The Friday Post ~ 1st September 2017

Happy 1st September and,   after me I want you to say the following out loud  … ready?  WHITE RABBITS.   Said it?  Good.  You see, this is something I was taught by my grandparents to say on the very first day of any and every month.  It’s kind of good luck charm.  Something which would ensure that bad luck passed by you and only good luck came into your life.

Now you can scoff and say it’s rubbish … but hey,  it’s just two little words. What have you got to lose?

Today is in fact a very special day because…   September 1st  is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar.  There are 121 days remaining until the end of the year.  This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Sunday or Monday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Wednesday or Friday (56).  I think we should have a cake of some sort, to celebrate.  Shall we get our baking tins out and do something wonderful with them?

Right then … it’s Friday so that means it’s ‘Further Your Edumacation Day!’.  Do you have your pens, pencils and crayons ready?  Ok … let’s go then!

On this Day in History.

1159 Pope Adrian IV, (Nicholas Breakspeare), the only English pope, died.

1752 – The Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a bell that has served as one of the most prominent symbols of the American Revolutionary War. It is a familiar symbol of independence within the United States and has been described as an icon of liberty and justice.

You can learn more here:  US History – Liberty Bell.

1865 – In Great Britain – Joseph Lister performed the first antiseptic surgery.

1886 – The Severn Tunnel, (railway tunnel) between England and Wales, was opened for goods traffic

1920 – The Fountain of Time opens as a tribute to the 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain following the Treaty of Ghent.

The Treaty of Ghent was the peace treaty that ended the War of 1812 between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Both sides signed it on December 24, 1814, in the city of Ghent, Belgium.

1939 – At dawn on 1st September, Germany made a massive invasion of Poland and bombed Warsaw at 6am, beginning World War II in Europe. German forces attacked Poland across all frontiers and its planes bombed Polish cities, including the capital, Warsaw – Britain and France prepare to declare war. And, on this date, the start of WWII – the service to 2,000 televisions ceased in Britain. There would be no more TV for seven years.

BBC News report along with a Timeline <— will open in a new tab for you.

1951 – The Premier supermarket opened in Earl’s Court, London; the first supermarket in Britain.

1974 – The SR-71 Blackbird (below) sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London: 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds.


The Lockheed SR-71 is an advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft by the Lockheed Skunk Works. The SR-71 was unofficially named the Blackbird, and called the Habu by its crews. Clarence “Kelly” Johnson was responsible for many of the design’s innovative concepts. A defensive feature of the aircraft was its high-speed and operating altitude, whereby, if a surface-to-air missile launch were detected, standard evasive action was simply to accelerate. The SR-71 line was in service from 1964 to 1998, with 12 of the 32 aircraft being destroyed in accidents, though none were lost to enemy action.

1979 – The American space probe Pioneer 11 becomes the first spacecraft to visit Saturn when it passes the planet at a distance of 21,000 km.

1980 – Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope ends in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Terry Fox 1

Terrance Stanley “Terry” Fox, CC (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer treatment activist. He became famous for the Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research, which Fox ran with one prosthetic leg. He is considered one of Canada’s greatest heroes of the 20th century and is celebrated internationally every September as people participate in the Terry Fox Run, the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.

Fox began by dipping his leg in the Atlantic Ocean at St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980. He intended to dip it in the Pacific Ocean when he arrived in Victoria, British Columbia. He also filled two large bottles with Atlantic Ocean water; his plan was to keep one as a souvenir and pour the other one into the Pacific. He also intended to fill another jug of water with water from the Pacific Ocean. He was going to run about 42 km (26.2 miles) a day, the distance of a typical marathon. No one had ever done anything similar to the task Fox was undertaking.

Fox was unable to finish his run. His bone cancer had metastasized to his lungs: x-rays revealed that Terry’s right lung had a lump the size of a golf ball and his left lung had another lump the size of a lemon. He was forced to stop the run on September 1, 1980 just north-east of Thunder Bay, Ontario, after 143 days. He had run 5,373 km (3,339 miles, or around 23.3 miles per day) through Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario.

Terry Fox 2

Soon after Fox was forced to stop, the CTV television network organized a telethon in hopes of raising additional funds for the cause. Any celebrities within range of Toronto were invited to participate, and the event raised millions of dollars. Many of the guests paid tribute to Fox; TV actor Lee Majors called him “the real Six Million Dollar Man.”

In June 1981, Terry developed pneumonia, and on June 27 he went into a coma. He died on the 28th at 4:37 a.m., which was his favourite hour of running, a year after his legendary run, and exactly one month shy of his twenty-third birthday.
Terry’s large funeral was broadcast live on national television. He is buried in the Port Coquitlam cemetery, near his favourite lookout just outside the cemetery gates.

British singer/songwriter Rod Stewart’s 1981 album Tonight I’m Yours includes the song “Never Give Up On A Dream” (co-written with Bernie Taupin), a tribute to Terry’s Marathon of Hope.  Proceeds from the song went towards cancer research.

1981 – Garages in Britain began selling petrol in litres.

1985 – After 73 years the wreck of the liner ‘Titanic’ was found, by Dr. Robert Ballard.

2004 – The Beslan school hostage crisis begins when armed terrorists take hundreds of school children and adults hostage in the Russian town of Beslan in North Ossetia.

The Beslan school hostage crisis (also referred to as the Beslan school siege or Beslan massacre) began when a group of armed rebels, demanding an end to the Second Chechen War, took more than 1,100 people (including some 777 children) hostage on September 1, 2004, at School Number One (SNO) in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia-Alania, an autonomous republic in the North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation.

On the third day of the standoff, Russian security forces stormed the building using tanks, thermobaric rockets and other heavy weapons. A series of explosions shook the school, followed by a fire which engulfed the building and a chaotic gun battle between the hostage-takers and Russian security forces. Ultimately, at least 334 hostages were killed, including 186 children. Hundreds more were wounded or reported missing.

Chechen separatist warlord Shamil Basayev took responsibility for the hostage taking but blamed the outcome on the then Russian President Vladimir Putin. The tragedy led to security and political repercussions in Russia, most notably a series of government reforms consolidating power in the Kremlin and strengthening of the powers of President of Russia. As of 2008, there are many aspects of the crisis still in dispute, including how many militants were involved, their preparations, and whether some of them had escaped. Questions about the government’s management of the crisis have also persisted, including disinformation and censorship in news media, repressions of journalists who rushed to Beslan, the nature and content of negotiations with the militants, the responsibility for the bloody outcome, and the government’s use of possibly excessive force.

The School – A feature in Esquire Magazine.  –  from June 2006. This link is a great link, as not only does it include the whole story, in detail – but it also has video footage of this news item, as broadcast by CNN.

2006 – Luxembourg became the first country to complete the move to all digital television broadcasting.

Born on this Day

1854 –  Engelbert Humperdinck, German composer (d. 1921)

1875 –  Edgar Rice Burroughs, American writer (d. 1950)

1923 –  Rocky Marciano, American boxer (d. 1969)

1939 –  Lily Tomlin, American actress and comedian

1946 –  Barry Gibb, English singer (Bee Gees)

1950 –  Dr. Phil McGraw, American talk show host

1955 –  Bruce Foxton, English bassist (The Jam)

1957 –  Gloria Estefan, Cuban/American singer

Well then…. I hope you’ve learned something from that ↑ little lot that you can take out and share with the world …. or at the very least the person sat opposite you!

coffee cup

But … we haven’t finished yet.  🙂  I shared a little bit of playtime with you last week by giving you the link to a bubble popping game which had all those beautiful little noises as the bubbles popped.

Well this week, I have another bubble popper for you, but a slightly different one.  The aim is to fire little coloured balls from your ‘launcher’, at other coloured balls – of the same colour.  3 or more same coloured balls, all linked together means that section of balls will blow up, and you’ll bank points.

I play it not for points or to watch my best score, but simply just to have a little enjoyment and beat the game by blowing up all the balls and ending up with a completely blank screen after blowing all the balls to smithereens!

It’s called  Bubble Shooter.  <— click.  It will open up in another page for you.  Enjoy!

Wishing you a very happy Friday.  Hope your day is wonderful and that your weekend turns out to be a total joy.

September squidges from me to you …



Author: The Art of Cobwebs - aka:- thecobweboriumemporium

Hello. I'm 'Cobwebs'. I live in a wee little cottage in the South of England, aptly called Cobweb Cottage. This little dwelling really is a cobweb factory. Not inside (well, occasionally) - but outside - flipping heck! This information should give you a clue as to why my blog is called The Art of Cobwebs aka: The Cobweborium Emporium. I've been arty and crafty from a very young age, and although my crafts have sometimes turned a corner and taken me in another direction, I've always crafted in some way, shape or form. One day, in the blink of an eye, life changed somewhat for me and the consequences were many. I had to find a new way of being 'artistic'. Card making; scrap-booking; producing ATC's and ACEO's; needle felting; Polymer clay; painting- but in a more relaxed style than I had before, and sewing, - are all things which I visit, as and when life allows. I've fairy recently become a Textile Artist and am enjoying this new creative outlet very much as it offers me so much scope for letting my imagination run through a grassy field and feel the wind in my hair - (mentally, of course). I love to create. To make things. I truthfully believe that the best gifts in the world are those in which you've given your time, rather than your cash. Thank you so much for visiting. Please visit my blog (link below) and have a look around. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy, even if it's only a handful of jokes! (yes, seriously - there really are jokes!) Wishing you a truly blessed rest of your day! ~ Cobs. <3

46 thoughts on “The Friday Post ~ 1st September 2017”

  1. Oh, I learned so much today! Very interesting bits of information! Now my week is complete! I can enjoy my 4 days off! Hopefully some coloring time! You find the most interesting things to write about! Love it! Thanks for sharing your knowledge! 🙂

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    1. *nods* The piece about Terry Fox made me feel like that too. Such a positive lovely chap. But I felt so wretched that his life was taken from him before he was able to finish his run.

      He did, however, leave a legacy and made changes to the world that only he could make. And for that I thank him. Fabulous chap.

      Wishing you a lovely Friday and a wonderful weekend Mrs. P.
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x


      1. I understand that there is a purpose for all that happens ~ sometimes it’s kinda hard to see it though until much later then all the pieces fall into place and although it doesn’t stop the pain of loosing someone special it does make it easier to live with, I’m sure this is how Terry’s family deal with his passing

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    1. I love to hear about how many others say this first day of each month saying. I used to think that it was only the members of my family (and extended family) who said it, but since blogging I’ve found out that many people say it – which is just terrific for me. It makes me feel like I’ve found a missing link in the family somewhere. lol.

      Thrilled that you’re now even more educationalmalised than you were before. I just hope that I’m not going to pop anyones brain with all the stuff which is being pushed into them! eeek! lol
      Sending squidges to you QuietWater. ~ Cobs. xxx


  2. Just got to reading this week’s installment of my fave post 😊 antiseptic a good thing! I knew titanic was found in 1985 but didn’t know it was today, so thanks for edumakating me 😉 it’s also the first day of the academic year…more excuse for cake? Squidges, Anna x

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    1. ABSO BLOOMIN’ LUTELY for the cake!!!
      But then … I don’t think there is ever a day when cake shouldn’t be eaten. It’s the LAW! (or if it isn’t, it should be).

      Nice to see you Anna. Thanks for coming and for the lovely comment.
      Have a lovely day and wonderful weekend. ~ Cobs. x


  3. You gave us lots of lovely facts today. I’ve touched the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, along with an English friend who was visiting us at the time. I was totally surprised that visitors are encouraged to touch the bell.

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    1. It must have been lovely to actually make that connection with the Liberty Bell. A moment in time to remember Anne. How wonderful.

      Thank you so much for coming Anne, and for the lovely comment. I loved sharing your special moment with the Liberty Bell. Thank you.
      Have a blessed rest of your day my friend ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Well…dumb me didn’t have a clue about the rabbit thing until fairly recently. Where did it get it’s start? You need to research this Mrs. Cob and educate us on this important fact. Must remember to’ rabbit’ on the first of EVERY month.( must remember ,must remember). lol

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    1. Ahhhh… you must remember to WHITE Rabbits. It has to be right to ensure a good luck only month.
      Apparently it’s not really known where it comes from. There are various thoughts on the matter, and various ‘tales’ of where it came from, but no exact proof.

      It was mentioned in some document or other in 1909, but that’s the first time they’ve found it mentioned. But it’s not the sort of thing that someone would document, so I’m thinking that it must have been going on for quite a time before that.

      It was a common belief among RAF bomber aircrew during WW2 that saying ‘White Rabbits’ when you woke up would protect you from harm.

      I can believe that. Although these were brave men, I can fully understand that adding a bit of believe in something like that wasn’t going to do any harm, so give it a go.

      Like I gave a nod to in the post …. It’s not going to harm anyone so … give it a go. We could all do with a little extra luck and I can’t see that saying White Rabbits is going to upset or offend anyone other than those who WANT to be offended. LOL.

      Sending squidges ~ C. xxx

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  5. So much edumactionion! Thanks Cobs! We all have started with your tradition of saying White Rabbits 🙂 As I was reading all the facts and dates, a thought occurred to me, the young ones after us will be seeing dates of history which we have lived! Crazy! You have a most fantastic and Blessed weekend ! xx

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    1. Aw thank you Ruthie.

      Yes, that fact has occurered to me too. I wonder if someone will be blogging then, and do a post like this one, with a ‘What Happened on this day in History’… what would they include as the ‘things’ for this day?

      I don’t know why, but the thought gave me the heebeejeebees! LOL.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  6. I love these posts of yours! It’s always interesting to find out what happened on this day years ago, when it’s just an ordinary day for me…great post, have a lovely day 😺💕xxx

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  7. Happy Friday, I have taken in as many facts as I possibly could. I love that the date has a certain chance of landing on particular days of the week, I’d never thought of it like that!

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    1. Coo… your sunshine must be warm.
      We have sunshine here, but it feels cold.
      Maybe when the sun comes around to the back of the house in about an hour or so, it will feel warmer. It seems to warm up the conservatory and then that acts like a bloomin’ big radiator and heats the rest of the cottage up. lol
      Have fun on that field there!
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x


  8. Helloooooooo, So much to take in but 1st September seems to be a busy day! Poor Terry Fox and I wonder which lucky person had the first surgery with antispetic. Is there cake still on offer………..? I could do with a big slice about now 😀 Hannah xx

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    1. There’s always cake for friends Hannah. Right now there’s a Cherry and Sultana Cake in the kitchen. It is GLORIOUS! It’s a weekly thing. I love it.

      Sept. 1st – yes busy day. I left more out than I included! I decided upon a selection of what I thought would cover the interests of most of my readers.

      I was so saddened to read the story of Terry Fox. I would have loved to have read that he got to that finish he worked so hard for.
      His memory will live on.

      Right poppet … cake …. and coffee? Tea? G&T? Sangria in the garden?
      Squidges and love ~ Cobs. xxx

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  9. Well, Cobs. All interesting facts once again… but I had to do it, didn’t I? I had to click that Bubble Shooter, and that was me for two hours. Too late to do anything else. Too late to comment. Missed all of the TV. No – hang on, I’d recorded everything, so that was fine. I was still up very late though. And the game always beat me. I think I prefer the other bubbly one… at least I can get to finish that one!

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        1. you can’t see it but I’m nodding and smiling here. The pops are so .. so .. what? Lovely is too week. Pretty doesn’t do it. They’re …just … so … darn cute.
          That will have to do it because my brain cell has wandered off again.
          But I understand why Boomshine fills a space.
          Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  10. Dearest Cobs,
    You are a bona fide font of facts!!
    In my household we say “Rabbit Rabbit” on the first day of the month. And it must be the first thing you say for the day! I usually text or call my oldest daughter to remind her to “Rabbit Rabbit” before she gets out of bed!!
    Sending you the white rabbitiest of rabbit luck and blessings!!
    ~ Tami

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  11. Interesting facts, Cobs! I actually saw Terry Fox during his marathon. His route took him past the road to our cottage, and we were there at the time. We cheered him on as he went past. Little did any of us know what was so sadly to come. It was a great moment, though, and to this day he’s a great Canadian icon and his legacy of hope lives on.

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    1. Aww, I’m so glad that I included his achievements in the post. I dd have a moment where I questioned if it might bring a little sadness to the heart of a reader, but I believed that this was such a huge thing for this wonderful chap, that I wanted to draw attention to it so that anyone who didn’t know his story would now be aware of it and might even seek out more information.

      You’re right. His legacy lives on.
      Sending squidges Gillyflower.
      ~ Cobs. x

      oh …PS … I still haven’t heard from Puff, and I feel so sad that whatever it is which has happened is keeping her away from blogging, as it was something which brought joy not only to her readers, but to her as well.

      Such an incredibly lovley gal and I miss her fun, humour and card making abilities so very much.
      But … I live in hope that at some point something may change for her and she’ll be back with us again.
      ~ C. x

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      1. Hi, Cobs. Yes, I am really worried about Puff and miss her terribly, too. Am sending all sorts of hopeful thoughts her way!

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  12. Cobs you are a fountain of wonderful and interesting information. I love your Friday posts. Sad no news from Puff as yet. Fingers crossed all is well.

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    1. Hell Barbara
      I’m so glad you enjoy the Friday posts, I love putting them together.

      No, sadly no news from Puff, and I’ve grown increasingly concerned about her. It’s been four months since we last heard from her, when she told us that she had to care for someone for a little while.

      I’ve emailed her, firstly just saying hello and hoping she was well. Since then I’ve email twice – last time telling her that we’d all sent a card to her… so that she would know that it wasn’t some random card from a bunch of daft women… which it was but hey, we’re great women too! lol

      To just disappear doesn’t somehow seem like Puff at all. If she’d got busy and could no longer blog at all, I think she would have signed off with that.

      I think we all feel the same, worried, concerned, and hopeful for just a word from her. She was (is) such a fantastic blogging friend, with a sensational sense of humour. I miss her own personal brand of fun so very much.

      Like you, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that one of us will hear something very soon. I check my emails every day – sometimes three times a day, scanning for her name.
      I hope she is well, and that she’s happy. I pray that all that’s keeping her from blog land is something which is amazingly good and fills her with total joy.

      Thank you so much for coming Barbara, and for leaving a comment. Bless your beautiful heart.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x


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