While David Cameron promised to turn Olympics into gold for the British, the Chinese athletes vowed to bring back gold. Unlike Mr Cameron, who keeps surprising his tax payers with an increasing Olympics budget, the Chinese athletes are keeping their words, at great expenses.
The Chinese take Olympic medals seriously. Ever since the Chinese Olympic Team, consisting of 621 athletes and coaches, arrived in London, predictions of who would win how many gold medals occupied Chinese media. Most websites have put forward the ranking of countries according to the number of gold medals obtained by their athletes, and Chinese people want to see their country on top.
Therefore paramount pressure is put on the athletes. Medals winners are loved by the entire country, their family members are invited to dinner parties with the local authority, during which they are crowned as the “mother/ father of a national hero”.
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It’s official or, well, semi-official. The Washington Blade which identifies itself as “America’s leading gay news source” reported on Monday, July 30, that the Democratic Party platform had approved the language of “pro-LGBT positions” to be included in the party’s platform.
LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender for those of you who do not breathlessly follow the demands of this rather special group of voters. Apparently not satisfied in May when DC Comics announced that the sexual orientation of one of their superheroes would henceforth be homosexual, this latest breakthrough is surely being hailed in gay bars and salons from coast to coast.
The platform is still in a draft phase, but reportedly will include a plank approving same-sex marriage and rejecting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Obama administration let it be known that it would not defend DOMA despite the fact…
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I must admit that my favorite season of the year is autumn. Growing up in New York it meant I was in the midst of another school year which I loved, piano lessons had resumed, which I loved, and the leaves of the trees in Central Park were turning their incredible shades of gold and red, which I loved especially.
In addition to all these, autumn was a precursor to the Holidays. When the leaves began their transformation, Thanksgiving and then Christmas could not be far behind. And I always looked forward to those because there seemed to be such a spirit of gentleness and kindness that people naturally acquired during that time of year and freely shared with others whom they met.
When I was seventeen I moved to Chicago for college. Like New York, Chicago had lots of beautiful trees which performed their rainbow dance in the same…
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Is there a more moving song than Amazing Grace on bagpipes? I think not.
Posted as a tribute to my Scottish ancestors
The Allens, Lowes, Mewburns, Blue’s, Hendrix’s, Hendry’s, and McWhorters. The Hagin’s were Irish, damned proud of them too.
That one always gets me emotional. Here are a couple of more Scottish tunes. First Scotland the Brave with some Scottish scenery
Then The Gael