Thursday, February 10, 2011

3 things I learned yesterday

I have been spending this week reading "THE OXFORD HISTORY OF IRELAND" -- I am up the mid-1100s -- tinkering with my Irish music playlist, named LÁ FHÉILE PÁDRAIG after St. Patrick's Day and watching "NAPOLEON DYNAMITE" and other films.
The playlist is up to six-and-a-half hours of music by 108 unique artists -- all from Ireland (Northern Ireland included).

Reading, listening to music and watching the occasional film really seems to have broadened my knowledge this week.

Three things I learned yesterday:

1. There was an English pope. Adrian IV, born Nicholas Breakspeare in Hertfordshire, was pope from 1154 to 1159. He urged King Henry II of England to invade Ireland to bring its Christian church under the Roman system.

2. Bluesville with Ian Whitcomb were the first Irish band to reach the American Top 10, with "You Turn Me On" in 1965.

3. Aaron Ruell (Kip from "Napoleon Dynamite") is an accomplished television commercial director. His credits include the Flo TV "Injury Report" commercial featuring CBS sports commentator Jim Nantz and the NBA's "Jerseys" ad, in which Kevin Durant walks from the locker room to the court, removing layers of his previous basketball jerseys until he reaches his professional jersey.


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