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Dublin Sodas 12 Oz Bottles (Pack of 6) (Dublin Vintage Cola)
Dublin Sodas 12 Oz Bottles (Pack of 6) (Dublin Vintage Cola)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - I wonder how they do it., July 26, 2015
My mind says this is not the original Coca-Cola. But my taster says, yes, yes.

Bottled under the authority of Dublin Bottling Works dot com (the Dr. Pepper guys). It contains pure cane sugar (it no longer says the Imperial brand of sugar).

Very low sodium. This stuff fizzes quite well when encountering crystal clear ice cubes.

If you look close on the bottle you can see a best by date.

This critter is a good rival for Mexican coke however falls short of Belgian Coca-Cola that uses citric acid instead of phosphoric acid.

This is what my fridge is full of and I consume a bottle for just about every meal.

Try some of the other Dublin flavors it is like tasting history.

The Iliad: A New Translation by Peter Green
The Iliad: A New Translation by Peter Green
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ground is dark with blood, July 25, 2015
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With many books, translations are negligible, with two obvious exceptions, one is the Bible, and surprisingly the other is The Iliad. Each translation can give a different insight and feel to the story. Everyone will have a favorite. I have several.

For example:

"Rage--Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles,
Murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death so many souls,
great fighters’ souls. But made their bodies carrion,
feasts for dogs and birds,
and the will of Zeus was moving towards its end.
Begin, Muse, when the two first broke and clashed,
Agamemnon lord of men and brilliant Achilles."
-Translated by Robert Fagles, 1990

“Sing, O Goddess, the anger of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a heroes did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures for so were the counsels of Zeus fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles first fell out with one another.”
-Translated by Samuel Butler, 1888

Sing, Goddess, Achilles’ rage,
Black and murderous, that cost the Greeks
Incalculable pain pitched countless souls
Of heroes into Hades’ dark,
And let their bodies rot as feasts
For dogs and birds, as Zeus’ will was done.
Begin with the clash between Agamemnon—
The Greek Warlord—and godlike Achilles.”
-Translated by Stanley Lombardo, 1997

“Anger be now your song, immortal one,
Akhilleus’ anger, doomed and ruinous,
that caused the Akhaians loss on bitter loss
and crowded brave souls into the undergloom,
leaving so many dead men—carrion
for dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done.
Begin it when the two men first contending
broke with one another—
the Lord Marshal Agamémnon, Atreus’ son, and Prince Akhilleus.”
-Translated by Translated by Robert Fitzgerald, 1963

“Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son of Achilleus and its devastation, which puts pains thousandfold upon the Achains,
hurled in the multitudes to the house of Hades strong souls of heroes, but gave their bodies to be the delicate feasting of dogs, of all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished since that time when first there stood the division of conflict Atrecus’ son the lord of men and brilliant Achilleus.”
–Translated by Richmond Lattimore, 1951

“Sing, goddess, of Peleus’ son Achilles’ anger, ruinous, that caused the Greeks untold ordeals, consigned to Hades countless valiant souls, heroes, and left their bodies prey for dogs or feast for vultures. Zeus’s will was done from when those two first quarreled and split apart, the king, Agamemnon, and matchless Achilles.”
-Translated by Herbert Jordan, 2008

“An angry man-there is my story: the bitter rancor of AchillÍs, prince of the house of Peleus, which brought a thousand troubles upon the Achaian host. Many a strong soul it sent down to HadÍs, and left the heroes themselves a prey to the dogs and carrion birds, while the will of God moved on to fulfillment.”
-Translated and transliterated by W.H.D. Rouse, 1950

“Achilles’ wrath, to Greece the direful spring
Of woes unnumber’d, heavenly goddess, sing!
That wrath which hurl’d to Pluto’s gloomy reign
The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain;
Whose limbs unburied on the naked shore,
Devouring dogs and hungry vultures tore.
Since great Achilles and Atrides strove,
Such was the sovereign doom,
and such the will of Jove!”
-Translated by Alexander Pope, 1720

“Achilles sing, O Goddess! Peleus’ son;
His wrath pernicious, who ten thousand woes
Caused to Achaia’s host, sent many a soul
Illustrious into Ades premature,
And Heroes gave (so stood the will of Jove)
To dogs and to all ravening fowls a prey,
When fierce dispute had separated once
The noble Chief Achilles from the son
Of Atreus, Agamemnon, King of men.”
-Translated by William Cowper, London 1791

“Achilles’ baneful wrath – resound, O goddess – that impos’d
Infinite sorrow on the Greeks, and the brave souls loos’d
From beasts heroic; sent them far, to that invisible cave*
That no light comforts; and their limbs to dogs and vultures gave:
To all which Jove’s will give effect; from whom the first strife begun
Betwixt Atrides, king of men, and Thetis’ godlike son*”
-Translated by George Chapman, 1616

“The Rage of Achilles—sing it now, goddess, sing through me
the deadly rage that caused the Achaeans such grief
and hurled down to Hades the souls of so many fighters,
leaving their naked flesh to be eaten by dogs
and carrion birds, as the will of Zeus was accomplished.
Begin at the time when bitter words first divided
that king of men, Agamemnon, and godlike Achilles.”
-Translated by Stephen Mitchell

“Sing now, goddess, the wrath of Achilles the scion of Peleus,
ruinous rage which brought the Achaians uncounted afflictions;
many of the powerful souls it sent to the dwelling of Hades,
those of the heroes, and spoil for the dogs it made it their bodies,
plunder for the birds, and the purpose of Zeus was accomplished__”
-Translated by Rodney Merrill

“Sing, goddess, the anger of Achilles, Peleus’ son,
the accused anger which brought the Achaeans countless
agonies and hurled many mighty shades of heroes into Hades,
causing them to become the prey of dogs
and all kinds of birds; and the plan of Zeus was fulfilled.”
-Translated by Anthony Verity
Antony does not attempt to be poetic. The line numbers are close to the original.

“Of Peleus’ son, Achilles, sing, O Muse,
The vengeance, deep and deadly; whence to Greece
Unnumbered ills arose; which many a soul
Of mighty warriors to the viewless shades
Ultimately sent; they on the battle plain
Unburied lay, to rav’ning dogs,
And carrion birds; but had Jove decreed,”
-Translated by Edward Smith-Stanly 1862

“Sing, Goddess of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus-
that murderous anger witch condemned Achaeans
to countless agonies and threw many warrior souls
deep into Hades, leaving their dead bodies
carrion food for dogs and birds-
all in the fulfillment of the will of Zeus”
- Translated by Professor Ian Johnston, British Columbia 2006

“The rage, sing O goddess, of Achilles, son of Peleus,
The destructive anger that brought ten-thousand pains to the
Achaeans and sent many brave souls of fighting men to the house
of Hades and made their bodies a feast for dogs
and all kinds of birds. For such was the will of Zeus.”
- Translated by Barry B. Powell

“Wrath, goddess, sing of Achilles Pēleus’s son’s calamitous wrath, which hit the Achaians countless ills many the valiant souls it saw off down to Hādēs, souls of heroes, their selves left as carrion for dogs and all birds of prey, and the plan of Zeus was fulfilled from the first moment those two men parted in fury, Atreus’s son, king of men, and the godlike Achilles.”
-Translated by Peter Green

“Sing, goddess, the wrath of Achilles Peleus' son, the ruinous wrath that brought on the Achaians woes innumerable, and hurled down into Hades many strong souls of heroes, and gave their bodies to be a prey to dogs and all winged fowls; and so the counsel of Zeus wrought out its accomplishment from the day when first strife parted Atreides king of men and noble Achilles.”
- Translated by Andrew Lang, M.A., Walter Leaf, Litt.D., And Ernest Myers, M.A.
Books I. - IX. . . . . W. Leaf.
" X. - XVI. . . . . A. Lang.
" XVII. - XXIV. . . . . E. Myers.

Another translation is by Ennis Samuel Rees, Jr. (March 17, 1925 – March 24, 2009)

Greek Latin
——- ——-
Zeus. Jupiter.
Hera. Juno.
(Pallas) Athene. Minerva.
Aphrodite. Venus.
Poseidon. Neptune.
Ares. Mars.
Hephaestus. Vulcan.

You will find that some translations are easier to read but others are easier to listen to on recordings, lectures, Kindle, and the like. If you do not see information on specific translators, it is still worth the speculation and purchase. Right after the translation readability and understanding, do not overlook the introduction which gives an inset to what you are about to read.

The Stephen Mitchell translation goes though each of the major characters so well that you think you know them before you starts reading. Other introductions explain the struggle between different types of power. Rodney Merrill’s 28 page introduction focuses on singing.

The Peter green translation is easy to read. It is almost a transliteration. However it is the all the scholarly supplemental information that give worth to his contribution.

The Oxford University Press Barry B. Powell has an extensive introduction with real “MAPS”. Also there is information of the finder Schliemann. We even get annotation on the meaning being conveyed.

Our story takes place in the ninth year of the ongoing war. We get some introduction to the first nine years but they are just a background to this tale of pride, sorrow and revenge. The story will also end abruptly before the end of the war.

We have the wide conflict between the Trojans and Achaeans over a matter of pride; the gods get to take sides and many times direct spears and shields.

Although the more focused conflict is the power struggle between two different types of power. That of Achilles, son of Peleus and the greatest individual warrior and that of Agamemnon, lord of men, whose power comes form position.

We are treated to a blow by blow inside story as to what each is thinking and an unvarnished description of the perils of war and the search for ArÍte (to be more like Aries, God of War.)

[[ASIN:B000TGGJKU Troy - The Director's Cut [Blu-ra

BLACKHAWK! Empty Ammunition Canister, Green, 30 Cal
BLACKHAWK! Empty Ammunition Canister, Green, 30 Cal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utility, July 25, 2015
This sturdy container is very useful for a number of purposes. I use one as a portable tool box. I also have one I the car for an emergency kit with flare, basic tools, and a first aid kit. I even use one to carry ammo.

This container also makes for great storage. Even though this container is watertight, the only caution is not to store it where rust can be promoted over years with out checking the contents. Mean while this container can also be used as a fashion statement for knitters or as a conversation piece. Do not use it as a lunch box as it will make others nervous.

The Day of the Triffids, Penguin Books No. 993
The Day of the Triffids, Penguin Books No. 993
by John Wyndham
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Sci-Fi writer, July 25, 2015
John Wyndham wrote several unique Sci-Fi books. Many made movies god or bad. That is how I found Him through several of the films one of which is "The Day of the Triffids."

I find the writing unique and intriguing. At first H.G. Wells appeared to be that way but later you can see his politics creeping through. John Wyndham may have an agenda as he describes human nature in this book but it enhances and does not overwhelm the story.

The story is of course a, "what would you do in a situation", which is pretty much the end of the world as we know it. It is a much more plausible story than the movies display in their adjustment.

Readers may have a wide range of what they like or dislike about the story but all agree on the author as well worth reading.

Wyndham also wrote "The Midwich cuckoos." Another end of world scenario.

Just a warning do not leave this book anywhere near your house plants.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power Home Pro, 8 Count Box
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power Home Pro, 8 Count Box
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes more time thinking about cleaning than cleaning, July 24, 2015
These critters (Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power Home Pro) are very versatile in cleaning projects.

I used them for many functions such as the shower floor that repels most cleaning products and brushes.

My favorite use is to remove sticky labels on discount books without scraping through the covers.

I have not paid much attention to how fast the eraser disintegrates as I am more interested in the end result.

The Guns of August Publisher: Ballantine Books
The Guns of August Publisher: Ballantine Books
by Barbara W. Tuchman
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reveals the nature of August in an intriguing way, July 23, 2015
It is okay to read Barbara Tuchman's books out of the order in which they were written. If you are starting here you definitely missed "Bible and Sword England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balflour", and "The Zimmermann Telegram" as a good background.

I have taken dry courses on WWI with the facts, numbers, and names. Some were very good with charts and diagrams. Some of the best explanations came from economics classes. However none of them put it all together as if you were reading a newspaper of the time until "The Guns of August."

Barbra brings out many facts and figures but mostly the personalities which seem at first an overwhelming amount of detail. Later you realize it is the detail that you missed in your history class.

Barbara has a way of making you feel that you shook hands with each of the key and not so key contributors to the creation of the environment of war and the people that dictated its nature and outcome.

You may find yourself re-reading this work periodically as you pick up different views through life and can reflect on what Barbra says in a new light.

I have to admit that somehow I missed some of the big things like "Plan 17." It was funny as when I was in the Army for the second time I went through BNOC where we had to stay up 36 hours and execute a different scenario every four hours. One of the scenarios was plan 17 where when you were up against an entrenched force that knew their territory so your only hope of success was to charge. If you lost momentum or tried to hide you were dead anyway. We won at only a casualty rate of 80%; the French faired pretty well on their first try also.

So in many cases this book can reflect on your life and the lives of others today.

I bought the hard copy of this book and also the Kindle edition with Whispersync. Usually the advantage of hardcopies are maps and charts. The Kindle edition had maps and charts that you consume in on. Whispersync also has its advantages; however you must be prepared for an overwhelmingly English accent.

The Weimar Years: A Culture Cut Short
The Weimar Years: A Culture Cut Short
by John Willett
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A culture cut short, July 23, 2015
The Weimar Years are explored mostly through pictures. We get to see what German artists can do when set free.

I usually see this era through UFA. However, there are other arts, artists and even politics of the time captured here to reflect on. On the other hand, maybe just a little nostalgia for the world we missed. Some of the films are Fitz Lang's "M", Marlene Dietrich's "The Blue Angle", and "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari."

Upsurge and aftermath 1918 -- 20
The turning point in 1921 -- 3
Sober reality 1924 -- 8
The culture of cities
Economy and backlash 1929 -- 33
Selective index of names, illustrations and credits

This is not an end-all be-all book of the more Republic but makes a good supplement to your library and occasionally you'll want to look back at the advertisements.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Loses something in hindsight, July 22, 2015
This review is from: Quatermass (DVD)
Years after the original mass stories, an older Professor Bernard Quatemass is searching for his estranged granddaughter.

It is easy to see why the ratings for this TV Quatemass. It looks like there was no effort at cleaning up the view. This leaves the original resolution that may add to the experience. The dialog seems stilted. Come on it is a TV teleplay; do you want Shakespeare? Ridicules environment; you got me there.

I was surprised to find Simon MacCorkindale who played Simon Doyle one year earlier in “Death on the Nile” plays Dr. Joe Kapp in four of the episodes. It took some time to recognize the actor with extra hair and a mustache.
In a ratty future (past) environment full of nasty people and corrupt governments a group of people seek a way out. They move to a circle of stones where they see the light. What does this mean? Purchas this series and find out.

For people that really want a product review this package has two DVD’s.
The first DVD is the complete four part series (including a positive end instead of a cliffhanger.

The second DVD is the same series chopped to half the time and called the Quatermass “Conclusion.” It also contains an interesting History Chanel documentary on Stone Hinge.

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Stewart, Amy (2013) Hardcover
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Stewart, Amy (2013) Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to flora history, July 21, 2015
I have a copy of "Wicked Plants" and though it could not get any better. Well this book might not be getter but a lot more information that helps with understanding economic history and planning gardens. If I do nothing but lounging on the veranda drinking mint julep watching the weeds grow in my half planted garden, at least this book is really entertaining.

I do not know haw Amy Stewart can pack so many unique detail in such a small book.

I saw a page on Tamarind and finally figured out what I have been drinking for years.

Helen Of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore by Hughes, Bettany (2013) Paperback
Helen Of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore by Hughes, Bettany (2013) Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the video first, then compelled to read the book., July 21, 2015
Bettany builds her view of Helen from various sources. Bettany is quit a good writer and so compelling that it is here Helen(s) that I have come to see as the real one(s).

The book has notes, lots of notes. We get color pictures and graphs. What's this even a timeline? Even a description of abbreviations. Related other works.

Helen of Troy~ Bettany Hughes

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