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history

Have we forgotten the purpose of the University?

Recently, I’ve heard embittered graduates complain that University was a waste of time. They saw going as purely an economic investment. But, this hasn’t always been the case.

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1812 history

Baltimore Democrats attack Republican Newspaper, kill 2

Baltimore: July 27 1812.  The war of 1812 is a done deal.  Most of the surrounding “Democrats” support war with Britain, over stained honor from an attack of the USS Chesapeake.  They want to fight because Britain is supporting guerrilla warfare.  But, one old Revolutionary war veteran, doesn’t agree with the mob.  General James MacCubban […]

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screenplay

Why screenwriters should grow spines

William Goldman shares two important lessons in Adventures of the Screen Trade.  First, he claims that Nobody Knows Anything.  Then, he contradicts himself with his strongest piece of advice : Protect Your Story’s Spine To The Death. Yes, Goldman whines and whinges melodramatically about how screenwriters are on the bottom of the power ladder, how […]

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Laura (1944) review

A mystery, filled with red herrings, deceptions and hilarious false leads, but at the end, when it’s all solved, it seems so obvious. The entire plot falls into place. How can anyone claim to forget who the murderer is? Roger Ebert claimed in his review that “I’ve seen the movie seven times, and the murderer […]

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1812 history

Why we should care about the Desecration of the Yusuf Qaramanli tomb.

Editor’s Note: I wrote this shortly before the attack on the embassy in Libya.  I did not have time to do a spell check right away, and considered not publishing it when the attack happened. Unfortunately, when I heard about the attack, I was not surprised.  The controversial video on Youtube was not the cause […]

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review

Five films about Ex-pats

People who have left their country of origin to work  in another have great stories to tell.  Sometimes, these stories are told on film in a way we can relate to. We’ll drop the films about short adventurers or expeditions.  There’s a difference between a tourist and an expat.

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history

Why watching movies can teach us history.

From the plays of the early 19th century to the movies of the present, spectators have seen things that were never in the script. Avengers Assemble, Independence Day, Monsters Vs. Aliens and a forgotten play which Washington Irving disliked illustrate how the audience sees what the critics don’t.

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1812 history

What started the war of 1812? Canadian and American viewpoints

Today Ptara is joined by two world class historians who give their take on what started the war of 1812. They examine the speeches of the British Parliament and the US House of Representatives. From Jefferson’s purchase of Louisiana, up to the repeal of the Orders of Council, the US and Britain had shaky relations.

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history

What rides should they have at Napoleonland?

French history buffs are planning their own theme park to compete with Disneyland, and honour France’s best known soldier.  Napoleonland will bring history to life, in ways that could even make fans of “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer” blush with embarrassment. Et alors, can pure amusement be educational?  It worked for King Arthur’s Labyrinth in Wales, […]

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education history

What is the secret of success?

Eisenhower once said that if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. Yet, biographers of Napoleon seem to quote Cromwell in saying that those men who go farthest, don’t have a plan. There are so many other secrets put forward. But one seems consistent.