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History of Reek Sunday, part 3: Location

HISTORY OF REEK SUNDAY, Part 3: LOCATION In County Mayo in Ireland, Cruach Phadraig — as it is known in Irish — is also called “The Reek.” It stands at 764 meters or 2510 feet elevation. It is located about 5 miles from the lovely town of Westport , an Irish Tidy Town . St.…

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Movie Review: Hairspray


Movie Review: Hairspray Kenetic! That word alone captures the energy of this movie. This is easily the most enjoyable film of the summer (so far) that starts the viewer with a grin and the ends with applause. It is tempting to say this is the best movie musical since Grease. Sure, other musicals have been…

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Book Review: The Children of Hurin

Perhaps the saddest book I’ve ever read, the first “new” J.R.R. Tolkien book in 30 years is “…long and sad in the telling, as are all tales of Middle Earth.” While it is beautiful in its composition and deep in its scope, it contains in it at all times a sense of “doom” that seems…

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070707 July 7, 2007. Even more — seven AM, seven minutes and seven seconds: 07:07:07 07/07/07. That won’t happen again, at least for 12 more hours. It would make James Bond envious. Of course, we recently had an event like this at three minutes and four seconds after 2 AM on the sixth of May…

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