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Posts on 03/20/19

Mussolini and Arming Franco

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 03/20/19 4:09 am) Captivating points from Ángel Viñas (March 19th) and excellent comments by JE. I have, however, some doubts as to whether Ángel will have the last laugh, as according to wel ...

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Carnival Culture in Andalusia

(John Heelan, UK, 03/20/19 3:14 am) Enrique Torner (17 March) mentioned Jerome Mintz's book on carnival culture in Cádiz.  As part of my researching the culture of Andalusia, I became fascinated with Carnaval as ...

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Posts on 03/19/19

What Is the "Deep State"?

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 03/19/19 10:45 am) After Eugenio Battaglia mentioned the "Deep State of corporations, various agencies, the arms industry, big oil companies, and lobbies which rule," John Eipper (March 17th) asked about the m ...

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Dick Dale, Legendary Surf Guitarist, Dies at 81

(David Duggan, USA, 03/19/19 4:34 am) I've neither lectured in nor engaged in untoward activities in a sauna, preferring the extra humidity of a steam bath (I could tell some stories but they are probably not WAISworthy). But if you&# ...

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Sisu: The Finnish Way (from Gary Moore)

(John Eipper, USA, 03/19/19 4:15 am) Gary Moore writes: The very effective nations-compared WAIS thread on Finland (begun, I think, by Tor Guimaraes and others, then wonderfully expanded by Cameron Sawy ...

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Mussolini`s Foreign Policy: A Gangster Regime

(Angel Vinas, Belgium, 03/19/19 3:49 am) With regard to the discussion on Mussolini and his role in the greatness or smallness of Italy I would like to add a point.  (See Luciano Dondero and Eugenio Battaglia, 17-18 March.) ...

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Posts on 03/18/19

Finland`s Tango Mania

(Leo Goldberger, USA, 03/18/19 12:22 pm) Perhaps a little-known feature of Finland is the unexpected popularity of the Tango (see link for an upcoming tango festival there): http://www.maail ...

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Fast Finns: Bottas, Raikkonen (from Ric Mauricio)

(John Eipper, USA, 03/18/19 11:49 am) Ric Mauricio writes: On the subject of Finns, congratulations to Valtteri Bottas for winning the Australian GP yesterday, the first race of the season. My favorite driver, Kimi Raikko ...

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Lecturing in a Sauna

(John Heelan, UK, 03/18/19 4:30 am) John E asked about my experience of lecturing in a Finnish sauna. The dress code was a towel strategically placed to maintain modesty. However, I had problems using flip charts as they soon got ...

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Finland`s Sauna Culture

(Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 03/18/19 4:18 am) A good introduction to Finnish sauna culture is here: https://www.visitfinland.com/article/10-sauna-tips-for-beginners ...

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