GUEST OPINION: The Gettysburg Address

On June 1, 1865, Senator Charles Sumner commented on what is now considered the most famous speech by President Abraham Lincoln. In his eulogy on the slain president, he called it a "monumental act." He said Lincoln was mistaken that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here." Rather, the Bostonian remarked, "The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech." Gettysburg, Penn. Nov. 19, 1863 Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived Continue reading >>>

Marine’s musical dream comes true

When his father and other male relatives, all of whom had been army men, asked Luke Spiros why he wanted to join the Marine Corps, he replied, "Because I want to play in the Marine band." This is what the Marine recruiter had promised the young Bostonian when he signed up. But the military is not necessarily interested in what a recruit wants; rather they're interested in how the recruit can best serve the military. That's why when after Boot Camp, the Marines informed him that he had scored very high on the Morse code and Crypto exam - mastering code Continue reading >>>

The Way We Were: Boston man started Jacksonville’s first newspaper – Jacksonville Journal

Bostonian James G. Edwards arrived in Jacksonville from the East with a few type fonts and a small hand press in November 1829.“As his press had been frozen up on the journey, he could not hope to begin publication of the newspaper which he had planned,” wrote  Edwards’ biographer, Philip Jordan, for a 1930 issue of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.So it was not until the spring of 1830 that the first issue of the Western Observer, a newspaper dedicated to news, temperance and religion, was printed at Edwards’ shop.“As he Continue reading >>>

A winter wonderland Christmas & new year at the Langham, Hong Kong – eTravelBlackboard

Christmas at The Langham, Hong Kong is always a magical experience that truly reflects the European elegance for which the Group’s hotels are renowned. This year, the hotel will once again be transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland filled with live music and lavish decorations.  Executive Chef, Mark Bannon and Chef Siu and their teams in T’ang Court, The Bostonian, L’Eclipse, Main St. Deli and Palm Court will also be preparing festive culinary favourites throughout the holidays.  Festive Dining Programme T’ang Court invites you to indulge yourself Continue reading >>>

3 Acquisitions for Marsh & McLennan Agency in 1 Month

November has been a busy month for MMA, acquiring an insurance consulting firm two large PC agencies. Virtual Water Cooler, November 17, 2011 Carrie Burns Marsh McLennan Agency (MMA), a subsidiary of insurance broker Marsh Inc., has set forth a strategy to build a preeminent property/casualty and employee benefits organization to serve the needs of the middle market. And, the firm is acting on it. Just Continue reading >>>

Get Maine Lobster Delivered to Your Home for the Holidays

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"BU On Broadway" Puts on Controversial Musical

It's a rare event to see a stage full of people in Nazi uniforms who heil Hitler several times within an hour. It's especially rare on a Bostonian college campus. Thankfully, it wasn't a rally. It was BU On Broadway's fall semester production of Mel Brooks' The Producers at the Tsai Performance Center on Commonwealth Ave. Still, an occasional gasp could be heard as characters sported swastikas or sang such gems as, "Don't be stupid, be a smarty / Come and join the Nazi party!" Even a few adults shook their heads as a line of Boston University girls marched and danced to "Springtime Continue reading >>>

Papelbon: Boston’s Loss, Philadelphia’s Gain?

Our corporate brothers at Philadelphia magazine asked me to write a post here telling you, from a Bostonian’s perspective, what you’re in for with Jonathan Papelbon. Here’s a little breakdown: The Good: Papelbon was flat out one of the most fun players the Red Sox have ever had. I wrote about this today on I’m just going to miss the guy. Here’s a bit of what I said: ”Forget the baseball for a second: Papelbon was pure entertainment. Here was a smoke-throwing crazy-man, prone to wild convulsions of fist-pumping. Yeah, I know some people got tired of his act—but Continue reading >>>

Let us embrace, my sister Boston, for we march elegantly to a similar drum

On hearing Yo-Yo Ma with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, I was reminded of Melbourne's strong sense of civic ownership of our resident symphony orchestra. And not a day went by when I wasn't caught eavesdropping. As I walked on Massachusetts Avenue I overheard snippets about cells that refused to mutate or the latest lecture by Noam Chomsky, and I wanted to know more and join in - just like a young sister tugging at her older sibling. This was the moment I slowly began to adopt your ways, to talk your talk. I would soon talk about Comm Ave instead of Commonwealth Avenue. I would take the book, Continue reading >>>

Let us embrace, my sister Boston, for we march elegantly to a similar drum

Recently I lived one of those reality TV moments. You know the kind - two long lost sisters meet. Separated from birth, they find themselves at opposite ends of the globe. They share the same DNA, but it is only through their meeting that they discover a bond that is anything but accidental. Nobel-prize-winning author Toni Morrison once said a sister is a special kind of double, ''someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves''. Well, almost 26 years ago to the day, we of Melbourne were united to our collective sister. Yes, Boston and Melbourne Continue reading >>>