Carnival in Cologne is almost as old as the history of the city itself. But it has been celebrated in the organized fashion we know today for only about 190 years. The Greeks and the Romans celebrated joyous spring festivals in honor of Dionysus and Saturn with wine, women and song. The ancient Germans celebrated the winter solstice in order to pay homage to the gods and drive out the evil demons of winter. In later times, the Christians adopted these heathen customs. Lent, the period of fasting before Easter, was ushered in by carnival (carne vale = Farewell to meat!).
A family from Western Australia went fishing in a motorboat, but instead of fish they “caught” a kangaroo.
A photo of hundreds of people queuing in the snow for food at a soup kitchen in Glasgow has gone viral after social media users lamented the inaction of the government in tackling a worsening poverty crisis.
“Not a photo of the Soviet Union in the 1930s but the UK today. How did we allow this to happen on our watch?”, one person said.
Not one Ireland player would ‘take the knee’ before the recent match against Wales at the Principality Stadium. As both spectacular teams lined up before their first-round Six Nations clash, an obligatory ‘anti-racism’ message was heard over the vast stadium’s Tannoy system.
An American blogger with the tag Antiscientism is seriously concerned about the state of affairs in Israel. There, since the beginning of Covid-19 vaccination of people over 85 years old there have actually been more deaths than in the entire last year. This is despite the fact that 87% had already received vaccinations of the Covid vaccine. Of these, 930 people have died since the start of vaccination but last year only 851 people died.
Foliage for two millennia has been considered a useful fertiliser, which, when decomposed, provides the soil with useful mineral and organic substances, accumulated over time. Garden refuse is the best natural fertiliser without a doubt: think again.
Katie Clay knew she was expecting a baby but had no idea her child would be delivered in the parking lot of a potato processing plant.
The total destruction of the German city of Dresden in February 1944 has never been justified. There are squalid attempts to downplay the numbers of martyred civilians. Over three days of infamy, 1,249 USAAF and RAF bombers removed from the face of the earth a once-great city. The holocaust, to give the inferno its proper term, is falsely claimed to have led to the loss of 22,000 to 25,000 lives.
The arts, literature and poetry, were very important to the peoples of the workers Reich. Literature, poetry and art were the roots through which the folk sustained their unique culture. Immersion in one’s being, experienced through the third eye, is a binding influence on the nation. Warriors, wherever in the world they are posted, know their land and their folk are with them.
Twenty-five years in the making Witness to History is the size of two large paperbacks. Heavily illustrated, this remarkable chronicle did the job it was intended to do.