Monday, December 18, 2017

Thought for the Day



Lazy Christmas Decorations, Part 1

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I confess that this year we haven’t put up a Christmas tree at home, it was one of those things that we meant around to but didn’t. I can therefore relate to the following images that were recently posted on the Bored Panda website as examples of lazy Christmas decorating. I have also set out some of the comments that accompanied the pics. Read the full post at: 
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My cousin hates decorating so he did this:


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I'm gonna steal this idea next year. Lol

THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (lights)
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I've Set Up My Christmas Decorations For The Year


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And it's recycling, environmentally friendly!

Where's the camel?

Not for Pepsi fans though.
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Lazy Christmas Decoration


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And the third house should just show the symbol of ditto (")

I thought I was lazy but this guy takes the cake...LOL
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Neighbours’ outdoor Christmas decorations . . . before the cops made them take it down


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Those bushes look kinda like cats looking up.

OH NO, what is happening to our freedom of speech? I love it!

Freedom of speech only applies when it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others. In this case, this is a public hazard. If the police station is flooded with calls about this, it prevents them from focusing on actual crime. It also maybe a driving hazard for people driving by who pull over immediately to help. It’s like yelling “fire” at a theatre.
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Our Christmas decorations


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Well, at least they understand what Christmas is about.
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Next day after Halloween . . . “Finally finished the Christmas decorations”


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Xmas is often a hellish time...
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I was out with the wife looking looking for Christmas lights, found this gem . . . 


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Meh:
Meh is an interjection used as an expression of indifference or boredom. It is often regarded as a verbal equivalent of a shrug of the shoulders. The use of the term "meh" shows that the speaker is apathetic, uninterested, or indifferent to the question or subject at hand. -Wikipedia
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Put up the Christmas tree, they said . . . 


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Ha ha ! Love the present under the "tree"

It's much noticeable because of the smell
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My hospital’s decorations . . .


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Quite clever, who looks at a pile of crutches and thinks "I know they could be reindeer legs"?

Gimpy, the Pink Nosed Reindeer.

Not lazy at all
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Last minute door decoration . . .


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That's a-door-able! I'll just...show myself out...

    You mean: "snow" yourself out

His buttons really drive me crazy! I want to tear them off and stick them on correctly.

    Let it go... let it go.
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No one at work has taken responsibility for decorating the Christmas tree, for the last week it has been propped up in its box waiting. Today, I stepped up to the plate . . .


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For the last two years I haven't even got this far!

Now...leave the box in the attic and you have MY decorations!

They could have at least put the picture facing forward!
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I trusted my husband to clean up from Christmas last year. This is what I discovered when I went down to our basement to begin decorating this year. He’s so proud. I can’t decide: life hack or lazy?


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Damn, lady, you should really go down into your basement more than once a year.

My dad has been doing this for years, it's genius.

Part of the fun is decorating the tree. Pretty lazy as far as I can see.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Thought for the Day



Still more monthlies


INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY
Date:
Second Sunday in December
Origin:
Children's Day was begun in 1856 by Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard, pastor of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts: Dr. Leonard held a special service dedicated to, and for the children. And what did Dr Leonard name this day dedicated to children?  Rose Day.  But then they changed it, to . . . Flower Sunday.  Later it became Children's Day.
Children's Day was first officially declared a national holiday by the Republic of Turkey in 1929.
Comments:
There are numerous Children’s Day dates thoughout the world for different countries.
For UNICEF:
International Children's Day is celebrated every year in the second Sunday in December. This is a joint initiative between UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. After the `World Conference for the Well Being of Children', held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925, governments around the world decided to specify a day as Children's Day to draw attention to children's issues.

  


NATIONAL PASTRY DAY
Date:
December 9
Origin:
Unknown
Comments:
The day is self-explanatory.  Go buy an apple turnover, a flaky pastry pie a cinnamon whirl, a vanilla slice, profiteroles, strudel, Danish pastries, pies of all fillings, baklava, quiche, eclairs, or a Cornish pasty.
From daysoftheyear.com:
The first ever pastries date way back into ancient times when the likes of the ancient Romans and Greeks made filo-style pastries as meals and treats. The main ingredients in hot countries were flour, oil, and honey, which would not melt easily in the heat of the day. We still have these kinds of treats these days with the Turkish favorite Baklava, a sweet pastry made from filo-type pastry, nuts, and lashings of honey.
In medieval times, things got a bit more serious when pastry chefs came on the scene, using shortening and butter to make a thicker, more robust pastry that we see frequently in pies. Pastry became quite a serious business, with demand for pies and sweets always high amongst royalty and peasants alike. Throughout the years, plenty of pastry types have emerged; choux, Danish, phyllo (which is more commonly known as ‘filo’ pastry), and on the back of that, hundreds of delicious pastry-based treats!



HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
Date:
December 10
Origin:
The United Nations General Assembly created the first Human Rights Day on December 10, 1948.
Comments:
Human Rights Day, created by the United Nations, promotes awareness of the importance of Human Rights issues around the world. On this date in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.





HANNUKAH
Date:
Varying dates:  December 12 in 2017
Origin:
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, (also called Chanuka, Hannukah and Hannakuh) celebrates victory from Greek religious persecution. The Jewish victory was led by the Macabees in the year 167 B.C. Upon returning to the temple to rededicate it and relight the Menorah, the Macabees found only one small flask of oil, enough to light the Menorah for just one day. However, the flask of oil lasted lasted eight days, Hence the celebration lasts eight days. This is also why it is called the Festival of Lights.
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Hannakah, or Chanukah, is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.
At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah lighting. The menorah holds nine flames, one of which is the shamash (“attendant”), which is used to kindle the other eight lights. On the first night, we light just one flame. On the second night, an additional flame is lit. By the eighth night of Chanukah, all eight lights are kindled.
Special blessings are recited, often to a traditional melody, before the menorah is lit, and traditional songs are sung afterward.
A menorah is lit in every household (or even by each individual within the household) and placed in a doorway or window. The menorah is also lit in synagogues and other public places. In recent years, thousands of jumbo menorahs have cropped up in front of city halls and legislative buildings, and in malls and parks all over the world.



VIOLIN DAY
Date:
December 13
Origin:
Unknown
Comments:
If you don’t play the violin, then celebrate it by listening to violin, whether it be blue grass, Andres Rieu, Alison Krauss or some Irish fiddling.

Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique.  Paganini’s great skill as a violinist was helped by the fact that he had unusually long and flexible fingers in addition to great musicality.   He practised 15 hours per day. 


On one occasion, as he was playing a serenade, one after the other, three of the four strings on the violin broke.  He simply finished the serenade playing all notes on the one remaining string!  Not as amazing as it sounds, however.  Paganini is known to have sabotaged his strings so that they would sometimes break, letting him make a big ado about continuing on one string, something he was accomplished at.  Click on the following link to hear his composition Variations on One String:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTnnJHG9Qpo





MONKEY DAY
Date:
December 14
Origin:
Monkey Day was created and popularized by artists Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin in the year 2000 to spread awareness for the animals, and to show love and care for them. It is celebrated worldwide and often known as World Monkey Day.
Comments:
Monkey Day is an unofficial international holiday celebrated on December 14. The holiday celebrates monkeys and "all things simian", including other non-human primates such as apes, tarsiers, and lemurs.





Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thought for the Day



Bygone Sydney

The Devonshire Street Cemetery was located between Eddy Avenue and Elizabeth Street, and between Chalmers and Devonshire Streets, at Brickfield Hill, in Sydney, Australia. It was consecrated in 1820. By 1860, the cemetery was full, and it was closed in 1867. In 1901, the cemetery was resumed to allow for the development of Central railway station, Sydney and representatives of deceased persons buried in the Devonshire Street cemetery were given two months to arrange for exhumation and removal of remains from the cemetery. All reasonable costs were borne by the Government of New South Wales.

Stonemasons at work carving gargoyles during the construction of Sydney University in 1858

Children with billycarts filled with firewood at the Woolloomooloo wharf during the Great Depression, Sydney, 1 September 1932.

Btw, why are they called billy carts? 
Billy carts date back to the late 19th century and were originally made to be pulled by a ‘billy’ goat. When pedal and motor power became available motorised carts, and pedal powered buggies, took over the jobs that were once done by the billy cart, which thereafter became play toys for children. The term ‘go cart’ is short for goat carts which were once pulled by goats, but now refer to a motorised cart.

Tram, Watsons Bay, 1954

Cremorne ferry terminal, Kanangra in foreground, 'Aquitania" just following "Queen Mary" around Bradleys Head, bound for the Middle East.

The City of Sydney Mobile Library in 1957.It was discontinued in 1991.

Vehicle traffic passing through King's Cross, Sydney, 16 December 1937. 80 years ago to the day.

Children playing in Frog Hollow, Surry Hills, Sydney 1949

By 1901 Surry Hills was an established suburb on the fringe of the city. Packed tight with narrow terraces and weatherboard shacks, many of the houses were thrown together by speculators, with ventilation usually poor and rooms damp. Drainage and sewerage fell short due to overcrowding. Surry Hills became a slum associated with petty crime, alcohol, gambling and domestic violence. Between 1895 and 1904 Surry Hills’ Frog Hollow was known as ‘one of the most depraved areas of Sydney’. It was about 9 metres below the surrounding streets and approachable from three directions only by steep flights of stone steps. In this area bounded by Anne, Albion, Riley and Little Riley Streets the houses were literally piled on top of each other. Police claimed that this enclave had bred some of the most ‘desperate and dangerous criminals’ they had encountered. The City Council’s slum clearance came to Frog Hollow, with the first houses at 295-315 Riley Street being demolished in 1925. Part of the site was later used as a council depot, and part as a park named Hills Reserve after Pat Hills, alderman in 1948-56, Lord Mayor in 1953-56 and NSW MP from 1954 to 1988.

Frog Hollow 1949 and 2014

Frog Hollow

Workers cleaning the Sydney Town Hall clock in 1937.

McElhone Place in Surry Hills, one of the slums of Sydney 1930s

Fishing in Victoria Park in Sydney in the 1930's, Sydney University in the background

Kate Leigh, Sydney razor-gang criminal, does Christmas Charity

Bridge Street, Sydney in 1870 and 2009