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Footlose in the Cotswolds Travel Guide

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England Cotswolds

From YouTube:

David and Debra's new film ~ find it on Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GUSS5TY ...running 220 minutes!
Probably the most complete travelogue of the Cotswolds you will find... Visit the info page: http://www.footloose.tv/FLE/Cotswolds...

Explores the Quintessential Cotswold Region; the landscape; the popular towns and villages; the gardens of Kiftsgate, Hidcote & Sudeley Castle. Featuring the GWR Steam Railway, the Cotswold Motoring Museum, The Mechanical Music Museum. Local events include Cheese Rolling at Coopers Hill, Robert Dover's Original Olimpick Games, Woolsack racing at Tetbury. Includes 6 walks in this fabulous region region, some of which are on the Cotswold Way. All the best of England on 2 DVDs. To be aired on Oxford & Southampton TV in 2014

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Overnight: Tennyson: The Lady of Shalott

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I consider this video a real find: Tennyson, Loreena McKennitt, pre-Raphaelite artists including Waterhouse, who painted the image above:

Alfred, Lord Tennyson Wiki

The Lady of Shalott Wiki

John William Waterhouse Wiki

Wiki for the Tate Gallery

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Overnight: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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Prufrock

From YouTube:

An animated adaption of T.S Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock". This was created as an honors capstone project at Rutgers University in the Fall and Spring 2011/2012 semesters, accompanied by a paper explicating the poem and justifying my creative choices. The poem has been abridged, which may anger purists. Here's a link to the paper if you care to read why certain stanzas were taken out, though it was mostly an issue of time: http://www.scribd.com/doc/93368902/Pr..

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Overnight: Visit Oxford University

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Oxford

Note: This is a Viking Cruises video.

From the 'About' information on YouTube:

Go behind the scenes with Karine Hagen at the university that has educated kings and presidents. Learn more at http://www.vikingrivercruises.com

Tour the University of Oxford, Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds as a part of the Oxford & Highclere Castle cruise extension, available on Paris & the Heart of Normandy and Cities of Light cruises.

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Saturday Links

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Saturday Links from The Political Carnival

Bank of England: Bankers may have to return bonuses

Oklahoma Fox station removes evolution from ‘Cosmos’ by cutting only 15 seconds

Busting the myth of France’s 35-hour workweek.

How Well Do You Know The World? Play GeoGuessr To Find Out.

Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview

Phoenix Residents Concerned Over Mysterious Surveillance Camera in their Neighborhood

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Video Mid Day Distraction- London lit up by New Year fireworks display

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The GOP Wages War On Peace

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shiny object syndrome

Republicans are just like pet cats. "Oh, look, another shiny object."

Recently rounds of their Scandalgates include: Solyndra, the IRS, Benghazi, Obamacare, court packing, and now Iran. Those frisky felines just can't find enough distractions from doing their job, legislating. How about financial reform? Immigration? A crumbling infrastructure? Job creation? Illegal voter restrictions? Education funding

Why can't the Republicans accept peaceful means as an answer for settling conflicts? Why must bullets fly? Are they really that heavily into the back pockets of the current day military-industrial complex?

This past Saturday night, a long in the works agreement was finally reached on a first step agreement toward resolving a growing nuclear threat with Iran. Happy, happy, joy, joy! Not to the war-torn tribes of the Republican party.

This agreement is but a first step. Not a treaty. An agreement to outline procedures that could ultimately lead to a resolve of tensions, sanctions and normalization with a huge population in the tension packed Middle East.

Though Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu isn't happy, the rest of the world should be. If we go to war with Iran, all of the middle east will be pulled in and every power around the world (Russia, China, Japan, England) will be drawn into the conflict. This area is the hotbed, the potential flash point of a possible nuclear annihilation of the world. Any chance at peace in that region must be seriously exploited.

So this accord should be looked at in a positive light -- unless you're a Republican. When you're the party of war and conflict, peace becomes your enemy. And if the people of the US have tired of war, you have to keep up the ruse of a threat so you can still hold onto your popularity. That's the talking points now for the Republicans. But what they're really saying is they're against possible peaceful solutions when they can profit so much more by seeing US troops killed and so much blood and money pumped into their war machine.

This agreement is a baby step, the beginning of a long and most arduous journey. But we have to start somewhere, and firing the shot heard round the world isn't the best option. Not when talking, peacefully negotiating and bringing the world together focusing on facts, not rumors, is the result.

The Israeli's who are generally very reliable say Iran is but moments (figuratively) away from nuclear capabilities. But the English and French who gave GW Bush the intelligence that Saddam Hussein had WMD's are just as reliable. And their claims proved false. Do we need a war when we can peacefully approach and confirm the situation?

There are risks here, make no mistake. But when the argument against the first steps are "this is just a smoke screen or diversion from the failed rollout of Obamacare" you have to wonder what planet these critics are from. A diversion? I can't wait until Obama faces responsibility for the next blizzard, earthquake or hurricane that happens upon our shores.

Let's get real here. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Senators John Cornyn and Bob Corker are leading the charge of talking points that claim this agreement is merely a distraction for Obamacare. This pablum is coming from leaders of the fallen GOP party. This kind of thinking indicates they are all in need a LifeAlert bracelet -- "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up."

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If these morons can utilize their talking points, maybe it's time the Democrats start pushing theirs-- play the racial bigotry card against the GOP. Republicans don't want peace because they don't want a Black president to get credit for eliminating chemical weapons in Syria, ending a war in Iraq and shutting down nuclear threats in Iran.

In the '70s, during the Viet Nam era, the popular chant of John Lennon's song became a peace mantra, 'All we are saying, is give peace a chance." Never truer than today. Let's give peace a chance.

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