The World Art blog
contains a database of realist art from around the world. These paintings can be
viewed country by country by clicking on the list of countries and themes down
the right-hand side of the blog (144 countries - Over 400 artists - Over 1500
drawings and paintings - Themed pages e.g. children, demonstrations etc. - Over
300,000 hits from 160 countries since inception of database in March 2010).
Swords / Sord Cholmcille: A Visual and
Textual History is an illustrated history of Swords, County Dublin, Ireland from
the 1790s to the present day compiled from my collection of historical photos
and engravings, my photos, and other sites. It also contains published articles
about Swords from the 1830s onwards. It is hoped it will be an invaluable aid to
individuals, schools and academic institutions who are interested in Swords
history and especially for the Irish diaspora who will remember the town from
different periods in the past.
Family history research using various
resources e.g. the National Library, National Archives, Registry of Births,
Marriages and Deaths, Registry of Deeds, Military Archives, internet websites
and local County Libraries.
'Understanding Ireland's Economy' is a
collection of tables, graphs, quotes and comments with a minimum of unexplained
jargon designed for those who are interested in the Irish economy. The material
covers topics such as Tax Revenues, Current Expenditure, Capital Expenditure,
GDP, Social Insurance/Social Assistance,Mortgage Debt,Live Register/Unemployment
Rate,Corporation Tax Rates, The Celtic Tiger, Retail Sales, National Debt,
General Government Debt, Gross Fixed Capital Formation, Government Bonds, EU/IMF
Programme, Resident Holdings of Foreign Portfolio Securities,Bank Bonds, Private
Sector Debt, Irish Savings etc.
Food and Diet
A collection of resources and links relating to research on the Whole-Food,
Plant-Based Diet and Food Documentaries.
T. Colin Campbell's book,
The China Study,
examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products (including
dairy) and chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and
cancers of the breast, prostate and bowel. The authors conclude that people who
eat a whole-food, plant-based/vegan diet—avoiding all animal products, including
beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese and milk, and reducing their intake of
processed foods and refined carbohydrates—will escape, reduce or reverse the
development of numerous diseases. They write that "eating foods that contain any
cholesterol above 0 mg is unhealthy."
Soviet Cinema 1917 - 1953
Research in to Soviet cinema 1917- 1953.
"The cinema of the Soviet Union, not to be confused with
"cinema of Russia" despite films in the Russian language being
predominant in the body of work so described, includes films produced by
the constituent republics of the Soviet Union reflecting elements of
their pre-Soviet culture, language and history, albeit they were all
regulated by the central government in Moscow.
Most prolific in their republican films, after the Russian Soviet
Federative Socialist Republic, were Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia,
Ukraine, and, to a lesser degree, Lithuania, Belarus and Moldavia.
At the same time, the nation's film industry, which was fully
nationalized throughout most of the country's history, was guided by
philosophies and laws propounded by the monopoly Soviet Communist Party
which introduced a new view on the cinema, socialist realism, which was
different from the one before or after the existence of the Soviet
M. J. Quintana
Research into the life and work
of the Spanish poet and writer Manuel José Quintana y Lorenzo (April 11, 1772 -
March 11, 1857). Quintana was born at Madrid. After completing his studies at
Salamanca he was called to the bar. The first volume of his Vidas de
Españoles Célebres, containing lives of Spanish patriots, stirred the public
imagination and secured Quintana the post of secretary to the Cortes during the
French invasion. His proclamations and odes fanned the national enthusiasm into
flame. But he was ill rewarded for his services, for on the return of Ferdinand
VII he was imprisoned at Pamplona from 1814 to 1820. He was finally given a
small post in the civil service, became tutor to Queen Isabella II, and was
nominated senator. Though publicly crowned as the representative poet of Spain
(1855), he seems to have lived in poverty. Quintana died at the age of 84.