Monthly Archives: March 2011

ENGLISH CIVIL WAR HISTORY: MARCH 29TH, 1644 AND MARCH 30TH, 1643

March 29th, 1644 -The Battle of Cheriton – Sir William Waller’s Parliamentarian army was all that stood between Lord Hopton’s Royalist forces and London. With many on the Continue reading

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NORWICH CADETS WIN NCAA DIVISION 3 WOMEN’S HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP

The Norwich Cadets hockey team won the D3 women’s championship by defeating the RIT Tigers by a score of 5-2. In 2010 the Cadets made it all the way to the title game only to lose to the Amherst Lord Jeffs (yes, even their ladies teams go by the Lord Jeffs) but this year Norwich closed the deal. After an orgy of scoring in the First Period, which ended with Continue reading

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TODAY’S FORGOTTEN TELEVISION TREASURE – PSI FACTOR: CHRONICLES OF THE PARANORMAL (1996-2000)

 PSI Factor depicted a series of investigations into the paranormal conducted by the fictional Office of Scientific Investigation and Research, or OSIR. This Canadian-made series was often unfairly dismissed as “X-Files Light”, but that in no way does justice to a very  entertaining  program. The members of the OSIR’s  various field teams went about their business in a much more convincing mock-scientific way than conspiracy  kook Fox  Mulder ever did, and that helped the audience suspend their disbelief. Each episode featured menaces either scientific or supernatural in very inventive ways that Continue reading

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ST NORBERT GREEN KNIGHTS WIN NCAA DIVISION 3’S COLLEGE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP

The Saint Norbert College Green Knights (love that name) brought home their 2nd D3 college hockey championship by defeating the Adrian Bulldogs 4-3. The teams alternated goals throughout this exciting game, with a Green Knight power play goal from Nick Tabisz early in the 3rd Period proving to be the game-winner. Goaltender B.J. O’Brien stopped 17 shots on goal and was named the Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd year in a row. The Green Knights, who led the nation in Continue reading

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ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION: ORLANDO FURIOSO (1532)

Welcome to the third installment of a new feature here at Balladeer’s Blog. This segment will feature some forgotten early ventures into the form of story- telling that we now call science fiction.  ”Ancient” is being said with poetic license in some cases, such as with this week’s subject – Orlando Furioso, written by Ludovico Ariosto in 1532.

ORLANDO FURIOSO – Only part of Ariosto’s satirical epic falls under the category of Ancient Science Fiction, so that’s the only part I’ll deal with. The hero Orlando has Continue reading

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FLYING FLEET OVERCOME THE RAIN TO SWEEP THE KNIGHTS

Due West, SC – The Erskine Flying Fleet battled through the rain to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a one run deficit and take a 9-6 victory over Saint Andrews to complete a three game Conference Carolinas series sweep.  With the Continue reading

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THIS DATE IN ENGLISH CIVIL WAR HISTORY

March 28th, 1643 – The Earl of Derby leads his Royalist army in another attempt to drive the Parliamentarians out of Bolton. This attack was Continue reading

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