The Friday Post ~ 24th November 2017

Well hello.   Fancy seeing me here!

I’m going to begin this post by saying sorry for being missing in the crafty action way.  I’ve been making some special Christmas cards, but unfortunately the people they’re intended for sometimes pop along and read my blog, so of course that means that I can’t share pictures of the cards until they’ve been received by the lovely folks they’re meant for.  But I will blog about some of the other cards I’ve made, as soon as I get a rootin’ tootin’ minute to load the photos off my phone.  Promise.  🤗

Right ho ... let’s get into the Edumacation Department, shall we?  Line up at the door … and file in one by one.  Grab a seat and get your pens out and glasses on.

On this Day in History

1831 – In Great Britain, Michael Faraday read his first series of papers at the Royal Society in London on ‘Experimental Research into Electricity’.
1859 – Charles Darwin published his controversial and groundbreaking scientific work ‘The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’.

1917 – Nine police officers and one civilian are killed when a bomb explodes at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin police headquarters building.

1932 – In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
1939 – Imperial Airways and British Airways merged to become BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation), which later merged with British European Airways and returned to one of the previous names, British Airways.

1947 – Red Scare: After the so-called Hollywood 10 refuse to co-operate with the House Un-American Activities Committee concerning allegations of Communist influence in the movie industry, the United States House of Representatives votes 346 to 17 to approve citations of contempt of Congress against them.

The Hollywood blacklist—more precisely the entertainment industry blacklist, into which it expanded—was the mid-twentieth-century list of screenwriters, actors, directors, musicians, and other U.S. entertainment professionals who were denied employment in the field because of their political beliefs or associations, real or suspected. Artists were barred from work on the basis of their alleged membership in or sympathy toward the American Communist Party, involvement in liberal or humanitarian political causes that enforcers of the blacklist associated with communism, and/or refusal to assist federal investigations into Communist Party activities; some were blacklisted merely because their names came up at the wrong place and time. Even during the period of its strictest enforcement, the late 1940s through the late 1950s, the blacklist was rarely made explicit and verifiable, but it caused direct damage to the careers of scores of American artists, often made betrayal of friendship (not to mention principle) the price for a livelihood, and promoted ideological censorship across the entire industry.

The first systematic Hollywood blacklist was instituted on November 25, 1947, the day after ten writers and directors were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to give testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities. A group of studio executives, acting under the aegis of the Motion Picture Association of America, announced the firing of the artists—the so-called Hollywood Ten—in what has become known as the Waldorf Statement. On June 22, 1950, a pamphlet called Red Channels appeared, naming 151 entertainment industry professionals in the context of “Red Fascists and their sympathizers”; soon most of those named, along with a host of other artists, were barred from employment in much of the entertainment field. The blacklist was effectively broken in 1960 when Dalton Trumbo, an unrepentant member of the Hollywood Ten, was publicly acknowledged as the screenwriter of the films Spartacus and Exodus. A number of those blacklisted, however, were still barred from work in their professions for years afterward.

1962 – ‘ That Was the Week That Waswent out live from the BBC, introduced by a new presenter, David Frost, and with some material written by an equally unknown John Cleese.

1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald is assassinated by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters on live television.  (There are two links for you to click on, one to take you to the BBC News on that day, and the other one will take you to the front page of The New York Times.  Both links will open in a new tab for you).
BBC News
The New York Times
1963 – Vietnam War: Newly sworn-in US President Lyndon B. Johnson confirms that the United States intends to continue supporting South Vietnam both militarily and economically.

1965 – Joseph Désiré Mobutu seizes power in the Congo and becomes President; he goes on to rule the country (which he renames Zaire in 1971) for over 30 years, until being overthrown by rebels in 1997.

Joseph Désiré Mobutu
Joseph Désiré Mobutu

Mobutu Sese Seko Nkuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga (October 14, 1930 – September 7, 1997), commonly known as Mobutu, or Mobutu Sese Seko, born Joseph-Désiré Mobutu, was the President of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) for 32 years (1965–1997) after deposing Joseph Kasavubu.

He formed a totalitarian regime in Zaire which attempted to purge the country of all colonial cultural influence and entered wars to challenge the rise of communism in other African countries.

His mismanagement of his country’s economy, and personal enrichment from its financial and natural resources, makes his name synonymous with kleptocracy in Africa.
(A kleptocracy  (sometimes ‘cleptocracy’, occasionally ‘kleptarchy’)  (root: klepto+kratein = rule by thieves)  – is a term applied to a government that extends the personal wealth and political power of government officials and the ruling class (collectively, kleptocrats) at the expense of the population.)


1966 – New York City experiences the smoggiest day in the city’s history.
1969 – Apollo program: The Apollo 12 command module splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to the Moon.

1971 – During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (AKA D.B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money – neither he nor the money have ever been found.

A 1972 FBI composite drawing ofDB Cooper
A 1972 FBI composite drawing of
D. B. Cooper

D. B. Cooper is the name attributed to a man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the United States on November 24, 1971, received US$200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. He was not apprehended. The name he used to board the plane was Dan Cooper, but through a later press miscommunication, he became known as “D. B. Cooper”. Despite hundreds of leads through the years, no conclusive evidence has surfaced regarding Cooper’s true identity or whereabouts, and the bulk of the money has never been recovered. Several theories offer competing explanations of what happened after his famed jump, which the FBI believes he did not survive.

The nature of Cooper’s escape and the uncertainty of his fate continue to intrigue people. The Cooper case (code-named “Norjak” by the FBI) remains an unsolved mystery, and along with Malaysia Airlines Flight 653 is one of the world’s few unsolved cases of aircraft hijacking.

Bulletin from the FBI about DB Cooper
FBI wanted poster of D. B. Cooper

The Cooper case has baffled government and private investigators for decades, with countless leads turning into dead ends. As late as March 2008, the FBI thought it might have had a breakthrough when children unearthed a parachute within the bounds of Cooper’s probable jump site near the town of Amboy, Washington. Experts later determined that it did not belong to the hijacker.

Despite the case’s enduring lack of evidence, a few significant clues have arisen. In late 1978 a placard containing instructions on how to lower the aft stairs of a 727, later confirmed to be from the rear stairway of the plane from which Cooper jumped, was found just a few flying minutes north of Cooper’s projected drop zone. In February 1980, eight-year-old Brian Ingram found $5,880 in decaying $20 bills on the banks of the Columbia River.

In October 2007, the FBI claimed that it had obtained a partial DNA profile of Cooper from the tie he left on the hijacked plane. On December 31, 2007, the FBI revived the unclosed case by publishing never-before-seen composite sketches and fact sheets online in an attempt to trigger memories that could possibly identify Cooper. In a press release, the FBI reiterated that it does not believe Cooper survived the jump, but expressed an interest in obtaining his identity.

On Wednesday November 24th 1971, Thanksgiving Eve, a man walked up to the flight counter of Northwest Orient Airlines in Portland Oregon, and bought a ticket for the 30 minute, Flight 305 to Seattle – a 30 minute hop.

He was later described as wearing a dark raincoat, dark suit with skinny black tie, and carrying an attaché case. He had perky ears, thin lips, a wide forehead, receding hair. He sat in the last row of the plane, 18-C, lit a cigarette, and ordered a bourbon and soda. He had given his name as Dan Cooper.

Shortly after the flight set off with 36 passengers and six crew members, he passed Florence Schaffner cute 23 year old stewardess a note. Printed in felt tip pen, in capital letters, it read .. “I have a bomb in my briefcase. I want you to sit beside me,” it read. She did as he requested, then asked to see the bomb. She saw a tangle of wires, a battery, and six red sticks.

He told her what he wanted – $200,000 by 5:00 p.m. In cash. in a knapsack. Two back parachutes and two front parachutes. On landing, a fuel truck ready to refuel. No funny stuff or he added menacingly …”I’ll do the job.” She passed these instructions to the captain when she got back, the man was wearing dark sunglasses.

The plane landed at Seattle – Tacoma, re-fuelled and the passengers were disembarked as Dan Cooper had demanded.

Taking off, he informed the captain to head for “Mexico City,” with more specific flight instructions: Keep the plane under 10,000 feet, with wing flaps at fifteen degrees, which would put the plane’s speed under 200 knots. He strapped the loads of cash to himself and slipped on two chutes—one in front.

Four United States Air Force F-106 jet fighters tracked the airliner.

Retreating to the rear of the plane he lowered the flight steps and stepped out into the roar of the engines, the night and our over the Cascades.

In late 1978, a placard, which contained instructions on how to lower the aft stairs of a 727, believed to be from the rear stairway of the plane from which Cooper jumped, was found just a few flying minutes north of Cooper’s projected drop zone.

Aside from that placard and the later discovery in February 1980 by 14-year-old Brian Ingram, of US$5,800 by the Columbia River in Vancouver nothing concrete has been discovered about Dan Cooper (The jumper became known as D.B. Cooper after authorities questioned and then released a man named Daniel B. Cooper. That man was cleared, but the name stuck).


FBI sketches of Cooper, with age progression
FBI sketches of Cooper, with age progression

There have been books, TV shows, documentaries, and death-bed confessions even a film in 1981 The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper. Boeing also introduced a “Cooper” vane at the insistence of the FBI to prevent the rear steps being deployed in flight after several copycat attempts which all failed.

Nothing significant has surfaced.


On July 8, 2016, the FBI announced that it was suspending active investigation of the Cooper case, citing a need to focus its investigative resources and manpower on issues of higher and more urgent priority. Local field offices will continue to accept any legitimate physical evidence—related specifically to the parachutes or the ransom money—that may emerge in the future. The 60-volume case file compiled over the 45-year course of the investigation will be preserved for historical purposes at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Wikipedia – List of people who disappeared mysteriously

1972 – One of only eight 1933 pennies minted in Great Britain, was auctioned at Sotheby’s for £7,000. (no it wasn’t mine, but I live in hope!)

1974 – Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy” after The Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression.

Australopithecus afarensis skeleton Lucy
Australopithecus afarensis  Lucy

Australopithecus afarensis is an extinct hominid which lived between 3.9 and 2.9 million years ago. In common with the younger Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis was slenderly built. From analysis it has been thought that A. afarensis was ancestral to both the genus Australopithecus and the genus Homo, which includes the modern human species, Homo sapiens.

1993 – In Liverpool, England, 11-year-olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables are convicted of the murder of 2-year-old James Bulger.

2 year old James Bulger
2-year-old – James Bulger

James Patrick Bulger (16 March 1990 – 12 February 1993) was the victim of abduction and murder. His killers were two 10-year-old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson.  The murder took place in Merseyside, England.

The murder of a child by two other children caused public shock, outrage and grief, and particularly so around Merseyside.

James disappeared from the New Strand Shopping Centre, where he had been with his mother Denise, on 12 February 1993 and his mutilated body was found on a railway line at Bootle on 14 February.  Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, then 10, were charged with James’s murder on 22 February 1993 and remanded in custody.

Robert Thompson and Jon Venables
Jon Venables (L) and Robert Thompson (R)

On 24 November 1993, the two boys, by then 11, were found guilty of murder at Preston Crown Court. The trial judge sentenced them to be detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure, with a recommendation that they should be kept in custody for “very, very many years to come”. Shortly after the trial, Lord Taylor of Gosforth, the Lord Chief Justice, ordered that the two boys should serve a minimum of ten years, which would have made them eligible for release in February 2003 (they had been charged with James’s murder on 22 February 1993), when they would be 20.

The popular press felt the sentence was too lenient, and the editors of The Sun newspaper handed a petition bearing 300,000 signatures to Home Secretary Michael Howard, in a bid to increase the time spent by both boys in custody. This campaign was successful, and in 1995 Howard announced that the boys would be kept in custody for a minimum of 15 years, meaning that they would not be considered for release until February 2008, by which time they would be 25.

In 1997, the Court of Appeal ruled that Howard’s decision to set a 15-year tariff was unlawful, and the Home Secretary lost his power to set minimum terms for life-sentence prisoners under 18. The High Court and European Court of Human Rights have ruled that politicians can no longer decide how long a life sentence prisoner can remain behind bars.

Thompson and Venables were released on a life licence in June 2001, after serving eight years, when a parole hearing concluded that public safety would not be threatened by their rehabilitation. An injunction was imposed after the trial preventing the publication of details about the boys, for fear of reprisals. The injunction remained in force following their release, so their new identities and locations could not be published.

On 2 March 2010, the Ministry of Justice revealed that Jon Venables had been returned to prison for an unspecified violation of the terms of his licence of release. The Justice Secretary Jack Straw stated that Venables had been returned to prison because of “extremely serious allegations”, and stated that he was “unable to give further details of the reasons for Jon Venables’s return to custody, because it was not in the public interest to do so.”  On 7 March, Venables was returned to prison on suspected child pornography charges.

On 23 November 2017, (yesterday)  it was reported that Venables had again been recalled to prison for possession of child abuse imagery. The Ministry of Justice has  declined to comment on the reports.

Born on this Day

1815 – Grace Darling, – an English lighthouse keeper’s daughter from the Longstone Lighthouse, who rowed out to rescue survivors of the Forfarshire off and became a national heroine. She died of consumption, aged 26. The Grace Darling memorial is within St. Aidan’s churchyard, Bamburgh, Northumberland.

1868 – Scott Joplin, Ragtime Composer (d. 1917)

1888 – Dale Carnegie, the author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

1941 – Donald “Duck” Dunn, American musician (Booker T. and the M.G.’s)

1942 – Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian

1946 – Ted Bundy, American serial killer (d. 1989)

1955 – Ian Botham, England test cricketer

1957 – Denise Crosby, American actress – perhaps best known for her portrayal of Security Chief Tasha Yar on the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

1962 – John Squire, British guitarist (The Stone Roses)

1978 – Katherine Heigl, American actress – best known for her roles in Roswell, Grey’s Anatomy, Knocked Up and 27 Dresses.

Died on this Day and Remembered here

1991 – Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar-born singer (Queen) (b. 1946)

1991 – Eric Carr, American drummer (KISS) (b. 1950)

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Thought for the Day

One SONG can spark a moment;  One FLOWER can wake the dream;  One TREE can start a forest;  One Bird can herald spring.

One SMILE begins a friendship;  One HANDCLASP lifts the soul;  One STAR can guide a ship at sea;  One WORD can frame the goal.

One VOTE can change a nation;  One SUNBEAM lights a room;  One CANDLE wipes out darkness;  One LAUGH will conquer gloom.

One STEP must start each journey;  One WORD must start a prayer;  One HOPE will raise our spirits;  One TOUCH can show you care.

One VOICE can speak with wisdom;  One HEART can know what is true;  One LIFE can make a difference;  And all these things are YOU.

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And there we are.  We’ve come to the end of another lessons in the history of Edumacation.  I hope that some of the information stays there in your brain, and isn’t filtered out before you’ve come to the end of the sentence.  Well?  No … thought not.

May today bring you everything you may be hoping for, and may your weekend bring you joy, peace and love.

Wishing you a truly blessed rest of your day.



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

39 thoughts on “The Friday Post ~ 24th November 2017”

  1. Always enjoyable to read your Friday posts. As I read your factoids regarding the Hollywood blacklist, it struck me, how as much as my country wants to project (excluding the current administration) this pillar of upstanding citizenship of democracy to the world we have done some so not very “democratic” things to its citizens. 😦

    I look forward to seeing your cards, I bet they are wonderful. Get them in the mail so we can ooooh and ahhhhh over them! 🙂 Have a great weekend, Cobbs!

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    1. Hello Morning Scrapper 🙂
      I think, regarding the “not so very ‘democratic’ things”, this could be said of many countries. I’m one of those who sit on the fence regarding Governments of any country. Are they there for the good of the people and are they working FOR those people, or are they doing something for the good of themselves. I think History will eventually tell of the true colours of a (fairly) recent’ish’ Prime Minister of my own country (in fact some of the revelations are now beginning to be seen and heard).

      The cards … well some of them have to go over-seas (I am SO late in getting those out. They probably won’t arrive until next year! eeek!)

      Great to see you Morning S. Thanks for coming, and thank you for the really lovely comment/chat. Love chatting with you.
      Have a blessed day! ~ Cobs. xxx

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  2. I do like to read your post and find it out ‘stuff’. It’s especially interesting to read about things from my lifetime, but which I wouldn’t necessarily have known about. I was a little girl when James Bulger was murdered and I couldn’t comprehend how someone only a year or two older than me could do something like that. It doesn’t seem surprising that one of the boys is back in prison though.
    I like your nice thought for the day, it is true! If only some people could take the time to realise the impact they have (good or bad).

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    1. The James Bulger killers …. if you knew the exact ways in which they tortured that tiny child before they eventually killed him you probably would want to throttle those boys (now men) with your bare hands. Horrific, dreadful, heart breaking. Like you, I found (still find) it hard to believe that children of that age could want to do something like that to a child.

      In the putting together of these posts, I learn things that I didn’t know about either. It’s sometimes mind blowing that these things have happened in my lifetime. I have real trouble sometimes, making a decision about what to leave out of this post so that I don’t make it too, too long. lol.

      Thank you so much for coming for a visit. I know how busy you are, so to see your name pop up was such a joy. Thank you, my lovely friend.
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx


      1. I’m glad I don’t know the details. Lol at making the posts too long, it is hard to choose sometimes.
        I am busy but I always pop by yours on a Friday (or the weekend!) for a little chat. I need my weekly does of learning and fun! Have a lovely weekend x

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  3. Morning cobs , well that’s a bit of a mixed bag for science and politics isn’t it? And a really sucky day for music 😢 on a festive note, birthday girl Katherine heigl was also in the film New year’s eve…and made a lot of women jealous by snogging bon jovi in said film! ☺ Have a good weekend my sweet. Squidges, Anna x

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    1. Hello Anna.
      A mixed bag indeed. But then …. it’s what happened on this day, years ago, and so it’s bound to be a jungle. lol. A LOT more happened that I bring to these posts, but I have to choose which stays in and which is left out. I try my best to find a few happy stories … but they seem to be in the few when I’m researching. Hence the reason I started to add the ‘Born on this Day’ bit on the end. I felt that today, with the two people who passed, I wanted to include them – because I know the memories which will spring back to mind with the mention of their names.

      Katherine H and Bon Jovi … LOL .. bless that story teller for that memory, eh? lol.

      Wishing you a truly blessed day and an even more blessed weekend Anna. ~ Cobs. x


  4. I remember the Jamie Bulger case, which is saying something as I was 5 at the time. I was and am so utterly horrified that children could do such a thing. That’s why I try to be extra-nice, I know I’m only one person and can’t do much in the grand scheme of things, but I try to put some good into the world to cancel out the nasty.

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    1. All it takes is one good person to begin a chain of events which puts something great into action, QWC. You begin and it continues.

      It’s like putting one drip into a pool. Watch the ripples, or concentric circles happen.

      Lets all be drips …. and if enough of us drip in the right way, we could eventually get the whole world dripping. Wow … what a magnificent effect that would be, eh Quiet Water?
      On your marks, get set, go!

      Thank you so much for coming QWC, I love to chat with you. It’s like opening a window and feeling the fresh air. Fabulous.
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. x


  5. “Only Love” by Ben Howard
    Seems like we needed a song like this with this post. My goodness, but some people are beyond savages! So sad what happens. We have a sad case of Michael Dunahee, who went missing when he was about 4 from a soccer game. He went to play at this kiddie part of the park and hasn’t been seen since. I can’t even imagine what these parents go through with missing children. As horrible as it sounds I wish they would find bones or something so a lot of these parents could at least have closure in that sense. Nothing would ever help the suffering that they have had to deal with imagining what their children had to endure through the hands of pure evil.
    I like “my own little world” and don’t often stray far from it. The more people I meet, unless dog people, artists of sorts, and like minded people like that, I prefer my pets. I enjoy my own space in this huge world. I am not a recluse by any means, but…
    I enjoy your little posts but I especially enjoyed the “Thought for the Day”, lovely way to end this bit of love from me to you.
    hugs from across the pond Cobs, wishing you a wonderful weekend. Hope you and I see some sunshine. We had a lovely day yesterday afternoon, but today is one of those “ify” days, 50/50 you may get rained on. 🙂

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    1. I totally agree with you Susie. Savages and beyond, indeed.

      I can only imagine how awful it must be to be the parent of a missing child. I know daughter No.1 decided it would be brilliant fun to hide inside a round hanging display of coats in a store. It felt like ages and I went instantly into yelling mode, calling her name and getting more and more sick … my mum was with me, trying to calm me, but at the same time I could see her face was draining of colour, when all of a sudden a shout of “BOO!” and out she popped. She was just three at the time so thought this was incredible fun … but I darn nearly passed out from the blood rush to my head when she appeared. I’ve never hugged her so tightly. It taught me how quickly a child can ‘disappear’, and after that I never took my hand off her. I either held her hand continually, (much to her disgust sometimes), or I held onto her coat collar or arm. Not long after this, they came out with those straps that you put around your childs wrist, and your wrist so that mummies can hold onto a child, even when a child is having the abdabs about holding their mummies hand!

      I can fully understand your feelings of enjoying your own space in this big world, and can appreciate how much nicer that might feel in this day and age.

      So glad you enjoy the posts Soozy, and especially like the thoughts for the day. It’s kind of my way of sharing the things which cross my mind or are on my mind and that I would love to talk with everyone about, if you were all sat around my my tiny cottage here, having a coffee or a tea with me.

      Sending hugs to you too Soozy, all the way over the sea and straight to you. Yesterday here was VERY windy, but today has been nicer. The sun shone but it was icy cold, and causing draughts around my ankles in the cottage here. I was rather glad when I could close the curtains and shut out any of the gaps which might be allowing those draughts into my home.

      May you have a blessed rest of your day, and may your weekend be as lovely as you are.
      Squidges and love ~Cobs. xxx

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      1. My son did that in a department store too, scared me half to death!!! He did the same thing as your daughter, BOO and then he laughed. I was so thankful he was only hiding and did come out, but it is one of the scariest things ever.

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  6. A lot of food for thought today Cobs. One person can create so many wonderful ripples or so many not so good. I rewatched a film this week The Last King of Scotland based around Idi Amin. 300,000 of his people were disappeared during his reign. I love your thought for today. It raises hope for positive change. X

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    1. Hello Daisies.
      Nods … yes, food for thought indeed from the history of todays date.

      You’re right… many people can cause ripples of the wonderful kind, many times over. But there are indeed people who cause the most awful ripples and will sometimes continue their behaviour over and over again. I have found that the only thing I can do for those people is pray and leave it with God, for I am unable to do anything more which could help.

      I haven’t seen the film about Idi Amin, but I know a little about the book on which the film was based – but it is only a little. Information about it was gleaned from a write up, many moons ago, in a weekly column in a newspaper.

      So glad you like the thought for the day. Hope indeed for a positive change.

      Have a truly blessed weekend Daisies.
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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        1. *nods*… why is that? Why do some people turn out so SO bad, and continue to be bad for the rest of their life? It doesn’t make them happy, for I’ve never seen a happy bad person or heard about one. So what urges them to continue with their own form of awful? Surely science could have come up with the answer, and a cure, by now?

          I think it’s a question we’ll never get a fully understandable answer to. ~ C. xxx


  7. Well Cobs….this was an education indeed! I remember distinctly the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald. They showed that news clip over and over when we were kids. I also remember sitting in school watching the funeral of JFK….it was one of the rare times they brought tvs into the classroom.
    That whole DB Cooper thing is kind of fascinating. It is hard to imagine that in today’s world someone could just disappear and never be found…either dead or alive.
    I totally understand about not getting holiday cards out yet…..I need to get mine made! It seems that, as I have no children at home, I should be able to have things done right on time….for some reason I don’t! Another thing I cannot quite figure out lol. You have a great weekend Cobs!

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    1. Hello Chicken! 😀
      That whole DB Cooper puzzled me so much. He had an amazing amount of information which was not known to even the Pilots of those planes – in fact very few people knew some of the things which he used to facilitate his crime in such a way that he HAD to be either a former FBI agent, or (and this is the one I’ve come up with and am going with) … I wondered if her was [at that time] a current FBI or Intelligence agent who committed the crime and then go back to work so ensuring that no suspicion was raised, and then after a decent, ‘reasonable’ length of time, leave the job altogether – so covering up the whole thing with a smoke and mirrors thing.

      He just HAD to be a member of the FBI. I can see no other way that any regular member of society could pull this off so successfully and disappear in such a way that it was as if he never existed.

      I believe that he didn’t actually exist. This was a long planned exercise. Not something put together over a couple of months. This man had planned every last thing and ensured that every ‘i’ was dotted and every ‘t’ was crossed.

      Like you say … fascinating bit of history of the day.

      Laughed at your theory that since you have no children at home, you should have all your cards made and done on time. That’s your sensible brain thinking. You have to stop that happening, for that way lies ‘The Crazy’ – from which there is no return.

      How do I know this? How do you think I know this! lol.
      I’ve wondered for the longest time how I managed to juggle a career, home maker, children, and carer for my mum … and still find time to craft. I did it, but the Lord only knows how I did it, because I can’t figure out how I don’t have enough hours in the day anymore and I no longer have a career, have no little girls at home, don’t have the big cottage with it’s HUGE garden anymore and no longer have my mum to clean house and care for anymore. So why don’t I have enough time in the days anymore?

      It’s some sort of plot. I’m going to blame the Government. (only because I have no idea who else to blame)

      Actually laughing out loud at us both here, Chicken. Aww … it’s good to have a little innocent, childish fun sometimes. It puts the mind in a better place and helps the day tick along nicely.
      Sending heaps of love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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      1. I think you are on to something Cobs…..are you Sherlock or Watson??? I have a feeling we could probably write a book based on the DB Cooper deal and our take on it. I am positive we would have a best seller on our hands. And yes…let’s blame the government ….just because hahahaha.
        You do my heart good Cobs.

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        1. We could PLAN to write a book, bu whether we’d find the time to actually do it is a whole other matter and subject all together! LOLOL 😀

          My heart and yours will join together to act as clown hearts and just enjoy the idea of us ever having ‘a plan’.
          [laughing almost hysterically here now] .. a plan? Me? A… P.L.A.N.??? 😅 😂 🤣 (the men in the white coats are at the door…. EEK! I have to find somewhere to hide!) 😲

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  8. The power of One! Imagine the power of one prayer of expectancy to our Father for this fallen world.
    As usual your teaching has been through and well received by your readers, which I might add is a growing number. Yea for you!!.
    Can you tell I am worn out from company and a really good Thanksgiving. My stab at grand chef- for -a-day was successful after being out of practice for several years (Hooray for this ole soul) Then the boys took us all out for dinner Friday night ( 7 big people-6 little people ) . . It was good but I just hate spending all that money on a one time meal. And it was so much noise we couldn’t enjoy talking . I much prefer a good meal at home in the presence of a warm fire and quite conversation.where the children can play at will and not have to sit still for long.
    Then….on my goodness… # 2 son’s girlfriend decided this morning they need to bleach my bedroom ceiling and walls to get ready for me to paint, which I plan to do soon ,but it was a chore. Now they are on their way back to North Georgia …long trip.Bless their hearts!
    I too have cards in the mail ( well long distance any way ) and will share later . I have been crafty before all this cooking took over.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend, yours is getting pretty short. Give Mr. Cob and little cob a hug for me. xoxo


    1. The power of one! I know … all it takes is one… and the ripples go out from that.

      Yes, I can most certainly feel that you’re plum tuckered out. It comes over – and you’re not your usual sparkly girl that I know you to be. But then … I’m really not surprised that you’re worn out … you’ve been cooking up a storm in your kitchen in order to feed your wonderful family.

      Then just when you thought you could sit back and put your feet up for a few days, #2’s girlfriend decided that they needed to bleach your walls and ceiling … so that you could paint them!
      Now look here young lady … I don’t want you up any ladders or attempting to do this. You are now just a tiny bit older than your bra measurement … and this means that you are now a fully paid up member of the “Get Someone Else In To Do The Job” brigade. You must ask around for the name of a painter and decorator who someone would recommend. Someone they’ve used themselves and are very happy with the job that the decorator has done. Then get his (or her) number and call them to come and give you a price for the job.

      Beverly … get someone else to do this painting. You are not really fit enough to be climbing up ladders and trying to paint a room and ceiling. Put your feet up and let someone else do that.

      Like you, I’m busy crafing, but can’t share the cards at the moment because the surprise would be spoit. But … I will eventually share them. The cards are in the mail now, so hopefully it won’t be too long before they can be posted onto the blog.

      Sending heaps of squidges and tons of love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤


  9. What a great selection of facts. The D B Cooper story is fascinating – incredible that he could dissappear after pulling such a stunt is amazing and must have taken some planning. Poor Jamie Bulger. I was a teenager when he was murdered and couldn’t believe that 2 children were capable of such evil.

    On a brighter note, I’m yet to think about Christmas cards so I admire your organisation 😃🎄 🎅 Hxx

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    1. LOL…. organisation? I’ve not met with that word before. Is it foriegn? Or gan i sation… French maybe? German?

      Nope … don’t know it. I’ll have to Google it later.

      DB Cooper … I know!!! I actually researched it further, with the help of Mr.Google, and found the whole story a real puzzler. I’m putting all my money on him being either in the Intelligence Agency or an out and out, fully paid up member of the FBI.

      And Jamie Bulger … the whole thing caused me so much distress at the time, and even to this day, I cannot comprehend how those two boys did the things they did to that tiny child. It’s sickening.

      Great to see you Hannah.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx


  10. Well I feel very educated today! Tomorrow it is back to work after having 4 days off due to the holiday! This week was a blur….One of my sisters and her husband were here for the week which meant I had a house full of relatives in and out all week…and I worked Monday – Wednesday! Whew…go to work, come home, throw some dinner together for everyone, sit and talk awhile, and repeat for 3 days. And then there was the Thanksgiving dinner…only had 12 for dinner! That was a lot of cooking last week!! Now, it’s back to work to rest up! Ha! Still super busy at work, but oh well, sometime I will make some time to create some more cards…maybe tomorrow! 🙂

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    1. Hello Nancee.
      Coo, you’ve had a super busy week. I’m surprised that you haven’t booked a week to get over the week you’ve had!!

      Relatives staying … it’s wonderful but .. it does cause some extra work and also a great deal of feeling that you’re no longer in your own home but somewhere that looks like it, but isn’t it. LOL

      Ah well… going back to work will be a stretch for the energy levels to begin with, but after about 4 hours it will bring a feeling of ‘normality’ back into your life and by the time you get home you’ll feel a lot more like yourself.
      Sending you as many ‘normal’ life vibes as possible, with a handful of crafting vibes in the mix too.
      ~ Cobs. x 😀


  11. what a great bunch of factoids. I especially thought the information on D.B Cooper was interesting. I think that he probably didnt survive that jump. What a crazy dangerous idea. Great thoughts of the day!!. So inspiring. xoxoxoxoxo =) Have a fabulous week ❤

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  12. You are a plucky, determined, hard-working woman, dear Cobs: making your own Christmas cards and finding time to keep educating your readers with your Friday posts! Whew!! How do you do it? I especially enjoyed your examination of D.B. Cooper because I hung on every words of that story while it played out. Now and then in the USA you’ll still hear a joke about DB. I was unfamiliar with the murder of a two-year-old by two ten-year-olds. Unbelievably horrifying, tragic, and sad. I taught children of 10 and can’t imagine them even conceiving of such a crime. Fortunately, your thought for the day rescued me from my gloomy thoughts as your personality of positivity and sunshine lit my heart.

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    1. How do I manage to create Christmas cards and do the Friday Post? …. I have to not blog for the rest of the week while I’m crafting up a storm! eeeek! lol

      D Cooper … when I read about this, it really puzzled me. TONS of questions popped up inside my head and I ended up doing quite a bit of research on this matter. Found out quite a bit of information and came to the decision that he was either employed by the USA Intelligence Agency or he was part of the FBI. He knew too much about things that even the people working in the industries just didn’t know. Only someone in Intelligence or FBI could have known about that particular back door on that particular plane, or even about how to open it. It had a special way of opening it and no one on the plane, not even the pilots, knew about that back door, nor the hidden opening. It HAD to be someone in Intelligence or the FBI.

      Well … that’s my thoughts on the matter … of course, I’m probably totally wrong and it was a greengrocer from the local shop! Ha!! lol

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed the read Aunt Beulah. It’s lovely to see you here, but even lovelier to chat with you.
      God Bless, beautiful blogging friend. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  13. Good morning!

    As usual a little behind… well, a BIG behind, me that is, not you, oh dear…LOL! I’m getting round to everything! A lovely informative post as usual – the composite drawing was interesting and I remember oh so clearly the case of James Bulger. My heart broke for that poor little boy and his mother.

    And yes, I agree…any little act of kindness, any thought, word or deed…we’re only here for a little while so we need to be happy and kind because it’s a beautiful world. “Be the change…”

    I hope you are well, thank you for a thought provoking and informative post. Lots of love to you 🙂 xxx

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    1. Hello Samantha.
      Aw, I totally understand ‘behind’ … for I’m continually playing the ‘catch up game’. I seem to just catch up, and there have been another 20 posts made and I’m behind again.

      My heart broke, and still breaks, for tiny Jamie Bulger. How two young boys of their age could have done the things which they did to that little boy is beyond my understanding. And from what I’ve recently read about the one boy (now a man), it would seem that he is beyond help also.

      “Be the change” …. I agree, heart and soul. I want that printed onto a T-shirt.

      So glad that you enjoyed the post. Lovely to see you Samantha, and lovelier still to chat with you.
      Have a blessed day my friend. Squidges and love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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