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IRELAND’S ENIGMATIC TOMB OLDER THAN THE GREAT PYRAMIDS

Older than Stonehenge and more enigmatic and ancient than the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Newgrange tomb in Ireland holds as many mysteries as each of those mysterious structures. The massive complex of Newgrange was built about 3200 BC, yet its existence was not discovered until 1699, when a local landowner wanted the mound dug up for its stones. In fact, throughout Ireland have been so far discovered over 200 such tombs. 

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A MUSICAL ODYSSEY

European music offers a feast of quality music that takes us on a journey from womb to tomb. This list of suggestions is subjective. However, if it inspires you to explore, understand and appreciate the finest music embracing the most gifted musicians over the centuries then please feel free to acquire any of the following introductions to the world of classical music. Think of each track as a sublime glass of aphrodisiacal wine and I think you will return again and again.

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SCULPTURES OF THE THIRD REICH

The Haus der Deutschen Kunst, a monumental colossus of sandstone and marble, was fashioned after Schinkel’s neo-classical Old Museum in Berlin. The contemporary art museum in Munich is located at Prinzregentenstraße 1 at the southern edge of the Englischer Garten (English Garden), Munich’s largest park. The opening ceremony on July 18, 1937, was preceded by pageants and festivities celebrating Two Thousand Years of German Art, paying tribute to Germanic and Hellenist heritage and honouring Dürer and Cranach as the culmination in German art.

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THE AWESOME EXPERIENCE OF AN 8,000 VOICE CHOIR

The Welsh male voice choir has become the country’s most treasured and remarkable feature, with Baptist, Methodist origins in the 18th century. During this time, congregations in both the north and south of Wales formed tenor-bass choirs that led chapel-goers in the singing of hymns, both in English and in Welsh.

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THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS POET

Michael Walsh might be better known as a novelist and poet had his life not been interrupted by the needs of nationalism.  Born into a radicalised family of writers and achievers the lyricist and journalist penned his first collectible poem at 24-years of age. Inspired by rural tranquillity Morning was followed by over 800 elegies, sonnets, and poems.
Were these poems the scribbling of a self-indulgent fantasist worthy only of self-praise? Hardly, in 2000 Michael Walsh was arguably Britain’s most popular contemporary poet.

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