Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

You don't usually get this kind of art or feeling at a temple

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Favorite Irish Movies

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let me share my favorite movies from the Emerald Isle:

  • Once, a touching, understated love story between a broken-hearted Hoover repairman cum musician and an intelligent, inquisitive Czech woman. Quirky with great music.
  • The Secret of Kells has beautiful animation and tells the story of a boy in medieval Ireland who must defy his uncle to protect and finish the monks’ Book of Kells. A beautiful way to get some history. My nephew 5 year old loved it as much as I did.
  • In America. Okay, it’s set in New York, but it’s about an Irish family that immigrates to the US in the 1980s. You’ll hear some wonderful Irish accents and see some strong acting from Samantha Morton and Paddy Considine. The little girls are adorable.
  • Waking Ned Divine is a fun romp in small town Ireland, a comedy about townspeople who band together to cash in on the lottery.
  • From Frank McCourt’s book, Angela’s Ashes reminds me of Dickens and why so many Irish had to leave.

I’d like to see Michael Collins for a bit of (dramatized) history and The Commitments.

More than meets the eye in Beijing | The Japan Times Online

Here’s a view of the China National People’s Congress from one of the neighbors here in Northern Asia:

More than meets the eye in Beijing | The Japan Times Online.


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