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History: How Britain fought Hitler with humour via BBC

December 2nd, 2019 No comments
It’s a late night in London in 1940, and Austrian exile Robert Lucas is writing at his desk. Bombs are raining down on the city every night, Hitler’s army is winning throughout Europe and the invasion of England has become a genuine prospect. In spite of the air-raid sirens and, as he put it “the hell’s noise of the war machinery” going off all around him, Lucas is focused on the job at hand: to “fight for the souls of the Germans”. He is composing a radio broadcast aimed at citizens of the Third Reich. But this is not a passionate plea for them to come to their senses. This is an attempt to make them laugh.
 
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Holiday Gift Guide 2019 25: Along the canal…Nottingham Totes and More! [For Sale]

November 25th, 2019 Comments off

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 25: Along the canal…Nottingham Totes and More! [For Sale]

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019 25: Along the canal…Nottingham Totes and More! [For Sale]

During our visit to Leeds in 2016 (which we enjoyed immensely) Joseph and I made a special pilgrimage to the Warhammer factory, store, and play area. My only request is that we got to walk back to the train station via the canal that runs through the center of Nottingham. I love the canals of the UK, especially when they go through urban areas. This photo was one of many I took along our walk that day. It illustrates pertly why I love canals so much. Here, in the middle of town, is this tranquil area of water, nature, and people. I wish we had something similar here in California. — Douglas

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Vintage Tram Along Duro River, Porto, Portugal via Instagram

November 20th, 2019 Comments off

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019 19: Memories of Milan Throw Blankets and More! [For Sale]

November 19th, 2019 Comments off

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 19: Memories of Milan Throw Blankets and More! [For Sale]

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Milan made a great impression on me. We have visited Sicily to see the family many times, and Rome once, but Milan was something quite different. It was cosmopolitan but historical — a large city that felt like a small town — busy but calm — overwhelming yet welcoming. It was one of those cities I felt I could live in, which can’t be said for many of the places I visit. — Douglas

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Moody Church Architecture via Instagram

November 16th, 2019 Comments off

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In contrast to the lovely tiled facades of other churches, this medieval church is moodier, heavier and more substantial.

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Tiled Facade of Church, Porto, Portugal via Instagram

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Small Church Decorated For Festival via Instagram

November 15th, 2019 Comments off

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Based on what I’ve seen when visiting Italy, the small church looks all prepared for an upcoming or recently passed Saint’s Day Festival.

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Sailboats On The Douro River, Porto, Portugal via Instagram

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There were more than a dozen sailboats dancing on the Douro this day. All the famous port wineries are behind them on the south bank of the river.

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Tiled Facades Along The Douro River, Porto, Portugal via Instagram

November 14th, 2019 Comments off

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Under the Pont Luis I Bridge, Porto, Portugal via Instagram

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It is difficult to get the scale in this picture, but there are a few more coming in the series. You can look for the very small people on the upper level to see just how far away they are.

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