Friday, 13 February 2009

13 February - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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First of all Nomanda would like to thank all our new readers! We have been getting more and more of you every day and we really appreciate you! If you are enjoying Nomanda’s blog please pass it on to your friends. And if you would like to make a comment or get your own special mention on your own special day just send us the details through the comments section and we’ll make sure we don’t forget you!

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!

I don’t know whether any of our readers are superstitious but just in case any of you are then I’ll remind you that today is Friday 13th February so if you think you need to take any special precautions today, you have been warned!

This day in 1976 was a day for celebration for the New Zealand sheep shearer Peter Casserly who did a remarkable job of shearing 353 lambs in just 9 hours. Now Nomanda’s not done a great deal of sheep shearing in his life, actually I’ve not done any, but that sounds quite an impressive feat to me! I wonder how many he could do once he got into the swing of things!

Don’t you get bored when some people go on and on and on? Well one unknown writer for the New York Times set out to be the bore of the day on this day in 1981 when he composed the longest sentence published by the respectable journal totalling 1,286 words. If he thought he was going to make it into any record books he was sadly mistaken as there are many better efforts. For example:

William Faulkner’s novel “Absalom, Absalom” has a sentence just beating the above effort coming in at 1,287 words. Very close, though!

Jonathan Coe has a sentence of 13,955 words in his novel “Rotters’ Club”.

However the star long sentence writer is Mark Leach where there is a sentence of around 3 million words in his 17 million word novel “Marienbad My Love”.

What absolute bores!

The big boozer Oliver Reed (1938 – 1999) is our first birthday celebrity today. He was larger than life both on and off the screen.

The guy who thinks a great deal of himself and gets up Nomanda’s nose, Jerry Springer (1944) is our next birthday guest. A lot of people like him and watch him so they can’t all be wrong!

Our final birthday boy is the bassist from the band Culture Club, Michael Craig (1960). I don’t want to hurt him or any of his mates who turn up at his birthday bash so I’ll just wish him a great day!

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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