I could be seen as having two vested interests in this story (being Czech and a doctor). But I will try not to exaggerate the importance of  some brilliant Czech medical science.Throughout history, people knew it was imp­os­s­ib­le to live without blood, but they knew nothing about its com­p­os­ition. Most of the dis­coveries about this…

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Let's Face It: The History of the Archibald Prize (1999) was a great book by Peter Ross. See earlier references to the prize-winning Port­rait of the Artist Joshua Smith by William Dobell, for example.Rabbi I Porush, 1961by WEPArchibald Prize ArchivesJohn Feltham Archibald (1856-1919) was born to a hard-working, rural Irish family. The lad was first app­ren­ticed to…

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Aninkaisten konserttitalo 70 vuotta Turun konserttitalon vihkiäiset pidettiin 27.11.1952, joten rakennus täyttää tällä viikolla 70 vuotta. Nyt konserttitalo on saavuttanut toisen käännekohdan, kun kaupunginhallitus on valinnut tontinluovutuskilpailun voittajan. Korttelin asemakaavamuutos on tarkoitus viimeistellä voittajatyön mukaisesti, joten päätös on merkittävä. Konserttitalon suojeluarvot on uutisoinnissa mainittu useasti, mutta viime aikojen keskustelusta on jäänyt vähemmälle huomiolle eräitä näkökulmia. …

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Karen Dinesen (1885–1962) was born in Rungsted on Denmark’s Zealand Isl­and, one of 5 children. Her army officer father Wilhelm was an ad­ven­t­urer who worked as a fur trap­per in North America. He ret­ur­n­ed to Den­mark, after fathering a child in the U.S! Then he suic­ided in 1895 after being diagnosed with syphilis, when Karen…

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 Large Colombian emerald pocket watch, c1600. Museum of London.For 300 years a buried treasure lay below a busy London street. No-one knew the hoard was there till workmen were demolishing a timber-framed building in Cheapside, near St Paul's Cathedral and St Mary-le-Bow.The busin­ess had stood on the site since the C17th, but the cell­ars were older…

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After the Dissolution (1536-41), several laws were passed in order to alleviate poverty. Basically they were designed to prov­ide work for the poor, shelter for the old and sick, and pun­ishment for vagrants and beggars. Each parish was made responsible for its own poor and dispossessed, leading to the common expression Living on the Parish.…

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Vierailin Espoossa ja kävin tutustumassa Reima ja Raili Pietilän (ent. Paatelainen) suunnittelemaan Dipoli-rakennukseen. Se oli heidän ensimmäinen yhteinen suunnittelutyönsä. Päämateriaaleja ovat puhtaaksivalettu betoni, kupari- ja puuverhoukset ja luonnonkivilohkareet. Dipoli rakennettiin Teknillisen korkeakoulun ylioppilaskuntataloksi (1966), mutta nykyisin se on kaikille avoin Aalto-yliopiston päärakennus. Peruskorjaus valmistui kesällä 2017.Wikipedia tiesi kertoa rakennuksen alkuvaiheista: "Teknillisen korkeakoulun muuttaessa 1960-luvun alussa…

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Due to my heart surgery, Covid lockdowns and retirement, I haven't travelled for 4 years. So here is my dream cruise, thanks to Viking.  I know some of these cities very well, but the trip reveals a rich tapestry of diverse cultures and landscapes that I need to plan for.Day 1 — Avignon France’s narrow streets…

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Vienna was in turmoil in the mid C19th, starting with the Octob­er Re­v­olution in 1848 when Austrian Empire troops battled in the street with work­ers fighting for democracy. By late Oct, the imperial armies had bombarded Vienna and executed many. Thus Austria suffered an ugly period that lasted until WWIAt the entrance to the palace…

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I wanted to investigate the Ravello Music Festival, for when Covid ended and travel became a serious possibility. One of the most renowned music festiv­als in Italy, this ev­ent takes place from July-Sept each year in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast, one hour’s drive from Naples.Villa Rufolo and towerKiss from Italy was wonderful. The phrase Il magico…

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VaporettoMurano GlassMurano consists of 7 individual islands in a lagoon north of Venice, linked together by beautiful bridges. Travel to Murano from Ven­ice by public vapor­etto, then walk the island canals and visit the beautiful build­ings on each side of the Grand Canal on foot. Have lunch outside any restaurant that is facing the Canal. Let’s…

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Australia is a continent that is arid over 70% of the land. Even in the 30% with rivers and trees, it is mostly known for its constant, very dangerous bush fires. But now we have to examine the three main types of flooding Australia has had. Townsville, QldnprMaryborough, QueenslandFloodlist1.Riverine floods are the most common form. The…

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Annie Kopchovsky, 1894Her bloomers were soon adopted by most female cyclistsCredit: We Love CyclingAnnie Cohen (1870-1947) was born in Riga Latvia to Leib and Basha Cohen. Her entire family moved to the USA in 1875, settling in Boston. In 1887, her father died first and then her mother. Her older sister Sarah was already married, leaving teens Annie…

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The Middleham Jewel was found in 1985 near Middleham Castle in North Yorkshire by metal-detector Ted Seaton. How did a C15th amul­et found at the castle promote discussion about the complex relation­ship bet­ween theol­ogy, spell-casting, medicine and prayer, in late medieval England?ruins of Middleham Castle today.credit: webbaviation.A large congregation of goldsmiths was located in Cheapside…

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                                              Map of Daniel and Sylvia's 2017 tripThe idea of Servas grew from a group of people calling themselves Peacebuilders in 1949 in Denmark. After the devastation of WW2, American consc­ien­t­ious objector Bob Luitweiler…

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Annabella Milbanke (1792-1860) was the only child of weal­thy parents in high society. Her educat­ion was first rate, especially math­emat­ics and during her court­ship with poet Lord Byron, they had a meet­ing of the minds. Annabella and Lord Byron soon marr­ied, but when Ada Byron (1815–52) was born, Byr­on was an­gry about the restrictions of…

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St Clement DanesOranges and lemons,Say the bells of St Clement's.You owe me five farthings,Say the bells of St Martin's.When will you pay me?Say the bells of Old Bailey.When I grow rich,Say the bells of Shoreditch.When will that be?Say the bells of Stepney.I do not know,Says the great bell of Bow.This was always a lovely nursery…

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Marcel Marceau, 2002The Times of IsraelMarcel Mangel (1923–2007) was born in Strasbourg, son of kosher but­ch­er Charles Mangel (Karl Markovics). Marcel al­ready dreamed of being a ser­ious comic actor like his hero Charlie Chap­lin, but his dad was not hap­py.    Recently I saw the 2020 film Resistance which depicted the remarkable prewar and war­time career of mime leg­end Marcel Marceau…

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As in Britain, where Col Baden Powell started the Boy Scouts in 1907, scouting and youth movements became popul­ar in Germany. Most adults understood; camping was great fun! Hitler Youth encouraged comradeship and physical fitness, hiking and singing.Facing History                                   League…

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Trier had originally been annexed by revolutionary France which lifted all the restrictions on Jews and gave them full and equal citizenship. With Napoleon’s fall in 1815, Prussia expanded to ab­sorb the Rhineland, but demoted its Jews. This policy meant that they could no longer serve as lawyers, judges, teachers, civil ser­vants or university lec­t­urers…

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