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London Has Fallen

I lasted about 20 minutes with this one, and gave up, exasperated that any screenwriter could think the bad guys could have pulled off 10% of this sh*t simultaneously at this phenomenally protected event. I know it's Hollywood and all, but even my amateur eye knows more about the Secret Service and protocols and security measures in London etc than these, er, writers.

Did anyone watch this all the way through?


The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen. The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world.

However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.

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"Preserving My Marbles" by Darryl Gortner

Do kids even play marbles anymore? I had so many victories and wins on the playground. This contemporary work reminds me so much of my youth. We had some of the best (and most competitive) games on the playground during recess. It was always good to win, and to be King of the Playground for that day!

Marble Terminology

"Knuckle down": the position adopted at the start line at the beginning of a match. The player begins with his or her knuckle against the ground.
"Quitsies": allows any opponent to stop the game without consequence. Players can either have "quitsies" (able to quit) or "no quitsies".
"Keepsies" (or "for keeps"): the player keeps all the marbles he or she wins.
"Elephant stomps": when called, it allows a player to stomp his or her marble level with the ground surface, making it very difficult for other players to hit.
"Bombies": when called, it allows a player to take one or two steps while holding his or her marble and, while closing one eye, will line up over one of the opponent's marbles and drop the marble trying to hit the marble on the ground.
"Leaning tops": when called, a shooter leans in on his or her off hand for leverage over an indentation on any type of surface or obstacle.
A "taw" or "shooter" is generally a larger marble used to shoot with, and "ducks" are marbles to be shot at.
Various names refer to the marbles' size. Any marble larger than the majority may be termed a boulder, bonker, masher, plumper, popper, shooter, thumper, smasher, taw, bumbo, crock, bumboozer, bowler, tonk, tronk, godfather, tom bowler, fourer, giant, dobber, dobbert, hogger, biggie or toebreaker.

A marble smaller than the majority is a peawee, peewee or mini. A "grandfather" is the largest marble, the size of a billiards ball or tennis ball.

Various names for different marble types (regional playground talk, Leicester, UK): Marleys (marbles), prit (white marble), Kong (large marble), King Kong (larger than a bosser), steely (metal bearing-ball). Names can be combined: e.g. prit-Kong (large white marble). There are many more such names, as discussed in the next section.

Types of Marbles

Aggie - made of agate (aggie is short for agate) or glass resembling agate, with various patterns like in the alley
Alley or real - made of marble or alabaster (alley is short for alabaster), streaked with wavy or other patterns with exotic names like corkscrew, spiral, snake, ribbon, onyx, swirl, bumblebee, and butterfly
Ade - strands of opaque white and color, making lemon-ade, lime-ade, orange-ade, etc.
Cat's eye or catseye - central eye-shaped colored inserts or cores (injected inside the marble)
Beachball - three colors and six vanes
Devil's eye - red with yellow eye
Red devil's - same color scheme as a devil's eye but swirly.

Clambroth - equally spaced opaque lines on a milk-white opaque base. Rare clams can have blue or black base glass. Medium-high value for antique marbles; rare base color valued much higher.
Lutz - antique, handmade German swirl, containing bands of fine copper flakes that glitter like gold. Erroneously thought to have been invented by noted glassmaker Nicholas Lutz. Medium-high value for antique marbles, depending on specific sub-type of Lutz design.
Oilie or oily - opaque with a rainbow, iridescent finish
Onionskin - antique, handmade German swirl, with many closely packed surface streaks. Medium price range for antique marbles.

Opaque - a popular marble that comes in many colors
Oxblood - a streaky patch resembling blood
Pearls - opaque with single color with mother of pearl finish
Toothpaste - also known as plainsies in Canada. Wavy streaks usually with red, blue, black, white, orange.
Turtle - wavy streaks containing green and yellow
Bumblebee - modern, machine-made marble; mostly yellow with two black strips on each side
China - glazed porcelain, with various patterns similar to an alley marble. Geometric patterns have low value; flowers or other identifiable objects can command high prices.
Plaster - a form of china that is unglazed
Commie or common - made of clay; natural color or monochrome coloration. Made in huge quantities during 19th and early 20th centuries.

Bennington - clay fired in a kiln with salt glaze—usually brown, often blue. Other colorations fairly scarce. Fairly low value.
Crock - made from crockery (earthenware) clay
Croton alley or jasper - glazed and unglazed china marbled with blue
Crystal or clearie or purie - any clear colored glass - including "opals," "glimmers," "bloods," "rubies," etc. These can have any number of descriptive names such as "deep blue sea", "blue moon", "green ghost", "brass bottle".
Princess - a tinted crystal

Galaxy - modern, machine-made marble; lots of dots inserted to look like a sky of stars
Indian - antique, handmade German marble; dark and opaque, usually black, with overlaid groups of color bands; usually white, and one or more other colors. Can also have many colors like blue, green and scarlet. Medium price range for antique marbles.
Mica - antique, handmade German marble; glassy to translucent with streaks or patches of mica, ranging from clear to misty. Value depends on glass color.

Steely - made of steel; a true steely (not just a bearing ball) was made from a flat piece of steel folded into a sphere and shows a cross where the corners all come together.
Sulphide - antique, handmade German marble; large (3 to 8 cm [1.25 to 3 in] or more) clear glass sphere with a small statuette or figure inside. Most common are domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, cows, etc.; then wild animals; human figures are scarce; inanimate objects such as a train or pocket watch are very rare and command high prices. The interior figures are made of white clay or kaolin, and appear a silvery color due to light refraction. A sulphide with a colored-glass sphere, or with a painted figure inside, is also very rare and brings a high price. Like other types of antique marbles, sulphides have been reproduced and faked in large quantities.
Swirly - is a common marble made out of glass with one swirly color.
Shooter- Any marble but in a bigger size.
Tiger- clear with orange-yellow stripes
Baby - white with colours visible on the outside

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The Blacklist

I'm not into much Network television any longer, as we cut the cord some time ago - but I've been addicted to The Blacklist from the beginning.

There's the eye candy of Ryan Eggold and Amir Arison combined with every single speech/talk/comment Raymond Reddington makes.

I've always been a fan of James Spader - but this character is so incredibly well-rounded and erudite that he amazes me. I am hooked by every episode, even if the show is a Network one....


Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former US Naval Intelligence officer who had disappeared twenty years earlier to become one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, surrenders himself to FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. Taken to an FBI "black site," Reddington claims he wishes to help the FBI track down and apprehend the criminals and terrorists he spent the last twenty years associating with; individuals that are so dangerous and devious that the United States government is unaware of their very existence.

He offers Cooper his knowledge and assistance on two conditions: immunity from prosecution, and that he wants to work exclusively with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie profiler newly assigned to Cooper. Keen and Cooper are suspicious of Reddington's interest in her, but he will only say that she is "very special."

After Cooper tests Reddington's offer in locating and killing a terrorist in the first episode, Reddington reveals that this man was only the first on his "blacklist" of global criminals, which he has compiled over his criminal career, and states that he and the FBI have a mutual interest in eliminating them.

The mysteries of Reddington's and Liz's lives, and his interest in her, are gradually revealed as the series progresses. Each episode features one of the global criminals, Reddington assisting the team tracking and apprehending them. The rank of the featured criminal on the list is displayed at the start of every episode. The only exception to this rule is the sixty-third episode of the series, titled "Cape May."

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

I saw a post earlier by +Jim Nooney and I was reminded how much I loved this as a kid. And when I watched it many other times over the years. Great comedy, with a side order of adventure, treasure hunting, slapstick, and many wonderful performances by established actors.

Stanley Kramer followed his Oscar-winning Judgment at Nuremberg with this sobering investigation of American greed. Ah, who are we kidding? It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure, is the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners performed by a nonpareil cast, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, and a boatload of other playing-to-the-rafters comedy legends. For sheer scale of silliness, Kramer’s wildly uncharacteristic film is unlike any other, an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film, produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy with an all-star cast, about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 ($2,705,000 today) in stolen cash by a diverse and colorful group of strangers. The ensemble comedy premiered on November 7, 1963. The cast features Edie Adams, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, and Jonathan Winters.

The film marked the first time that Kramer had directed a comedy, though he had produced the comedy So This Is New York in 1948. He's best known for producing and directing drama films about social problems, such as The Defiant Ones, Inherit the Wind, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. His first attempt at a comedy film paid off immensely, as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World became a stunning critical and commercial success in 1963 and went on to win an Academy Award (for Best Sound Editing) and to be nominated for five additional Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.

Despite this, the film suffered severe cuts by its distributor United Artists in order to give the film a shorter running time for its general release. The footage was excised against Kramer's wishes. The lost footage seriously deteriorated through the decades and was once thought impossible to restore.

On October 15, 2013, however, it was announced that The Criterion Collection had collaborated with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists, and film restoration expert Robert A. Harris to reconstruct and restore It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World to be as close as possible to the original 197-minute version envisioned by Kramer. It was released in a 5-disc "Dual Format" Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on January 21, 2014. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World featured at #40 in the American Film Institute's list 100 Years...100 Laughs.

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Wondering how many Metallica fans are on here, and what your favourite Metallica song is? Anyone have any good CONCERT stories about Metallica?

About the Band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1981 when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. Metallica's current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

The band's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer. Metallica earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and won critical acclaim with its first four albums; their third album Master of Puppets (1986) was described as one of the most influential and heaviest of thrash metal albums.

The band expanded its musical direction and achieved substantial commercial success with its eponymous fifth album Metallica (1991), which resulted in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience. The album was also their first to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, a success that they also achieved on their following four studio albums. In 2000, Metallica joined with other artists who filed a lawsuit against Napster for sharing the band's copyright-protected material without consent from the band. A settlement was reached and Napster became a pay-to-use service.

The release of St. Anger (2003) alienated fans with the exclusion of guitar solos and the "steel-sounding" snare drum, and a film titled Some Kind of Monster documented the recording of St. Anger and the tensions within the band during that time. The band returned to its original musical style with the release of Death Magnetic (2008), and in 2009, Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Metallica has released nine studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays, 26 music videos, and 37 singles. The band has won eight Grammy Awards and five of its albums have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The band's eponymous 1991 album has sold over 16 million copies in the United States, making it the best-selling album of the SoundScan era.

Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 110 million records worldwide. Metallica has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 61st on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

As of December 2012, Metallica is the third-best-selling music artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, selling a total of 54.26 million albums in the U.S. Metallica collaborated over a long period with producer Bob Rock, who produced four of the band's studio albums between 1990 and 2003 and served as a temporary bassist during the production of St. Anger.

In 2012, Metallica formed the independent record label Blackened Recordings and took full ownership of its albums and videos. The band is currently promoting its tenth studio album, Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, which is expected to be released on November 18, 2016.

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What Villain and What Hero Roles From Literature or Film Would You Play in a Fairy Tale?

This is a great, open-ended question that lets your imagination roam. It can be a role in traditional fairy tales - like those from the Brothers Grimm, or in tales from Tolkien, Disney, or hundreds of other sources, worldwide.

1. If I was a VILLAIN in a fairy tale, I'd be ..........
2. If I was a HERO in a fairy tale, I'd be ..............

About Fairy Tales

A fairy tale is a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as dwarves, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, mermaids, trolls, unicorns, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends (which generally involve belief in the veracity of the events described) and explicitly moral tales, including beast fables. The term is mainly used for stories with origins in European tradition and, at least in recent centuries, mostly relates to children's literature.

In less technical contexts, the term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in "fairy tale ending" (a happy ending) or "fairy tale romance" (though not all fairy tales end happily). Colloquially, a "fairy tale" or "fairy story" can also mean any far-fetched story or tall tale; it is used especially of any story that not only is not true, but could not possibly be true.

Legends are perceived as real; fairy tales may merge into legends, where the narrative is perceived both by teller and hearers as being grounded in historical truth. However, unlike legends and epics, they usually do not contain more than superficial references to religion and actual places, people, and events; they take place once upon a time rather than in actual times.

Fairy tales are found in oral and in literary form; the name "fairy tale" was first ascribed to them by Madame d'Aulnoy in the late 17th century. Many of today's fairy tales have evolved from centuries-old stories that have appeared, with variations, in multiple cultures around the world.

The history of the fairy tale is particularly difficult to trace because only the literary forms can survive. Still, according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon, such stories may date back thousands of years, some to the Bronze Age more than 6,000 years ago. Fairy tales, and works derived from fairy tales, are still written today.

Folklorists have classified fairy tales in various ways. The Aarne-Thompson classification system and the morphological analysis of Vladimir Propp are among the most notable. Other folklorists have interpreted the tales' significance, but no school has been definitively established for the meaning of the tales.

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International Coffee Day

In honor of today, this is a simple, straight-forward question: if you like coffee, how do you take it?

1. Black. Nothing added. NO cream, no sugar, no milk, nothing added. I LIKE the flavour of each individual coffee, from Maui to Sumtra.

2. With cream and/or sugar. The typical way.

3. I love coffee that has a smooth layer of milk added to it, latte style. Café con leche (Spanish: "coffee with milk") is a Spanish white coffee beverage. It is somewhat more similar to the Italian caffè latte (latte) than to the French café au lait. A latte, however, is made with espresso. Café con leche is a coffee beverage consisting of strong or bold coffee (usually espresso) mixed with scalded milk in approximately a 1:1 ratio. Or maybe a mocha.

4. I love coffee that you have to shake out of the mug, like Turkish coffee (or a Turek in the Czech Republic). Bold, thick, dark roasted beauties.

5. Sorry, you could't pay me to drink coffee. Give me tea or anything else any day of the year!

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Bonus Question: How many cups of coffee (on average) do you have a day?
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Black. And Black only
With cream and/or sugar
Latte style, or Café con leche
Unique blends like Turkish coffee etc
You couldn't pay me to drink coffee
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A Monster Calls

Is this film on anyone's radar? Sounds dark and fascinating as a children's book. Curious to see how well it is adapted for the screen.

A Monster Calls is a 2016 fantasy drama film directed by J. A. Bayona, and written by Patrick Ness based on his own eponymous novel. It stars Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson.

A MONSTER CALLS - Official Trailer


Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is a young boy who tries to deal with the terminal illness of his mother (Felicity Jones) and the attacks by local school bully Harry (James Melville). One night, Conor encounters a "monster" (Liam Neeson) in the form of a giant humanoid yew tree who has come to tell him stories and soon begins to help Conor fix his unhappy life.

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I'm always amazed to run into people like this, who do whatever they can to give back to the world. Adam Driver didn't need to do this, heading into his Star Wars fame; he wanted to. Though perhaps need was involved, as he saw what was lacking in the military when he was in the Marines. There is great selflessness involved with all the actors that form these AITIF troupes. Cool video.

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California Woodie & Surfboards

Photograph by Diane Trimble

Wavecrest Woodie Meet . . . Encinitas, California. You have to love pictures of classic woodies, and especially ones with surfboards. They remind me of living in a beach community in Southern California, and of bygone days. Adding surfboards just ramps up the coolness factor.

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John Adams Appointed to Negotiate Peace Terms with British

Of course, this is the Cliff's Notes version of the events as it IS as the source, but the facts are sound, and it was extremely important to our beginning as a new nation.

On 27 September in 1779, the Continental Congress appoints John Adams to travel to France as minister plenipotentiary in charge of negotiating treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.

Adams had traveled to Paris in 1778 to negotiate an alliance with France, but had been unceremoniously dismissed when Congress chose Benjamin Franklin as sole commissioner. Soon after returning to Massachusetts in mid-1779, Adams was elected as a delegate to the state convention to draw up a new constitution; he was involved in these duties when he learned of his new diplomatic commission.

Accompanied by his young sons John Quincy and Charles, Adams sailed for Europe that November aboard the French ship Sensible, which sprang a leak early in the voyage and missed its original destination (Brest), instead landing at El Ferrol, in northwestern Spain. After an arduous journey by mule train across the Pyrenees and into France, Adams and his group reached Paris in early February 1780.

While in Paris, Adams wrote to Congress almost daily (sometimes several letters a day) sharing news about British politics, British and French naval activities and his general perspective on European affairs. Conditions were unfavorable for peace at the time, as the war was going badly for the Continental Army, and the blunt and sometimes confrontational Adams clashed with the French government, especially the powerful Foreign Minister Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes. In mid-June, Adams began a correspondence with Vergennes in which he pushed for French naval assistance, antagonizing both Vergennes and Franklin, who brought the matter to the attention of Congress.

By that time, Adams had departed France for Holland, where he was attempting to negotiate a loan from the Dutch. Before the end of the year, he was named American minister to the Netherlands, replacing Henry Laurens, who was captured at sea by the British. In June 1781, capitulating to pressure from Vergennes and other French diplomats, Congress acted to revoke Adams’ sole powers as peacemaker with Britain, appointing Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay and Laurens to negotiate alongside him.

The tide of the war was turning in America’s favor, and Adams returned to Paris in October 1782 to take up his part in the peace negotiations. As Jefferson didn’t travel to Europe and Laurens was in failing health after his release from the Tower of London, it was left to Adams, Jay and Franklin to represent American interests.

Adams and Jay both distrusted the French government (in contrast with Franklin), but their differences of opinion and diplomatic styles allowed the team to negotiate favorable terms in the Peace of Paris (1783). The following year, Jefferson arrived to take Adams’ place as American minister to France, forming a lifelong bond with Adams and his family before the latter left to take up his new post as American ambassador to London and continue his distinguished record of foreign service on behalf of the new nation.

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The Humbucker Trussart Steelcaster Red Star Guitar takes the classic "T" shape and adds a unique twist.

The hollow steel construction that Trussart has become renowned for is not only visually stunning but also creates a "steely" resonance not normally found in guitars made of wood. All that you need to do to see that the Steelcaster is different is strum one cord, even unplugged the tone is rich and full with its own unique character.

The Steelcaster is available with a wide array of options from different finishes to multiple pickup options. The Deluxe Steelcaster features an eloquent F hole for a true hollow body look.

Every Steelcaster has its own unique look due to the wearing process used.

This guitar is the Steelcaster design that features the Holey Metal Front and Back Perforation that reduces the weight of the guitar by approximately 1 pound, a Alnico II Pro Humbucker in the Neck position, and a OD Green aged finish with painted Red Star!

Model: Steelcaster
Serial Number: 13188
Weight: 8 lbs 1 oz
Body: Steel w/ Holey Metal Front and Back Perforation
Neck: Maple w/ Rosewood
Neck Shape: '62 - 9" Radius - 25-1/2" Scale
Frets: 6105 Narrow Tall
Bridge: Vintage 3 Saddle
Nut Width: 1-5/8"
Gears: Tone Pro Kluson Tuners
Pickguard: Steel w/ Red Star paint option

Electronics: Volume, Tone, 3-Way Switch
Input Jack: Side Jack
Knobs: Textured Metal
Neck Pickup: Alnico Pro II Humbucker Neck
Bridge Pickup: Arcane Inc. Tele Bridge

Finish: OD Green
Paint Option: Red Star
Other Options: Holey Metal Front and Back Perforation
String Gauge: .010 - .046 Dunlop
Case: Deluxe Hardshell

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I started on Google+ back in June of 2011, and I think I've learned a thing or two along the way. I live on a farm in (I kid you not) Hicksville, Ohio. Surrounded by cornfields and soybeans. My driveway is a 1/4 mile long and the nearest neighbors are about a mile away. Yes, very Walking Dead isolated!

I tend to be an eclectic writer; I often post on topics such as world travel, NASA, literature, science, archaeology, steampunk, space, technology and sci-fi. I'm as apt to post about vintage retro robots as I am to post about a new tech gadget, or a book I've just completed. I'm a major fan of Tolkien and anything Star Wars, a fan of classic poetry and literature, and emerging writers. I'm an amateur WWII and Civil War historian as well.

My posts generally have some sort of wow or cool factor to them (I strive for the *fun and interesting* label always), and I think I've put together a pretty good collection of writings.

My Social World

A bit more about me... I'm also a huge fan of photography, art, illustration, comics, music, and films. I've been a rare bookseller and book scout for over 15 years. Formerly, I lived in Prague, the Czech Republic (in Central Europe) for almost seven years where I managed a catering business, was a barista, rolled beer barrels in an Irish pub, wrote a few films, wrote a lot of poetry, rubbed elbows with Literati who visited Praha and where I was a bookseller at The Globe Bookstore and Cafe, the first English-speaking bookshop in Central Europe.

Places I have visited: Canada, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, NASA. Places I have lived: Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, California, Ohio, Prague, and for one, brief shining moment, Dingle Ireland.

I created +Friday Night Sessions and +Helping Others, as well as some cool collections.
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