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  1. Serena vs Steffi

    Serena Williams and Steffi Graf have been the dominant forces in tennis for the last three decades. Their careers barely overlapped in the late nineties, when Graf was on her way out and Serena was arriving. Their H2H record stands at 3-2, Serena, which is as close as it can be when you only play 5 matches.
    Serena is still playing and currently trying to tie Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record. Graf, of course, is completely retired, so much so that she does not even partake in post-career ...

    Updated 09-09-2019 at 04:30 PM by ponchi101

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  2. Logbook to the middle ages. XIII

    Albania is in Europe but not the Europe we know. Not only in time as stated previously, but there is a cultural issue that separates them. You could never mistake Albania for Germany or Scandinavia.
    There are severe cultural differences in the country. For example, there is a disregard for the law that I recognize easily as I live in Latin America and the concept that the law applies to others but not one is not unknown to me. The man in the bus that collects the fare openly smokes as he ...

    Updated 09-08-2019 at 07:13 AM by ponchi101

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  3. Logbook to the middle ages. XII

    I walk the city and I see that as much as I like it, there are issues that are of concern. There are details that tell you so.
    Examples abound. You are still allowed to smoke inside public places and smoking is very prevalent on the young. The men buy a beer and smoke a cigarette next to my table on a regular basis, slightly ruining the flavors. The young women are catching up and although they still do not smoke in the same proportion the younger and more affluent are heading on that direction. ...
  4. Logbook to the middle ages. XI

    In Albania, I am told, religions know how to get along.
    Shqipëri is tiny and it is ancient so it is a place that has been invaded, pillaged, conquered, raided and demoted/promoted from region to country to fiefdom to Kingdom to district to Empire (part of one) to now a republic. So it is not hard to realize that religions here have had to live with each other for a long time. In ancient times, the Apollonians (the beautiful ones) constantly quarreled with the Vulcanians (those that followed ...
  5. Logbook to the middle ages. X

    How about Albanian, the language? The WWW tells you that it is so ancestral that is can be at times be considered a dialect, not a language in the proper way. This is the thing over which the pedantic split hairs, the difference between the gradients of human folly. Why was Pluto demoted from Planet to Planetoid? Why is a 1920’s Gershwin classic “classical”, while a 1925 jazz legend “popular”? We are so odd in that aspect.
    Albanian is classified as a dialect and it seems very strange to ...