John W Girkins

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Are You Being Persecuted This Christmas? Here's A Helpful Chart

It’s that time again.<p>Last week, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly launched his annual offensive against the alleged “War On Christmas.”<p>For some conservative Christians like O’Reilly, changing “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” is a sign that it is somehow becoming harder for Christians to practice …

Poll: Young people appear more tolerant, open and happy with modern Britain

A recent survey by YouGov, for Business for New Europe, indicates that teenagers have markedly more positive views towards Europe and the free …

Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

The British voter is a strange beast: both excitable and cautious, radical and conservative, resigned and optimistic. This book wants to get under …

Why IDS is still in his job is revealing of Conservative attitudes to social security

When Andrew Lansley’s health reforms ran into trouble – and his inability to take with him the public or those working in the NHS proved toxic – …

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Porn protest: Mass 'facesitting' and sex simulation to take place outside Parliament

Hundreds of people are planning to simulate sexual acts outside Westminster, in a mass protest against new UK porn laws this Friday. Radhika Sanghani reports<p>More than 500 people are expected to sit on each other’s faces and simulate sexual acts outside Parliament this week.<p>The <b>#PornProtest</b> will use …

David Cameron visits Auschwitz: 'The darkest chapter of human history'

The Prime Minister visits the concentration camp where over a million died<p>It was outside one of Auschwitz's first gas chambers that David Cameron paused to put into words what he had seen on his first ever visit to the concentration camp.<p>To his left was the door through which tens of thousands of …

Rome’s 6 Must-Eat Dishes

You’ll hear it again and again: There is no such thing as Italian food. Cuisine across Italy is so regional, in fact, that you’ll see entirely …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

No Joke: Venice Is Banning All Wheeled Suitcases for Tourists

<i>We might be seeing a lot more boats carrying bags in Venice next year. (Photo: Graeme Churchard/Flickr)</i><p>Here’s bad news for visitors to Venice, and …

Roman Colosseum to be rebuilt for cultural events, concerts

<i>Italy's culture minister gives the green light for cultural events once again being held within the historic arena</i><p>Two millennia after sword-wielding …

The Colosseum Is Everything It's Cracked Up To Be

For some reason, people like to sleep in while they're on vacation. And sure, I do that sometimes, too. But not while in Italy. When I was in Rome earlier this year, I made sure to wake up early enough to find The Colosseum at sunrise. And I'm glad I gave myself time.<p>I woke up and walked out of the …

How Italy became a country, in one animated map

From the year 568 AD all the way until the late 19th century, Italy was divided. Measured on this time scale, the movement to unify Italy — dating from about 1815 to 1870 — happened at light speed. The story, told in this really neat animated map, is fascinating. It also gives an interesting …

December 8: Festa dell'Immacolata and Christmas Decorations

Papal mace points to education's true purpose, Scottish bishop says

Presentation of the Papal Mace to St. Andrews University, Nov. 30, 2014. Credit: Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.<p>The presentation of a …

Unexpected row over Jim Murphy's Catholic faith

The moderator-elect of the Free Church Rev David Robertson claimed in his blog that the Labour MP for East Renfrewshire had been continually targeted …

Pope Francis has made a definitive contribution to the European debate

The European Union is withering because it has uprooted itself, he says: unless it returns to God, its institutions are finished<p>I begin these few …

How to make Italian malfatti – recipe

Malfatti, broadly speaking, translates from the Italian as "badly formed", but they're not deserving of their name. These little gnocchi-like morsels – all dimpled and vivid green – are just perfect.<p>My children love pasta for supper - in common with households around the country, dried pasta is a …

8 Real Italian Dishes You Should Order Instead Of The American Knockoffs

When Americans think of Italian food, they tend to think of pepperoni pizza, garlic bread, and chicken Parmesan. But all of those dishes are actually Italian-American hybrid foods created by Italian immigrants who were cooking with U.S. ingredients.<p>In other words, what we think of as "classic …

Italian-Style Grilled Octopus Recipe

<b>Note:</b> Once you have your cooked, tender octopus, you need to let it rest and come to room temperature, and you can even refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before grilling as well. For me, the smoky flavor of a charcoal or wood grill is what gives grilled octopus its unique flavor, but you can use a …

Readers Recommend: Le Argille villa in Tuscany, Italy

Our extended family of 12 adults and children just returned from a week in Tuscany, Italy, where we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at a private villa in the small town of Strada in Chianti. It sits on a hillside overlooking the Tuscan hills, with extensive grounds, an infinity swimming …

Road Trip: Amalfi Coast, Italy

Wind your way through the villages, beaches, and mountains of Italy's most scenic stretch of coastline.<p>The Costiera Amalfitana, or Amalfi Coast, is widely considered Italy's most scenic stretch of coastline, a landscape of towering bluffs, pastel-hued villages terraced into hillsides, precipitous …

Several killed in Italy flash flood

Four people were killed and around 20 more were injured when a violent downpour caused a flash flood in northen Italy late on Saturday.<p>Water swept through a summer festival near the town of Refrontolo, about 50 kilometres north of Venice.<p>Several people remain missing.<p>About 100 people had gathered …

UPDATE 4-NATO chief urges Russia to pull back troops, step back from the brink | Reuters

* NATO chief accuses Russia of “reckless” policy in Ukraine<p>* Support for rebels growing in “scale and sophistication”<p>* Ukrainians lose more soldiers in overnight fighting<p>* Rebels down warplane and helicopter (Adds downing of helicopter paras 5,6,7)<p>By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk<p>KIEV, Aug 7 …

Russia Moves to Ban Parmesan Cheese as Black Smoke Billows Over Kiev Again | VICE News

Plumes of black smoke once again billowed over Kiev’s Independence Square this morning and metro stations were closed, as the last of the anti-government demonstrators camped out there made fires and built new barricades in a bid to stop the remnants of their tent city from being cleared by local …

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There are many paths to a smart home. And that’s the problem.

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock<p><b>How many companies does it take to connect a light bulb?</b><i><br>Why connect the light when you can connect the</i> …

Off The Beaten Path Italy: Reggio Emilia by DJ Yabis

Remember when I crashed at the Blogville apartment in Bologna after I got some tan in the Tuscan Riviera? Well after that, we went on a day trip from …

3 Reasons I Will Never Leave Italy

The title is probably an exaggeration. I most likely will live in the United States again. Statistically, very few expats live out their lives in a foreign country. Most, eventually, find their way back to the land of their birth.<p>So let me just say that these are the top three reasons that I can't …

Pope condemns loansharking as slump in Italy boosts usury | Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned loansharking, which is on the rise in Italy as families and businesses struggle to make ends meet, as an inhuman social scourge that has to be combated.<p>Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his general audience in Saint Peter's …