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I'll be moving to the London area soon to start a new job. The job is based in Watford. I'm fairly young (think late 20s to early 30s), and I'd like to get involved with social things, meet interesting people, and (most importantly) meet people I'd like to date. I think most of this stuff would happen in more central parts of London. So I don't know whether it would make more sense to live close to work or somewhere a bit more central (not right in the middle, as I'll be earning 25k). [more inside]
Spouse and I are scheduled to swear the Canadian citizenship oath next week. What should we know about life as Canadians that we might not have picked up in a decade living and working in urban Canada? [more inside]
In The US, Rush Limbaugh is #1 on the radio, and, until recently, Bill O'Reilly was #1 on TV. Fox News is by far the most watched cable "news" channel. And a host of gadflies--Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulous, etc--are regulars on the best-seller list and lecture circuit. Does England, and/or the UK writ-large, have right-wing media personalities and outlets on par (in terms of popularity and influence) with the United States Where do the English Defense League, UKIP, and Britain First turn for self-validating groupthink? [more inside]
Was listening to Greek public radio when I caught some of this dramatic spoken word reading (audio link) of a man and woman who sounded like they were on a 1960s record. Could only make out a couple of words like "tomorrow" and "freedom." Any ideas what this is?
Annual family day of obligation is this weekend and I've already decided I'm not engaging in discussions about national politics. However, I would like to be better prepared for the anti-Chicago comments I hear from people in my god-forsaken small downstate hometown. [more inside]
With Chris Cornell's sad death have come familiar calls to "end the silence" around suicide and mental illness. Intuitively, this suggestion seems to make sense. But is there data to support the idea that an increase in public discussion of mental health and suicide reduces the suicide rate? I'm taking about statistics, clinical studies, etc. [more inside]
When was this map made?
I love Alice Neel's work, especially her portraits of people living in Harlem. I'd love to have some of her work on my walls, but I can't afford them (only available in limited quantities from galleries.) Can anyone think of an artist with a similar style I might like? Unknown, emerging is fine, as are prints!
Is there a feminist case for breast augmentation or other cosmetic surgeries? ISO reading recommendations. [more inside]
This is a follow-up to my previous question. I have learned that the Ottawa Jazz Festival takes place while I am there. Any recommendations for shows to see, particularly the 23rd and 24th, especially ones that are suited to someone who knows very little about jazz? [more inside]
I am looking for encounters (or probable counters) between famous people in history who we don't think of as connected. Like Hitler going to school with Wittgenstein and then meeting Orson Welles as a young man. Particularly interested in encounters between those from very different cultures and historical traditions. Like Pontius Pilate meeting the Roman emperor Caligula (allegedly).
I'm really disappointed in my credit union right now after this discrimination incident. Notably, their response has been not much more than a lackluster press release. That led me to wonder... what examples are there of companies / businesses that really nail their response to this kind of incident? Because all my brain is coming up with are the terrible ones.
I would like to read interesting things (from anecdote to articles to studies) about if/how language development varies. Any and all cultures welcome. Thanks.
Ms. Bassomatic is considering a job in Bonn that would require a move from the States. We'd love to know a bit more about life there for an American family of four so we can make a faster, more informed decision. [more inside]
I want to learn and tell some of the traditional stories of my ancestors, and I'm looking for links or book references for Irish and English folktales and fairytales that do not revolve around the mating habits of royalty. [more inside]
So i just got into a totally heated and entirely data-less argument with my spouse wherein I spouted off the made-up statistic that more pizzas in the world are delivered by motorcycle than by car. [more inside]
I picked up this poster at an antique shop. It appears to be a joke about a fake auction sold at a curio shop called Bloch Mercantile in San Francisco around the 1920s. Is there anything else you can tell me about the shop, or about what this poster means? [more inside]
Has there been any writing on the orphan crisis after the American civil war? [more inside]
How did you go from "I'd like to have kids someday" to "today is the day we quit birth control?" [more inside]
I need a more gracious and graceful way to avoid shaking hands with other people. Most handshakes take place when meeting someone for the first time. I want to make as pleasant and likeable an impression as possible, and I don’t want to detract too much from the initial getting to know each other. [more inside]