Abask – in the sunshine, basking.
Nothing to do and all day to do it – I love Boxing Day.
We’ve more than enough food left over from yesterday so there’s no need to cook, I’ve a number of books from my to-read pile to choose from, have had one walk and if the mood takes me might do another to blow away the cobwebs . . .
When Jamie Mackay asked on the Farming Show what I wanted for Christmas I said I was getting a goat.
Not in the flesh but as a gift to an aid project on my behalf.
When an email from my daughter arrived yesterday morning I found the gift was something even better than a goat, it was training for a birth attendant in Paupua New Guinea.
This had special relevance because had I been in a third world country the day my daughter was born it is doubtful either of us would have survived and a couple from our neighbourhood have recently returned from their second stint in PNG with Volunteer Service Abraod.
The gift had added poignancy yesterday because one of our whanau required first world health services that most women in PNG couldn’t get.
1481 – Battle of Westbrook – Holland defeated troops of Utrecht.
1620 Pilgrim Fathers landed at what became New Plymouth in Massachusetts.
1716 Thomas Gray, English writer, was born (d. 1771).
1780 Mary Fairfax Somerville, British mathematician, was born (d. 1872).
1791 Charles Babbage, English mathematician and inventor, was born (d. 1871).
1862 Four nuns serving as volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover were the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.
1870 The 12.8-km long Fréjus Rail Tunnel through the Alps was completed.
1979 1879 In Christchurch, 30 Catholic Irishmen attacked an Orange (Protestant) procession with pick-handles, while in Timaru 150 men from Thomas O’Driscoll’s Hibernian Hotel surrounded Orangemen and prevented their procession taking place.
1891 Henry Miller, American writer, was born (d. 1980).
1893 Mao Zedong, Chinese military leader and politician, was born (d. 1976).
1919 Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox was sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee.
1933 FM radio was patented.
1935 Abdul “Duke” Fakir, American singer (The Four Tops), was born.
1940 Phil Spector, American music producer, was born.
1942 Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo, Guatemalan president, was born.
1949 José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, Nobel laureate, was born.
1953 Leonel Fernández, Dominican politician and current President of the Dominican Republic.
1953 Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, was born.
1986 World Population reaches 5 billion according to www.ibiblio.org world population tracker.
1991 The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union met and formally dissolved the USSR.
2004 A 9.0 magnitude earthquake created a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people.
2006 The 2006 Hengchun earthquake (7.1 magnitude) hit Taiwan.