Monday, 30 September 2013

Monday's Quote

As many of you know who are friends with me on that social network, it has become quite a regular thing that I post a quote a day!! 
I do often duplicate them on here as well but as that social network doesn't allow to schedule advance postings and this blog does - while I am Turkeying there will be a quote every day, Monday to Friday which will appear as if by magic at 8am UK time every morning! 
Cool Hey!!

Here is Monday's Quote of the Day : 

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

~ Aldous Huxley.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Kiss Kiss XX

Friday's best bit!!

Love the trailer for the new series of Downton Abbey.
"Is this your first experience of jazz Lady Grantham?"
"Oh is that what it is? Do you think that any one of them know what the others are playing?"

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Put the coffee on......


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

9 11 Remembered.

Please just spend a minute today, here or elsewhere reminding yourself of the atrocity of 9 11. 
It's important we all remember so that we can all play a part in hoping together that this sort of thing can never ever happen again. 
This is in no way attributing blame or subscribing to any 'conspiracy theory' this is purely remembering a day that changed the lives of so many people. All around the world. Forever.
I am sure that there is no one unaware of the happenings on this day in 2001 but *click here* for the factual account. 

In 1990 I took pictures of the World Trade Centre and visited the top of the tower, the one without the radio mast. I was able to take pictures of the radio mast, needless to say, a big 'wow' for me on my first ever trip to America! Imagine my horror as I watched the news live on Tuesday 11th September 2001 seeing that mast come crashing through the tumbling tower. 
It is an image that remains with me. 
It has become for a generation the event that you can recall perfectly where you were when you first heard about it and how it made you feel. Some of my pictures are *here*.
Over the years all searchable on here and the old Wilko News I have also remembered, feel free to look for them. I have just one highlighted *here* which was from 2010.

Thank you for reading and remembering.

This is my picture of a window in the stained glass museum in Chicago.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

I love this interwebby thingy!!

So "Super Geek" and "Dr Google" come together while watching Eastenders tonight!! Incidentally the word, Eastenders has that annoying red squiggly line underneath that indicates the spelling 'high ground' and tries to intimate that I can't spell.
Anyway back to the post - Do you think Phil Mitchell would be just a bit annoyed to know that the Air Ambulance that took him to hospital in Eastenders, tonight is only a relief air ambulance for Kent and was most recently used as a police helicopter and to top it all isn't currently in emergency service use at all!!
I love all this interwebby stuff don't you?

Some important lessons about how we treat people.

1) Cleaning Lady

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and I had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one : “What is the first name of the woman that cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke, I had seen the cleaning woman several times, She was tall, dark haired and in her fifties, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count towards our quiz grade. “Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say, “Hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson or her name, Dorothy.

2) Pick up in the rain.

One night, at 11:30 pm, an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's' bedside just before he passed away. God Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."  
Sincerely,  Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3) Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4) The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the King's' wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5) Giving When it Counts...

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away". Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.