The Friday Post ~ 3rd November 2017

There are 51 Days (plus a few hours) till Christmas Day!
but hey – who’s counting?

Pin back your lugholes, for here is your first round of Edumacation for November!

On this Day in History

1783 – John Austin, a highwayman, is the last to be publicly hanged at London’s Tyburn gallows.

1911 – Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T.
1913 – The United States introduces an income tax.

1936 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected in a landslide over Republican Alfred M. ”Alf” Landon.
The New York Times front page News

1941 – English broadcaster Roy Plomley conceived the idea for ‘Desert Island Discs’. The programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio in January 1942.

1957 – Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2. On board is the first animal to enter orbit: a dog named Laika.
BBC News Report

1964 – Washington D.C. residents are able to vote in a presidential election for the first time.
1964 – Lyndon B Johnson, who took over after President Kennedy’s assassination, won the White House race
BBC News Report complete with Video Footage
1969 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon addresses the nation on television and radio, asking the “silent majority” to join him in solidarity on the Vietnam War effort and to support his policies.

1973 – Mariner program: NASA launches the Mariner 10 toward Mercury, on March 29, 1974, becoming the first space probe to reach that planet.
1975 – Queen Elizabeth II opened the North Sea pipeline – the first to be built underwater – bringing ashore 400,000 barrels a day to Grangemouth Refinery on the Firth of Forth in Scotland.
BBC News Report
1976 – In Great Britain, the first £100,000 Premium Bond was won, by an anonymous person in Hillingdon.

1985 – Two French agents in New Zealand pleaded guilty to sinking the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior and to the manslaughter of a photographer on board. They were sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment.
BBC News Report 

1986 – Iran-Contra Affair: The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reports that the United States has been selling weapons to Iran in secret in order to secure the release of seven American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon.

1992 – Democrat Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush.

1994 – Susan Smith, born in Union,  South Carolina, USA,  was arrested for drowning her two young sons, nine days after claiming the children had been “abducted by a black man”. (Smith is serving life in prison.)

The case gained international attention shortly after it developed, due to her false claim that a black man had carjacked her maroon Mazda Protegé and kidnapped her sons. Her defense attorneys, David Bruck and Judy Clarke, called expert witnesses to testify that she suffered from mental health issues that impaired her judgment when she committed the crimes.

According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Smith will be eligible for parole on November 4, 2024, after serving a minimum of 30 years.

2004 – George W Bush was elected president of the United States for the second time, beating his Democratic rival by a comfortable margin.

2014 – One World Trade Center officially opens.


Born on this Day

1903 – Walker Evans, the American photographer best known for his portrayal of America during the Great Depression

1921 – Charles Bronson, American actor (d. 2003)

1933 – John Barry, English composer – best known for composing 11 James Bond movies and was hugely influential on the 007 series’ distinctive style.

1933 – Jeremy Brett, English actor (d. 1995) – famous, among other things, for his portrayal of the detective Sherlock Holmes in four British television series: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

1933 – Michael Dukakis, American politician

1948 – Lulu, British actress and singer

1949 – Anna Wintour, English-American journalist

1952 – Roseanne Barr, American actress and comedian

1953 – Kate Capshaw, American actress known for her role as Willie Scott in the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and for her marriage to director Steven Spielberg (who directed the film).

1954 – Adam Ant, English singer

1963 – Ian Wright, English footballer, manager, and sportscaster

1973 – Ben Fogle, English television host and author

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Thought for the Day

You are innocent until proven Awesome.

Be Awesome today.  You never know, you might like it so much that you want to do it the next day ….  and the next day …  and the next.  Until, eventually, you don’t realise it, but you are plain and simply just AWESOME!

I think, if I’m not mistaken, that was the whole idea.

He made an awesome thing …  WE were meant to continue with the work!

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So then  … November arrived like a quiet little mouse who found a place to sneak in while we weren’t looking!  Although…  the end of October (Halloween) was entirely the opposite!  Halloween saw me dressed all in black, with a witches hat on, and my face made up as a Witches Cat!

Not a scary cat, you understand.  A cat with a tear drop shaped black nose,  with three black whiskers on either side of my nose …  and two black ears drawn above my eyebrows.  All drawn on my face with a black Kohl eye pencil.  To finish it all off …  I put black eyeliner along my upper eye lashes, and finished them with a flick to make them look more cat-like, and added pinky nude lipstick on my lips.

I’d obviously done a goodish job with the make up because when Little Cobs arrived for Halloween Tea and fun …. he touched my face gently and asked: “Who did your make up Grammy?” – with a touch of wonderment in his voice.

We had TONS of little halloweeners.  Ranging from monsters, aliens and one Frankensteins Monster, all the way to a top to toe costume of a furry, fluffy fox, a princess, a ballerina and the one which gave me the biggest ‘awwwww’ of the evening …  a little one of about 10 months old, dressed up as a butterfly, complete with wings …. being carried by his Daddy.  While I cooed over the baby, Daddy cooed over our front door, filled with so much admiration that I thought he was going to produce a screwdriver from his pocket and take the door with him!  lol.

Little Cobs had a ball of a time meeting and greeting all the weird and wonderful costumed children.  The only one which scared him was the Alien.  But then … it scared me too, so I can fully understand why he jumped stood behind me, peeping around my waist and hanging on so tightly to my trousers I thought at one point he was going to pull them down.  EEEK!!

Here in the UK we now have Guy Fawkes Night almost upon us (or ‘Bonfire Night’ as the children call it) – it’s on the 5th of November every year.

It’s a night of Bonfires up and down the land, and fireworks.  Now Bonfires I can cope with.   But fireworks scare me silly  …  and they scare my animals and all the animals everywhere.  Horrible – legal – explosives.  I would rather see these vile things allowed only at proper organised events, which have responsible, fully trained staff.  Having them available to buy from a variety of stores and shops just leads to the possibility of a child or youth getting their hands on them and causing a situation which could be life changing or even fatal.

Aw … I sound exactly like a Bah Humbug kind of person, and I’m really not.  I just think those things are way too dangerous to be so easily, publicly available.

Anyhoo

Like any great school, I like to give you a little fun at the end of your lessons, and today is no different.  The video I give to you now is just 2 minutes and 25 seconds long.  But … it will have you stumped.  I promise that there’s nothing scary going to suddenly happen (you should know me better by now to KNOW for sure that I wouldn’t give you any video which will scare the wotsit out of you) … but it will astound you and have you wondering:  “How the heck did he do that?”.  Watch, play along and have some fun.

Till we meet again, may the weather be kind, and life treat you nicely.

Sending love, and squidges. Oh .. and …  Remember to be AWESOME!

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29 thoughts on “The Friday Post ~ 3rd November 2017

  1. Howdy cobs! Firstly, well fine for the Christmas countdown 😉 secondly, good day I love Lula and Ben fogle…and space stuff so all good. Apparently 70 years ago (the other day, i think) Queen and prince Philip got hitched 😍 so sweet. Anyhoo thanks for the edumacation, have a lovely weekend my friend xx

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  2. Cob you are so clever with al.l our learning . The little “test” video is interesting. You have to wonder how long it takes one to figure out these things.The only treats I had on the hallow night was my own grands which was all needed. They were in order…Batman, Wonder Woman, one of those princess,( never can remember which is which) ,a bumble bee ( or maybe a honey bee and a Lady bug. Oh and the new little one was a Butterfly but she stayed in the car. They only went to three places. Can you imagine getting six in and out of those car seats all night. Good grief.
    I’m off to shop…again….Ugh
    Love all the Cobs xoxo

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  3. I didn’t realize you now celebrate Halloween. There was no mention of it when we lived in Reigate in 1980. We were at a loss celebrating Guy Fawkes Night. If you don’t grow up with a holiday, you can go through the motions without understanding the emotion (e-motion??) behind it.

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    • To be honest Anne, most of the more adult population don’t like that this celebration has come to our shores.

      But if you’d like a funny look at Halloween from a different view, have a look at the short film of little Isla telling her Dad what she thinks of Halloween… on this link . . .

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      • That was hilarious. Thanks, Cobs. I’m so glad there were subtitles. I couldn’t get my ears around those accents. We went to the north of England, and our daughter ordered a Coke. The waitress asked, “You want a CUKE then?” Evidently, she ordered a Coke and got a Cuke. Turned out to be the same thing.

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        • LOL .. Some of the Scottish accents are very much stronger than others, and take more attention and listening power. Once you’ve tuned , it becomes easier – but you have to work at it.

          Because of my parents careers (they were professional entertainers), I travelled up and down the country with them as a child, so was exposed to the many accents of my green and pleasant land. I think this must be why I find it so easy to understand most accents.
          (Plus, being a PR Officer in Local Government helps too)

          The Cuke …. that’s the posh way of saying it in Scotland. he he he lol. ~ C. x

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          • Unlike you, I do have trouble with different accents. I grew up in the South where everyone sounded like me. At that time companies in other parts of the country had not discovered cheap labor in our area. I married John, lived in Queens, and couldn’t understand anyone for some time. After living there 50 years, NY accents sound like home to me. Now in North Carolina, there are some people I ask to repeat things. It’s no wonder I love to communicate through writing!

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  4. Ooh your Halloween sounds perfect! We went out trick or treating for the first time ever and the children loved it. The atmosphere in our village is always lovely at these times, and the children were kept amused trying to guess which of their friends was dressed up and waving (the boys are like little old men yelling ‘alright mate’ at each other!) We didn’t go far, but it was fun. You do scare me with the Christmas countdown though, I hope you’re not making it a weekly thing! Have a lovely weekend despite the fireworks (we are having an allotment bonfire!) X

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    • Aw it sounds like your little ones had a great time. Love the idea of the allotment bonfire! Great place to have a bonfire. Everyone can join in!

      The Christmas Countdown … it might not be a weekly thing . . . but on the other hand . . . it might be!
      Bwa ha ha haaaar 🎄 ☃️ ⛄️

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  5. Your Halloween sounds like it was a lot of fun! We are so far in the country that we do not get any trick or treaters out here so we kind of forget when it is even happening.
    Absolutely love your thought for the day…..Perfectly Awesome!
    You have a blessed weekend Cobs!

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  6. Two thumbs up for a cat face on Halloween and for all of the interesting facts I can assimilate with a Sunday morning cup of coffee. Yeah, I know, I’m two days late…

    Happy birthday to Lulu, who sang one of my all-time favorite songs from one of my favorite all-time movies. Hope your Sunday is going well, Cobs. Hugs and squidges!

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    • Hello Mary!
      The Cat Face was a huge hit and I was really surprised because it was a two minute moment with a Kohl pencil and the bedroom mirror! Goodness knows how I’m going to change it up next year.

      Thanks for coming Mary and for the fabulous chat. Love talking with you. You have a way of brightening the day.
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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    • I so love seeing you here Aunt Beulah, for you bring an element of light and fun. I can feel the sunshine of your smile from this side of my computer screen and it’s just a total delight.
      So glad you enjoyed the post and got a few smiles from it too.
      Squidges for you ~ from me. xxx

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  7. Sounds like you had a good Halloween, Cobs, and I hope Bonfire’s wasn’t too stressing for you. You mentioned the organised displays… but even they can go wrong. Sometimes all of the fireworks going off all at once. – as long as nobody is hurt, that’s quite comical, actually – but you’d be rather annoyed if you’d paid to see that! 😀

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    • You are, of course, right about the fireworks. Things can go terribly wrong. (that’s why my heart longs for someone to ban the bally awful things.)

      Thanks for coming Tom.
      I’m a week behind in all of my blogs that I follow … so if you’ve posted (which I know you would have) … I will be getting to you, hopefully by the end of Sunday. I’m on my way. Put the kettle on kiddo! 🤓

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