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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

Next Month in This Awful Awesome Life

In April we will be celebrating craft beers and Indie Wineries in the Pittsburgh area.

It’s opening day for baseball, and we’ll be looking at the history of the sport   and some of baseball’s legendary players.

What are the best books and movies about baseball?

It’s officially Tulip month – time to learn more about this beautiful flower.

Where are the best Tulip festivals around the world?

Why do we celebrate April fool’s day?

We’ll be sharing some Easter customs and photos from our readers.

Spring Cleaning – where to start and how to finish strong.

We’ll have some delicious recipes from Linda Cahill to help you make the most of those Easter leftovers

Orlando Bartro , Terry Kish and Corey Flynn will be back to put their personal spins on our topics and as always there will be a quiz.


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Here are the answers to this month’s quiz:


1. D. Pierce Brosnan (Bond from 1995 -2002) was born in Drogheda County Louth, Ireland.

Just for fun: Sean Connery (Bond from 1962- 1971 – reprising the role once again in 1983 in Never Say Never Again) was born in Fountainbridge, Scotland). George Lazenby (who played Bond in only one film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969) was born in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia. Roger Moore ( Bond from 1973-1985) was born in London, England. Timothy Dalton (Bond from 1987-1989) was born in Colwyn Bay, Wales. Daniel Craig (the current James Bond since 2006) was born in Chester, Chesire, England.

2. B. George Bernard Shaw (born in Portobello, Dublin, Ireland) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 and an Academy Award in 1938 for Best Screenplay for a filmed version of Pygmalion.

3. A. The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland and Great Britain. According to legend, it is home to  Cata, a monster first described in The Book of Lismore as capable of spitting venom with fiery breath and eyes of flashing flame.

4. B. Boxty

5. D. Boiled pig’s feet that are typically battered and fried

6. C. Bram Stoker, born in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland, wrote Dracula in 1897.

7. C. 7th place – Czech Republic is #1

8. D. James Joyce – during Bloomsday, the events of his novel, Ulysses, which is set on June 16th 1904, are relived. The name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses.

9. A. Robert Boyle, born at Lismore Castle, Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland is best known for Boyle’s Law which describes the inversely proportional relationship between the absolute pressure and volume of a gas, if the temperature is kept constant within a closed system.

10. B. Old Bushmills Distillery – known for Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

11. D. All of the above – seriously, Google recipes made with Guinness Stout if you doubt me.

12. A. Boxing – Ireland has sent teams to the Summer Olympics since 1924 (did not attend in 1936) and the Winter Olympics since 1992. Of 31 medals won, 16 have been for boxing.

13. C. Dark hair and blue eyes are the most common hair/eye color combination in Ireland.

14. D.

15. A. Colcannon     B. Irish Tea Brack              C. Champ             D. Drisheen



See you next month!



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