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The Greater Hero: Poirot or Hercules?

By Rob Cain   To take the Ten labors of Hercules and write a Poirot story for each is an ambitious task.  Comparing the rotund, mustached slow-moving private detective who flexes his “little grey cells” more often than his leg muscles seems an odd comparison.  .  Agatha Christies first published this book back in 1939,…

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A short distance between artist and archaeologist

Running through Nicola White’s neighborhood is a portal to the past.  It leaves clues and remnants of past ages.  She has no need for time machines when the River Thames is accessible.  For generations the Thames has been the receptacle of generations of trash.  What man has thrown away in the Thames, has fallen to…

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Stealing Stonehenge

(Editor’s note*  The following is satire (the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues).   Stealing Stonehenge By Rob Cain SECRET EMAIL COPY (1 OF 4) To:  President of the Hellenic Republic (Πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής Δημοκρατίας)  Katerina…

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Torturing Day

Torturing Day By Rob Cain Begging is boring.  No one wants to talk to you. Pariah and outcast. You are nothing to them.  They don’t look at your face.  You are shadow.  A hand.  An open palm.  A taker.   Worthless street trash to be stepped around.  They speed up their step as soon as you…

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An Opinion on ‘Crazy Women’ by Rob Cain

The Bacchae was written by the Athenian playwright Euripides. (small blast of trumpets) It won first place in a city’s playwriting competition called the Dionysia. It is a tragedy, based on a myth of King Pentheus who slanders a god. In those days, you never slander a god. Do that, and bad things happen. To doubt that…

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An Opinion on Ancient Troy by Rob Cain

  (Editor’s Note:  The painting above is titled “The Procession of the Trojan Horse” by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo.  I had to look up the meaning of the words “Paladi Votum” written on the flank.  It means:  “An offering to Pallas Athena.”) (Small burst of trumpets) TROY. (pause) Illium (pause) An ancient city at Hissarlik, in present day Turkey. A powerful…

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I forgot my Tux for the Decades Ball

Bob Balaban Rebecca Hall RIchard Kind Reeve Carney Morgan Spector Reggie D. White Christopher Lloyd Alec Baldwin A Night to Remember By Rob Cain My cousin sent me a heads up.  It seems there is a yearly event called The Decades Ball, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, and since my tux…

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Outside Starbucks

I was sitting outside Starbucks today, and saw this lady with this interesting Teeshirt.  She was one of two conducting a leadership conference for entrepreneurs and she and her partner were handing out appreciation awards to their team.  They were about to break up and head over to “registration” when I stopped her for a…

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The Roman Centurion Speaks

Editor’s Note:  A note from Rob Cain (Stray thoughts).   I am told that in Kipling’s time of the RAJ, that there were Brits that stayed in India rather than return home.  Kipling himself, was born in India.  Though there are many similarities and differences between Imperial Britain and the Roman Empire, Kipling’s poem (below) has…

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My Goblin Therapist

A bit of therapeutic magic When a book is delivered all the way from Australia you pay attention. Receiving something from so far away is magical.  It came Air Mail, by Australian Post, not by a magical hawk or owl.  It is a small hand bound book printed on raw brown paper.  My Goblin Therapist…

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