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    Arctic Explorer Gets Belated Recognition

    Wikimedia Commons When I took my family to the Orkney Islands of Scotland last year I saw this curious memorial in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. It’s for an Arctic explorer named John Rae. While the name struck a bell, I knew virtually nothing about him. Most people don’t, and that’s a shame. Rae grew up […] More

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    U.S. Navy Ship Goes On Display. . .In North Korea

    Michael Day It’s one of the most popular attractions in Pyongyang, North Korea, and with a new coat of paint it’s ready to attract more admiring crowds for a brainwashing display of jingoism. The USS Pueblo is a U.S. Navy spy ship captured by the North Korean Navy in 1968. While on an intelligence gathering […] More

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    Madrid Offers Up Great Summer Art Season

    Dalí, El gran masturbador, 1929 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, VEGAP, Madrid, 2013 Madrid is one of the best destinations in the world for art, and this summer its many museums and galleries are putting on an impressive array of temporary exhibitions. The blockbuster of the season is at the Reina Sofia, which is […] More