Author: Bob Kelley

The Titanic’s Story is Cobh, Ireland

“I can still smell the fresh paint. The china had never been used,” recalls Old Rose in Titanic, the 1997 blockbuster film. “The sheets never slept in. Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams. And it was.” Before Jack, Rose and the Heart of the Ocean sailed into movie legend, I was already a long-time Titanic buff. Planning a visit to Ireland, I wanted to do more than kiss the Blarney Stone and visit ancient Celtic ruins. I was determined to check out Queenstown, the fabled ship’s last port of call. Researching the city’s history, I found that it...

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Puppy Love: True Scottish Loyalty

In late 19th Century Scotland, he was the country’s most beloved celebrity. His true story, colored by death, dedication, tribulation, before victory triumph is the stuff of legends and undoubtedly served as inspiration for fictional counterparts yet to come. Before movies and TV gave us canine heroes such as Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and Benji, there was Greyfriars Bobby and his is a tale that tugs at every animal lover’s heart. I first “met” Bobby while walking down Candlemaker Row in Edinburgh. Having spent the morning exploring the capital city’s renowned Royal Mile, I was hungry and stopped at an inn/restaurant with a statue of a small dog in front. While enjoying some fish and chips, I asked about the little statue. It took little to convince my waiter to share Bobby’s story. He ended by advising me to visit Bobby’s nearby resting place in the Greyfriars Kirkyard. The tale, to say the least, was compelling. Bobby’s tale began in Edinburgh, in 1856. His master, John Gray, was a night watchman for Edinburgh City Police and Bobby, a Skye terrier, was his constant companion. Gray no doubt cleverly named him Bobby, using the slang term still used today to refer to an English policeman. Small in size and hardly what one would consider an acceptable watchdog, Skye terriers are favored for being brave and loyal dogs. When Gray died...

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