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Chapter III: The friends of Mr. Pitt

The following is an extract from the book: The Conservation of Liberty: An Examination of the British Conservative Tradition in a Little Blue Book. It is available for purchase at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conservation-Liberty-Examination-Conservative-Tradition/dp/1533341109/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471620402&sr=1-1&keywords=the+conservation+of+liberty The modern Conservative Party can trace its origins to a faction of the Whig Party which eventually came to embody a movement …

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Green Fig

New York is a melting pot. The variety of cultures that make up the big apple contribute to why this city is such a food enthusiast’s paradise. With cuisine options from all over the globe; even the most obscure, one will never go hungry.  When it comes to choosing dinner, …

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Restaurant Latour

As tourists soar into the city, New Yorkers are working hard for the weekend. Some flock east to the Hamptons, and some jet north to Cape Cod. While that weekend beach getaway is idyllic and offers a sense of romanticism, an escape to the rural countryside of Sussex County New …

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A Renaissance at Kingsley.

 The Renaissance. A cultural movement that profoundly affected the intellect of Italy, Europe and eventually the world. Renaissance scholars embodied humanistic methods of study, searching for realism and human emotion through our experiences, and of course, artistic ability.  The Renaissance man sought to develop knowledge and skill of every kind. …

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The EU Referendum Language Dictionary

Harmonisation Harmonisation is a lovely word which has its roots in music. A harmony is defined as “the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce a pleasing effect”. The process of harmonisation in the EU is “the process of creating common standards across the internal market”. Whether the effect …

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Pink Pineapple Event Design

Our senses greatly influence how we perceive the world and how we remember our experiences. We are most affected and engaged when a variety of our senses are stimulated. Does it not make sense then, to have an Event Designer who not only understands this philosophy, but practices it? History …

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Trademark Burger

New York is full of restaurants, bars, and diners that offer everyone’s favorite treat. Since 1884, we all have been enjoying the hamburger. But, ask yourself a serious question. Was it delicious, was it worth the price? Do you now have a “burger hangover?!” It amazes me so much how …

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Growing Up and Knowing the World

Do you wish you were a kid again? Not a terribly uncommon thing to hear an adult say, especially when under pressure. Being a child again is desirable because of the innocence, and the bliss of ignorance. At least this seems to be the consensus in my experience. I remember …

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Interview with Chris Shroeder

The world envies British style. But style can only go so far. If Aston Martin were to release a line of cars titled “James Bond,” perhaps a few would sell. Upon investigation however, most consumers would likely sidestep the marketing pageantry in an effort to bring more quality—not novelty into …

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Sake 101

When was the last time you boasted with your friends exclaiming  “I had this AWESOME sake last night!!”  You probably never boast about sake, and that is alright.  It is a rare beverage, and it is an acquired taste. However, when one stumbles across a delicious sake, it will most likely linger …

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The Ever-Curious Bernard Jones

The ever-curious Bernard Jones was traipsing through the Middlefield Zoo, beginning to sweat a bit under the lazy sun while his tour guide, a petite thirty-something with sandy blond hair tied up under a plastic pithy helmet, grew impatient. “Correct me if I’m wrong,” he had said a moment ago, …

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Two Supreme Laws

There is a lot of angst and conflict on behalf of different religions. This is unfortunate as a good amount of conflict may be done in the name of God, when it is driven by the ulterior motives of a man. If God [a.k.a. insert deity] is infallible and man …

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The Man Who Loved Discount Furniture Too Much

I guess most would say show business runs in our family. For the better part of three decades, my Uncle Pat starred in those ever-popular “Super Discount Furniture Warehouse” commercials–the ones where the prices were so low, Pat’d lose his mind and start screaming and shooting his gun in the …

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Belfast Child Chapter 8, Part 3 – Uncle Sam

As the first 12th of July since dads death approached, I felt mixed emotions and none of the joy I normally associated with the celebrations of my culture. After dads death the girls of the band decided to keep going in dads memory and the band was renamed the “John …

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Belfast Child- Chapter 8, Part 2- Uncle sam

As I pounded the Roads of Glencairn selling my sweep stakes the war raged on around me and like most people I took it in my stride. I took some pride in the face that I was contributing to the cause, by raising money for the prisoners. One morning when …

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Belfast Child- Chapter 8, Part 1- Uncle Sam

Finally the day for Uncle Sam to be released from jail arrived and the whole family along with friends and acquaintances gathered to give him a welcome home party he would remember. All day long preparations were made for the night’s celebration and the house was awash with food and …

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Belfast Child- Chapter 7- Life Without Dad

Although my little universe had been turned upside down and torn apart, I done what I had always done in a crisis and pushed things to the back of my mind and tried to get on with life. I thought of dad, mum and Shep every day and although the …

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Belfast Child- Chapter 6- Dad’s Death

It was around 1976 that it first came to my attention that dad was ill and he was getting sicker and weaker by the day. He had always been a heavy drinker and smoker, but this was normal where we lived and we never really thought anything about it or …

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