Friday, August 17, 2007

Little Engine That Could - Wooden Train Set

The Little Engine That Could: Original Classic Edition by Watty Piper inspired a US-made toy I saw featured in an article I found on-line after I heard on the news that there are only ten US toy companies left.

Even if there weren't safety issues involved to purchasing toys made in China, I figure buying "local" means saving the environment. China's air quality continues to hit the news. Today's International Herald Tribune headlines that Taiwan's environment minister says Chinese pollution ruining air quality on Taiwan. It seems as if China is working on the pollution issue, but not quickly enough.

There is also the increased transporation factor. Even though big boats only burn about a barrel an hour, a barrel an hour for two+ weeks multiplied by ship after ship after ship burns oil that isn't needed. There is another option. Buy local products.

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Little Engine That Could - Wooden Train Set

Product Description

It's the train that's kept rolling since 1930. The train that continues to teach us all the power of positive thinking. The train that made the phrase "I think I can, I think I can" a permanent part of our American lexicon. It's The Little Engine That CouldTM, and now you can do more than read about it. Because your friends at Whittle Shortline Railroad are proud to introduce The Little Engine That CouldTM wooden toy trains. All Whittle Shortline trains are hand crafted and hand painted in the USA (with lead free paint), and are ThomasTM and Brio® compatible. BrioTM and ThomasTM are registered trademarks of their respective corporations.

Danes sorry for looting and pillaging

MORE than 1200 years ago hordes of bloodthirsty Viking raiders descended on Ireland, pillaging monasteries and massacring the inhabitants.

On Wednesday, one of their more mild-mannered descendants stepped ashore to apologise.

The Danish Minister for Culture, Brian Mikkelson, who was in Dublin to celebrate the arrival of a replica Norse longboat, apologised for the invasion and destruction inflicted.

The Sea Stallion … the original was built in Ireland.

"In Denmark we are certainly proud of this ship but we are not proud of the damage to the people of Ireland that followed in the footsteps of the Vikings," Mr Mikkelson declared in his welcoming
speech delivered by the River Liffey.

"But the warmth and friendliness with which you greet us today and the Viking ship show us that, luckily, it has all been

The Havhingsten [Sea Stallion] sailed across the North Sea with a crew of 65 men and women in what was described as a "living archaeological experiment".

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Havhingsten -->Sea Stallion

"The first Viking raiding parties arrived in Ireland in 795, targeting wealthy monasteries on outlying islands such as Rathlin, County Antrim; and Inishmurray, County Sligo. By 841, Vikings were wintering in fortified settlements such as Dublin, Wexford and Waterford and over the next two centuries these cities were gradually absorbed into local Irish kingdoms." - Also from Danes sorry for looting and pillaging

Native American MIDIs

I have been creating Web pages for many years, and it was that long ago that I found the Native American and New Age music of Elan Michaels. There are MIDIs on his Web site that can be used as background music on Web pages and probably in videos with permission.

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