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    'All was dark skied and hazy, and small chips of rain were starting to fall'.

    The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.

    Great book, btw, made me cry :(.
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    yes, i was there two years ago - ano, byl/byla jsem tam pred dvema roky

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    "Ionia, the islands, and the Greek mainland would have all been occupied as a Western satrapy of Persia."

    Carnage and Cultures by Victor Davis Hanson in the chapter on Salamis.
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    LOL !

    "The popularity of Hungary as a tourist destination has steadily grown in recent years."

    Hong Kong and Macau EU Yearbook 2009

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    "The government as a whole was opposed to further costly construction, but the matter was now being aired to the public, and all parties within the government were seen to be squabbling over which path they should take. "

    British Battleships 1889-1904 R.A. Burt (1988)

    Sounds familiar
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    "At last, aftermore than a millenium of azial revelations, Ishmael's progeny had been chosen to recite the truths that superseded the gospels of Zarathustra, Abraham, Moses, Mani & Jesus."

    God's Crucible: Islam & the making of Europe, 570-1215 D.L.Lewis (2008).


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    "The British Infantry became hugely adept at this system of fire control: time after time their disciplined volleys won the day in Marlborough's battles."

    The Makeing of the British Army (from the English civil war to the war on terror)
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    Should raw analytical data ever be passed to policy makers?

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    He passed along Klan information to the assistant attorney general of Georgia, an established Klan buster.

    {Freakonomics, Levitt & Dubner}

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    This is a fun old thread.

    The most typical example of a fuel whose combustion in a composition can be partly due to combination with atmospheric oxygen is magnesium.

    Principles of Pyrotechnics

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    "Hillary had said "I'm going to Arkansas to marry Bill Clinton."

    The Seduction of Hillary Rodham, by David Brock, 1996
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    "Freese quickly reviewed what he had learned about the mysterious syndrome"..

    Deadly Medicine
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    Should raw analytical data ever be passed to policy makers?

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    Ready for a doozie?

    "If the latter possess native sagacity, and a nameless something more - let us call it intuition; if he show no intrusive egotism, nor disagreeably prominent characteristics of his own; if he have the power, which must be born with him, to bring his mind into such affinity with his patients' that this last shall unawares have spoken what he imagines himself only to have thought; if such revelations be received without tumult, and acknowledged not so often by an uttered sympathy as by silence, an inarticulate breath, and here and there a word, to indicate that all is understood; if to these qualifications of a confidant be joined the advantages afforded by his recognized character as a physician - then, at some inevitable moment will the soul of the sufferer be dissolved, and flow forth in a dark but transparent stream, bringing all its mysteries into the daylight"

    The Scarlet Letter
    Nathaniel Hawthorne.

    Sweet Jesus, but this is one of the worst books I've ever read. I can usually read over a page a minute, sometimes even 2 pages a minute. It took me almost an hour and a half to read 40 pages. I now read it in chapters, 10 page groupings or so, and I still need to struggle with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigross86 View Post
    Ready for a doozie?

    "If the latter possess native sagacity, and a nameless something more - let us call it intuition; if he show no intrusive egotism, nor disagreeably prominent characteristics of his own; if he have the power, which must be born with him, to bring his mind into such affinity with his patients' that this last shall unawares have spoken what he imagines himself only to have thought; if such revelations be received without tumult, and acknowledged not so often by an uttered sympathy as by silence, an inarticulate breath, and here and there a word, to indicate that all is understood; if to these qualifications of a confidant be joined the advantages afforded by his recognized character as a physician - then, at some inevitable moment will the soul of the sufferer be dissolved, and flow forth in a dark but transparent stream, bringing all its mysteries into the daylight"

    The Scarlet Letter
    Nathaniel Hawthorne.

    Sweet Jesus, but this is one of the worst books I've ever read. I can usually read over a page a minute, sometimes even 2 pages a minute. It took me almost an hour and a half to read 40 pages. I now read it in chapters, 10 page groupings or so, and I still need to struggle with it.
    an example of "what doesn't kill you will make you stronger" - reminds me of college - oh thats why you are reading this "jewel"
    "If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees.
    If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children."

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    Trust me, it's not out of choice...
    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

    Abusing Yellow is meant to be a labor of love, not something you sell to the highest bidder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigross86 View Post
    Ready for a doozie?

    "If the latter possess native sagacity, and a nameless something more - let us call it intuition; if he show no intrusive egotism, nor disagreeably prominent characteristics of his own; if he have the power, which must be born with him, to bring his mind into such affinity with his patients' that this last shall unawares have spoken what he imagines himself only to have thought; if such revelations be received without tumult, and acknowledged not so often by an uttered sympathy as by silence, an inarticulate breath, and here and there a word, to indicate that all is understood; if to these qualifications of a confidant be joined the advantages afforded by his recognized character as a physician - then, at some inevitable moment will the soul of the sufferer be dissolved, and flow forth in a dark but transparent stream, bringing all its mysteries into the daylight"

    The Scarlet Letter
    Nathaniel Hawthorne.

    Sweet Jesus, but this is one of the worst books I've ever read. I can usually read over a page a minute, sometimes even 2 pages a minute. It took me almost an hour and a half to read 40 pages. I now read it in chapters, 10 page groupings or so, and I still need to struggle with it.
    quite like mr. Marcel Proust. his hero Swann spends usually some 40 pages reminding what exactly was his former lover wearing in some summer morning some years ago, or what it feels to fall asleep...
    Swann's Way, by Marcel Proust
    If i only was so smart yesterday as my wife is today

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