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The New York Post's headline this morning was "USA win tie 1-1. Best draw since the Battle of Bunker Hill."

There is absolutely no sign that anybody here is going to let this draw go. It's quicly becoming clear that drawing with the old enemy is a great source of national pride. As for that headline - well no one has bothered to tell anyone here that a draw isn't a win or that the Battle of Bunker Hill was a British victory. Come on Algeria!

Well all that was seen on the way to the MIT Museum (free entry) this morning. Interesting little place, full of gadets and future technology that will no doubt be gracing our homes soon. In one corner of the museum was a red phone surrounded by information about the psychology of the brain. MIT are looking for volunteers to participate in a study, which involves having a brain scan (they are particuarly interested in people with learning disabilities). I put my name down, but as I'm leaving on Thursday, I doubt I'll be seen.

I then cut my way across town to the John F Kennedy Presidential Library. A Presidential Library is a museum to a past President and contains documents, furniture, photographs, etc from their time in office. JFK's library is located on Boston's outskirts, near Logan airport. The library was absolutely fascinating, which is clearly because JFK was such a fascinating and inspiring President himself. It would be difficult to accurately account for the library's content and simultaneously keep to my promise to keep my blogs short. It moved from his early childhood and service in the US Senate through his candidacy for the Presidency and critical moments in his Presidency. I found it wholly understandable that upon reaching the last part of the library, a black wall with numerous televisions inserted into it which were showing the 1963 broadcasts announcing the President's assasination, that there were a number of visitors openly crying as they watched the televisions.

Whether it was his unlikely candidacy for the Presidency as a Catholic Irish American, his heroics in World War Two, his handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, his commitment to Civil Rights and more, I am confident that the library would leave most people with the opinion that there would be few more deserving than President Kennedy of being considered to have been born great in addition to the greatness that he achieved.

As a small aside, the Boston Celtics beat the LA Lakers, again, in Boston tonight to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. They now go to LA for the final games. Boston need win just one more to win the Finals.


Posted by MattOGrady 21:00 Archived in USA

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