Word of the day

January 27, 2016

Brillig – a nonce word explained by Humpty Dumpty as four o’clock in the afternoon — the time when you begin broiling things for dinner


January 25 in history

January 25, 2016

41 Claudius was accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate.

1327 Edward III became King of England.

1494 Alfonso II became King of Naples.

1533 Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn.

1554  Founding of São Paulo city, Brazil.

1627  Robert Boyle, Irish chemist, was born (d. 1691).

1755 Moscow University established on Tatiana Day.

1759 Robert Burns, Scottish poet, was born   (d. 1796).

1791 The British Parliament passed the Constitutional Act of 1791 and split the old province of Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada.

1792 The London Corresponding Society was founded.

1796 William MacGillivray, Scottish naturalist and ornithologist, was born  (d. 1852).

1841 Jackie Fisher, British First Sea Lord, was born  (d. 1920).

1858 The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn became a popular wedding recessional after it is played on this day at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia.

1873 Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana was born (d 1939).

1874  W. Somerset Maugham, English writer, was born (d. 1965).

1879  The Bulgarian National Bank was founded.

1881 – Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell formed the Oriental Telephone Company.

1882 Virginia Woolf, English writer, was born  (d. 1941).

1890  Nellie Bly completed her round-the-world journey in 72 days.

1909 Richard Strauss‘ opera Elektra received its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera.

1915  Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco.

1918 The Ukrainian people declared independence from Bolshevik Russia.

1919 The League of Nations was founded.

1924 The first Winter Olympics opened in Chamonix.

1942 : Thailand declared war on the United States and United Kingdom.

1945 World War II: Battle of the Bulge ended.

1949  The first Emmy Awards were presented.

1954 Richard Finch, American bass player (KC and the Sunshine Band), was born.

1955 Terry Chimes, English musician (The Clash), was born.

1960 The National Association of Broadcasters reacted to the Payolascandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records.

1961 John F. Kennedy delivered the first live presidential television news conference.

1971 – Idi Amin led a coup deposing Milton Obote and became Uganda’s president.

1974 Dick Taylor won the 10,000 metre race on the first day of competitions at the Christchurch Commonwealth Games.

First day of competition at the Christchurch Commonwealth Games

1981 Jiang Qing, the widow of Mao Zedong, was sentenced to death.

1986 The National Resistance Movement toppled the government of Tito Okello in Uganda.

1990 The Burns’ Day storm hits northwestern Europe.

1994 The Clementine space probe launched.

1995 –  The Norwegian Rocket Incident: Russia almost launched a nuclear attack after it mistook Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile.

1996  – Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the United States of America.

1999 – A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hit western Colombia killing at least 1,000.

2004 – Opportunity rover (MER-B) landed on surface of Mars.

2005 – A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258.

2006 – Three independent observing campaigns announced the discovery ofOGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star.

2010 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on-board.

2011 – The first wave of the Egyptian revolution began in Egypt, with a series of street demonstrations, marches, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria, and throughout other cities in Egypt.

2013 – At least 50 people were killed and 120 people injured in a prison riot in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

2015 – A clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in the Philippines killing 44 members of Special Action Force (SAF), at least 18 from Moro Islamic Liberation Front and five from Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


366 days of gratitude

January 18, 2016

You might have deduced from this morning’s quotes that I’m a fan of A.A. Milne.

A well-worn copy of When We Were Very Young is evidence that his poetry was part of my childhood but I was at university before I read, and appreciated, Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.

When I first went to England, one of my literary pilgrimages was to Ashdown Forest, near Hartfield in East Sussex, part of which is the 100 Acre (or Aker) wood in which Pooh and his friends played.

I’ve been back there two more times to play Pooh Sticks on the bridge which E.H Shephard drew and have read and re-read the books to my own and others’ children.

Today I’m grateful for A.A. Milne and other authors who give pleasure to readers and read-to of all ages.

 


366 days of gratitude

January 13, 2016

When flower arranging ability was distributed I was somewhere else.

But my garden overfloweth with sweet peas which arrange themselves.

sweet peas

Today I’m grateful for sweet peas.


Quote of the day

December 10, 2015

Saying nothing sometimes says the most. ― Emily Dickinson who was born on this day in 1830.


Saturday soapbox

November 28, 2015

Saturday’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.
The Master Shift's photo.

Be a reverse terrorist. Plat. Plan. Scheme and launch random acts of life. Incite it. Invite it. Ignite it. Shake this world to its foundaiton . And enjoy yourself in the process. – Robert Mann.


Quote of the day

November 11, 2015

There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind and we must all help search for it. – Carlos Fuentes who was born on this day in 1928.

 


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