For Honor – Vikings Gather For Up Helly Aa Festival In Shetland Islands

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Few have heard of it, let alone been. Our destination is Shetland in the far north of Scotland, where one of the most incredible festivals in Europe is held. On the last Tuesday of January, the town of Lerwick goes more than a little mad. Up Helly Aa is a lot more than a sub-arctic bonfire and booze-up. It’s a superb spectacle, a celebration of Shetland’s history and a triumphant demonstration of the islanders’ skills and spirit. Fifty helmeted Vikings and a burning Norse galley. Unmissable! Continue reading »

Powerful Reactions from Cartoonists Around the World Honor the Victims of the Charlie Hebdo Shooting

The recent terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, has shocked the world. 11 people were injured and 12 killed, among them 4 respected cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo editorial offices. In order to pay their respects and honor the courage of the cartoonists and others who fought for the freedom of speech, many other cartoonists have created their own illustrations dedicated to the tragic event. Here are just a few of them. – Reuters.

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Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on Soldier Who Lost His Hand

President Barack Obama shakes the prosthetic hand of U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Leroy Arthur Petry of Santa Fe, N.M., who received the Medal of Honor for his valor in Afghanistan in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, July 12, 2011. Petry lost his right hand as he tossed aside a live grenade during a 2008 firefight in Afghanistan, sparing the lives of his fellow Army Rangers. (Charles Dharapak / AP) Continue reading »