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“Victoria”, Season 3, On A Par With The Excellence Of Seasons 1 & 2.

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Watched it (off DVR) tonight and were delighted. Yes, yes, it lives up to expectations. As good as the prior seasons, albeit just based on this very first episode. Gripping subject — the French Revolution across the Channel. We were captivated.

That none of the cast get any older, though about 9-years have passed, since we first met her, is a bit disconcerting, but it is nice to have all the familiar faces about.

Yes, definitely recommended. Try and catch it. PBS will be showing Episode 1 all week.


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The French Guillotine Came To Be This Day 225 Years Ago; April 25, 1792.

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It predates the French Revolution.

The French version, with the ANGLED blade, was created as their means of delivering humane capital punishment. It was the brainchild of a French doctor, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin — which is how we get that name.

The first to be executed, with a French Guillotine, on April 25, 1792, was a on highwayman, 

‘Pelletier’ is a fairly popular French name in New Hampshire.


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Think – Today: Who Features In The Tallest Statue On Earth?

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colossus_of_rhodesRecently there has been lots of talk about Sri Lanka’s (now abandoned) plan to have the world’s tallest Christmas tree. But, that is Christmas trees. Who is the subject of the world’s tallest statue — and by that I do mean one that is currently standing.


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Why Is The Blade On A Guillotine Angled” — similar apparatus to the Guillotine did predate the French Revolution ( 5 May 1789 – 9 November 1799). On October 10, 1789, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, a physician, proposed to the National Assembly (of the Revolution) that capital punishment should always take the form of decapitation “by means of a simple mechanism”. That is where the name comes from. Pre-revolutionary apparatus did use straight or curved blades. They were not that effective. They tended to crush the neck rather than sever. The French set up a committee, Guillotin a member, to devise a better beheading device. They experimented using cadavers. That is when they found that an angled blade worked best.


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Think – Today: Why Is The Blade On A Guillotine Angled?

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guillotineWouldn’t you have expected it to be straight or rounded? While you are at it: where did it get its name from and does it pre-date the French Revolution?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Do Christians, Jews & Muslims Share The Same Heaven” — nobody, of course, knows for sure and there is not even universal consensus that there is indeed such a heaven. But, the conventional wisdom among those that believe in heaven is that Christians, Jews & Muslims must share the SAME heaven since they all believe in the same God and a major point of going to heaven is to be with God.


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