The Friday Post ~ 19th January 2018

Well hello there!  I’m Cobwebs. Cobs, for short.  Do you come here often?

Yeah, I know it’s cheesy but I couldn’t think of any other way than saying it like that in order to say hello to new people who might have stumbled across us all sat around the kitchen table having a giggle.

So anyhoo ….  how the divil are you?  Fine and groovy I hope.  No ailments.  No money troubles.  And no worries which keep you awake at night, I trust.  But if you have any of these, feel free to unburden yourself via a comment and I, and perhaps one of your fellow bloggers who visit here, might be able to help;  come up with a solution; or just generally say encouraging things which might help to ease your pain or troubles.  Everyone here really is so nice that I could squidge them all.  So feel free to chat.

Well, it’s Friday again and on checking the dockets, I see that all of your parents are up to date on their payments for your Private Edumacation at the Institute of Cobwebs, so I guess that we should get on with it.  Please find your seats … quietly but quickly …  and get comfortable, because then I shall begin.

Ready?  Ok … let’s go!

On This Day in History.

1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.  Dubbed  “The Wizard of Menlo Park”  by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.  He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications.  His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a crucial development in the modern industrialised world.  His first power plant was on Manhattan Island, New York.

1915 – Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising. The French engineer, chemist, and inventor Georges Claude (September 24, 1870 – May 23, 1960), was the first to apply an electrical discharge to a sealed tube of neon gas (circa 1902) to create a lamp.

Georges Claude
Georges Claude

Inspired in part by Daniel McFarlan Moore’s invention, Moore’s Lamp, Paris-born Claude invented the neon lamp by passing an electric current through inert gases, making them glow very brightly.

In 1902 Georges Claude and businessman Paul Delorme founded L’Air Liquide S.A. (Air Liquide) based on a method to liquefy air that enabled large-scale production of oxygen. Air Liquide presently exists as a large multinational corporation headquartered in Paris, France.

In 1923, Georges Claude and his French company Claude Neon, introduced neon gas signs to the United States, by selling two to a Packard car dealership in Los Angeles. Earle C. Anthony purchased the two signs reading “Packard” for $1,250 apiece. Neon lighting quickly became a popular fixture in outdoor advertising. Visible even in daylight, people would stop and stare at the first neon signs for hours, dubbed “liquid fire.”

Being a student of Jacques-Arsène d’Arsonval, the inventor of the OTEC concept, Claude was also the first person to build prototype plants of that technology. Claude built his plant in Cuba in 1930. The system produced 22 kilowatts of electricity with a low-pressure turbine.

In 1935, Claude constructed another plant, this time aboard a 10,000-ton cargo vessel moored off the coast of Brazil. Weather and waves destroyed both plants before they could become net power generators. (Net power is the amount of power generated after subtracting power needed to run the system.)

Georges Claude was also an accomplished artist painting many watercolour pictures some when on holiday in the Pyrenees (1909) in the Valli’s De Lac hon.

Claude was honoured for chemical work in World War I but stripped of his honours and sentenced to life in prison in June 1945 for collaboration with the Nazis. Claude was convicted of propaganda work favouring collaboration, but was cleared of another charge that he helped design the V-1 rocket. In 1950 Claude was released from jail, at the age of 79.

1915 – World War I: German zeppelins bomb the cities of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn in the United Kingdom, in the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target.

1917 – Silvertown explosion: 73 are killed and 400 injured in an explosion in a munitions plant in London.  The Silvertown explosion occurred in Silvertown in West Ham, Essex (now Greater London) on Friday, 19 January 1917 at 18.52.  The blast occurred at a munitions factory which was producing explosives for Britain’s World War I military effort.  Approximately 50 tons of TNT exploded, killing 73 people and injuring over 400, and also causing substantial damage to buildings and property in the local area.  This was possibly the largest single explosion to occur in Britain up to that time, though this is difficult to ascertain as there is not an obvious way to measure the size of past explosions.

Silvertown
Silvertown, UK.  1917

Just before 7am on 19 January 1917, a fire started at the works resulting in the detonation of 50 tons of high explosives. A large part of the factory was instantly destroyed together with several nearby buildings and streets. The flour mills and silos on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock were badly damaged. Across the river on the Greenwich Peninsula, now the site of the Millennium Dome, one of the gas holders exploded.

Although there was a strong response from local communities, the geographical isolation of the area hindered rescue work.   The cost of the damage was estimated at a quarter of a million pounds, an enormous sum at that time.

The day after the explosion, the local authorities set up the Explosion Emergency Committee to oversee rescue and rebuilding work. By mid-February 1917, more than 1,700 men were employed in repairing houses. By August most of the work was complete. The government eventually paid about three million pounds in compensation to the people affected by the disaster.

An inquiry into the incident judged that Silvertown was a totally unsuitable place for a T.N.T. plant and castigated Brunner, Mond & Co for negligence in the running of their works. The report remained secret until the 1950s.

1920 – The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations. The League of Nations (LoN) was a supranational organisation founded as a result of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919–1920.  At its greatest extent from 28 September 1934 to the 23 February 1935, it had 58 members.  The League’s goals included disarmament, preventing war through collective security, settling disputes between countries through negotiation, diplomacy and improving global quality of life.  The diplomatic philosophy behind the League represented a fundamental shift in thought from the preceding hundred years.  The League lacked its own armed force and so depended on the Great Powers to enforce its resolutions, keep to economic sanctions which the League ordered, or provide an army, when needed, for the League to use.  However, they were often reluctant to do so. Sanctions could also hurt the League members imposing the sanctions and given the pacifist attitude following World War I, countries were reluctant to take military action. Benito Mussolini stated that “The League is very well when sparrows shout, but no good at all when eagles fall out.”

After a number of notable successes and some early failures in the 1920’s, the League ultimately proved incapable of preventing aggression by the Axis powers in the 1930’s. The onset of the Second World War suggested that the League had failed in its primary purpose, which was to avoid any future world war. The United Nations replaced it after the end of the war and inherited a number of agencies and organisations founded by the League.

1935 – Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first briefs. Jockey International, Inc. is a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of underwear, sleep-wear, and socks for men, women, and children. The company is based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jockey is known for having invented the first men’s Y-Front brief in 1934. Jockey is a recognised Trademark in 120 countries.

Coopers Briefs

1937 – Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los Angeles, California to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds.

1953 – 68% of all television sets in the United States are tuned in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.

1966 – Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India. Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was the Prime Minister of the Republic of India for three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977 and for a fourth term from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, a total of fifteen years. She was India’s first and, to date, only female Prime Minister.

Indira Gandhi

In 1999, she was voted the greatest woman of the past 1000 years in a poll carried by BBC news, ahead of other notable women such as Queen Elizabeth I of England, Marie Curie and Mother Teresa.

Born in the politically influential Nehru dynasty, she grew up in an intensely political atmosphere. Despite the same last name, she was of no relation to the statesman Mohandas Gandhi. Her grandfather, Motilal Nehru, was a prominent Indian nationalist leader. Her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, was a pivotal figure in the Indian independence movement and the first Prime Minister of Independent India. Returning to India from Oxford in 1941, she became involved in the Indian Independence movement.

In the 1950s, she served her father unofficially as a personal assistant during his tenure as the first Prime Minister of India. After her father’s death in 1964, she was appointed as a member of the Rajya Sabha by the President of India and became a member of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s cabinet as Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

The then Congress Party President K. Kamaraj was instrumental in making Indira Gandhi the Prime Minister after the sudden demise of Shastri. Gandhi soon showed an ability to win elections and outmaneuver opponents through populism. She introduced more left-wing economic policies and promoted agricultural productivity. A decisive victory in the 1971 war with Pakistan was followed by a period of instability that led her to impose a state of emergency in 1975; she paid for the authoritarian excesses of the period with three years in opposition. Returned to office in 1980, she became increasingly involved in an escalating conflict with separatists in Punjab that eventually led to her assassination by her own bodyguards in 1984.

1971 – The revival of No, No, Nanette premieres at the 46th Street Theatre, in New York City.  No, No, Nanette is a musical comedy with lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach, music by Vincent Youmans, and a book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel.

Its songs include the well-known “Tea for Two” and “I Want to Be Happy”.  It was first produced on March 11, 1925 at London’s Palace Theatre, where it starred Binnie Hale and George Grossmith, Jr. and ran for 665 performances.

1975 – Triple J begins broadcasting in Sydney, Australia. Triple J is a nationally networked, government-funded Australian radio station (a division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), mainly aimed at youth (defined as those between 12 and 25). Music played on the station is generally more alternative than commercial stations with a heavy emphasis on Australian music and new music. In metropolitan rating surveys Triple J usually has less than one-third the market share of its major commercial rivals, but its influence on Australian popular music belies the modest ratings, having provided a launchpad for numerous Australian recording artists and announcers.

1977 – President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D’Aquino (a.k.a. “Tokyo Rose”). Iva Ikuko Toguri D’Aquino (July 4, 1916 – September 26, 2006), a Japanese-American, was the woman most identified with “Tokyo Rose”, a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately a dozen English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese propaganda.

Iva Toguri D'Aquino - aka Tokyo Rose
Iva Toguri D’Aquino – “Tokyo Rose”

Identified by the press as Tokyo Rose after the war, she was detained for a year by the U.S. military before being released for lack of evidence. Upon return to the U.S., the Federal Bureau of Investigation began an investigation of her activities and she was subsequently charged by the United States Attorney’s Office with eight counts of treason. Her 1949 trial resulted in a conviction on one count, making her the seventh American to be convicted on that charge. In 1974, investigative journalists found key witnesses had lied during testimony and other serious problems with the conduct of the trial. She was pardoned by U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1977.

1977 – Snow falls in Miami, Florida.  This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.
1978 – The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW’s plant in Emden.  Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.

1981 – Iran Hostage Crisis: United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity. The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States where 52 U.S. diplomats were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, after a group of Islamist students took over the American embassy in support of the Iranian revolution.

Iran Hostage Crisis 1

The crisis has been described as an entanglement of “vengeance and mutual incomprehension”. In Iran, the incident was seen by many as a blow against the U.S., its influence in Iran, its perceived attempts to undermine the Iranian Revolution, and its long-standing support of the recently overthrown autocratic Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The Shah had been restored to power by a CIA-funded coup of a democratically elected Iranian government and had recently been allowed into the United States for cancer treatment.

Operation Eagle Claw ended in Disaster in the desert
Operation Eagle Claw ended in disaster in the desert

The ordeal reached a climax when after failed attempts to negotiate a release, the United States military attempted a rescue operation, Operation Eagle Claw, on April 24, 1980, which resulted in an aborted mission, the crash of two aircraft and the deaths of eight American military men and one Iranian civilian.

The crisis ended with the signing of the Algiers Accords in Algeria on January 19, 1981. The hostages were formally released into United States custody the following day, just minutes after the new American president Ronald Reagan was sworn in.

freedom
Freedom

After months of negotiations, helped by Algerian intermediaries and the Shah’s death, US diplomacy bore fruit.  On the day of President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, 20 January 1981, the hostages were set free.  A day later they arrived at a US Air Force base in West Germany.  Here, Airy Force attaché David Roader shouts with joy as he arrives on German soil.  In return the US had agreed to unfreeze Iranian assets worth $8bn and give hostage takes immunity.

In America, the crisis is thought by some political analysts to be the primary reason for U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s defeat in the November 1980 presidential election, and described by some as the “pivotal episode” in the history of U.S.-Iranian relations. In Iran, the crisis strengthened the prestige of the Ayatollah Khomeini and the political power of forces who supported theocracy and the hostage taking. The crisis also marked the beginning of American legal action, or sanctions, that weakened economic ties between Iran and America. Sanctions blocked all property within U.S. jurisdiction owned by the Central Bank and Government of Iran.

Iran Hostage Crisis Fin

Ticker tape parade
From Germany, the freed Americans were taken to Washington where they were given a hero’s welcome along Pennsylvania Avenue before a reception hosted by Ronald Reagan at the White House.

The crisis may have helped bury the Carter administration’s re-election hopes but it gave Mr Reagan a massive boost at the beginning of his presidency.
However, some sceptics remarked at the convenient timing of the release.

Pres. Ronald Reagan and Bruce Laingen
Newly inauguration US President Ronald Reagan listens to Bruce Laingen, top diplomatic hostage during the Iran hostage crisis who was one of the three seized at the Iranian foreign ministry on 4 November 1979.

After the euphoria had subsided, awkward questions arose that have never been fully cleared up. Critics still believe Mr Reagan’s campaign team conspired to postpone the hostages’ release until after the 1980 election to prevent it helping Mr Carter’s returned to office.

Memorial
Today, the embassy is still the stage for angry anniversary demonstrations in which protesters chant anti-US and Israeli slogans and burn flags and effigies.

Memorial

But for the rest of the year the building serves as a museum to the revolution, opened in 2001.

Outside the door stand a bronze model based on New York’s Statue of Liberty on one side and statue portraying one of the hostages on the other.

1983 – The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.

Apple Lisa

The Apple Lisa was a personal computer designed at Apple Computer, Inc. during the early 1980’s.

The Lisa project was started at Apple in 1978 and evolved into a project to design a powerful personal computer with a graphical user interface (GUI) that would be targeted toward business customers.

Around 1982, Steve Jobs was forced out of the Lisa project , so he joined the Macintosh project instead. Contrary to popular belief, the Macintosh is not a direct descendant of Lisa, although there are obvious similarities between the systems and the final revision, the Lisa 2/10, was modified and sold as the Macintosh XL.

The Lisa was a more advanced (and far more expensive) system than the Macintosh of that time in many respects, such as its inclusion of protected memory, cooperative multitasking, a generally more sophisticated hard disk based operating system, a built-in screen saver, an advanced calculator with a paper tape and RPN, support for up to 2 megabytes of RAM, expansion slots, and a larger higher resolution display. It would be many years before many of those features were implemented on the Macintosh platform. Protected memory, for instance, did not arrive until the Mac OS X operating system was released in 2001.

The Macintosh, however, featured a faster 68000 processor (7.89 MHz) and sound. The complexity of the Lisa operating system and its programs taxed the 5 MHz Motorola 68000 microprocessor so that the system felt sluggish, particularly when scrolling in documents.

1993 – IBM announces a $4.97 billion loss for 1992, the largest single-year corporate loss in United States history.
1999 – British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999.

2006 – The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.

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Born on this Day

1736 – James Watt, Scottish inventor (d. 1819) and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both Britain and the world.

1807 – Robert E. Lee, American Confederate general (d. 1870)

1809 – Edgar Allan Poe, American writer and poet (d. 1849)

1839 – Paul Cézanne, French painter (d. 1906)

1923 – Jean Stapleton, American actress best known for her portrayal of Edith Baines Bunker, the long-suffering, yet devoted wife of Archie Bunker.

1930 – Tippi Hedren, American actress

1935 – Johnny O’Keefe, Australian singer (d. 1978) hits include “Wild One” (1958), “Shout!” and “She’s My Baby”.

1939 – Phil Everly, American musician of The Everly Brothers fame

1940 – Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)

1942 – Michael Crawford, British singer and actor

1943 – Janis Joplin, American singer (d. 1970)

1946 – Dolly Parton, American singer and actress

1947 – Rod Evans, British musician (Deep Purple)

1949 – Robert Palmer, English singer and guitarist (d. 2003)

1953 – Desi Arnaz, Jr., American actor

1954 – Katey Sagal, American actress best known for her roles in Futurama, 8 Simple Rules and Married… with Children.

1958 – Thomas Kinkade, American painter (d. 2012)

1963 – Martin Bashir, English journalist

1963 – John Bercow, English politician, Speaker of the House of Commons

1980 – Jenson Button, English race car driver

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Died on this day and remembered here

1998 – Carl Perkins, American guitarist (b. 1932)

2000 – Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress, singer, and mathematician (b. 1913)

2006 – Wilson Pickett, American singer (b. 1941)

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Thought for the Day

Someone somewhere is speaking well of you.  Live up to the things they’re saying.

History lesson complete.  Birthdays remembered.  Those who have gone before us are remembered also.  And now ….  It’s PLAYTIME!

What do you call a fat psychic?  A four chin teller.

😀

Why did the duck go to rehab? Because he was a quack addict!

🙂

My friend hates when I make jokes about her weight. She needs to lighten up.

😀

The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so they can tell when they’re really in trouble.

🙂

The fact that there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven says a lot about the anticipated traffic load.

😀

Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time! I think I’ve forgotten this before?

🙂

What are the three words guaranteed to humiliate men everywhere? ‘Hold my handbag.’ (‘purse’ for folks of the USA)

😀

What do you call a bear with no ears?   . . .   ‘B’.

🙂

I went to a pet shop and asked the man behind the counter if I could buy a goldfish.  He said:  “Do you want an Aquarium?”.  I told him  I didn’t care what star sign it was.

😀

What do you get when you cross a dyslexic,  an insomniac and an agnostic?  Someone who lays awake at night wondering if there’s a dog.

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and finally ….  a joke I used to tell my big girls when they were little girls, and they LOVED it  – so much so that they took it to school and I was terrified I’d get it in the neck from the teachers because of it . . . . 

Knock knock.  Who’s there?   Smellip  . . .   I’ll let you finish that one off all by yourself – say it out loud and you’ll ‘get it’.

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Well that’s me done and dusted for another Friday.  Today was a busy, busy day in history, wasn’t it!   phew!  There will be a test later today so you’d better have been paying attention, that boy at the back there!

I hope you found something to interest you, something that might surprise you and biggest hope of all …. something to make you smile.

May your Friday be filled with smiles and peace, and may your weekend be truly wonderful, and blessed from the moment you wake up on Saturday to the moment you fall asleep on Sunday at bedtime.

Thank you for coming and sharing a coffee with me.  I have such a ton of fun with you.  Sending squidges ~ 

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34 thoughts on “The Friday Post ~ 19th January 2018

  1. Once again….well done Cobs! Love the history lessons…..though I do remember some of them actually happening. (guess that makes me old…or sort of? lol)
    Those jokes……I had to really laugh about the one with the kids and using their middle names….how very true. And then there is the duck in rehab one…and the bear with no ears…and ALL of them!
    But what really hit me Cobs was your thought for the day. What a great reminder to live up to the good things said about us. In a world where the news seems to all be bad I absolutely love this thought that there is good…and it is about us!
    Have a great weekend Cobs and loads of squidges to you. ~ Chicken

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    1. Hello Chicken 🙂
      Like you, I sometimes remember things happening which I’ve focused on in these Friday posts – and indeedly doodly they make me feel old too. Is it that we’re old – or is it that we simply remember the news at that time, but we are still, simply, only as old as our shoe size?

      Yeah … it’s the shoe size. 😀

      .The middle name for a child . . . ohhhh is that the truth or is that the truth. I can actually remember joshing with Mr.Cobs when our daughters were born and we were choosing a name which suited them. I recall saying: “So how will that sound when I’ve found their bedroom strewn with toys and I’m calling them from downstairs to come and clean up the mess?” … and saying it out loud in a slightly cross voice to see how their name sounded. LOLOLOL (Does that make me a wicked mom? lol. eeeeek!

      Thrilled you like the Thought for the Day. I feared it was a little short – I’m normally so ‘wordy’ – but it said what I was feeling so thought short and to the point worked well. And it’s true. We should all think on this regularly. Especially when about to do something that goes against their good words about us.

      Have a truly blessed and joy filled weekend, Chicken. Sending buckets of squidges your way. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  2. hahaha loved those jokes. =) Today was a big day. Poor Jasper got nuetered today.. poor thing has to walk around with a cone on his head. Let me tell you!! he is NOT happy one iota!!!! i feel bad for him.
    I hope you have a fabulous weekend!! ❤ xoxoxoxoxoxo!!! ❤

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    1. Ohhh poor Jasper. Not only missing his pom poms but forced to wear the cone of shame so that he can’t look at what’s missing!
      I can fully understand him not being happy. He’s worried about what the neighbourhood cats will say when they notice the lack of those items which prove he’s a big boy with deep voice! Other cats can be soooo cruel with their caterwauling and name calling.

      Oh … and although you say you feel bad for him, he knows that in reality, secretly, you’re actually laughing inside yourself, at his ‘predicament’.

      Bless his little heart. I hope he feels better really soon.
      Sending love and wishing you a great weekend. ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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      1. hahahahaI know poor doggy… To have a cat make fun of him would be horrible.. and most certainly would bruise his poor ego!!!!.. Unfortunately lol he has to wear the cone because he just wont behave. He seems to be doing okay besides smacking the corner of walls and the tables and chairs.. lol xoxoxoxo ❤ ❤ my friend =)

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  3. Morning Cobs! You know I come here often, giggle in the kitchen and I’m always groovy! 😉 Awesome birthdays today for science, writing and music sectors! Had toothache start of week, but my lovely dentist is sorting it… so I’m back in the groove now 🙂 I hope you and Mr.C are well and enjoying life at Cobweb Towers? Much love and many squidges, Anna x

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    1. Hello Anna. Great to see you.
      Good to hear you’re always groovy. Any other way is just a waste of a great day, eh? 🙂

      Sorry to hear about your toothache. ouchy ooey!
      Dentists are normally brilliant at solving the problem, so I’m glad to hear you have a good one who’s on the case and solving the problem for you,

      Thanks for coming Anna, and for the lovely comment,
      Squidges ~ Cobs, 🙂

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      1. Moo giggled all the way home, then prompted to tell me every ‘toilet humour’ joke known to man kind …. who knew there was soooooo many !! another afternoon to pop into our memory box 🙂

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        1. Only just found this comment … it didn’t show up in the little drop down list (under the bell at the top right of the ‘admin’ bar at the top. Very strange.

          Ah, Moo and I would get along very well, me thinks. We have the same age related sense of humour. LOL ~ C. xxx

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  4. Oh Cob..I wish I had started the day with you…but…shopping won out and you know how I hate shopping. Now things are evened out and I have my learning even though I was a tad late for class. Oh me…yes I do remember some of these very important dates. Can we put some of them to rest.? No…If we don’t learn from history we will repeat it. Sorry to say we often do .
    I am down to my last clean spoon and think I better find my way into the kitchen to wash up the sink full. lol
    ps. the only “good’ thing about just being one is some things can wait.
    Lovely weekend for you and yours xoxo

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    1. Ahh… now here’s where I’ve got the spoon thing beaten.
      Y’see . . . . I bought ten spoons from a local store when they had some decent ones on offer (ones which didn’t bend when I tried to bend them in the store) … so although I’ve got tea-spoons which match my cutlery set – I have tea-spoons from old sets (about five of them I think) and I keep all those ‘odd’ spoons in a little crockery milk jug, on the counter top.

      I use spoons like they’re going out of fashion – so because I have this jug of spoons, I always have a good one to hand. But … when they start mounting up in the sink or in the dishwasher – I’ll wash them either by hand, or if there’s a dishwasher full of pots and pans and crockery, then the dishwasher is put on.

      See? I never run out of spoons, cause I’ve beaten the system. Whoo hoo!!

      I knew that you’d be shopping this morning, so I’d already marked you as coming in late in the school register. (lol)

      You’re right … we do need history to try and teach us where we’re going wrong. Sadly we continue to do it. I do wonder if the world will ever learn the lessons and realise that we are supposed to all get along in this fabulous Garden which God created and gave us to play in.

      Have a beautiful weekend Bev. Are you expecting any visitors over the weekend?
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  5. Brilliant as always! I liked the electric light facts, because they reminded me of my son. When he was 4, he asked me why he couldn’t see electricity, how it moved and if it had a pump like the central heating did. Mummy and daddy had to check on Google for the exact scientific answer to how it travelled!
    The little note at the end about living up to expectations made me think of a quote I read online about talking about your colleagues behind their backs but in a positive way. I love that idea and try to do it as much as I can. Have a fab weekend, I’m still chuckling about the four chin teller. X

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    1. Hello Mrs.Craft 😀
      Electricity – daughter No.2 asked the same question. At that point I don’t think Google had been invented – but if it had I would have forgotten to use it (I still do now! sigh) – so I distinctly remember muddling through, trying to keep it real, but inserting the ‘get out clause’:- “Now I’m not exactly certain how it actually works, but I think it’s something along these lines:-” and telling it as much as possible as I knew it to be.

      It as the more difficult questions, normally asked from the back of the car, which I had great trouble with. The most famous one being from Daughter No.1, when she asked: “Mommy, … why are trees?” – it sounds such a simple question, until you ask…. “Why are trees what? poppet? Green?”

      From there complete chaos ensued and that question is now very, VERY famous in our family, and recalled at least once a year with laughter, shaking heads and exasperation.

      Kids … gotta love ’em, but only in 5 minute sections, for otherwise they send you crazy – as I am clearly evidence of!

      Living up to the good things that others say about us… It’s something we should all strive for, isn’t it. I also find it a wonderful way of reminding myself that although I might imagine that someone is saying something not nice about me, more people (I hope) are saying something positive, and it’s those things I need to concentrate upon.

      Four chin teller …. LOL. It put’s everything in order, that one! LOL>
      Sending squidges and love ~ Cobs xxx

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  6. Well your Friday post has turned into my Sunday read today. Your little fingers must be worn out typing this big informative post. I did enjoy reading all of it this morning as the wind is gusting to about 60k out there right now. I do enjoy storms as long as we keep our power and not one person gets hurt. I used to go down to the ocean and watch the waves on stormy days. Nature is fierce at times. Oh, I just looked out the window and the rain has started as well. Great, no umbrella will survive this! lol
    I will be going to visit a friend later this morning, another crafty friend, so it will be good as long as the power stays on. I may even change my mind and just stay inside here safe and sound. Mmmm decisions decisions. I haven’t seen Kim since October tho’ and she is in need of a visit, she is kinda house bound at the present time and could use a different face other than her hubby’s. 🙂
    Thanks for the “news” Cobs and look forward to the next one.
    hugs from the windy Vancouver Island.

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    1. Hello Soozy
      It sounds like we shared the same Sunday weather!

      It lashed down with rain all day yesterday – so much so that I’m surprised we’re not floating!

      Thankfully there was no thundering or lightning – so my cats and dog didn’t get upset about that – but they were upset about all the rain. Poor things.

      Our weather here today is wonderful in comparison! The sun is out, the sky is brighter and it’s warmer too! Couldn’t have asked for more.

      Hope your Monday is an improvement on your Sunday!
      Thanks for coming Soozy. Lovely to see you, as always. Take care. ~ Cobs. x

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  7. Hello, Cobs… pleased to meet you. I’m Tom, and I live in a Mansion in Cheshire. Oh, and I’m …erm… 24 years old.
    I’m late again. I do apologise. I’m always late these days.
    I don’t remember the Apple Lisa, but looking at the style of the advert I feel as though I should know it.It has a familiar feel…
    I loved your thought of the day. It’s nice to even (at least) think someone is speaking highly of me.
    Have a great week, Cobs! 😀

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    1. Hello Tom. How fabulous that you live in a Mansion. I bet it has many rooms!
      (I’m really not jealous. Many room means many rooms to keep clean! Well that just won’t do!)

      Don’t fret about being late. A note from your mother will suffice. 🙂

      No, I don’t remember Apple Lisa either. I had to double check that one because I thought that it was a joke ‘fact’!

      As for the thought for the day … dear Tom … I only ever speak highly of you… so that’s just one person. However, I’m really very certain that an awful lot of other people speak highly of you too. Not just in Blog land, but in Real Life World too. There … feel the love of that! Good eh?

      Thanks for coming Tom. You know I love to see you here. Wishing you a fabulous week in return. ~ Cobs. x

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  8. You always make me smile, Cobs, even when, once more, I come dragging into the party late, hair awry and make-up missing, having nothing at all to contribute to the potluck lunch. Yep, it’s me, Aunt Beulah. I hope you remember me. I used to be on time, cheerful, interested and with something to contribute. But that was before the flu grabbed me by the throat and choked the humanity out of me. Oh, Cobs, both Joel and I have been so very, very sick. So I have been absent from your blog life. But today I managed to stop coughing long enough to read your Friday post, and I was interested, surprised, and amused; so I thought I’d better let you know how much I’ve missed you before I go down for another marathon nap. I’ve missed you mightily, dear Cobs; and I hope to be back to my normal life soon. Love, Janet

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    1. Ohhhh dearest Aunt Beulah!!
      Oh the Flu Virus is knocking people down like flies. It seems to be particularly bad this year. Apparently a new strain, mixed with an older one and now we have super-bugs – or something like that. It’s a real worry to me regarding some of the younger and older members of my family.

      And now … you too! Oh heck. I’m so saddened to hear that you caught this. I know that seeing you here is proof, if proof were needed, of you feeling a little better in short bursts, but I can feel how drained the smallest effort must make you.

      Please take very good care and rest as much as possible.
      I’m sending my love and praying for you to be returned back to normal health again, very soon. Both of you.
      Much love ~ Cobs. xxxx ❤

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  9. Oh how you fill my head with such great information! It helps to take my mind off of everything going on around me….thank goodness! So much going on, so much stress right now, it is such a relief to visit my friend’s blog and get away, even if it is only for a short time! I was hoping that 2018 would be better than 2017, but so far, not so good…Yuck! Well, I must be off to do a bit of coloring, birthdays don’t stop coming in my family. Here’s hoping you have a great week! 🙂

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    1. Hello Nancee.
      Aw, you sound like you’d like the world to stop for a while, so that you could catch up and catch your breath.

      I hope that things settle down for you very soon, and the stress trickles away like it’s dribbling down a drain.

      Remember – tomorrow is a lovely day . . . but so is today if you stop worrying, because worrying is just a total waste of time. 😉

      Sending BIG love ~ ❤ Cobs. xxx

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      1. Oh how I wish it was that easy. 😂 I know, I know. I can’t help but worry. Still so busy at work and now on top of the brain cancer, they have now discovered a blood clot in my boss’s leg and has had an adverse reaction to his medication. His daughter just found out she is loosing her baby. She also works in my office. We are trying to hire someone to help but I don’t even have time to read the resumes. Ugh. Still down a person in the other office I also manage so I am still trying to do 4 people’s work. My stepdad has been in the hospital since New Year’s Day. I have had to help my Mom as she is 15 years older than he is. She isn’t well either. They live in a buy level house and she has a hard time with stairs. Their dog is 15 years old and is also in poor health but she won’t let us have him put to sleep. And, I have to finish year end reports and get everything ready by the end of the month for taxes. Ugh. I wish things would just stand still for about a week to give me time to catch my breath. I keep thinking that next month will be better ‘cause I don’t think I could squeeze another second out of this one! 😂

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