Paul Andruss – Author 8

Paul Andruss - Author
Paul Andruss is the author of 2 contrasting fantasy novels   Thomas the Rhymer – a magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen       Finn Mac Cool – rude, crude and funny, ...

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Stuff
  Brethren, on this first holy day of the holidays (if indeed not the most sacred day of the season), Blessed Black Friday, let us take time to ponder the true meaning of Christmas. In the words of that joyous song praising all that Christmas is, let us remember… I think I’ve gone to hell, ...

Nineteen Eighty-four 16

Nineteen Eighty-four
This companion to October 17 Part 1 & Part 2 is not an English Literature Study Guide for 1984. Instead it puts historical context to Orwell’s reasons for writing the novel. He got the title by reversing the year he finished it: 1948. Originally he called it The Last Man in Europe, but decided 1984 ...

Thomas the Rhymer Book Review 8

Thomas the Rhymer Book Review
Book Review Thomas the Rhymer by Robbie Cheadle My review (By Robbie Cheadle) Just about the worst thing that can happen to any family is the disappearance of a child. This is exactly what happens in Jack’s family and, worse still, Jack is a witness to his older brother’s sudden and troubling disappearance. The facts ...

October 17 Pt 2: Storming the Winter Palace 14

October 17 Pt 2: Storming the Winter Palace
  Read Part 1 October 17 In May 1917 when Trotsky arrived in Petersburg from New York, after spending a month interned by the British, he did not immediately join Lenin’s Bolsheviks. As a Marxist, Trotsky was suspicious of Lenin, who he rightly viewed as an ambitious radical intent on exploiting a popular mass movement ...

October 17 18

October 17
  In the 1720s Peter the Great sought to modernise Russia, but the aristocracy and his successors were traditionalists who believed God appointed them to rule. Due to its vast size, poor infrastructure and virtually subsistence agricultural economy, Russia essentially remained a medieval Byzantine kingdom under an absolutist Tsar and mortgaged nobility. By the early ...
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