Real Life Lessons of Triumph Learned in Fantasy

download-53There is has been much ado about princesses lately. Movies such Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Snow White and the Huntsman, and the latest hit, Brave, proves that epic fairy tails are back in ‘vogue’.

It’s not only children who are catching onto the princess hype. I have seen many older people interested in movies such as Brave. In college, I have seen many Disney movie marathons, and it was with young adults that I first saw movies such as Toy Story 3 and Tangled.

There are also many fairy-tail like stories targeted towards adults, such as Stardust, Big Fish, and fantasy related television shows with huge adult followings such as the British television sensation Dr. Who.

I think that some of the themes and ideas these movies get across can connect with people well into adulthood.

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McDwyer’s Pub – The Last Irish Pub in Norwood

download-55                                                                                          Eamonn McDwyer has run his Irish Pub since 1966

At McDwyer’s Pub (East 204th Street), little has changed since it opened its doors in 1966. The pub is owned by Eamonn McDwyer, and for decades, he’s been the familiar face of the pub. He is working his bar for some 50 years now from early morning to late afternoon, so Mr. McDwyer will probably still be the one who’s greeting you when you enter the pub.

Mr. McDwyer remembers very well that more than twenty-five years ago, Norwood’s streets were packed with all sorts of Irish pubs. He can (without any problem or hesitation) name more than 20 of these unique pubs, from the Bainbridge Cafe and Murphy to Maloney, and as McDwyer recalls, in in those days, they were always full, all of them. These days, his bar is the only one left: McDwyer’s Pub.

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