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A prominent educator and patron of the arts, Henry Cole travelled in the elite, social circles of early Victorian England, and had the misfortune of having too many friends. During the holiday season of 1843, those friends were causing Cole much anxiety. The problem were their letters: An old custom in England, the Christmas and New Year’s letter had received a new impetus with the recent read more

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‘Momentous’: Actor Anna May Wong to be first Asian American on U.S. currency
More than 60 years after Anna May Wong became the first Asian American woman to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the pioneering actor has coined another first, quite literally.

For her contribution to read more

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Every year, a wonderful event celebrating the beauty of nature and humanity’s connection with it takes place over a weekend in Scotland.
The European “Land Art” Festival and Stone Stacking Championships were held for the fifth time in Dunbar on the shores of Scotland. Organized originally as the “John Muir Stone Stacking Challenge,” taking the name read more

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Daniel Craig has been named in the Queen’s New Years Honours list
The 53-year-old actor has been named as a companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) – which was the same title that Bond creator Ian Fleming gave to the secret agent in the original novels.

Although Craig is being given the award for his contribution to read more

Connery at a Tartan Day celebration in Washington, D.C. When knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 he wore a green-and-black hunting tartan kilt of his mother’s MacLean clan.

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The former James Bond star died at the age of 90 on Saturday.

Sir Thomas Sean Connery (25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020) Thomas Sean Connery,
named Thomas after his grandfather, was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, read more

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SANDTASTIC BEASTS Thailand theme park uses white sand to imitate ice in dazzling display of art
Visitors to the “Frost Magical Ice of Siam” park can walk around a -10c ice dome and learn about monsters from Asian legends.

The 30,000sqm exhibit is the largest collection of ice sculptures in South Asia and the first ice dome to be build in Pattaya.

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Chinese Wushu will become an event in the 2022 Summer Youth Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee Executive committee approved the addition of the event. Together with Baseball5, Chinese Wushu will be added as new programmes that will be available for the next Summer Youth Olympics in Dakar, the first-ever read more

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Charles Santore, 84, nationally known illustrator from South Philadelphia was born into an Italian-Irish family. He began his career in 1956 working as a freelance illustrator for local advertising agencies and publications such as the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Redbook, and the Ladies’ Home Journal. read more

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The iconic mansion that inspired “Gone with the Wind” is for sale The instantly-recognizable plantation house that set the stage for the Wilkes family home in the movie “Gone with the Wind” is now on the auction block. And frankly, my dear, it’s a bargain

According to its website, read more