When Wiki Won’t Work: The Vatican's Big "Oops!"

 Any typos in this article shall be blamed on the typist’s incessant giggling. The Vatican’s Secret Archives—arguably the world’s largest historical research institution—contains some 52 miles of shelves, on which are stored things known and unknown:  precious documents from the Middle Ages and earlier; manuscripts and artwork; papal bulls and stuccoed walls; letters from Michelangelo; Henry VIII’s Bill of Divorcement; original works by Thomas Aquinas; and so much more. In all, the Archives … [Read more...]

Vegemite and Hot Cross Buns: A Rose By Any Other Name

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. --Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) Today, my friends, two stories from the Land Down Under.In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, two young teenagers—Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet—meet and fall in love.   Their relationship is doomed from the start, since their families are enemies. Juliet tells her beloved Romeo that names are meaningless—that she loves the person who is called “Montague” and not his name and not … [Read more...]


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