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Daniel Burke
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Word Wednesday - How English Used To Sound
As a matter of fact ... I was recentley shown a fascinating example of how the Enlgish language used to sound. It's a poem, by the poet John Skeleton, read aloud as it would have sounded when it was written, some 500 years ago. The video was put together by...

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TV Tuesday - Trigger Happy TV
As a matter of fact ... One of my favourite and often most overlooked generes of TV is prank shows. Theres something we humans just love about seeing other people have the wool pulled over their eyes. Call it devious, call it a bit a fun, call it whatever y...

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Music Monday - Sam Cooke: King Of Soul
As a matter of fact ... Do you like Soul music? Even if you don't, you've probably heard of the likes of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Ottis Reading and James Brown. The list goes on, but what do they all have in common apart from being Soul ...

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Space Sunday - Space Burials Of Human Remains
As a matter of fact ... There are over 100 dead humans in space. Technically speaking, their ashes are in space.  Gene Roddenberry was the creator of Star Trek and first person to have their remains buried in space The tradition of these so called 'space-bu...

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Science Saturday - Accidental Science Discoveries That Changed The World
As a matter of fact ... I believe science changes the world. It's easy to see the technology, medicine and knowledge gained over the centuries by rigorous research done by ambitious scientists. An idea is proposed, thoroughly experiemted with and the result...

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Free For All Friday - Awesome Graphs And Stats
As a matter of fact .... I love data, statistics and graphs. It's a guilty pleasure of mine. For me, it's so cool how fascinating data collected from so many sources can be presented in such a simple and concise manner. To demonstrate this, I thought I'd sh...

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Throwback Thursday - Slavery Past And Present
As a matter of fact ... I just finished watching the excellent movie '12 years a slave'. It's a great story that really highlights the brutality and oppression subjected to slaves and African Americans in general during the slave era of America. As evil as ...

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Word Wednesday - Months Of The Year And Where They Got Their Names
As a matter of fact ... It's the 1st day of October! I recently did some freelance writing about Oktoberfest which, interestingly, isn't in October! The festival was moved back to coincide with warmer weather and the last of that year's brewed beer. It got ...

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TV Tuesday - Breaking Bad: One Year On
As a matter of fact ... Yesterday was exactly one year since the last episode of the hit TV show 'Breaking Bad.' I didn't start watching the show until just before the last episode aired. I was a bit late to the party. As such, I didn't watch the episode wi...

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Music Monday - Three Albums That Shaped Me
As a matter of fact ... I want to share three albums that shaped my childhood. Everyone has these. Those songs that transport you back to a time, a place and and even a person you used to be. I love that music has this power over us. It's not just an 'in th...
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