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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is:
“Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year“
Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.
I used to post them on my then widely read but now defunct “Popes and Papacy” blog.
The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.
This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.
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It is in Spanish (but should NOT be too hard to follow).
October 2017 for COMPARISON.
Copyright of this beautiful document belongs to Br. César J. Tobón.
This is an update to the October 2017 chart. As always meticulously done. Enjoy.
We also have the October 2016 version, if you want to track the changes by year.
Click here to download the 2018 image as a small (clean) PDF.
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October 2018 ‘National Geographic’.
‘Threatened by the Outside World’ article — page 42.
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Classic and classical! Vintage National Geographic tribal topless from the 1950s. Cracked me up. As soon as I saw the article I had a sneaking feeling that National Geographic will include some Tribal Topless. I was right. Very blatant. No attempt to disguise it or make it less obvious. Right in your face.
First topless in National Geographic since the March 2018 issue — and the picture there was from a 1965 issue.
The last proper tribal topless was in the June 2016 issue. I had been concerned that National Geographic will stop the tribal topless now that ultra-conservative ‘Fox News‘ owns 73% of the ‘society’. Guess I need not have worried.
But, then there is also this. In March 2018 National Geographic apologized for its racist coverage of ‘bare chested exotics’ — i.e., tribal topless pictures. What fun. What hypocrisy.
Gallery of the National Geographic topless pictures since 2014.
Search ‘Geographic’ or ‘topless’.
This is quite the movie! Wow. Very moving. It sucks you right in.
Never heard of the movie or Maud Lewis, which it is about. But, I am glad I downloaded it.
Amazing story. I like a plain but bold paintings. Very inspirational. She was always happy and smiling despite all of her obvious adversity and setbacks.
“Waking Ned Devine” Trailer (on YouTube).
Very funny. Very watchable. Classic British comedy with touches of the 1960s — 1970s “Dad’s Army” — but definitely more reminiscent of 1998 “Waking Ned Devine” (though alas without any nudity involving the backsides of scrawny old men).
It was on Starz (which we got free from DISH for 3 months) and I recorded it. Glad I did. We enjoyed it. Yes, a bit corny and a tad predictable — but it is said to be based on a true story. So, I guess they had to stay somewhat close to the actual events, even at the risk of it been not-as-dramatic if it was purely fictional. Great cast of characters. Try and watch it. I am sure you will enjoy it.
“Golden Years” Movie (2016) — Old-School British Comedy, Understated, Dry Wit But Amusing Throughout.
The Full Movie is on YouTube for $3.99
This is the Trailer.
Found this on our ‘Acorn TV‘ channel (on the Roku 3) yesterday. Looked promising and it had the potential of being another ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Well, it isn’t as funny — but I don’t think it ever tried to be that funny. The beauty of this movie is the dry wit; understated British humor, with a lot of subtle ‘nudge, nudge‘, ‘wink, wink‘. If you are into British humor you will know, at once, what I am talking about. It is an amusing yarn, slightly predictable — but that is part of the charm.
It is set mainly in Bristol. That was nostalgic for I. I have spent a LOT of time in Bristol in the 1970s. Kind of a second home. This film has one of the most exquisite images of the Clifton Suspension Bridge I have ever seen. I had to rewind it and watch it again, it was that exquisite.
If you like British humor you should watch this. Available on YouTube. Enjoy.