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In quintum Novembris: how Guy Fawkes inspired the literary world

Every year Britain “remembers, remembers the fifth of November“, as the old English verse chants. It is no wonder that more than 400 years after the facts took place, history and tradition of a very distant celebration are perceived in a different way as we adapt to time and tend, as a society, to modify the…

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Learning an Eastern language: 6 good reasons to give it a try

When it comes to learning a foreign language, Europe’s perspective is definitely less than far-sighted. English, French, German and Spanish are the most studied languages in Europe, and it makes sense, considering trade with neighbouring countries and a long-standing tradition which sees these languages expand their dominance throughout the world in past centuries. For the…

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On Babette’s Feast: food, history and other interpretations

Originally published in an English newspaper in 1950, “Babette’s Feast” would have its Danish version released within the next two years, finding its way into a properly released book in 1958, as part of a stories collection. The main plot is set in the Norwegian port town of Berlevåg, where a former chef of the…

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Is cultural independence on its way for Cornwall?

This week an unprecedented chance will be given to Scotland to become independent and end the Union with England, a state of things which was established in 1707, more than three centuries ago. Is this opportunity a once in a lifetime experience or will this, sooner or later, happen within the other States which form…