In Sanskrit, mandala means 'circle'.
A cataflaque is a platform raised off the ground on which sits a coffin, casket, or the body of the dead during a memorial service. The word comes from the Italian catafalco, meaning scaffolding.
Richard Wagner (1813–1883) was a German composer known for his ambitious mythological operas. He rejected traditional forms of the opera, introducing his "complete art" music dramas that combined poetry, music, design and theatre.
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Valhalla is the home of the Nordic gods, and a paradise for slain Norse heroes escorted there from the battlefield by the Valkyries.
In Wagner's Ring, Valhalla is constructed at the outset of the drama, and destroyed at the end.
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South Armagh is a primarily Catholic region of Northern Ireland, and has a longstanding 'Republican' (Irish Republican Army) tradition. When the 'Troubles' began, a disturbance occurred in the border village of Crossmaglen where, in retaliation for attacks on Catholics, the IRA is said to have attacked a British barracks.
A number of British soldiers were attacked and killed in South Armagh over the years. Many more took away psychological scars from the region.
His nephew, Jeremiah James Colman, built the company up until in 1866 it was awarded a special warrant as Manufacturers to Her Majesty (Queen Victoria). A liberal MP for Norwich, he once observed: "I make my money from the mustard that people throw away on the sides of their plate".
Homeopathy is an alternative approach to medicine developed and pioneered by Samuel Hahnemann (17555-1843), a German physician. Practitioners administer highly diluted doses of substances capable of causing the same symptoms or conditions as the illness being treated. It is based on the principle that 'like cures like'. Many people - not least Queen Elizabeth II - have found homeopathic remedies helpful, although their efficacy has been disputed by some scientists and medical practitioners. In 2010, the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee concluded that homeopathy has nothing more than a placebo effect. However the NHS continues to fund homeopathic remedies.