I took this picture on the way home from work yesterday because I simply love these magnificent round barns:
First built by the Shakers in 1824, round barns required
less lumber and bracing the frame. Construction was also
simplified, as no elaborate scaffolding was required for the
circular arched roof. The barns also proved more resilient against prairie
The barns pictured here were built around 1910 and are owned by the University of Illinois.
Vindaloo sounds very Indian, mainly because aloo is Hindi for potato, but the aloo in vindaloo has nothing to do with potatoes. Vindaloo comes from the Portuguese Vinho de Alho, a pork dish prepared with wine vinegar and garlic. The Portuguese brought this recipe with them to Goa, a small kingdom on the east coast of India,which was a Portuguese colony from the 16th century to 1961. In its Goan incarnation, vindaloo was prepared with traditional Indian spices such as cumin and chilis. In other words, it's fusion cuisine -- and I love it! The owners of my favorite Indian restaurant make great vindaloos, they speak Hindi, and their name is Rodrigues.
Historians have found that Britain's first Indian
restaurant was opened in 1809, in the midst of the Napoleonic wars and
during the period in which Austen set Pride and Prejudice.
The Hindoostane Coffee House was established by Sake Dean
Mahomed, an Indian-born entrepreneur, as a purveyor of Oriental food of
the "highest perfection" in Marylebone, London, which at the time was a
residential district for the well-off.
And he wonders about the cultural ramifications:
I can imagine how this story is going to change all those costume
dramas set in the early 19th Century: "Pray excuse me sir X, but I am
in urgent need of a chicken korma."
Anglican church leader in Baghdad has warned that Iraqi Christians
could be adversely affected by a Church of England bishops' report
criticizing the Iraq war and suggesting that Christians apologize to
"They've got to take seriously the Anglican churches in
these [Muslim] nations," the Church of England Newspaper quoted Canon
Andrew White as saying in its weekly edition published on Friday.
"The situation is dangerous on the ground and what is said in the U.K. has a profound effect," he added. . . .
is the rector of the St George's Memorial Church, Iraq's only Anglican
congregation. He is also a Church of England expert on issues regarding
reconciliation in the Middle East, and has been involved in conflict
resolution and hostage negotiations.
White noted with evident
dismay that the drafters of the report -- four leading Church of
England bishops-- had not contacted the Anglican bishop responsible for
Iraq, Clive Handford, whose area of responsibility includes Jerusalem,
Iraq, Iran, Egypt and the Gulf.
Read what these poobahs had to say while their pompous British asses were safely ensconsed in their gentlemen's clubs.
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