366 days of gratitude

18/01/2016

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.

 


Quote of the day

27/04/2015

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


October 14 in history

14/10/2009

On October 14:

1066 the forces of William the Conqueror defeated the English army and killed King Harold II of Englandin the Battle of Hastings.

King of England and Duke of Normandy (more…)
The Duke of Normandy in the Bayeux Tapestry

1322  Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeated King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland’s independence.

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1644 William Penn, English founder of Pennsylvania, was born.

1789 George Washington proclaimsedthe first Thanksgiving Day.

1882 Irish politician Eamon de Valera was born.

1882 the University of the Punjab was founded in present day Pakistan.

1884 George Eastman patented paper-strip photographic film.

1888 NZ writer – Katherine Mansfield was born.

 

1890  Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th President of the United States was born.

1894 – E. E. Cummings, American poet was born.

1926 Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne, was first published.

1927 English actor R

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Winnie-the-Pooh (original version from 1926)
 

1927 –English actor Roger Moore was born.

1939 – Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer was born.

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1940 English singer  Cliff Richard was born.

1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis began when a U-2 flight over Cuba took photos of Soviet nuclear weapons being installed.

1968 Jim Hines of the USA became the first man to break the ten second barrier in the 100 metres Olympic final at Mexico City with a time of 9.95 sec.

 1979 The body of Marty Johnstone, leader of the Mr Asia drug syndicate was found in Lancashire.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


August 21 in history

21/08/2009

On August 21:

1770 James Cook formally claimed east Australia for Great Britain and called it New South Wales.

1920 Christopher Robin Milne, who inspired his father to write the Pooh Bear stories, was born.

The real stuffed toys owned by Christopher Robin Milne and featured in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.
1930 Princess Margaret was born.
1938 Kenny Rogers was born.

1958 Auckland became the first New Zealand city to introduce the Barnes Dance, stopping all traffic to enable pedestrians to cross in all directions at once.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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