Wednesday, 25 February 2009

25 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!

Yesterday was a day for expensive pigs! Today seems to be a day for eccentric Brits!

It was on this day in 1838 that a London pedestrian, alas un-named, walked 20 miles backwards and then without turning round, walked the same distance forwards. The exercise was completed in just 8 hours and I’m sure the un-named hero enjoyed a couple of good old English beers at the end of his walking marathon! I have no idea why he undertook the task, but my bet would be that he did it for a bet! It does however give us an excuse to listen to Helen Shapiro’s song “Walking Back to Happiness” which if she had been aware I’m she would have dedicated to this unsung hero! Apparently walking or running backwards can do wonders for your health, so don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

The next feat of physical and, in this case, relationship endurance took place on this day in 1974 when the English husband and wife team Veronica and Collin Scargill jumped onto their bicycle tandem to ride around the world. I’m pretty sure that even if we had a tandem Nomanda and his wife couldn’t ride around the block without one, or more likely, both of us falling off! They stayed together and saddle sore and weary completed their tour of 18,020 miles on 27th August 1975. Well done guys!

And to sum the whole thing up Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded “That’ll Be the Day” on this day in 1957! Great Stuff!

One of France’s favourite sons, Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919) is our first birthday celebrity today. Nomanda bought his “Luncheon of the Boating Party” as a wedding present for our daughter and new husband a couple of years ago and it hangs in pride of place in their lovely home in Brisbane. Sadly, it is not the original!

The voice of cricket, John Arlott (1914 – 1991) is next up for birthday honours today. Despite all my efforts the great man does not seem to have made it onto You Tube so that I can share one of his moments with you. If you find one, please let me know.

There’s no doubt that we’ll be able to find “Pearl’s a Singer” to celebrate the birthday of Elkie Brooks (1945) today!

The very funny and talented Ricky Gervais (1961) is our last birthday guest today. He eventually made it out of the “Office” and went on to bigger and better things. Gone, but never forgotten!

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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