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The days of our lives

A few days ago, I chanced upon an intriguing bit of information on the Web. It was that the word “Wednesday” had its origins in “Odin’s Day,” the day honoring the god Odin in Norse mythology. All the while, I supposed that the English names of the days had simply been conjured from thin air, . . . → Read More: The days of our lives

Muslim leader backs ‘Aussie’ test

A MUSLIM leader has welcomed a Federal Government proposal to introduce compulsory citizenship tests for Australian migrants. Under the proposal by immigration parliamentary secretary Andrew Robb, prospective immigrants would have to take a test to demonstrate their English language skills and knowledge of Australia’s values, customs, laws and history.

Muslim leader Mustapha Kara-Ali, a member . . . → Read More: Muslim leader backs ‘Aussie’ test

Spell-fest of Love

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

Ed Hubbard of Witch School fame (or infamy depending on your opinion) has made the news for organizing a global spell of love and peace (I guess all those press releases have paid off). In an interview with Tamara Ikenberg of the The Courier-Journal, Hubbard talks about the goals of this spell, . . . → Read More: Spell-fest of Love

The soaring Canadian dollar

Four years after it hit an all-time low, the Canadian dollar in 2006 was riding a steady escalator up. Since January 2002, the once-lowly loonie has gained more than 40 per cent against the currency it’s most concerned with – the American dollar. By late April 2006, the dollar was trading well above the 89-cent . . . → Read More: The soaring Canadian dollar

Octagonal castle of Frederick II oozes mystery

Susan Spano At Castel del Monte, the stage is set for tragedy or black magic. Clouds scuttle across the sky, and a full moon rises. Footsteps echo on cold stone, startling pigeons into flight. A medieval emperor hunted with falcons and cheetahs here, consulted astrologers and slept on Asian silk. People sought refuge in . . . → Read More: Octagonal castle of Frederick II oozes mystery

Nazis the First Ecologists

By Bruce Walker

NETA (Nazis for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the SS-ierra Club are a couple of examples of how worshipping nature as God leads inevitably down the road of Sinisterism – Nazism, Marxism, and other modern various of radical Leftism. There is, of course, no actual NETA or SS-ierra Club, although the . . . → Read More: Nazis the First Ecologists

11 men arrested in B.C. eagle mutilations

Eleven men face charges in the killing and mutilation of dozens of bald eagles in North Vancouver – including possession and trafficking in dead wildlife. A North Vancouver RCMP spokesperson said the men – who are all from British Columbia – face 105 charges in total. The B. C. Conservation Officer Service, with help from . . . → Read More: 11 men arrested in B.C. eagle mutilations

Time for their lives

By Jenni Calder

In spite of the recent explosion of Scottish historiography, few would deny that there is still a huge amount to be done. With The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women there is a great leap forward. It pushes out the frontiers not because it is a book about women, but because it . . . → Read More: Time for their lives

Spain destroys lost Roman city for a car park

by Jon Clarke THE archeologists could barely hide their excitement. Beneath the main square of Ecija, a small town in southern Spain, they had unearthed an astounding treasure trove of Roman history. They discovered a well-preserved Roman forum, bath house, gymnasium and temple as well as dozens of private homes and hundreds of mosaics and . . . → Read More: Spain destroys lost Roman city for a car park

Taking magic out of books

By Hannah Edwards

Experts fear censorship of children’s books is on the rise, with themes of witchcraft, swear words and obscenities the main targets of commercially minded publishers, angry parents and librarians. Authors often struggle to get their books placed in school libraries or past their publishers, who are eager not to offend or to . . . → Read More: Taking magic out of books