To Visit in Dublin: Kilmainham Gaol

Originally posted on Wanderings & Ramblings:

Kilmainham Gaol Entrance

Kilmainham Gaol Entrance

One of the coolest—and most chilling—places to check out on your visit to Dublin is Kilmainham Gaol. It was built in 1796, and, for much of its history, held prisoners of any crime—including women and children, the latter of whom were incarcerated primarily on the basis of petty crimes. Until the 1820s, public hangings took place in front of the jail. It was decommissioned in 1924, and reopened as a public monument, run by the Office of Public Works, in the 1980s.

Kilmainham’s role in Dublin’s turbulent history is very influential. For most of the 19th century, it was very overcrowded, and the living conditions were horrible. Something you might notice, if you take a tour of the jail, is that it is very drafty, dank, and dark inside. So, imagine this in the cold Irish winters (before central heating), combined with the poor air circulation…

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A View from Stonehenge

Originally posted on bjdeut01:

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It looks to be a puzzling site. There are large standing stones called megaliths set in the ground with lintels and uprights, the mysterious Stonehenge. The area, in Wiltshire England near Amesbury, is thought to have been developed around 4000-3000 B.C. and adjusted to the farming and planting seasons throughout more than 1,500 years.

Menhirs are the large upright standing stones. Dolmens are the formed standing stones into stone tables or otherwise known as trilithons. These are two uprights and a horizontal lintel.

These were all arranged in a series of inner concentric circles built with the “bluestones.” These “bluestones” were from the mountains in Southwest Wales some 150 miles from the site. They were transported by raft, then across the land. They were then brought to the River Avon some 1.5 miles as a extended path to the site.

This is a sacred site. Although it is not thought…

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5 reasons to BUY LOCAL FOOD

Originally posted on Fear and Loathing in Louisville:

Why buy local?

You see the buy local bumper stickers and posters hanging up in your neighborhood coffee shop. It is apparent that buying local is the better option, but why?

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  1. Have you ever had a home grown tomato? Hello, local food tastes better bottom line. It is also healthier for you. Local food is the freshest produce possible because it is sold much sooner after it is picked than something you would buy at Walmart.
  2. Local food is better for the environment! For the food you buy at the grocery store to get to you, it is traveling at an average distance of 1500 miles. The petroleum used to transport the goods whether through air or truck should be reason enough to buy local.
  3. Local food keeps taxes in check. For every $1 in revenue raised by residential development, governments spend $1.17 on services, which increases taxes. For every…

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Soccer

Originally posted on uofl sports:

IMG_2505-0In my writing today I am going to write about what I am falling in love with- soccer and especially British and European soccer. I developed gradual interest of this fascinating area because of my friend. My friend who is a huge sports fan and dedicates all his time and resources on watching sports is a huge fan of Arsenal a British based soccer club. This club, the way it is run, the way it plays, the team colors and a huge stadium beautiful and attractive  made me follow it so much.

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This club is co-owned by American tycoon and a businessman who also owns many sports team from the United States and some parts of the world.  Arsenal F.C has a huge history since its foundation in 1886. It has won a lot of trophies and has a massive fan base all over the world. While reading the history…

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Girls Can Love Sports Too. FYI

Originally posted on E.m.w:

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Personally, for me, all is right with the world again. Why? You ask. Because it is football season. There is nothing better than a fall Saturday spent watching football. It all starts with me glued to my TV for College Game Day with Corso and the guys. Followed by being glued to my TV for the majority of the day or heading out Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium to start tailgating. My friends all know my mood is always hanging in the balance of the outcome of the game. Whether it’s my beloved Cards or Crimson Tide I’m completely obsessed.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t really discriminate when it comes to sports. Of course college football is as good as it gets for me but Sundays and the NFL are pretty great too. And this time of year the NFL takes “Sunday Funday” to a whole new level. A…

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Valhalla Golf Club says “NO!” We don’t want your kind here!

Originally posted on Steve's straight talking blog:

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The welcome sign above needs some clarification, You are welcome if the club is hosting a PGA major golf tournament or the Ryder Cup and your willing to drop a few hundred dollars for the pleasure,like I did. Any other time they want to maintain their elitist attitude about who they are,and what we are (undesirables). Who are they? Well, “they” are the members and executive staff at this highly secretive, members only golf club. I researched online to find out what I could about the club and the information was sketchy at best. As with most elitist golf clubs, an invite is necessary. The  membership fees, stated second hand, ranged between  $60,000 to $100,000 dollars a year. It should be noted that the club is “golf only’ no pools, restaurants or tennis courts. That’s a lot of juice just to play golf. Why am I ranting about Valhalla all…

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