Tag: agriculture

THE PLUCK OF THE IRISH

It is a bit late to be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day but such is the Irish presence on the world stage it seems every day is an occasion for an Irish celebration. Despite being one of the world’s smallest nations the Irish presence punches well above its weight.

Guitar Strings to Heartstrings Isaac Albeniz

How often we relax to the Hispanic melodies of Isaac Albeniz. His Rapsodia Espanola, Sevilla and Granada, based on Catalan folk songs, are perhaps the better known of his many compositions. These lovely melodies evoke the Spanish dream more than could any Goya painting but what of the man behind the music? Like most composers his life was as notable as was his music.

Bill Gates turns out to be the largest landowner in the United States

One of the richest people in the world, Microsoft founder Bill Gates turned out to be the owner of agricultural land in the United States, the total area of which can rival the size of Hong Kong. In recent years, the billionaire has secretly bought hectares of farmland through a network of ‘covert front contractors’, eventually becoming the largest landowner in the country.

How Central Europeans Avoided Burn Out

When talking about burnout, the question arises: what about our great-grandmothers? Many women had 8-10 children, there were the household chores far more arduous than today. Then there was the cattle to look after, constant hard work, eternal lack of sleep, drinking often or missing husband and never a chance of vacation on the beach. How did they all not burn out?