Sunday, 22 February 2009

22 February - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Gemstone of the Month: Amethyst

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 really haven’t got anything against taxi drivers, I’m sure out of their workplace they are all quite decent blokes, but there’s something that happens to them when they get behind the wheel of their cab and go to work! A few are cheerful, but most are non communicative and surly, especially if they don’t like the size of your tip! All London taxi fares are metered and it was on this day in 1907 that the first meters began operating and they’ve been ticking over at ever increasing rates ever since. I don’t know about you but I’ve hardly got my bum on the seat before the first fiver has been clocked up! I sit there mesmerised by the speed the meter ticks over and start worrying about whether I’ve got enough cash to cover the fare. Nevertheless they do a great job and as long as you’ve allowed enough time whatever the traffic they have always got me to where I want to be with seconds to spare!

When I was a lad we used to have a dog racing track at the bottom of our garden. You can see from what humble beginnings Nomanda started out in life! If I climbed a tree I could see all the races going on and watched with boyish pleasure the dogs racing around the track chasing the artificial rabbit and going like crazy! It never occurred to me that there was a time before the dogs chased an artificial rabbit as the first artificial rabbit was introduced on this day in 1907 at a track in Emeryville, California. My mind boggles to think what they must have done before! Sounds awful, poor fluffy!

The group Genesis released their first record on this day in 1968. It was called “Silent Sun” and here it is! They would go on to do much better stuff and Nomanda thinks that Phil Collins is just great!

America’s first president George Washington (1732 – 1799) is our first birthday celebrity today. To find out more about this great man visit this site.

Our next birthday celebrity is the evergreen Bruce Forsyth (1928). He is a great character and still entertains millions through “Strictly Come Dancing”. Long may it last, Bruce, because "Doddery you are NOT"!

The next celebrity to get Nomanda’s birthday wishes today is Jeri Ryan best known for her character “7 of 9” in “Star Trek Voyager”. She gets 10 out of 10 from Nomanda!

Our final birthday greetings go to the lovely musician Jenny Frost (1978). She used to be an Atomic Kitten and here’s one of Nomanda’s favourites!

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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1 comment:

Dr Blockbuster said...

Indeed, the evergreen Bruce Forsyth is 81 today and Bruce has the spirit of an 18 year old.

Happy Birthday Bruce Forsyth!

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Give Bruce Forsyth a Knighthood