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North Korea Warns Of Pre-emptive Nuclear Attack On U.S.

North Korea Warns Of Pre-emptive Nuclear Attack On U.S.

Pictured above:  Korean War/National Archives

VAV!/March 7, 2013

A preemptive nuclear attack on the United States and allies is being threatened by North Korea as the United Nations Security Council moves forward to approve new sanctions in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.

The threat from the North Korean Foreign Ministry came just hours before the United Nations Security Council was scheduled to meet on the sanctions, Thursday.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 April 2013 05:24 )

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Life’s a Journey - Teenage Crushes

Life’s a Journey - Teenage Crushes

VAV!/February 10, 2012 By Helen Spencer of Life's A Journey

Look, if I'm going to be totally honest with you about this, then there were more than three.

But in case anyone ...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 May 2014 04:47 )

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The Madness of King George III – London Theatre Review

The Madness of King George III – London Theatre Review

VAV!/February 10, 2012  By Rebecca McWattie

This tremendous Theatre Royal Bath production of Alan Bennett’s play is directed by the great Christopher Luscombe. King G...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 February 2012 09:15 )

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Diana Mitford, Part II – Rebel with a Cause

Diana Mitford, Part II – Rebel with a Cause

VAV!/January 28, 2012 By Rebecca McWattie

(Diana Mitford - Bright Young Thing Part I )

In 1932 Diana was still at the height of her beauty and her life with Bryan Guinness and...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:55 )

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Diana Mitford, Part I - Bright Young Thing

Diana Mitford, Part I - Bright Young Thing

VAV!/January 12, 2012 By Rebecca McWattie

My old penguin copy of Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate is without doubt the most well thumbed book in...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:27 )

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Winter Solstice

VAV!/December 21, 2014/By Fin Fab Finella The first day of  the winter season, also known as the Winter Solstice, arrives today at 23:03 UTC (5:03 p.m. CST) . In the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year, while in the Southern Hemisphere, December solstice has its longest day and shortest night.  The solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth's tilt on its axis, and its motion in orbit around the sun.

 

Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry

Pictured above:  Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in A still from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). One of the 25 films added by the Librarian of Congress to the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and worthy of preservation./Contributed by Screen Grab from LOC Facebook. VAV!/December 17, 2014 Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry "Saving Private Ryan," "Luxo Jr." and "Rosemary's Baby" Among Film Additions The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time. "The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America's film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant," said Billington. "By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history."

 

Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry

Pictured above:  Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in A still from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). One of the 25 films added by the Librarian of Congress to the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and worthy of preservation./Contributed by Screen Grab from LOC Facebook. VAV!/December 17, 2014 Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry "Saving Private Ryan," "Luxo Jr." and "Rosemary's Baby" Among Film Additions The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time. "The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America's film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant," said Billington. "By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history."

 

Charting a New Course on Cuba

  Pictured above: President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Cuba and the release of American Alan Gross, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Dec. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) VAV!/December 17, 2014/The White House/Office of the Press Secretary President Obama today, announced historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba, and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.

 

Food Day Celebrations

VAV!/December 14, 2014 There's always something to celebrate because there's a food holiday every day of the year. In other words..."We are standing at the precipice of glorious food or drink celebrations daily!"  Not all food holidays have political, cultural or religious beginnings either. Nor, do local, state or federal offices close in honor of them... although, that is a nice thought.  The below food holidays include days, listed among the meaningful, that have been drummed up by people who are passionate about their favorite foods or who just plain want to sell their food products. Get ready for your ears to ring and your stomach to quivver in anticipation...   January January 2 -National Buffet week/National Creampuff DayJanuary 3 -National Chocolate Covered Cherry DayJanuary 19 -National Popcorn DayJanuary 20 -Cheese DayJanuary 23 -National Pie DayJanuary 24 -National Peanut Butter DayJanuary 27 -National Chocolate Cake Day

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