Monday, 19 January 2009

19 January - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Flower of the Month: Carnation

When it is your happy special day and whether you are celebrating a birthday or special anniversary, if you would like a mention on Nomanda’s blog just send us the details. We promise you a very special mention on this blog on your special day!

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!

The world has gone completely mad! The latest news is that the UK banks are about to get another slice of £20 billion to keep them going. Banks as we know them today have been around for hundreds of years doing very nicely borrowing and lending money for nice margins and making billions in profit year after year after year. Carried away by their greed and over confidence they have all made a few stupid investments and the recent realisation of their mistakes has brought them to their knees. Most commercial enterprises live or die by their decisions and prudence, and those who do best carry on and the others go to the wall. Why do banks deserve any better treatment than any other business? OK, I know that there would be many savers who would be hit by their bank’s demise, but savers have a duty to look after their own funds as well.

Nomanda may be persuaded that the latest injection of the British tax payers’ money could do some good in stimulating the economy if he had any confidence that the banks would do what they are supposed to do with the money and lend it out to those who need it. However I’m afraid that all that will happen is that the banks will use it to shore up their balance sheets and be even more careful in lending any of it out.

The British tax payer will be left with debts that will take decades to pay off and little will be achieved! If the government really wanted to stimulate the economy and get cash out to the places it is needed it would have been better to set up its own bank and do the job itself if any capable group of professionals could be found to run the enterprise.

When you put the latest bank bail out alongside the fact that many banks are now stopping many credit card payments in efforts to reduce card fraud the whole thing becomes laughable. The best advice an “expert” could give to anyone who is worried about their credit card being refused was to make sure you carried plenty of cash with you! That’s just what credit cards were supposed to stop in the first place!

On a lighter note it was on this day in 1903 that the new bicycle race the “Tour de France” was first announced and the event has given enjoyment to its fans ever since. It’s amazing how many cyclists jump on their bikes and whiz around Nomanda’s back yard during the “Tour de France” season. And every one of them without exception wears a yellow jersey!

The game you either love or hate, “Scrabble” was first introduced on this day in 1955. Nomanda’s foot is firmly placed in the latter camp!

I am however a fan of Bruce Springsteen so his iconic song “Born in The USA” that peaked at #9 on this day in 1985 will always get a mention!

Our first birthday boy today is Phil Everly (1938). He was the other half of the Everly Brothers with his elder brother Don and I’m delighted to learn that the duo are still going strong at the unlikely combined age of 140 years! They have no problems getting up in the mornings when they “Wake up Little Susie”!

The multi talented Michael Crawford (1942) may startle a few of his guests today especially if he turns up in his “Phantom of the Opera” costume! He is a great comedian and even better singer!

Dolly Parton
(1946) would love to go to Michael’s bash as long as it’s not between
9 – 5”, otherwise she’ll be working!

The keyboardist of the group UB40, Michael Virtue (1957), will be enjoying his favourite “Red Red Wine” at his birthday bash!

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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