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"Xanadu" has often been a word associated with strongholds, from the original centre of Kubla Khan’s empire to a media mogul’s imposing mansion in Orson Wells’ 1941 classic Citizen Kane.

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Ruby Holt, a 100-year-old Tennessee native, reflects as she sees the ocean for the first time in her life Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Orange Beach, Ala. The Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime organizations both provided Holt a wish of her choice. She chose to see the ocean for the first time. "It's cold," Holt said after dipping her feet into the ocean for the first time. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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Leo is wrong. Same-sex marriage should be a right

LEO Varadkar is thinking about a same-sex marriage with Fianna Fáil — trouble is, they are just not that into him.

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The Hobbit's 'Last Goodbye' music video will bring a tear to your eye

So here we are, at the end of all things, and what a cracker of a way to end one of the greatest movie sagas ever created.

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