IT’S Ireland’s most famous building — with the pillars of the GPO guarding 200 years of history.But while most people know of the O’Connell Street landmark’s role in the 1916 Rising, there’s more to the An Post headquarters than its part in the Easter Rebellion.When did the GPO open and how long did it take to build?First unveiled in January 1818, the General Post Office was designed by star architect of the era Francis Johnston.The neoclassical style was popular during the Georgian period, with the wide portico supported by six columns serving a practical purpose as a lay-by for mail coaches.Despite its intricate design, it took just four years to build the colossal structure at a cost of £50,000, equivalent to around €3million today.Sir Edward Lees was the man in charge back then, with the building housing a spacious set of apartments for himself, his family and servants, with their own entrance located just off Sackville Street.There … [Read more...] about How old is Dublin’s GPO, how long did it take to build, how much did it cost and why is it important in Irish history?
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There are plenty of reasons you might fancy life north of the border, including stunning scenery and a warm welcome – not to mention a lot of whisky. There have been financial perks too, for a while. Free university tuition, free prescriptions and free personal care for older people. But last week something new happened. Scotland announced a new income tax system - meaning the majority of Scottish residents will soon be paying less. That means all of a sudden millions and millions of residents of England, Wales and Northern Ireland could save money moving north. “The question over whether you should take the high road or the low road – financially speaking – is back in the spotlight now the Scottish Government has flexed its new powers to set income tax," said Karen Barrett from find-an-adviser site, Unbiased.co.uk. Sarah Coles from adviser, Hargreaves Lansdown, added: “There are already key differences when it comes to issues such as university fees, … [Read more...] about Millions would be better off living in Scotland – this is who benefits and how much
Peter Kay cancelled his forthcoming tour today due to 'unforeseen family circumstances', telling fans he needed to put his family first. The super-private star, who still lives in his native Bolton, apologised profusely, insisting he hadn't taken the decision to axe all 100 dates 'lightly'. And fans greeted the news with an outpouring of support, telling that star that nothing matters more than his wife Susan and their children. Peter has previously credited his family with being his 'salvation', explaining that he never wanted to be the 'big I-Am'. "I’m actually shy and my salvation is coming home and being normal," he told The Express in 2011. "My children are still young and I want to be at home with them." Over the years, he's made just a handful of appearances with his wife, preferring a cosy life in Bolton to the glitz and glamour of the red carpet. But how did the couple first meet? Where did Peter Kay meet his wife Susan Gargan? Their love story is pretty cute, with the … [Read more...] about Where did Peter Kay meet his wife Susan? How much is the comic worth and why did he cancel his tour?
It's the social media giant that knows more about you than your mother and your lover.But should we be comfortable letting Facebook find out so much about our lives?We wanted to know what happens if you've had enough of Facebook and decide to close your account.Where does all the information go?Facebook says that when you delete information like a photo or comment from of your account, then it will be deleted off their servers as well.You can also request a copy of the data that Facebook keeps either by requesting it from the Facebook site, emailing them or sending them a letter.However, we heard a different story from a privacy activist who has brought two cases against Facebook.Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy advocate who runs the website Europe v Facebook, requested his own person data and claimed that some of it was still present on Facebook's servers, even though it was supposed to have disappeared.He said: “I got a copy of some of my data on their … [Read more...] about How much information does Facebook keep about you and what does it do with the data?
FEARS are growing that a volcano on the popular Brit tourist destination of La Palma could be on the verge of erupting.More than 40 mini earthquakes in 48 hours were recently recorded on the island sparking large tremors coming from the active Cumbre Vieja volcano. Here's the latest news...Cumbre Vieja, on La Palma near the tourist hotspot of Tenerife, is the most active volcano in the Canary Islands.It has recently been rocked by dozens of seismic movements of low magnitude between 1.5 and 2.7.More than 40 mini quakes struck in 48 hours between October 7 and 9.The largest of the tremors registered 2.7 on the Richter scale and struck 17.4 miles underground.Hundreds more rocked the tinderbox island in jusy 15 hours from October 13-14.The quakes have sparked fears the island's huge Cumbre Vieja, which means "Old Summit", could blow.As concerns grew, a team of scientists was reportedly rushed in to monitor the murmurming mountain.According to The Express, the boffins will sample … [Read more...] about La Palma volcano latest news – is Cumbre Vieja going to erupt and how much damage would it cause in the Canary Islands?
Saskia Sassen @SaskiaSassen is professor of sociology and co-chairs The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University in New York. She is a leading scholar on globalization and cities. DW: It seems like we live in a period of major international trade pacts with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) , the Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) all being negotiated or finalized right now. What is behind this trend? Saskia Sassen: I think they are crucial elements, starting with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) rounds, for creating a global operational space that is an advantage for the multinationals. The truth of the matter is that when you look at the data the gains go to the firms operating globally. The notion of losing or gaining jobs like countries in Europe or the United States might try to look at, is just … [Read more...] about ‘With TTIP, EU and US promise a transatlantic trade miracle’
Love takes a lot of balls, and I've always been a little better at getting involved in Hollywoodesque drama than at real, lasting love - if there even is such a thing. I've always been a hardcore defender of those "click" moments - the ones where you just "know". So I never seriously considered online dating to be an option. And to this day, I'm torn between amusement and being annoyed at myself for having made the suggestion to try out Tinder first-hand for a story. I didn't expect much, but then in between the overweight weirdos, the drug addicts and the shy nerds, life (and love) happened. Back to the basics of online dating But first let's take a look at online dating and the reason I decided to write this article for #lovelinks in the first place: In the day and age of the Internet, dating, like everything else, has moved online. Websites and apps connect us to more people than ever before and it has made for an irreplaceable element of modern love lives around the globe. It's … [Read more...] about The lives and loves of Tinderella
DW: Mr. Geist, the platform around the Cologne Cathedral has gotten a pretty bad name since the events of New Year's Eve last year. Given those events, what significance do you ascribe to your installation this year on the cathedral's platform and the surrounding areas? Philipp Geist: It certainly is a challenge, but implementing an art project to respond to those horrible events of last year is the right thing to do. You can walk through the projection, so it invites people to participate. At the moment, people are sending me their words, which I am integrating into the installation. Getting the people of Cologne involved in the project is the ideal response to what happened last year, and I'm really looking forward to this wonderful project. Are certain themes coming together among all the words and wishes that are being sent in? It is true that many of them are connected to the events of last year. The words that have been really common are "peace," "human rights," … [Read more...] about ‘Cologne Cathedral as a pillar of strength’: Light artist Philipp Geist on his New Year’s Eve installation
Like just about any young person, Hay Sokboromey is rarely without her smartphone. But this morning, she is not using it to chat with friends or snap a quick selfie for social media. Instead, she is scrolling through the encyclopedia section of khmerrougehistory.org, a new multimedia, interactive website that presents information on Cambodia's most tragic period. Her fingers stop as she looks at a video of Phnom Penh in the late 1970s, its streets empty of people. Cambodian cities became ghost towns after the Khmer Rouge forcibly evacuated residents when leader Pol Pot and his cohorts took power in April 1975. "I like that the site has a lot of information gathered in one place and we can see documents and videos on many topics," said the 18-year-old, a student at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. "And if we have a question, we can write the experts ourselves." The site is a collaborative project between DW Akademie and the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), a research and … [Read more...] about Learning from the past: DW Akademie supports new website to spark dialogue on Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge era
"What is going on? Aren't we still in Italy?" I once heard a man ask confusedly, speaking to no one in particular, as the train announcer listed the names of the upcoming villages only in German. Indeed, many Italians, and even more people abroad, are often shocked to discover that there is a province in the north of the country where German is the mother tongue of most inhabitants, and every town, river, hill and street has a different name in both languages. More shocking still is that South Tyrol, an idyllic stretch of land in the heart of the Alps, could be a site where the wounds of fascism can still be seen seven decades after the death of Benito Mussolini. Part of Austria for centuries, South Tyrol and neighboring Trentino became part of Italy as part of the spoils of World War I, making German and Ladin (a Romance language spoken by several thousand people) speakers Italian citizens overnight without their consent. Systematic discrimination against German speakers "In … [Read more...] about German-speaking Italy and the legacy of fascism