The Friday Post – 13th October 2017

Today is … FRIDAY THE 13th.

The fear of Friday the 13th is so big that it has its own name.  It’s called friggatriskaidekaphobia – or triskaidekaphobia for short.

Friggatriskaidekaphobia comes from Frigg, the Norse goddess of wisdom after whom Friday is named, and the Greek words Triskaidekaphobia, meaning 13, and phobia, meaning fear.

Now Friday the 13th is not universally seen as a day of misery. For example, in Italy, Friday the 17th and not Friday the 13th is considered to be a day that brings bad luck.  In fact, the number 13 is thought to be a lucky number!

In many Spanish-speaking countries and in Greece, Tuesday the 13th is seen as a day of misfortune. And  ….   For a month to have a Friday the 13th, the month must begin on a Sunday.

OK, that’s enough of this Friday 13th silliness!  Get your notebooks ready, and put your chewing gum in the bin!  Edumacation coming up!

On this Day in History

1773The Whirlpool Galaxy is discovered by Charles Messier. The famous Whirlpool galaxy Messier 51 (M51, NGC 5194) is one of the most conspicuous, and probably the most well-known spiral galaxy in the sky.

The Whirlpool Galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy located at a distance of approximately 23 million light-years in the constellation Canes Venatici.  It is one of the most famous spiral galaxies in the sky.

The galaxy and its companion (NGC 5195) are easily observed by amateur astronomers, and the two galaxies may even be seen with binoculars. The Whirlpool Galaxy is also a popular target for professional astronomers, who study it to further understand galaxy structure (particularly structure associated with the spiral arms) and galaxy interactions.

M51 is visible through binoculars on a dark night, but with modern amateur telescopes this galaxy is truly a sight to behold. It is very forgiving on the instrument, when seen even through a humble 10 cm telescope the basic outlines of M51 and its companion are visible. Under dark skies, and with a moderate eyepiece through a 15 cm telescope, one can detect M51’s intrinsic spiral structure. With larger (>30 cm) instruments M51 is simply breathtaking. The various spiral bands are very obvious and several HII regions appear to be visible, and M51 can be seen to be attached to M51B. The shape of the X-formation in the nucleus has often been compared to the Christian cross.

1775 – The United States Continental Congress orders the establishment of the Continental Navy (later renamed the United States Navy).
1792 – In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (known as the White House since 1818) is laid.

1843 – In New York City, Henry Jones and 11 others found B’nai B’rith (the oldest Jewish service organization in the world).

The Independent Order of B’nai B’rith – Membership Certificate

The Independent Order of B’nai B’rith (IPA: /bəneɪ ‘brɪθ/; Hebrew: בני ברית, “Sons of the Covenant”) is the oldest continually operating Jewish service organization in the world. It was founded in New York City by Henry Jones and 11 others, on October 13, 1843.

The organization is engaged in a wide variety of community service and welfare activities, including the promotion of Jewish rights, assisting hospitals and victims of natural disasters, awarding scholarships to Jewish college students, and opposing anti-Semitism and racism through its Centre for Human Rights and Public Policy.

The organization’s main body is B’nai B’rith International, the entity that works with hundreds of countries around the world to increase the welfare of resident Jews.

1845A majority of voters in the Republic of Texas approve a proposed constitution, that if accepted by the U.S. Congress, will make Texas a U.S. state.

1881 – Revival of the Hebrew language as Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (a key figure in the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language) and friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations.

1884 – Greenwich is established as universal time meridian of longitude. Greenwich is a district in south-east London, England, on the south bank of the River Thames in the London Borough of Greenwich. It is best known for its maritime history and as giving its name to the Greenwich Meridian (0° longitude) and Greenwich Mean Time. Which was chosen as the universal time meridian of longitude from which standard times throughout the world are calculated.

Royal Observatory Greenwich
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich – as depicted on a picture postcard in 1902

The town became the site of a Royal palace, the Palace of Placentia from the 15th century, and was the birthplace of many in the House of Tudor, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The palace fell into disrepair during the English Civil War and was rebuilt as the Royal Naval Hospital for Sailors by Sir Christopher Wren and his assistant Nicholas Hawksmoor. These buildings became the Royal Naval College in 1873, and they remained an establishment for military education until 1998 when they passed into the hands of the Greenwich Foundation. The historic rooms within these buildings remain open to the public; other buildings are used by University of Greenwich and the Trinity College of Music.

Stood on the Meridian Line
A favourite thing to do when visiting is to stand with one foot either side of the Meridian Line and be photographed.

The town became a popular resort in the 17th century with many grand houses, such as Vanbrugh castle established on Maze Hill, next to the park. From the Georgian period estates of houses were constructed above the town centre. The maritime connections of Greenwich were celebrated in the 20th century, with the sitting of the Cutty Sark and Gypsy Moth IV next to the river front, and the National Maritime Museum in the former buildings of the Royal Hospital School in 1934. Greenwich formed part of Kent until 1889 when the County of London was created.
(Greenwich is pronounced: Gren–itch = ‘Grenitch’.)

1894 – The first Merseyside ‘derby’ football match was played at Goodison Park between Liverpool and Everton, with Everton winning 3 – 0.

1917 – The “Miracle of the Sun” is witnessed by an estimated 70,000 people in the Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal. The Miracle of the Sun is an alleged miraculous event witnessed by as many as 100,000 people on 13 October 1917 in the Cova da Iria fields near Fátima, Portugal.  Those in attendance had assembled to observe what the Portuguese secular newspapers had been ridiculing for months as the absurd claim of three shepherd children that a miracle was going to occur at high-noon in the Cova da Iria on October 13, 1917.

According to many witness statements, after a downfall of rain, the dark clouds broke and the sun appeared as an opaque, spinning disk in the sky. It was said to be significantly less bright than normal, and cast multicolored lights across the landscape, the shadows on the landscape, the people, and the surrounding clouds. The sun was then reported to have careened towards the earth in a zigzag pattern, frightening some of those present who thought it meant the end of the world. Some witnesses reported that their previously wet clothes became “suddenly and completely dry.”

Estimates of the number of witnesses range from 30,000-40,000 by Avelino de Almeida, writing for the Portuguese newspaper O Século, to 100,000, estimated by Dr. Joseph Garrett, professor of natural sciences at the University of Coimbra, both of whom were present that day.

The miracle was attributed by believers to Our Lady of Fátima, an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three young shepherd children in 1917, as having been predicted by the three children on 13 July, 19 August, and 13 September 1917.  The children reported that the Lady had promised them that she would on 13 October reveal her identity to them and provide a miracle “so that all may believe.”

According to these reports, the miracle of the sun lasted approximately ten minutes.  The three children also reported seeing a panorama of visions, including those of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of Saint Joseph blessing the people.

The most widely cited descriptions of the events reported at Fatima are taken from the writings of John De Marchi, an Italian Catholic priest and researcher. De Marchi spent seven years in Fátima, from 1943 to 1950, conducting original research and interviewing the principles at undisturbed length.  In The Immaculate Heart, published in 1952, De Marchi reports that, “their ranks (those present on 13 October) included believers and non-believers, pious old ladies and scoffing young men.  Hundreds, from these mixed categories, have given formal testimony. Reports do vary; impressions are in minor details confused, but none to our knowledge has directly denied the visible prodigy of the sun.”

Some of the witness statements follow below. They are taken from John De Marchi’s several books on the matter.

• “Before the astonished eyes of the crowd, whose aspect was biblical as they stood bare-headed, eagerly searching the sky, the sun trembled, made sudden incredible movements outside all cosmic laws — the sun ‘danced’ according to the typical expression of the people.” ― Avelino de Almeida, writing for O Século (Portugal’s most widely circulated and influential newspaper, which was pro-government and anti-clerical at the time Almeida’s previous articles had been to satirize the previously reported events at Fátima).

    • “The sun, at one moment surrounded with scarlet flame, at another aureoled in yellow and deep purple, seemed to be in an exceeding fast and whirling movement, at times appearing to be loosened from the sky and to be approaching the earth, strongly radiating heat.” ― Dr. Domingos Pinto Coelho, writing for the newspaper Ordem.

“The sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl, when suddenly a clamor was heard from all the people. The sun, whirling, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible.” ― Dr. Almeida Garrett, Professor of Natural Sciences at Coimbra University.

• “As if like a bolt from the blue, the clouds were wrenched apart, and the sun at its zenith appeared in all its splendor. It began to revolve vertiginously on its axis, like the most magnificent firewheel that could be imagined, taking on all the colors of the rainbow and sending forth multi-colored flashes of light, producing the most astounding effect. This sublime and incomparable spectacle, which was repeated three distinct times, lasted for about ten minutes. The immense multitude, overcome by the evidence of such a tremendous prodigy, threw themselves on their knees.” ― Dr. Formigão, a professor at the seminary at Santarem, and a priest.

    • “I feel incapable of describing what I saw. I looked fixedly at the sun, which seemed pale and did not hurt my eyes. Looking like a ball of snow, revolving on itself, it suddenly seemed to come down in a zig-zag, menacing the earth. Terrified, I ran and hid myself among the people, who were weeping and expecting the end of the world at any moment.” ― Rev. Joaquim Lourenço, describing his boyhood experience in Alburitel, eighteen kilometers from Fatima.

• “On that day of October 13, 1917, without remembering the predictions of the children, I was enchanted by a remarkable spectacle in the sky of a kind I had never seen before. I saw it from this veranda…” ― Portuguese poet Afonso Lopes Vieira.

Critical evaluation of the event
No scientific accounts exist of any unusual solar or astronomic activity during the time the sun was reported to have “danced”, and there are no witness reports of any unusual solar phenomenon further than forty miles out from Cova da Iria.
De Marchi claims that the prediction of an unspecified “miracle”, the abrupt beginning and end of the alleged miracle of the sun, the varied religious backgrounds of the observers, the sheer numbers of people present, and the lack of any known scientific causative factor make a mass hallucination unlikely. That the activity of the sun was reported as visible by those up to 18 kilometers away, also precludes the theory of a collective hallucination or mass hysteria, according to De Marchi.

Pio Scatizzi, S.J. describes events of Fátima and concludes:

    The … solar phenomena were not observed in any observatory. Impossible that they should escape notice of so many astronomers and indeed the other inhabitants of the hemisphere… there is no question of an astronomical or meteorological event phenomenon …Either all the observers in Fátima were collectively deceived and erred in their testimony, or we must suppose an extra-natural intervention.

Steuart Campbell, writing for the 1989 edition of Journal of Meteorology, postulated that a cloud of stratospheric dust changed the appearance of the sun on 13 October, making it easy to look at, and causing it to appear yellow, blue, and violet and to spin. In support of his hypothesis, Mr. Campbell reports that a blue and reddened sun was reported in China as documented in 1983.

Joe Nickell, a skeptic and investigator of paranormal phenomena, claims that the position of the phenomenon, as described by the various witnesses, is at the wrong azimuth and elevation to have been the sun. He suggests the cause may have been a sundog. Sometimes referred to as a parhelion or “mock sun”, a sundog is a relatively common atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with the reflection/refraction of sunlight by the numerous small ice crystals that make up cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. A sundog is, however, a stationary phenomenon, and would not explain the reported appearance of the “dancing sun”. Nickell suggests an explanation for this and other similar phenomena may lie in temporary retinal distortion, caused by staring at the intense light and/or by the effect of darting the eyes to and fro so as to avoid completely fixed gazing (thus combining image, after image and movement). Nickell concludes that there was

“likely a combination of factors, including optical and meteorological phenomena (the sun being seen through thin clouds, causing it to appear as a silver disc; an alteration in the density of the passing clouds, so that the sun would alternatively brighten and dim, thus appearing to advance and recede; dust or moisture droplets in the atmosphere, imparting a variety of colours to sunlight; and/or other phenomena).”

However, there are marked problems with the sundog theory because the meteorological conditions at the time of the Miracle of the Sun were not conducive to such an occurrence.  Sundogs occur in the presence of cirrus clouds, which are made out of ice, not water droplets. A sundog could have occurred prior to the rainstorm but not trailing the rainstorm, which is when the phenomenon occurred. A sundog would have to have occurred, at very least, hours prior to the storm, since cirrus clouds can precede a rainstorm by a few hours. The short and brief rain experienced before the sun event, on the other hand, indicates cumulonimbus clouds.

Not everyone reported seeing the sun “dance, including the children, who reported seeing Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and Saint Joseph blessing the people. Some people only saw the radiant colours. Others saw nothing at all.

Paul Simons, in an article entitled “Weather Secrets of Miracle at Fátima”, states that he believes it possible that some of the optical effects at Fatima may have been caused by a cloud of dust from the Sahara.

Kevin McClure claims that the crowd at Cova da Iria may have been expecting to see signs in the sun, as similar phenomena had been reported in the weeks leading up to the miracle. On this basis he believes that the crowd saw what it wanted to see. But it has been objected that McClure’s account fails to explain similar reports of people miles away, who by their own testimony were not even thinking of the event at the time, or the sudden drying of people’s sodden, rain-soaked clothes. Kevin McClure stated that he had never seen such a collection of contradictory accounts of a case in any of the research he had done in the previous ten years.

Leo Madigan believes that the various witness reports of a miracle are accurate, however he alleges inconsistency of witnesses, and suggests that astonishment, fear, exaltation and imagination must have played roles in both the observing and the retelling. Madigan likens the experiences to prayer, and considers that the spiritual nature of the phenomenon explains what he describes as the inconsistency of the witnesses.

Author Lisa Schwebel claims that the event was a supernatural extra-sensory phenomenon. Schwebel notes that the solar phenomenon reported at Fátima is not unique – there have been several reported cases of high-pitched religious gatherings culminating in the sudden and mysterious appearance of lights in the sky.

It has been argued that the Fátima phenomenon and many UFO sights share a common cause, or even that the phenomenon was an alien craft.

Many years after the events in question, Stanley L. Jaki, a professor of physics at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, Benedictine priest and author of a number of books reconciling science and Catholicism, proposed a unique theory about the supposed miracle. Jaki believes that the event was natural and meteorological in nature, but that the fact the event occurred at the exact time predicted was a miracle.

The event was officially accepted as a miracle by the Roman Catholic Church on 13 October 1930. On 13 October 1951, papal legate Cardinal Tedeschini told the million gathered at Fátima that on 30 October, 31 October, 1 November, and 8 November 1950, Pope Pius XII himself witnessed the miracle of the sun from the Vatican gardens.

External Links
Pictures of the crowd from, “Fatima Portugal Our Lady of Fatima”
“The True Story of Fatima” by Father John De Marchi

1924 – In Great Britain, – Labour Party leader Ramsay MacDonald became the first Prime Minister to make an election broadcast on BBC radio.

1940 – Princess Elizabeth, aged 14, (now Queen Elizabeth II), made her first radio broadcast to child evacuees.
1943 – World War II: The new government of Italy sides with the Allies and declares war on Germany.
The New York Times – front page news story

1958 – Burial of Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII on the 41st anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun”.

1958 – Michael Bond publishes the first story on Paddington Bear.  Michael Bond, OBE, is an English children’s author.  He is the creator of Paddington Bear and has also written about the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, as well as the animated BBC TV series The Herbs.  Bond also writes culinary mystery stories for adults featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.

Paddington Bear 1

Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, England on 13th January 1926.  He was educated at Presentation College, Reading.  During World War II Michael Bond served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army.

He began writing in 1945 and sold his first short story to a magazine called ‘London Opinion’. This experience helped him decide that he wanted to be a writer.

It was while Michael Bond was working as a television cameraman for the BBC that he first came up with the idea for Paddington and he recalls in his own words how this came about:

“I bought a small toy bear on Christmas Eve 1956. I saw it left on a shelf in a London store and felt sorry for it. I took it home as a present for my wife Brenda and named it Paddington as we were living near Paddington Station at the time. I wrote some stories about the bear, more for fun than with the idea of having them published. After ten days I found that I had a book on my hands. It wasn’t written specifically for children, but I think I put into it the kind things I liked reading about when I was young.”

Michael Bond sent the book to his agent, Harvey Unna, who liked it and after sending it to several publishers it was eventually accepted by William Collins & Sons (now Harper Collins).  The publishers commissioned an illustrator, Peggy Fortnum, and the very first book “A Bear Called Paddington” was published on 13th October 1958.  After the first Paddington book was accepted, Michael Bond went on to write a whole series.

The polite immigrant bear from Darkest Peru, with his old bush hat, battered suitcase and marmalade sandwiches became a classic English children’s literature icon.

In fact – by 1965 his books were so successful that Michael was able to give up his job with the BBC in order to become a full-time writer.

Paddington Bear 2

Since the first publication the Paddington books have sold more than thirty-five million copies worldwide and have been translated into over forty different languages, including Latin.

Paddington books have been translated into thirty languages across seventy titles and sold worldwide.  Over 265 licensees, making thousands of different products across the UK, Europe, USA, Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia and South Africa all benefit from the universal recognition of Paddington Bear.

In total Michael Bond has written almost 150 books, including his autobiography ‘Bears and Forebears’.

Paddington with Michael Bond
Michael Bond with Paddington – Britain’s most politest Bear!

Michael Bond sadly passed away 4 1/2 months ago, in London on 27 June 2017, at the wonderful age of 91.  Thank you Michael, for adding wonderfulness to children’s lives, and to the world in general.

1963 – The term Beatlemania was coined after The Beatles appeared at the Palladium, in London. They made their debut as the top of the bill on ITV’s ‘Sunday Night at The London Palladium.’
1967 – The first game in the history of the American Basketball Association is played as the Anaheim Amigos lose to the Oakland Oaks 134-129 in Oakland, California.

1971 – ‘World’ Series: The first night game in ‘World’ Series history is played at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium between the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates.
1972 – Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes in the Andes mountains, in between the borders of Argentina and Chile. By December 23, 1972 only 16 out of 45 people lived long enough to be rescued.

1983 – Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois. A cellular network is a radio network made up of a number of radio cells (or just cells) each served by a fixed transmitter, known as a cell site or base station. These cells are used to cover different areas in order to provide radio coverage over a wider area than the area of one cell. Cellular networks are inherently asymmetric with a set of fixed main transceivers each serving a cell and a set of distributed (generally, but not always, mobile) transceivers which provide services to the network’s users.
Cellular networks offer a number of advantages over alternative solutions:

    • • increased capacity
      • reduced power usage
      • better coverage

A good (and simple) example of a cellular system is an old taxi driver’s radio system where the taxi company will have several transmitters based around a city each operated by an individual operator.

1992 – In Great Britain, thousands of miners lose their jobs. The government announced plans to close one-third of Britain’s deep coal mines, putting 31,000 miners out of work.
BBC News Story

1993 – Captured American Pilot Mike Durant is filmed in an interview in captivity by a CNN camera crew.

Michael ‘Mike’ J. Durant (born July 23, 1961) is the American pilot who was held prisoner after a raid in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 3, 1993. Durant served in the United States Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers) as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. He retired from the Army as a CW4 Blackhawk helicopter Master Aviator in the 160th SOAR after participating in combat operations Prime Chance, Just Cause, Desert Storm, and Gothic Serpent. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, POW Medal, and numerous others. He and his wife Lisa have six children.

1994 – In Northern IrelandThree main loyalist paramilitary groups announced a ceasefire following an IRA announcement weeks earlier.
BBC News on the Day complete with Video footage and Timeline of events

Born on this Day

1853 – Lillie Langtry, British actress (d. 1929)

1904 – Wilfred Pickles, English actor and broadcaster (d. 1978)

1917 – George Virl Osmond, Osmond family patriarch (d. 2007)

1925 – Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990.  Known as ‘The Iron Lady’ she was the longest-serving Prime Minister for more than 150 years.

1934 – Nana Mouskouri, Greek singer and politician

1941 – Paul Simon, American singer and musician (Simon and Garfunkel)

1944 – Robert Lamm, American musician (Chicago)

1946 – Edwina Currie, British politician

1947 – Sammy Hagar, American singer (Van Halen)

1948 – John Ford Coley, American musician – most well-known for his partnership in the musical duo England Dan & John Ford Coley.

1959 – Marie Osmond, American entertainer

1962 – Kelly Preston, American actress – married to John Travolta since 1991.

1969 – Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater


Thought for the Day 

What makes you think that what you’ve done in the past is worth carrying with you, like an old burden,  into this perfect moment.?  

Let go of it.

Mentally, envisage it as a way too big, dirty, old, overcoat that you have forced yourself to wear, day in, day out, for years.

It’s heavy, … it’s grubby,  …  it’s horrible.

Imagine yourself shrugging your shoulders and shrugging the overcoat off.  Feel it slipping down your arms, falling free of your hands and sliding to the floor around your feet.

Step out of it.  Now take your first step away from it.  Then stand for a moment and feel how much lighter your life feels without it.

Now – slowly – but in a better frame of mind . . .  walk away from it.

DON’T  look back.  DON’T  turn around.  You don’t need to look at it – it’s of no use to you.

You don’t need it anymore.  Leg it go.

With every step that you take away from it, feel how much lighter you become.  Feel how your footsteps become faster . . .  until you are almost skipping with joy!

Don’t drag old baggage around with you.  Each day is a new start.  What’s gone is gone.  Start anew.  Start NOW.

~~ 💙~~

Well we’ve reached our full input of Edumacation for Friday, and now that you’re filled with information which will surprise and astound some of your family and friends, I want you to go out there and spread that information around, for just like spreading fertiliser around your garden, which helps makes things grow … so your newly learned edumacation will enrich the world.  And quite frankly, at the moment, the world really needs as much enriching as possible.

Please, have a truly beautiful Friday.  There may be a gremlin that might just get into the day, but remember, it’s not what happens to you which matters in the long run, it’s how you react to what happens to you.  You have a choice.  Choose wisely because I want you to do the best you can possibly do, for YOU.

Sending squidges in wheel barrow loads …. right to your door!




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45 thoughts on “The Friday Post – 13th October 2017”

  1. Hi-de-hi cobs…Happy Friday! Space stuff and Paddington, you spoil me! Have I ever told u my daughter calls me Paddington because I eat a lot of marmalade -based breakfasts 😉 triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13, some theologians believe it stems from the number of the beast being 616 and not the triple 60p (6+1+6=13) as mentioned in the davinci code series.

    Squidges always, Anna x

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    1. Hello Anna, great to see you.
      Happy Friday to you too.

      Glad that you’re a Paddington lover too … everyone should have a Paddington Bear in their life at some point,and love that your daughter calls you Paddington because of your love of Marmalade. Perfect! lol

      Friday the 13th doesn’t bother me at all. Good or bad can happen on any day, any date. But then, that’s just my opinion. However … the numbers of that thing [which shall not be named] . . . I won’t have cars with those numbers nor buy anything with that price tag. I know it might be laughable to some folks but it’s a strong, instinctive feeling within me, and I allow my intuition to guide me. 😉

      Great to see you Anna.
      Have a blessed day! ~ Cobs. 🍃 🍂 🍁


  2. Ooh my brain is straining at the seams! Where do you find all this fascinating edumacation, Cobs?
    I LOVE Friday the 13th! 13 is my lucky number (and my birthday!) and everyone knows Friday is the best day of all

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    1. Where do I find it? It’s History, and it’s all around us. 😉

      Oooo how lovely …13 being your lucky number! Perhaps you should buy a lottery ticket today. Maybe, just maybe, it might turn out to be your lucky day!


  3. Well Mrs. Cob you have successfully filled our brains with a lot of information. My goodness who knew?
    You are right. Just throw it off and step into today.
    My sister and I are going washing machine shopping today. Should be interesting. xoxo

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      1. What a day in the country. We did get a new washer and dryer for Mom. Then we had to move and clean out two freezers ( Not used for food) so the delivery people could do their thing, My mom is a pack rat and …well…never mind. it is done…for now. I am one tired and pooped out care taker. xxoxo

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        1. I’m not sure what the heck WordPress is doing, but I’ve only just found this message from you in my ‘pending’ folder… and yet I didn’t get any notification that you’d commented! sigh. (imagine me doing the Dick Dasterdly Dogs rant right at this moment).

          Glad you got the new washer and dryer. But ohhhh the leaning and moving of two freezers. No wonder you were tired and pooped out!
          C. xxxx


    1. Awww Anne!
      How lovely is that.
      I ummed and ahhed over putting that in as I wasn’t sure that people would have enough of an interest in it – and now, I’m SO glad that I did, for it bought back many lovely memories for you.
      Thank you for coming Anne, and for sharing this fabulous tidbit from your family history.
      ~ Cobs. 🎃


  4. You would be amazing at trivial pursuit!!! I, however, am terrible at it. Loads of information but what really got me was Paddington. My son has a Paddington, a tiny one that can hang on a tree. He is adorable with his wee red had and yellow slicker, and his wellies. Love that wee bear.
    We like the 13th here in this house. Nothing bad has ever happened, only good. My son was born on the 13th of July, it was not a Friday then tho’ but he has celebrated a few on the Friday 🙂
    Did you know that black cats are not bad luck but the opposite, they are supposed to bring you good fortune. I have two, and so far zip zero on the fortune part! lol I love them anyway. They are brothers and I rescued them both, only really going for the one that has 7 toes on the front and 5 on the rear, but I looked at this brother, who is totally black and thought that no one would want him because he is black, so I took him too. No one wants black dogs or cats, they are usually the last picked in shelters! Not very nice. Doesn’t matter to me what colour they are, it’s there personalities that I go for. 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend Cobs and thanks for sharing all that info.

    1. Trivial Pursuit … I LOVE playing that game. Aw we haven’t played that in ages! I think it might be time, maybe during the Winter, to get that out and have a bit of a giggle.

      Black cats … I’ve always looked on them as good luck, and I think the folk of my country does the same. (I don’t think I’ve ever come across anyone inthe UK who feels black cats are bad luck.)

      Alf Capone – our mahoosive cat – is black. Although he does have a white diamond on his chest. He’s so delicious. I think you’d fall in love with him Soozy.

      I think here, it’s Ginger cats which aren’t overly popular. But even those I love.

      You’re right of course …. it’s not their colour,it’s their personalities which are the thing.

      GREAT to see you Soozy. Thank you so much for coming, and for the fabulous chat!
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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      1. I have had two gingers and they were divine. One of my black guys, is definitely “mahoosive” too. He weighs in at nearly 24 pounds, he is a big boy but not too much over weight, he is a big cat, twice the size of the others. I also have Bob, he was a feral kitty when we moved in here and I of course, being an animal lover, had to start feeding him. He is probably a seal point siamese X tabby. He really is quite handsome with the strips like a tabby cat and blue eyes.
        Thanks for the chat too Cobs, always interesting. 🙂

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    1. Hello beautiful Rabbit.
      Ah, well, I’m coming round now, it was just a bit of a debbie downer when it happened, (so to speak). In the great scheme of things I guess it’s nothing really.

      I’m just thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful day there today. It was nice here too. Warmer outside than it looked, and actually T-Shirt weather. I had to collect Little Cobs (Grandson) from school, and (although he’s a bundle of energy) he’s fabulous to be around. Such a wonderful little chap, and SUCH a blessing. He came here for the rest of his afternoon and had his tea with us. Then we played (he and I) monster spiders eating Grammys fingers, (who by the way is scared silly of spiders – yes, really), and he was a Super Hero who came and saved me … although not before the spider jumped up and ate my chin. LOL.

      Sending heaps of love to you Rabbit. Wrapped up in a generous amount of squidges ~ Cobs. xxx 🌻🌻🌻


  5. What a fab post. Lots of food for thought at the end too. I’m not a fan of Friday 13th but it wasn’t too bad for me, in fact I had a lovely day working at a favourite school (which I shall miss terribly when I am not a supply teacher any more!) Also 13th October is my Nanny’s birthday and she is amazing, so even if it falls on a Friday it’s still a nice day. Have a lovely weekend x

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    1. Aw you too Mrs. Craft.

      It’s brilliant to see you, and thank you for coming and for the lovely chat.
      I shall miss your regular postings, and I know you’ll be busy … but don’t forget us altogether, will you. I should hate to lose you.
      Squidges ~ Cobs. xxx


      1. I won’t, I’m sure I’ll be loitering about as much as normal in fact as I’ll have a regular income, rather than having to ‘grab’ every available day and work 4 or 5 days I will only work 3 days! I’m just hopeless at keeping up with other blogs, I follow so many. I have favourites (like yours!) But there are over 700 to read. Maybe I need to cut down, but then I feel bad about unfollowing. X

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        1. Tip … every now and again I go down my list of blogs that I follow, and if there hasn’t been a post made on those blogs for at least 4 months, I know I’m ok in ‘unfollowing’.

          So many people just stop blogging without letting anyone know that they’re doing so, or saying that they won’t be blogging for xxx many weeks/months that I kind of just have to believe that if they don’t say they’ll be missing in action, then I presume they no longer have time to blog and I unfollow. It makes things easier. (Also .. if a blog has changed direction and I’m not interested in that direction, I give it a short while and if nothing changes then I know I’m OK in un-following.

          No one is going to write to you and accuse you of being horrible Mrs. C, just because you decided that something isn’t for you anymore. And if they do … and if they’re horrible to you, then you don’t have to answer anyone like that nor do you have to publish their comment. It’s your blog. You’re in charge. You … is da Boss!
          lol ~ oodles of love ~ Cobs. xxxx

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          1. You are so very wise! I’ve just been through my followed blog list and done exactly that, and now I’m down to about 500! Next job is to go through the others and remove any with content that doesn’t really interest me, and then I shall feel less overwhelmed.
            Thanks for the tip, I needed to do that. (I had done a similar thing with a 6 month no posting rule but I haven’t done it for such a long time.)
            Have a lovely weekend x

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            1. Aw, I’m not wise, my beautiful friend, I just come up with alterative ideas you might not have thought of yet. You’d have thought of those eventually. 😉 Because you is clever!
              Squidges and wonderful weekend wishes being sent ~ C. xxx


                1. LOL… The best thing to do when you’ve got to that point is not to worry about what you’ve missed, and just read what everyone is posting now. Otherwise you’ll get yourself into a right ol’ pickle.

                  People are always happy to hear from you, Mrs.C. So just read and comment on the posts they’re making now. (Unless you can’t comment on it because you are at a loss for words. … it happens. Saying nothing more! C. xxx


  6. WOW you made up for last week =) Love your post .. I read somewhere once that Friday the 13th came about because its the day the Knight Templars were rounded up and executed.. Not a nice thought at all. I can see why it is bad luck, Interesting though anyways.

    xoxox my friend ❤ I hope you have a lovely weekend!!!! =)

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    1. Hello Tam, Happy Saturday!
      Aww, I’m so happy you like the post. It lets me know that it’s worthwhile doing it.

      Friday the 13th – yup … there are many different ‘reasons’ why it was thought to be an unlucky day – from the 12 diciples plus Jesus = 13 eating at the Last Supper.

      Then there’s the theory by historians (what do they know, eh?) that it was the day that Eve bit the Apple from the Tree of Knowledge – even though she had been told not to.

      And yes … the the majority of French Knights Templars were rounded up and captured and arrested on October the 13th, in 1307 by the order of King Phillip IV of France. King Phillip wanted all the gold, riches that and properties throughout France which the Knights held, but he could only get to these riches and properties in a ‘legal’ way so he concoted the idea of the Knights being accused of a series of odious, wicked crimes and then tortured in the most awful, dreadful ways (which I won’t detail here) into admitting that they had done the things they were accused of. Once they had admitted (wrongly or rightly) to heresy and sacrilegious offenses within the Order, they were put to death – on Friday the 13th.

      Phillip then put pressure on Pope Clement to call for papal arrest warrants all across Europe for other Knights Templar – but these warrants were ignored or side stepped by Monarchs at the time, so no more arrests (outside France) were made. However Phillip, not content with the amount of killings he’d made so far, ordered the remaining Knights (in France) to be burned at the stake.

      There were Knights still left througout Europe. However, that greedy King Phillip wasn’t satisfied – he went on to claim more and more money, yearly, from something called the Knights Hospitallier – who had, by the orders of Pope Clement, been given the remaining assets of the Knights to care for. Phillip was so furious to not have been able to grab these ‘goodies’ for himself that he put a high yearly charge, payable by the Hospitallier, to cover the costs which Phillip said he had incurred.

      Cooo, flipping heck! That’s a lot of writing for a Saturday morning. LOLOL.
      Have a blessed rest of your day Tam! ~ C. x


      1. hahaha Uh huh it is a lot for a saturday But all very interesting. I enjoy history! thank you for sharing all this wonderful history!!

        My mom was dropped off at the airport ths morning. Life will be back to normal today.. No more vacation lol booooo.. It was a super nice vacation and enjoyed spending the time with her. We had some fun times shopping, sight seeing, and eating some yummy foods. I will hopefully have time today to share.

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        1. Time spent with your Mom is always good time.
          All the stuff you did mounts up to many happy memories. The Yummy Food however, might have mounted up on the scales, so you might not want to get on those for a couple of weeks. 😉
          Lovely to hear from you Tam. 😀

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  7. Aaaahhhhhh……that my dear Cobs is a sigh of contentment. I love fridays because I love to get educationalmalized. I never fail to learn something new! And that is a wonderful thing.
    Love love love Paddington Bear. Maybe it is because of the artwork??? I just know I love it.
    Friday the 13th has never been an issue for me because my grandparents were married on Friday the 13th and they were married for 65+ years before Grandpa passed away at the age of 88. They were the funniest couple….they squabbled continuously but could not do without each other. I miss them both.
    Your thought for the day is awesome!

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    1. Awww, thank you Chicken. I’m just thrilled to bits that you find things which interest you personally in the Friday Posts.

      Like you, I too love Paddington Bear too.
      If ever you get chance to visit my lovely land, pay a visit to Paddington Station and take a walk around and discover the little (and not so little) Paddington surprises dotted throughout the Railway Station. And even buy a Paddington Bear at the Paddington Shop!

      Friday 13th… No, I’ve never understood the fear. It’s just a day.

      As for my thought of the day … awww thank you Chicken.
      I have these various thoughts and since I drive Cobs Snr. crazy with them, I thought I’d give his ears a rest on Fridays and drive everyone else nuts instead. lol.
      I’m going with: ‘it’s good to share’ LOL.

      Happy Sunday, Chicken. May itbe good, with smiles peppered throughout your day, and may it end with a smile.
      Sending special Sunday Squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  8. Oh what great tidbits of information you do pass on! I do remember reading some of those Paddington Bear books to my daughter when she was younger! They were such great books! Friday the 13th has never bothered me much…I know some people who just dread it! LOL! To me, it’s just another day! LOL!

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    1. Me too Nancee. But I guess those who don’t like Friday the 13th would probably scoff at me not being able to walk under a ladder. (But that’s more to do with not wanting a paint pot to drop on me, nor paint drips. lol). C. x

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  9. Fascinating…I love all these random facts you share and carefully store them away in my rubbish dump of a brain – you would DEFINITELY be my “phone a friend” if I ever went on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire…

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    1. OOoo, well I hope you do, and I hope you win without any help at all, because you’re clever enough without any help!
      But … if you needed me on the other end of the phone, then that’s where I’d be, Samantha. If I could help then I’d be over-joyed to help you win.

      “My friend Samantha, is a Millionaire!” …. aw, think of the kudos which comes with that little bit of bragging! LOL ~ C. xxx


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