Christmas – a time of reflection, family, faith and a baby. I was thinking how a lot happens in 365 days and it made me wonder just how many babies are born each year. (Two arrived to two of …
For two summers in a row, I found myself in County Wexford, Ireland conducting research on immigrants who migrated from Wexford to Savannah during the famine years. When I wasn’t busy pouring over shipping records and old letters in archives, I had time to explore the area and witness its rich history firsthand. My first stop was the Hook Lighthouse and Peninsula, one of the last glimpses of Ireland many Wexford migrants might have seen before heading to America. After a picnic overlooking the Celtic Sea, I braved the long climb to the top of the lighthouse. The effort was well worth it, even if my legs disagreed—from the top of the lighthouse, I was able to see the beautiful green cliffs that characterize Ireland’s coast, sparkling blue water, and two of my friends hiking down inside of the coast’s rocky crevices even though our professors had specifically told us…
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It’s the time of the year where we look back on my predictions for 2016, which I cunningly disguised back in Januaryas a futuristic review of what had already happened.
Because, you see, this was supposed to be funny. For the past few years each January, in a shameless gimmick, I have been doing my review of the year past before it’s happened. And in general, it was a right old wheeze. Haha, said the lovely blog readers, at what amounted to a satirical news story. It’s funny because it is quite possible that all these things might happen, they said, such as publishers creating a new craze for cookery books made out of macramé, or the book world consumed with the story of the $3 million publishing deal for Johnny Depp’s dogs.
But then the rest of 2016 happened.
I don’t wish to get maudlin on this blog…
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01. Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (02:32)
02. Dean Martin – A Marshmallow World (02:40)
03. Harry Belafonte – Mary’s Boy Child (Remastered) (04:21)
04. Frank Sinatra – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (02:33)
05. Jane Monheit, Steve Tyrell – Baby, It’s Cold Outside (03:20)
06. Barry Manilow – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (02:58)
07. Engelbert Humperdinck – Winter World Of Love (03:18)
08. John Pizzarelli, Don Sebesky – Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (02:24)
09. Percy Faith & His Orchestra And Chorus – Happy Holiday (01:57)
10. Robert Goulet – White Christmas (03:19)
11. Frank Sinatra – It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (03:32)
12. Mel Torme – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (03:11)
13. Vic Damone – Deck The Halls (01:53)
14. Perry Como – Do You…
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There has never been anyone close to the unique Mae West. She may have been a parody of herself in later years but to really appreciate her, movies like this are a must see. She wrote the story,screenplay and all the dialogue for this one.
Tira (Mae West) is a dancer in a carnival. She wows the crowd while Slick Wiley works them as a pickpocket. During her act she flirts with a man in the front row after seeing his big diamond pinkie ring.
She invites him up to her hotel room. After a bit Slick charges in. He hits him over the head and steals the ring. Slick and Tira think he’s dead and move the body. The man is very much alive. Tira tells show owner Big Bill Barton (Edward Arnold) she needs money for her lawyer Benny Pinkowitz. She promises she’ll work with the lions and…
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