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Week of July 23, 2001

Celebrate Summer Shakespeare Festivals


Summer is the Season for Shakespeare Festivals.
And to get you in the Shakespearean mood,
we have filled this page with lots of good tid-bits on The Bard.

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Quote of the Week


"O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" -- from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act 2, scene 2. Read more about the times in which William Shakespeare lived.

Photo: Globe Theatre.

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Picture of the Week


The English Trio. The Bard of Avon, Florence, and King Hal hang out with one another and discuss the life and times of England. King Hal lived from 1491 to 1547, Bard of Avon lived from 1564 to 1616, and Florence lived from 1820 to 1910. Read a book about
Bard of Avon, Florence, or King Hal.

Photo: The English Trio: William Shakespeare (Bard of Avon), Florence Nightingale, and Henry VIII (King Hal).

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Feature Book in Association with amazon.com


William Shakespeare & the Globe

This book is featured in Bard of Avon's Books. A UNIQUE look at one of the world's greatest playwrights -- William Shakespeare. This biography presents Shakespeare's story as a play. There are 5 Acts, and each act describes a different part of Shakespeare's life. It contains many drawings showing his life, his plays, the times, the theaters, and his fellow playwrights and actors. The last act shares the story of the re-building of the Globe Theatre which opened in 1997.

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Trivia Question


This Week's Trivia Question:
Question:
Which acting company is named after William Shakespeare:
a) Shakespeare at the Globe
b) The Royal Shakespeare Company
c) Shakespeare on the River
d) All About Shakespeare

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: What were the first words Astronaut Neil Armstrong said when he took his first step on the lunar surface?
Answer:
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." After the Eagle landed on July 20, 1969,
Neil Armstrong took the first ever steps on the lunar surface that same day at 10:56 p.m. EDT (or 9:56 p.m. Houston time) and stated these now famous words. Buzz Aldrin followed at 11:16 p.m. EDT, becoming the second human to walk on the moon. The Eagle was on the moon's surface for over 21 hours. Did you know Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material to be analyzed? Read more about Apollo 11 Mission.

   
Photos
: Astronaut
Neil A. Armstrong (left) and his footprint at Tranquility Base.

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Did You Know…


Did you know there are different ways to spell Shakespeare?

Yes, Shakespeare has been written over eighty ways. The Shakespeare family records show 44 different spellings of Shakespeare. Even The Bard spelled it two ways in his will -- "Shakspere" and "Shakspeare." Other spellings include "Shagspeare," "Shakestaffe," "Shagsbere," "Shaxpere," and "Shackspeare." Throughout the years, it has been decided to spell it Shakespeare. So if you are looking up William Shakespeare in an encyclopedia, be sure to spell his name S-h-a-k-e-s-p-e-a-r-e. Read a book about William Shakespeare.

Photo: William Shakespeare

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Who's Your Hero?


"William Shakespeare is the greatest playwright of all time! He can do it all -- comedies, tragedies, historical plays. They are all great. When I first read (or was first supposed to read) a Shakespeare's play, it was very confusing. Then I began to study the great bard, and his plays came to life. I couldn't image my life without the richness of Shakespeare's words."
Read a book about William Shakespeare.

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Your Question


Q: How did William Shakespeare get the nickname "The Bard of Avon?"

A: William Shakespeare's nickname is "The Bard of Avon." A bard is another word for poet, and William is one of the greatest poets in the world. Therefore, he is known as "The Bard." "Of Avon" is added to this name because William was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. When the two names are put together, William's nickname becomes "The Bard of Avon." Read a book about William Shakespeare.

Photo: William Shakespeare

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