09 Jun Oh Say Can You Sing?

The Best National Anthems You Haven't Heard Though you may not agree with the politics behind the flag, it’s generally accepted that the United States of America has an excellent national anthem. Originally written by Francis Scott Key as a poem expressing his feelings during the War of 1812, the poignant words were later paired with the music of “Anacreon in Heaven”, a gentleman’s club song from London. The most common places to hear the tune are sports matches, the Olympics, and memorial services, and it’s safe to say that even if you don’t know all the words you can hum a few stanzas. Britain’s “God Save the Queen” and Canada’s “Oh, Canada” are similarly recognizable, and the Francophiles amongst us will certainly know France’s “La Marseillaise”. However, there are 196 countries in the world, all with songs to honor their land. In addition, if we work off the definition of nation as “a large aggregate of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory”, there are even more anthems to consider. It can all get a bit overwhelming, but never fear! Here are 5 of the best national anthems you’ve probably never heard. Qatar – “Peace Be to the Emir” [embed]https://youtu.be/_Ub4frgwRTw[/embed] “Al-Salam Al-Amiri” is a baby as far as national anthems go, only instated in 1996 when the current Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani ascended to the seat of power. The song opens with a great thrill of strings...

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24 Nov Turkey Time

The Panrimo offices are full of pre-Thanksgiving cheer and we've combined this with our obvious international inclinations to bring you: PANRIMO'S CURSORY INTERNATIONAL GUIDE TO TURKEY SOUNDS First up, American English. Turkeys are well known and well eaten on the North American continent. So their cry of "Gobble gobble gobble" should come as no surprise. (Please note the historically appropriate headgear) [caption id="attachment_1234" align="alignnone" width="640"] American turkeys have a proclivity for flag waving.[/caption] Our second turkey hails from the European nation of Belgium. It should come as no surprise that Belgian turkeys quite enjoy a nice stack of waffles, washed down with Duvel. Afterwards they remark on the deliciousness with their call of "Irka kloek kloek." [caption id="attachment_1235" align="alignnone" width="640"] Clearly a turkey with a finely-honed palate.[/caption] No turkey gathering would be complete without the high-class French turkey. Easily the most refined of birds, he often coos "Glou glou" towards the rising spires of that most French of buildings, the Eiffel Tower. [caption id="attachment_1236" align="alignnone" width="640"] French turkey never leaves the coop without his beret.[/caption] Finally, we have Mexican turkey. Quite a rebel, he likes to conceal his true identity behind his Lucha Libre mask, which pairs well with his festive sombrero. His cry of "Goro goro goro" strikes fear into the heart of those hoping to eat him for Thanksgiving. [caption id="attachment_1237" align="alignnone" width="640"] Don't mess with this bird.[/caption] So now you know. Armed with your new international turkey knowledge, go forth and have an excellent holiday, Panroamers!...

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04 Jul As American as…

The 4th of July. The birthday of the United States of America, it’s a celebration of summer, sunshine, and all the best homegrown traditions. Which got us to thinking: just what exactly IS as American as apple pie? Below are 5 things that couldn’t be more ‘murica if they tried. 5. Barbeque Ribs [caption id="attachment_875" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Be right back. Salivating.[/caption] http://usbbqsupply.com/home/images/categories/barbecued-ribs.jpg The debate over who makes the best ribs will never be won. The secret sauces, the best cut of meat, cooking time and temperature: all are elements essential in perfecting this most revered cooking technique. What everyone CAN agree on is this: BBQ is an American art form. 4. Blue Jeans [caption id="attachment_876" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Should I wear my formal jeans? Or my informal jeans? Or my jorts?[/caption] http://img1.southernliving.timeinc.net/sites/default/files/image/2011/01/Travel-Awards/1101-travel-awards-best-blue-jeans-x.jpg A fashion developed for the hardworking cowboys and miners of the American Old West, since their debut in the 1870s, jeans have taken the world by storm. Perhaps no other clothing item is so instantly identifiable as being ‘American’. 3. Bruce Springsteen [caption id="attachment_877" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The man. The legend. The Boss.[/caption] http://www.showbiz411.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/springsteen.jpg Known for his hard rocking brand of Americana and patriotism, ‘The Boss’ is one of the most successful American rock stars of all time. Both at home and abroad, his songs are evocative of all the best this country has to offer. 2. Baseball [caption id="attachment_878" align="aligncenter" width="5120"] Nice catch.[/caption] http://www.massbay.edu/uploadedImages/Second_Level_Pages/Student_Life/baseball.jpg Whether you play in a local league, cheer from the ballpark stands, or just wear baseball caps while running errands, baseball...

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