From fraternity marches to fireworks, Latvia's 80th birthday celebrations provided a warts-and-all picture of the country, but one that gives hope for its future, as Philip Birzulis reports.With the mercury dropping to an average - 13 degrees celsius, Nov. 18 1998 was the coldest in over a century. While the French and Americans can love their country in balmy July sunshine, Latvians showed true grit by braving the chill.On the whole, compared to just a few years ago, when people hurt by hard times were grumbling that there was nothing to celebrate, there was quite a joyful spirit in the ai...
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