Word of the day

January 7, 2016

Oniomania – an uncontrollable desire to buy things; an obsession with shopping and buying that causes adverse consequences; compulsive buying disorder (CBD).


Thursday’s quiz

January 7, 2016

While I’m still blogging lighter you’re welcome to pose the questions with no need to follow the five-question formula I used.

Anyone who stumps all of us will win a virtual box of apricots.

P.S.

J. Bloggs posed the questions on Christmas Eve and I didn’t do a post for the answers. That gets you a virtual Christmas cake with my thanks and a virtual box of cherries if you stumped us all.


366 days of gratitude

January 7, 2016

The wedding ceremony took place in an old, by New Zealand standards, church.

The groom’s great-grand parents had been married there too and the ceremony this week would have been much the same as that one all those years ago.

 

I am a celebrant and have taken many different marriage services in a variety of different places from a church to a paddock and felt privileged to have been part of all of them.

But there is still something special about a traditional church service with hymns which the congregation sings with enthusiasm, and words which have stood the test of time.

Today I’m grateful for tradition.


Quote of the day

January 7, 2016

I said I *liked* being half-educated; you were so much more *surprised* at everything when you were ignorant. –  Gerald Durrell who was born on this day in 1925.


January 7 in history

January 7, 2016

1131  – Canute Lavard was murdered at Haraldsted, Denmark by his cousin Magnus, which led to the civil war in Denmark (1131–34).

1325 – Alfonso IV became King of Portugal.

1558 – France took Calais, the last continental possession of England.

1610 – Galileo Galilei observed the four largest moons of Jupiter for the first time.

1782 The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opened.

1785 Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffriestravelled from Dover, to Calais, in a gas balloon.

1827 Sir Sandford Fleming, Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time, was born (d. 1915).

1832 – James Munro, Scottish-Australian publisher and politician; 15th Premier of Victoria was born (d. 1908).

1834 – Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist, invented the Reis telephone was born (d. 1874).

1835 HMS Beagle dropped anchor off the Chonos Archipelago.

1894 W.K. Dickson received a patent for motion picture film.

1895 – Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of QANTAS, was born  (d. 1974).

1904 The distress signalCQD” was established but replaced two years later by “SOS“.

1912 – Charles Addams, American cartoonist, was born (d. 1988).

1925 – Gerald Durrell, British naturalist , was born  (d. 1995).

1927 The first transatlantic telephone call was made – from New York to London.

1931 Australian Guy Menzies completed the first Trans-Tasman flightwhen he flew from Sydneyand crash-landed in a swamp at Harihari on the West Coast.

Completion of first trans-Tasman solo flight

1943 Sir Richard Armstrong, British conductor, was born.

1948  Kenny Loggins, American singer, was born.

1951 Helen Worth, British actress, was born.

1953 President Harry Truman announced that the United States had developed the hydrogen bomb.

1954 Georgetown-IBM experiment: the first public demonstration of amachine translation system, was held in New York at the head office ofIBM.

1960 The Polaris missile was test launched.

1968  Surveyor 7, the final spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifted off from launch complex 36A, Cape Canaveral.

1980 President Jimmy Carter authorised legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.

1984 Brunei became the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

1993 The Fourth Republic of Ghana was inaugurated with Jerry Rawlingsas President.

1999The impeachment of President Bill Clinton started.

2010 – – Muslim gunmen in Egypt opened fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians leaving church after celebrating a midnight Christmas mass, killing eight of them as well as one Muslim bystander.

2012 – A hot air balloon crashed near Carterton, New Zealand, killing all 11 people on board.

2015 – Two gunmen committed a mass shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing twelve people and injuring another eleven.

2015 – A car bomb exploded outside a police college in the Yemeni capital Sana’a with at least 38 people reported dead and more than 63 injured.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


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