5 Tips To Keep Happy ... Even In Wartime

Written by David Leonhardt

The world is going downhill faster than an Olympic skier. Terrorists lurk around every corner. Climate change will soon meltrepparttar tundra and turn Iowa into a desert. Frankenstein foods are floodingrepparttar 126040 market, cleverly masquerading as innocent potatoes and beets.

And everybody is planning a war.

Sadam wants to unleash unspeakable biological evils. George Bush II wants to unleash unimaginable military might. Germany and France want to just unleash. North Korea ... need I say more? India and Pakistan want to run a nuclear relay race, and worst of all we won't even know whorepparttar 126041 good guys and bad guys are supposed to be. And I know why my Israeli friend moved back to New Jersey.

Just when we thought it was safe to sit back and take comfort in knowing exactly how bad things are, some fool has to come up with five tips to keep our spirits up in uncertain times. And that fool is me. So here arerepparttar 126042 tips:

1. Count your blessings. We have so much to be grateful for. Iraq's dime store missiles cannot hit anywhere too important (defined more specifically as "where I live"). Then, of course, there is allrepparttar 126043 "stuff" we have, likerepparttar 126044 flush toilet (I would not want to have lived 500 years ago!) andrepparttar 126045 remote control. We can be grateful for allrepparttar 126046 variety, such as 32 flavors of ice cream on every corner and at least a dozen flavors of tooth floss. We can count our education, our knowledge and our opportunities. And we have soooo much more freedom than our ancestors. Geez, with all these blessings to count, it gets hard to enjoy living in terror ofrepparttar 126047 big, bad world.

2. Smile at a stranger. Ifrepparttar 126048 world shows us a threatening face, why not paint that face with smiles to make it less threatening. Let's face it, if I smile at you, you'll smile back. The more I smile,repparttar 126049 more people will smile at me. The more you smile,repparttar 126050 more people will smile at you. If everybody follows my advice, at least dentists will be too busy to fear world events.

The Bogside Artists Newletter Issue 1.

Written by The Bogside Artists


Date 26/2/03

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Hi, No. We are not going to tell you how to make a million by farming bagpipes in Donegal. Nor do we wish to add torepparttar deluge of unwanted horseshit already in your email box. Instead, we will amuse, inform, edify and even hang around later for your questions. If you got something that is useful, true or funny, drop us a line. Mailto: bogsideartists@bogsideartists.com

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Derry or "Londonderry", to give it its formal title, boasts some ofrepparttar 126039 most beautiful women to be found anywhere onrepparttar 126040 planet, with Belfast running a close second. That probably explains why Derry men are crazier than most and Belfast men crazier than anybody. Derry however, has a colorful history every bit as interesting as its indigenous beauties. Each issue of our Newsletter will offer a little snippet or two of information onrepparttar 126041 subject (history, that is) about which, especially sincerepparttar 126042 onset ofrepparttar 126043 "troubles", numerous learned tomes have been written. _________________________________________________________ _ Derry gets its name fromrepparttar 126044 ancient Irish word "daire" meaning an oak grove. The oak tree was venerated byrepparttar 126045 Celts and is likely that Druids usedrepparttar 126046 grove for their rituals. The "daire" was situated on a crannog or small island inrepparttar 126047 river Foyle. Asrepparttar 126048 waters receded,repparttar 126049 surrounding area turned into bogland, whence derivesrepparttar 126050 name Bogside. The hill itself once boasted a fortress not unlike that overlooking Lough Swilly calledrepparttar 126051 Grianan of Aileach.

Inrepparttar 126052 sixth century Saint Colmcille (Columba 521-597) established a monastery onrepparttar 126053 hill. There is no proof of this, but it is more than likely, as founding monasteries was what Columba liked to do best. This, of course, attracted people to live nearby and sorepparttar 126054 settlement grew.

The monastery indeed was intact well intorepparttar 126055 17th century whenrepparttar 126056 colonists arrived from Scotland and England. Derrys boomtime however, was inrepparttar 126057 12th and 13th centuries whenrepparttar 126058 MacLochlainn dynasty moved in. They used their wealth to buildrepparttar 126059 settlement up and when they died out, Derry fell into decline. It was not untilrepparttar 126060 arrival ofrepparttar 126061 De Burgos that relative prosperity returned torepparttar 126062 growing town. The skeleton on Derry's coat of arms derives fromrepparttar 126063 De Burgos. _________________________________________________________ _


The Bogside Artists are a mysterious trio to many. Ergo, let me introduce us. As this will take up more space than I feel entitled to use, I'll be brief. In our NEXT Newsletter, you will find a fuller and more comprehensive edition at our website. We will even have our own photos! Consider this a mere introduction.

KEVIN Kevin Hasson's formal education began with The Christian Brothers school inrepparttar 126064 Brandywell area ofrepparttar 126065 city. It later moved torepparttar 126066 Creggan and renamed itself St. Peters. That was inrepparttar 126067 early `70's. "Art even then, wasrepparttar 126068 thing I was most interested in", he says. "My dad was a very talented man who used his skills and imagination to entertain us. Creativity therefore, as a bulwark against poverty, constitutedrepparttar 126069 environment I grew up in."

For his first ever trip abroad Kevin found himself on a relief mission torepparttar 126070 starving of Calcutta. It was an experience that transformed him. In Frankfurt, he met his American wife to be. Once married, he settled down in America. Finally, he returned home with his family.

He wasn't home a fortnight when he linked up once more with Tom, whom he had first met at St. Peters. Art wasrepparttar 126071 thing they had most in common. Kevin and Tom both play guitar. Kevin likes old movies.

TOM Apart from several brief stays in England, Tom Kelly has spent all of his life inrepparttar 126072 Bogside, where he still lives. He is, in fact, leader of a small non- denominational Christian church called "Wellspring" inrepparttar 126073 heart of The Bogside. Part of Wellspring's agenda is to explore all aspects of Irish culture, particularly where it addressesrepparttar 126074 pure Christian message. Wellspring is self-sufficient and uses The Bogside Artists' studio for its meetings.

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