Saturday, 1 November 2008

1 November - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Nomanda’s Happy Special Day blog is a celebration of events and anniversaries that have touched our lives. If today is your special day join us in looking at a few other events that have occurred on your day. Enjoy!

It was on this day in 1512 that the Sistine Chapel ceiling painting undertaken by Michelangelo was first exhibited to the fortunate few who were allowed to see it! The whole work covered an area of 12,000 square feet or 1,100 square metres and took him the best part of 4 years to complete. Despite the work being considered to be Michelangelo’s crowning achievement he hated the commission and summed up his feelings about the job in the following sonnet:

Here like a cat in a Lombardy sewer! Swelter and toil!
With my neck puffed out like a pigeon,
belly hanging like an empty sack,
beard pointing at the ceiling, and my brain
fallen backwards in my head!
Breastbone bulging like a harpy’s
and my face, from drips and droplets,
patterned like a marble pavement.
Ribs are poking in my guts; the only way
to counterweight my shoulders is to stick
my butt out. Don’t know where my feet are-
they’re just dancing by themselves!
In front I’ve sagged and stretched; behind,
my back is tauter than an archer’s bow!

Moving on a few years Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” premiered on this day in 1979. It is great musical and an enormous box office success. Here’s one of Nomanda’s favourites. It now seems as though the distinguished A L W is bent of self destruction as he’s just announced that he will write the melody for England’s next Eurovision Song Contest and is on the lookout for a singer! Talk to Wogan, A L W, he knows a thing or two about that competition!

The painting of “Two Women” by the Dutch impressionist / abstract painter, Willem de Kooning sold on this day in 1984 for the princely sum of $1,980,000. I’ve had a look at it and I can’t even see one woman never mind two!

Our first birthday guest is LLLLLLouis II (846 – 879) King of France. He was also known as the sur sur sur stutterer!

Thank goodness our next birthday celebrity, Magne Furuholmen (1961) doesn’t have any speech impediments or he’s never get his name out. We promise we’ll not do a “Take on Me”, A-ha, that’s nice!

The soccer player Ruud Cabbage (1966) gets a birthday mention just for his name! Only if you eat too much!

Our final birthday wishes go to the Indian actress Aishwarya Rai (1973) not just because I wanted to see if I could spell her name correctly but she’s acted in over 40 movies so far in 4 different languages and Nomanda hasn’t done one yet!

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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