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
"Some Eighteenth century people believed that reason and science are good and
therefore things would just go on improving forever. This optimism characterized
a period that came to be known as the Age of Enlightenment. At the end of this
period, mass movements in America and France, and the Industrial Revolution in
England, changed the world forever, making people realize that society in the
19th Century was the first that could conceive itself to be radically different
from the past. This led to a sense of disillusionment and alienation began to
spread, and the Romanticist movement rose up as a backlash. Romanticists
believed that the advances made by The Enlightenment were creating an
oppressive, and conformist society - and that science and rationality could
never hope to truly understand the world and the human personality and that the
modern world's progress came at the price of cherished values from the distant
past which was slowly dying out. Though the Enlightenment and Romanticist
movements are long gone, the general ideas behind each - the dialectic, if you
will - survives to this present day."
Irish Dances Simplified
The following dances are designed to reduce confusion and
keep the number of moves or figures to a bare minimum. The full versions can be
introduced later when the dancers have become familiar with the basics.
'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
Matriarchy v Patriarchy
Matriarchy v patriarchy / nature-based v anti-nature resources.
"A matriarchal religion is a religion that
focuses on a goddess or goddesses. The term is most often used to refer to
theories of prehistoric matriarchal religions that were proposed by scholars
such as Johann Jakob Bachofen, Jane Ellen Harrison, and Marija Gimbutas, and
later popularized by second-wave feminism. In the 20th century, a movement to
revive these practices resulted in the Goddess movement.
The concept of a prehistoric matriarchy was introduced in 1861 when Johann Jakob
Bachofen published Mother Right: An Investigation of the Religious and Juridical
Character of Matriarchy in the Ancient World. He postulated that the historical
patriarchates were a comparatively recent development, having replaced an
earlier state of primeval matriarchy, and postulated a "chthonic-maternal"
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.