Saturday, 26 July 2008

Happy Special 26th July Day!

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Flower of the Month: Larkspur

Apparently no matter how much cash you have it seems to be easier to spend more than you’ve got than to save a bit for a rainy day. If you happen to live in a country where it rains nearly every day then the chances of keeping your head above water are even more remote. So it was on this day in 1656 (it seems that time is no respecter of financial problems) that the famous painter Rembrandt just managed to avoid bankruptcy by selling off his art collection, his antiques collection and his house!

In an exercise of complete and utter futility and stupidity L L Zamenhof chose this day in 1887 to publish his first book on Esperanto. It is such a noble idea that a new language can be “designed” that everyone can speak it and therefore communicates better! Complete crap! Nomanda agrees that good communications are essential and believes that solutions will always be found to achieve necessary ends. It has been and the current solution is that the English language has become the international language of use between foreigners. That may change to Mandarin in a few years time but for the moment it’s English so let’s stick with it! Nomanda’s cat will be pleased to provide any sand needed for supporters of Esperanto to stick their heads in!

Life can be frustrating and unfair as the great man Winston Churchill was to discover on this day in 1945 when the grateful British electorate, having just had their bottoms saved from the prospect of a life under Hitler, decided to boot the old boy out of office and voted in Clement Atlee. Well the record shows that Atlee was a good Prime Minister nationalising most of Britain’s heavy industry, introducing the National Health Service and Old Age Pensions, and giving away most of the British colonies. Things would stay very much the same until good old Maggie came onto the scene!

One of the 20th century’s most celebrated novelists and playwrights George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) enjoys our first birthday spot today. A few words would not do justice to GBS’s importance in literature so I will let the great man do the talking himself with a selection of his quotations.

Democracy is a device that ensures we will be governed by no better than we deserve.

England and America are two countries separated by a common language.

If all economists were laid end to end they would not reach a conclusion.

Mick Jagger (1943) despite his protests will be getting plenty of satisfaction at his birthday bash today!

Appealing for something to treat her halitosis Terri Nunn (1961) will be “Taking her breath away” today!

Finally two lovely ladies, Sandra Bullock (1964) and Kate Beckinsale (1972) will be sharing a glass of the good stuff with their friends today. Cheers!

Happy Special Day to one and all!!

If you know someone who is celebrating their birthday, anniversary or a special day today or sometime soon why not send them a nice e-card so they get it as soon as they log on! Even better, why not send this page to your friend!
Don’t know what to get for a present? Think about what your special person enjoys doing and the things they like.

For Girls, I know that flowers and chocolates are a bit cliché but nevertheless they always seem to work! Of course, if your budget stretches that far, jewellery, watches, perfume and fashion items are always appreciated!

For Boys, all boys like toys! It’s just as they get older the toys get more expensive. So gadgets and gimmicky things work. Again, if you have the budget then car accessories, sporting equipment and clothes, and man type jewellery like watches and gold chains will go down very well!

And, if all else fails, you could always send them a gift voucher and they can choose whatever they want!

If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special event today I hope you got lots of cards and presents and that there is someone special in your life who will make this day a very happy and special day for you.

Happy celebrations to you from the Happy Special Day Blog!!
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Pat & Bill said...

Youy write entertainingly but you're not always well nourished with fact. Your arguments are not always sophisticated, e.g. "Complete crap!" but I hope you'll allow me to defend Esperanto briefly.

Esperanto works, as thousands or even millions of its speakers will tell you. Esperanto is a relatively new, youthful, dynamic language. Anyway, I wish you well. Mi deziras al vi bonon!


Brian Barker said...

Bill is right to point out that Esperanto is now taken more seriously.

During a short period of 121 years Esperanto is now within the top 100 languages out of 6,000 worldwide, according to the CIA factbook.

Interestingly nine British MP's have nominated Esperanto for the Nobel Peace Prize 2008.

Evidence that Esperanto is a living language can be seen at

Remush said...

"Nomanda agrees that good communications are essential and believes that solutions will always be found to achieve necessary ends."

... and one of them is Esperanto... But you could prefer to make a fool of yourself in another language. That's your choice.