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Jane Austen’s Names: Riddles, Persons, Places by Margaret Doody, review: ‘exuberant’ – Telegraph


Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice Photo: Moviestore Collection Ltd / Alamy

Jane Austen’s Names: Riddles, Persons, Places by Margaret Doody, review: ‘exuberant’ – Telegraph.

‘What’s in a name?” shrugs Shakespeare’s Juliet. Margaret Doody, an American academic, would explain. A name is a story with a complex history; names are rooted to place, to religion, to politics. They can be games or puns; in Jane Austen’s hands a name can be poem. In her examination of the names of people and places in Austen’s novels, Doody uncovers new levels of complexity and comedy, and suggests that the nation’s favourite author was less a realist than a surrealist.”

Post One: Reading Month 2015

A review of a book review of arguably one of the most beloved author in English Literature History. It is also no secret that JA is my favourite author. :).


A Brief History of Some Walls: Roman Wall of Lugo

Lugo Wall

Source: Lala Lugo via Wikicommons

The Lugo Wall is the only urban defensive wall of Roman Empire origin still intact and complete: its 5 original gates or portas [False, Miñá, San Pedro, Santiago and Nova] and 46 towers stand with great impression. It is for this reason in year 2000 it became part of the World Heritage Site Family but before that period, specifically in 1921, the Lugo Wall became a National Monument.[1] Today, the Roman Wall would not exist if many persons like Engineer major-general Felipe Paz, received permission to knock down the wall for city growth. It is safe to say that people of Galicia, Spain are extremely pleased that the wall stayed intact because it is not only a pleasing monument but also a major income earner for the area. Many tourist travel from far and year exploring the wall and explore the sites within reach.

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Ode To Haiti

Source: “Citadelle Laferrière Aerial View” by SPC Gibran Torres, United States Army – United States Army. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

Your beauty celebrated many moons ago.

Not just for your physical most probably, wealth.

They called you “Pearl of the Antilles,” chateaus.


Saint Dominigue your gem shine the West Indies.

Ships sailed in, ships float out of her harbours.

France became the envy, out came enemies


Your slaves entrapped, toiling for free, enslaved.

They cried, no one listened, revolted many days.

No caving, that freedom forever they craved.


The black and mulattoes called her Haiti.

So many claimed power, stability never.

Foreign involved – dictators, calamity.


Yet you – your memories call Ayiti.

“Land of high mountains,” Caribbean beauty.

One day, you will raise again, valiantly.


Whenever I read of the negatives of Haiti [which is much more than the positive], I always lament how an island so rich in times past became the poorest nation in the West Hemisphere. I believe that one day Haiti can climb those necessary steps back to stability and economic substance needed for a people’s survival. I chose the Ode form for structure, as away to celebrate Haiti. There are positives on a her shores, one day they will flow more freely to her lands. Strive on Haiti, strive on!

Life Of A Slave: A Brief View


It was early afternoon in February 1659 as the sun lashes down on the elongated sandy beach where the Atlantic kisses the coast. At the mouth of the river there is a very large fortress made of stone surrounded by my village of rough huts decorated in their bizarre rows and columns. Further inland my village is swamp with mangrove where insects buzzed to their neighbours in the jungle beyond.

I was standing at a point of my village viewing the sea, when sighting a huge canoe coming towards me. As the object came closer, I heard men of a different nation speaking, they look different with white complexion, blue eyes, yellow hair as they plunge their flat paddles into the water. Quickly they drew nearer, dragging their boats on the sandy beach. They broke into the gates, capturing some of my friends just as I alerted people close by of the attack. I tried to run to let others know what was happening when gun shots sailed around. Suddenly I felt someone leaped on my back, pressing me down- it was one of the strange men, soon another of his kind chained my neck and arms. I was in pain and I struggled to free myself but it was in vain, I am captured.

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Slavery: From Africa->West Indies->Europe-> [A History Student Project]



Slavery Project

Source: tbhpp.org
[The Elmina slave fort]



In this project, you will have the knowledge of the transatlantic trade in Africa, the way in which African slaves laboured in areas other than sugar production, you will learn of the manufacturing process on a typical sugar plantation before the year 1838. In addition, the writer will identify the markets for the by-products of sugarcane. There are pictures included to give an additional view to the words.

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Amazing! Original Magna Carta Copy Found in Scrapbook by Live Science


Amazing! Original Magna Carta Copy Found in Scrapbook.

“An original copy of the Magna Carta has been discovered in a scrapbook in Kent, England.

The tattered document dates back to 1300, 85 years after King John of England was compelled to sign the first agreement limiting the rights of kings. This version was issued by King Edward I (King John’s grandson), who was under pressure from the church and the barons to reaffirm good governance, said Sophie Ambler, a research associate with the Magna Carta Project.”

History of Barbados Charitable Organizations

History of Charitable Organizations In Barbados


Moreover, one can agree that the role of voluntary and charity organization in bridging the gap between poor relief programmes and the effort of people providing social security was both positive and negative. Whilst the voluntary and charitable organization replaced the person donors as the main providers of poor relief, it created a new problem for remedying the poverty problem in Barbados. The alms-houses in the parishes provided a refugee for the indigent but at a cost. The unsanitary conditions and the stigma attached created more emotional problems for the occupant. Furthermore, the work of the voluntary and charitable organization alerted attention of the British parliament and the Barbados Legislature to the state of poverty. It was then that Poor Law Acts attempted to remedy the situation. However, in the latter part of the 20th century, the voluntary organizations made it their aim to foster community spirit by committing themselves to the old, homeless and the young. In the end, volunteerism became a permanent part of the Barbadian culture and the government used it as a tool to engender social welfare.

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Nelson Mandela and Freedom

Source: bl.uk

2nd of February

1665: British captures New Amsterdam[Dutch colony] and renames the central area : New York after the new Governor, Duke of York


4th of February

1794: the French takes over control over the colony of St.Lucia

1948: Sri Lanka is independent


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The Slave Dwelling Project | ~ Developing Resources to Preserve African American Slave Dwellings ~


The Slave Dwelling Project | ~ Developing Resources to Preserve African American Slave Dwellings ~.

“Now that I have the attention of the public by sleeping in extant slave dwellings, it is time to wake up and deliver the message that the people who lived in these structures were not a footnote in American history.”

– Joseph McGill, Founder of the Slave Dwelling Project