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Archives for March, 2011

My View on the Romanian History and Culture

Ancient Times The space that is now known as Romania (generally marked by the Carpathian Mountains, the Danube and the Black Sea) has been a multicultural melting pot from Antiquity, long before its existence as a national state. The original inhabitants of the land were the Dacians (part of the Thracian cultural family, a very […]

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The Penny Illustrated Paper: Cheap but Chic

For about half a century, Londoners were given the possibility to get a week’s worth of entertainment for only one dime. This was The Penny Illustrated Paper. Born in 1861 after the Repeal of Paper Duties act, and with slight name changes – but nothing important enough to alter its identity, it was one the […]

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Harlequin and the PIP Ep. 5: Witnessing the Pantos

Pantomime, as a direct institutionalized descendent of the marketplace carnivalesque, is very much celebrated and applauded in the pages of the P.I.P., from the beginnings of the Penny Illustrated Paper, towards the last couple of decades of the nineteenth century. This ritual of folklore laughter, a very much controlled chaos gathers children and parents in […]

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House of Blues

Where there’s plenty of bad news, which the lost girl at the Honky Tonk piano wails about, tearing your heart out, as she sings her tales of a cold and heartless world, amidst the drunken toasts, smary jokes, cigarette smoke, asking what can you do when no one follows the Golden rule?  Or where can you […]

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Harlequin and the PIP Ep. 4: The PIP Likes Carnivals

Why did the P.I.P. like carnivals so much?

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