Finagle – obtain by dishonest or devious means; get or achieve by cleverness, deceit, guile, trickery, or manipulation; act in a dishonest or devious manner; trick, swindle, or cheat; obtain something desired by bargaining, wheedling, and dealing.
Who came up with the idea of grinding grain to make flour?
Who thought of adding liquid to it to make dough?
Who thought of using yeast and something sweet to make the dough rise?
Who then thought of kneading it, leaving it to prove and finally baking it?
I don’t know the answers to any of those questions but I am grateful to them and the others who contributed to the many and varied recipes for our daily bread.
For all the thousand things we do in the world, I love it best when we sit in the sunlight together, smiling quietly with the knowing that here is the perfect place to be. – Perfect Place ©2015 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
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The headline : Winston leaves trial of destruction refers to the devastation left in the wake of a topical cyclone.
That’s no joking matter when homes have been wrecked and at least one man has died.
But my first though on reading the headline was not of the cyclone in Fiji but the politician in New Zealand.
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree, and at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way, that is not within everyobody’s power and is not easy. – Aristotle.
1245 Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, resigned after confessing to torture and forgery.
1440 The Prussian Confederation was formed.
1543 Battle of Wayna Daga – A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.
1613 Mikhail I was elected unanimously as Tsar, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia.
1842 John Greenough was granted the first U.S.A. patent for the sewing machine.
1875 Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian and longest-lived human on record, was born (d. 1997).
1879 An explosion in a Kaitangata coal mine killed 34 men.
1885 The newly completed Washington Monument was dedicated.
1903 Anaïs Nin, French writer, was born (d. 1977).
1907 W. H. Auden, English poet, was born (d. 1973).
1910 Douglas Bader, British pilot, was born (d. 1982).
1916 Battle of Verdun started.
1918 The last Carolina parakeet died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
1919 Kurt Eisner, German socialist, was assassinated.
1924 Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbambwe, was born.
1925 The New Yorker published its first issue.
1927 Erma Bombeck, American humourist, was born (d. 1996).
1927 Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer, was born.
1933 – Nina Simone, American singer, was born (d. 2003).
1935 Mark McManus, Scottish actor, was born (d. 1994).
1937 – The League of Nations banned foreign national “volunteers” in theSpanish Civil War.
1952 The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolished identity cards in the UK to “set the people free”.
1952 In Dhaka, East Pakistan (present Bangladesh) police opened fire on a procession of students that was demanding the establishment of Bengali as the official language, killing four people and starting a country-wide protestwhich led to the recognition of Bengali as one of the national languages of Pakistan. The day was later declared as “International Mother Language Day” by UNESCO.
1960 Cuban leader Fidel Castro nationalised all businesses in Cuba.
1965 Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
1970 A mid-air bomb explosion in Swissair Flight 330 and subsequent crash killed 38 passengers and nine crew members near Zürich.
1971 The Convention on Psychotropic Substances was signed at Vienna.
1972 The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 landed on the Moon.
1986 Charlotte Church, Welsh singer, was born.
1995 Steve Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
2013 – Two bomb blasts in Hyderabad, India, killed at least 17 people and injured more than 100 others.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.