Fun Facts Friday: Robert Burns
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / January 25, 2019

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) was a Scottish poet and lyricist. Many people consider him the national poet of Scotland. Complete Works of Robert Burns* Other names Robert Burns has used are Rabbie Burns, the Ploughman Poet, and the Bard of Ayrshire. He was the oldest of seven children, in a house built by his father (not the Burns Cottage Museum). Burns got most of his schooling from his father, a tenant farmer, who taught his kids reading, geography, history, writing, and math. At age 15 Mr. Burns wrote his first poem. Along with Scots, Mr. Burns also write in English and English with a Scots dialect. The poet had 12 children, nine of which were with his wife Jean Armour. During the French Revolution, Mr. Burns was in favor of the reforms proposed. After Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus, Mr. Burns has the most memorials, monuments, and statues dedicated to him. One of his most famous songs, Auld Lang Syne, was part of more than 100 songs he wrote to a book called The Melodies of Scotland. In 2009 views of Scottish TV voted Mr. Burns as “The Greatest Scot”. Complete Works of Robert Burns*…

Fun Facts Friday: A.A. Milne
Latest Posts / January 18, 2019

Today is the birthday of British children’s author A.A. Milne (18 January, 1882 – 31 January, 1956). Most people know his most beloved creation Winnie the Pooh. The A.A. stands for Alan Alexander Winnie the Pooh and friends are based on stuffed animals that belonged to Millen’s son – Christopher Robin. You can see the original toys at the New York Public Library. Winnie-the-Pooh was named after a Canadian black bear (Winnipeg) that resided in the London Zoo and was used as a military mascot in World War I. “Pooh” was a swan. The toy which inspired the famous bear was purchased in Harrod’s in London and was called Edward Bear (as is only proper in England). Both Christopher and the family dog loved to play with the stuffed animals. Eeyore lost some stuffing over the years which caused his head to droop and gave him a melancholy appearance. Hundred Acre Wood was inspired by Ashdown Forest in Sussex. Christopher Robin took boxing classes to defend himself against bullies at school who used to tease him about the popular book series. As was customary at the time, Christopher Robin was brought up by a nanny and only met his parents…

Book Review: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Latest Posts / January 16, 2019

A Vietnamese Captain, an aid to a Vietnamese General, is given passage to one of the last flights to Los Angeles in 1975. The Captain has split loyalties though and is still in touch with the Viet Cong reporting on the VIPs which are starting a new life.

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