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The Boston Marathon April 18, 2016

Filed under: Boston Marathon,Sports — Janet @ 7:21 pm

IMG_0115   Thrilling finish down Boylston Street.  Wasn’t that a beautiful run.  I viewed it on my computer and was almost jumping out of my seat and cheering as she ran the final yards.  I had tuned in just at the point when she was appearing in the background far to the left of the 2 leading women.  She just kept closing and finally overtaking them and powering on to the finish.  An elegant run.


20 Interesting Facts about Science Fiction

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 4:25 pm

Interesting Literature

Trivia about classic science-fiction

In this post, we thought we’d share some of our favourite facts about science fiction, SF, sci-fi, call it what you will – partly because the world of science fiction has given the world some truly visionary writers but also some funny stories and curious facts. So, if you’re ready to boldly go to a literary galaxy far, far away…

Contrary to popular belief, Orson Welles’ radio adaptation of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worldsdidn’t cause a nationwide panic.

In 2004, a group of science fiction authors wrote a novel, Atlanta Nights, designed to be unpublishable; it was accepted for publication.

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Intermission (4) – 74th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 12:49 pm

Pacific Paratrooper

6,600 march in New Mexico to honor the Bataan fighters. 6,600 march in New Mexico to honor the Bataan fighters.

As we discuss and chronicle this war, we must not forget that the POWs of Bataan were at this point, still in captivity in various prisons of the Pacific and trying to survive.

Ralph Rodriguez says he’s not a hero. He doesn’t even want to talk about his wartime experiences of battling the Japanese and surviving the Bataan Death March.

“But I do it because I need to help people remember,” said Rodriquez, 98, following Saturday’s ceremony honoring Bataan Death March survivors who are still living, as well as those who have died since April 1942, when U.S. military commanders stationed on the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines surrendered to the Japanese.

“It’s not fun to really suffer or be tortured,” the Albuquerque man said.

Rodriquez was one of about 100 people, mostly military personnel, who attended the event near…

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A lost turn in family history

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 12:43 pm

Locksands Life

Actually, rather than a lost turn, we reached the wrong end of the lane. Back in 2002 we took my wife’s aunt on a jaunt in Cheshire, trying to find Lane Ends Farm where her dad and grandad had lived – grandad and great grandad for my wife. We all believed it was at Gawsworth but studies on detailed maps had not located us a Lane Ends Farm there but we did find one at Sutton nearby. In fact the village is even called Sutton Lane Ends. We went and took a look.

And here was a delightful Lane Ends Farm.


Now it has to be said straight away that our aunt felt sure this was not what she remembered and of course she was right. There is a Lane Ends Farm in Gawsworth which we found later. But there was a plaque at this Lane Ends and it caught…

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