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Spring Vacation: Korcula

I normally do three week long holidays a year -- Spring, Autumn, and Christmas -- and use the other half of my vacation time on long weekend city breaks -- Paris, Budapest, Prague, etc. This year it's a return to the Balkans where I spent a couple of years working in Sarajevo. I'm heading to Korčula in the company of a lovely lady from Bratislava.

Korcula is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea. It has an area of 279 km2 (108 sq mi); 46.8 km (29.1 mi) long and on average 7.8 km (4.8 mi) wide — and lies just off the Dalmatian coast. Its 15,522 inhabitants (2011) make it the second most populous Adriatic island after Krk and the most populous Croatian island not connected to the mainland by a bridge. The population are almost entirely ethnic Croats (95.74%). The island is twinned with Rothesay in Scotland.
Moreška is a traditional sword dance from the town of Blato. It is one of the many proud traditional sword dances that are performed on the island. It arrived in Korčula around the 16th century. Korčula has a rich musical history of Klape groups. Klapa is a form of a cappella style of singing. The tradition goes back centuries, but the style as we know it today, originated in the 19th century. Oliver Dragojević is a famous Croatian pop singer who comes from the island.čula

We're planning on a day in Dubrovnik and an overnight trip to Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina. I want to see the bridge, the Stari Most, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and destroyed by the Catholic Croats during the war in the 1990s. When I was last there there was a temporary bridge linking the Muslim and Catholic sides of the river. But it's been rebuilt by the UN from the original stones fished out of the river.

John Cleese on Political Correctness

I must be doing something right

Been called a "lefty" and "conservative"

15. The fairness doctrine
is not about news. I know lefty likes to pretend it is but it's not. So it has nothing to do with what I said.

10. Got to admit I do enjoy proving conservatives lacking,I think of it as educational

BOTH in the same 24 business hours.

First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution

Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the National Grid says.

The energy provider said Friday's lack of coal usage was a "watershed" moment.

Britain's longest continuous energy period without coal until now was 19 hours - first achieved last May, and again on Thursday.

The government plans to phase out Britain's last plants by 2025 in order to cut carbon emissions.

This is why Americans laugh at the Left

From a DUmmy thread about, of all things, Palin, Nugent, and someone else standing in front of Hillary's portrait in the WH. Note first that she's there because she shared Bill with lots of other women. Note also that the three were not making any rude gestures, albeit they were clearly rubbing Hillary's nose in her loss.

However, this sort of partisan hyperbole really alienates normal folk...

7. Three thugs that are worse than ISIS.
The American Right is the greatest threat to the free world.

There is one good post in the thread however...

8. Some people have taste, but it's only in their mouth.

Clearly a reference to Monica.

Borussia Dortmund Bomber a Capitalist!

Police in Germany have charged a man suspected of being behind an attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.

Rather than having links to radical Islamism, he was a market trader hoping to make money if the price of shares in the team fell, prosecutors say.

The 28-year-old, identified only as Sergej W, was staying in the team's hotel in a room overlooking the street where the explosion took place.
Following the attack on 11 April, Borussia Dortmund's Champions League match against Monaco was rescheduled a day later, which led Dortmund fans to open their doors to stranded away supporters.

So...Does the use of "So..." reveal the poster as a DUmmy?

So...a cop jumped out of the bushes.

Remittance Men

"Remittance man" is defined in the Canadian Encyclopedia as "a term once widely used, especially in the West before WWI, for an immigrant living in Canada on funds remitted by his family in England, usually to ensure that he would not return home and become a source of embarrassment."

The Oxford English Dictionary adds: "spec one considered undesirable at home; also in extended use". "Remittance man" is first attested in 1874, as a colonial term. One of the citations is of T.S. Eliot's 1958 play The Elder Statesman, where the son of the title figure resists his father's attempts to find him a job: "Some sort of place where everyone would sneer at the fellow from London. The limey remittance man for whom a job was made." The OED gives "remittancer" as another form; this stretches back to 1750.

The Brits are a strange people

Happy Easter Monday

from the UK where we're wrapping up a glorious four day weekend during which London weather has been magnificent (although we've a bit of rain this morning). Will be going to Luton this afternoon as.a very attractive young blonde needs to return to Slovakia.

Had an excellent, but overpriced, dinner at Gauthier on Friday in which the guinea fowl was average but the St Julien was wonderful.

On Saturday we saw An American in Paris which has to be the best production I've seen in a decade. The stagecraft was superb, the dancing/ballet great, and the Gershwin sublime. If you have the opportunity to see it, I couldn't recommend it more.

Yesterday it was the National Gallery with its very good collection of Canaletto and, as she'd never been on it, the Eye. Afterwards, dinner at one of my old haunts, Boudin Blanc, where I had the eponymous dish and another good St Julien.

Today a walk in Hyde Park and off to the airport! Life is good for a poor boy from Jacksonville!

I am just a poor boy
Though my story's seldom told
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocketful of mumbles
Such are promises
All lies and jests
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest
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