldiers caroled together, exchanged gifts, played football, and even attended funerals together. What steps did officials later take to prevent such a cease-fire from happening again? More… Discuss

Japan’s Underwater City


Japan’s Underwater City

A Japanese construction firm with a penchant for pie-in-the-sky projects has a new plan: an underwater city. The Shimizu Corporation, a prominent builder that once pitched a space hotel, has proposed an undersea spiral off the coast of Japan that would stretch 2.8 miles (4.5 km) down to the sea floor. A habitable zone would be situated in a massive sphere just below the surface, and energy would be generated by thermal energy conversion and by using micro-organisms to turn carbon dioxide into methane. However, the company says the required technology won’t be ready for another 15 years. More… Discuss

Grand Ole Opry: Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live from Nashville, Tennessee.


Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live from Nashville, Tennessee. It is the oldest continuous radio program in the US, having been broadcast on WSM since November 28, 1925. The featured performer on the first show was Uncle Jimmy Thompson, a fiddler who was then 77 years old. In 1926, Uncle Dave Macon, a Tennessee banjo player, became the program’s first real star. What was the original name of the Opry, and why did it change? More… Discuss

word: vacuous


vacuous

Definition: (adjective) Devoid of intelligence.
Synonyms: asinine, fatuous, inane, mindless
Usage: The interviewer could tell by the candidate’s vacuous comments that he was not qualified for the position. Discuss.

Dantela de stergar


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Dantela de stergar

La fel pe spate cum si pe fata


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La fel pe spate cum si pe fata

STERGAR CU TRCOLOR DE LA VAD SERCAIA TARA FAGARASULUI FACUT ACASA


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STERGAR CU TRCOLOR DE LA VAD SERCAIA TARA FAGARASULUI FACUT ACASA

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Bob Dylan: Planet Waves: 2


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Bob Dylan: Planet Waves 1


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Bob Dylan: Planet Waves


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From NPR News: A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta


A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta http://n.pr/1AwFasO

From NPR News: Pittsburgh Tries To Attract Enterprising Immigrants And Refugees


Pittsburgh Tries To Attract Enterprising Immigrants And Refugees http://n.pr/1ASbbvm

From NPR News: Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean’s Deepest Trench http://n.pr/1sYhA3R


Christmas Tree Farmers Invest Long-Term In The Holiday Spirit http://n.pr/1HvPgMK

From NPR News: Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean’s Deepest Trench http://n.pr/1sYhA3R


Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean’s Deepest Trench http://n.pr/1sYhA3R

From NPR News: Pope Francis And His Gift For Blending The Spiritual And The Political


Pope Francis And His Gift For Blending The Spiritual And The Political http://n.pr/1ARdM94

From NPR News: A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas


A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas http://n.pr/1vJydjl

From France 24: ‘Netanyahu approach to peace has failed’, Lieberman says


‘Netanyahu approach to peace has failed’, Lieberman says

http://f24.my/1sXiDRz

From France 24: Brigitte Bardot asks EU to ban French favourite foie gras


Brigitte Bardot asks EU to ban French favourite foie gras

http://f24.my/1sXvuTI

FROM FRANCE 24: New French jobless record casts pall on Christmas


New French jobless record casts pall on Christmas

http://f24.my/1sY1Q0t

From France 24: French state offers crib sheet for Christmas dinner rows


French state offers crib sheet for Christmas dinner rows

http://f24.my/1wFAf9P

From France 24: In pictures: heritage sites wrecked by war in Syria


In pictures: heritage sites wrecked by war in Syria

http://f24.my/1wFSSu8

Scottish cook takes Masterchef title


Scottish cook takes Masterchef title http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-30595562

Comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd dies


Comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30591740

Sandler tops overpaid actor list


Sandler tops overpaid actor list http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30596791

Africa in 2014: 10 things we’ve learnt


Africa in 2014: 10 things we’ve learnt http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30480446

Algerian army ‘kills top jihadist’


Algerian army ‘kills top jihadist’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30587765

Legal bid against Kenya security law


Legal bid against Kenya security law http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30592083

Christians hold Mass in Bethlehem


Christians hold Mass in Bethlehem http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30596539

Pope condemns religious persecution


Pope condemns religious persecution http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30601662

Sierra Leone declares Ebola lockdown


Sierra Leone declares Ebola lockdown http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30601523