Daily Archives: October 30, 2017

My Duck today

My Duck today

My Duck today

My birds on the wire today

My birds on the wire today

My birds on the wire today

Today’s Holiday: Apple and Candle Night

Today’s Holiday:
Apple and Candle Night

This is another name for Halloween among children in the Swansea area of Wales. The traditional game of “Apple and Candle” is played by suspending a stick from the ceiling with an apple fastened to one end and a lit candle to the other. The object is to eat the apple without using hands and without getting burned by the swinging candle. To make the game more challenging, players are sometimes blindfolded and the stick is twirled around before the game begins. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: John Evelyn (1620)

Today’s Birthday:
John Evelyn (1620)

From 1631 until his death in 1706, Evelyn kept a diary that is today an invaluable source of information on 17th-century British social, cultural, and political life. He corresponded frequently with Samuel Pepys, another now-famous diarist of the time. Living as a wealthy country gentleman in Deptford, he wrote about 30 books on various subjects including reforestation, vegetarianism, and numismatics. In 1661, he wrote the Fumifugium, believed to be the first book written on what topic? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Leiden University Library Opens in the Netherlands (1587)

This Day in History:
Leiden University Library Opens in the Netherlands (1587)

The city of Leiden played a prominent role in the revolt that would create an independent Dutch nation. In 1575—a year after Leiden had survived a siege by the Spanish—Prince William the Silent founded a university in the city. Today, Leiden University is the oldest in the Netherlands. Its library, once housed in a single room, is now home to a monumental collection of books, manuscripts, maps, and letters—some of which are centuries old and very rare. What was the library’s first book? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Jane Austen

Quote of the Day:
Jane Austen

I pay very little regard…to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Onsen

Article of the Day:

A volcanically active country, Japan is home to thousands of geothermally heated hot springs called onsen. Traditionally used as public bathing places, onsen now play a central role in domestic tourism and are often enjoyed by those who want to escape the hectic life of the city, relax, and benefit from the healing powers believed to be derived from the water’s mineral content. When discussing onsen, the Japanese often cite the virtues of “naked communion,” which refers to what? More…

Idiom of the Day: bragging rights

Idiom of the Day:
bragging rights

The authority and freedom to boast or brag of one’s achievements that comes from having won a contest or succeeded in some way, especially against a close rival. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: despairing

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Characterized by or resulting from despair; hopeless.
Synonyms: desperate
Usage: The set-back to their hopes made them despairing and desperate.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Watch “Cry me a river – Julie London” on YouTube

Audiobooks forever: Watch “The Big Sleep | Novel by Raymond Chandler | Audiobook full” on YouTube

France 24 :  Trump’s ex-campaign chief Manafort indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy

Trump’s ex-campaign chief Manafort indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted Monday on charges of conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and several other financial charges.


France 24 : Atmospheric levels of CO2 hit record high in 2016, UN says

Atmospheric levels of CO2 hit record high in 2016, UN says

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN said Monday, warning that drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement.