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2005-12-20 An international tree reveals the true message of Christmas

It was 11 o'clock on Christmas Eve. A white-washed Ballincar bungalow was swathed in moonlight. Outside, the air was crisp and clean. A never-ending starcloth, black with twinkling pinpoints, was suspended from the heavens.

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2005-12-13 Canada makes lasting impression

I don't think it is too much of an overstatement to say that Canada really has it all.

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2005-12-06 Tackling heating and Air Supply

As if being dragged from the depths of the most comfortable sleep wasn't enough, a magical dream of my own private Utopia had come to an abrupt end.

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2005-11-29 Nevada's danger and decadence

I sauntered along the buzzing Roman street, pausing briefly by a magnificent fountain. Above me, the near-perfect blue sky changed and shifted. Below me, the footpath began to move.

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2005-11-22 Let's give donkeys some respect

Over two thousand years ago, in a lowly stable in Bethlehem, shepherds, Wise Men and assorted farm animals were witness to the birth of the Christ-child. One of the animals present on that night was the gentle donkey.

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2005-11-15 Let loose on magical Andalusia

God created the earth in six days, and on the seventh, he created Andalusia.

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2005-11-08 Here's to Sligo's hallmark shops

I think perhaps I have always confused my hallmarks and my trademarks. Both hallmarks and trademarks possess typically distinguishing features, both guaranteeing authenticity.

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2005-11-01 All shook up in the home of The King

He sold one billion records worldwide, had eighteen ‘number ones’, fourteen Grammy nominations (three wins), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Gold, Platinum and Multi-platinum awards for 150 albums and singles – he was, of course, that foot-tappin, finger-snappin, pelvis-swayin King of Rock ‘n Roll – Elvis Aaron Presley.

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2005-10-25 Lugnaquilla delivers beginner’s buzz

It was a perfect summer day. I was on top of Ireland’s second highest mountain – Lugnaquilla (926m / 3039 ft.) – on top of the world.

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