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Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Eric Lim 
 Article Title :: Rattanakosin - the Growth of Old Bangkok and the Dawn of a Era
Rattanakosin came into being when King Rama I ascended the throne in 1782. He decided to establish the new capital on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River for better security from Burma. King Rama I was determined to build a new capital to revive the glory and splendor of old Ayutthaya. The new capital was proclaimedKrungthep Mahanakorn Amorn Rattanakosin Mahintra Yuttaya Mahadilokpop Noparat Burirom Udom Rachnivet Mahasathan Amornpimarn Avartarnsathit Sakkatiya Witsanukamprasitand hence began the Rattanakosin era or Bangkok period under the glorious reign of the Chakri Kings.King Rama I choose a site just north of Wat Po, an old temple from the   (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Richard Corvo 
 Article Title :: In Search of the Great Australian Novel
What was the funniest novel of the 20th century? Christopher Hitchens recently pondered that question in the course of awarding the palm to Lucky Jim. I want to ask a more modest question. What is the funniest novel of the 21st century -- this brand-new, post-9/11 century that already shows so many promising signs of being even more fouled-up than the last? To anybody who has read A Dancing Bear, that vast and rowdy tale of love, post-modernity, serial murder and terrorism, the answer won't be in any doubt. Unfortunately almost nobody has read it. To date the book has only been published online. Its author, who variously calls himself Mark Osher, David Free an  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Michael Cooper 
 Article Title :: Charles Dickens - A Biography - English Literature
There is something about Charles Dickens' imaginative power that defies explanation in purely biographical terms. Nevertheless, his biography shows the source of that power and is the best place to begin to define it.The second child of John and Elizabeth Dickens, Charles was born on February 7, 1812, near Portsmouth on England's south coast. At that time John Dickens was stationed in Portsmouth as a clerk in the Navy Pay Office. The family was of lower-middle-class origins, John having come from servants and Elizabeth from minor bureaucrats. Dickens' father was vivacious and generous but had an unfortunate tendency to live beyond his means. his mother was affectionate and rather i  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Michael Cooper 
 Article Title :: Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - English Literature Essay
Charles Dickenn's Great Expectations is a story about a boy, Philip Pirrip, who comes to a point in his life where his life changes drastically from the way it was when he was growing up. Whenever this change occurs, he does his best not to let people know about his past life where he was just a common boy. Throughout the novel, Dickens points out how people sometimes lead two lives that they want to keep separate.The change in Pip's life is characterized in several ways. First of all, there is a physical change, when he moves to London. That just accentuates the difference between the two ³lives. Before, he lived in a small town that was near some marshes, both of which refl  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Vincent Carlucci 
 Article Title :: Mermaid Mythology - Origins
I think that people who are unfamiliar with mermaid stories will be surprised by them. Most probably think that the mermaid is a passive, vulnerable creature like the mermaid in the movie "Splash". Nothing could be further from the truth. These are powerful beings with strong personalities. In various legends they cause storms, sink ships and drown the crews, cure illness, foretell the future and, of course, bewitch men.The origin of the mermaid reveals the source of their strength: they were goddesses – and important ones at that. In the oldest religions the creator god is usually a goddess. Later goddesses are often associated with fertility which is another form of the power o  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Susanne Pacher 
 Article Title :: Coming Up: Sue Kenney and the Camino De Santiago: Pilgrim, Best-Selling Author & Workshop Designer
In October of last year I attended a presentation at the Spanish Centre in Toronto, entitled "Camino de Santiago", an event to which I had brought 6 of my friends who I throught would enjoy this topic. I enjoyed that evening very much and I was intrigued by the speaker, Sue Kenney, who is a very unusual individual. Sue has a very special, spiritual energy and her inner peace, strength and confidence radiate visibly. The event impressed me so much that I wrote about it in an earlier article.During the last few years, I had heard of the Camino de Santiago, Spain's most famous pilgrimage route, and although I am not formally religious, I found the idea of a month- long pilgrimage on f  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Susanne Pacher 
 Article Title :: Coming Up - An Interview with Jerry Gain - European Tour Expert and Urban Visionary
Human connections are strange sometimes. Through a friend of a friend I heard about Jerry, who lives just about 5 minutes from me. I heard that, through his company A Perfect Tour, he runs specialized unique tours to places like Tuscany and Greece, and I also heard that he is involved in an initiative to revitalize Toronto's Waterfront, something that the citizens of Toronto have waited decades for to come to fruition.So I thought I'd track Jerry down to do an interview with him and sure enough, last week, he was able to squeeze in an hour long meeting with me in his packed appointment calendar.Jerry filled me in on the fact that through his job with Air Canada he got connec  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Susanne Pacher 
 Article Title :: Coming Up: My Friend Carol - Expert on Istanbul
One of the things I like to do on my website is shine the spotlight on regular people like you and me who have chosen to do something a little unusual with their time and who have managed to live a unique cross-cultural experience.So one of these special people is my friend Carol, a multi-talented highschool teacher, who, as I recently found out, is also an accomplished painter and pianist.During the mid-nineties Carol decided to take a few years off and she went off to Turkey to teach English and Mathematics in a school in Istanbul. After all was said and done, Carol had lived for 7 years in Istanbul, thoroughly gotten to know Turkish culture and created a network of intern  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Susanne Pacher 
 Article Title :: Coming Up: An Interview with Gail Morse from Big Apple Greeters - New York City's Greeters
Big Apple Greeters is an organization of local New York City volunteers that give their personal time to out-of-town visitors and show them around local neighbourhoods and sites. I have just had a chance to connect with Gail Morse, the organization's Director of Marketing and Public Relations and Marketing, who will be able to answer some of my questions about the Greeter program in the next few weeks.The information on the Big Apple Greeter website states that "Big Apple Greeter's mission is to enhance New York City's worldwide image and enrich the New York Experience by connecting Visitors with knowledgeable and enthusiastic Volunteers. The mission was created to accomplish the f  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Susanne Pacher 
 Article Title :: Presenting: Dr. Rajiv Arya, My Cool Dentist
When your eyes are open you tend to find wonderful and extraordinary people right around you. My dentist, Dr. Rajiv Arya, is one of those indivdiuals. Whenever I go to have my teeth checked we end up having a very deep conversation, and I always marvel at what Dr. Arya is involved in. Not only is he a practicing dentist and a practicing lawyer, Dr. Arya has volunteered his time and expertise in places like India, Malawi, Zambia, and of course, Canada. He is one of the most multi-faceted individuals I know. Without further ado, here he is: Dr. Arya:1. Please tell us a little bit about your personal and educational background.I am married and have a little daughter of 22 month  (read full article)
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