2020年01月09日

New Year

Happy New Year to one and all, here's hoping that the year will bring you good health and happiness.  Monday 6th January marked twelfth night, it is called Epiphany.  In the West, Christians began celebrating the Epiphany in the 4th century, associating it with the visit of the Magi (the three kings) to Bethlehem.   According to the Gospel of Matthew, the three wise men - named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar - followed the star of Bethlehem across the desert to meet the baby Jesus, offering gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The gifts were symbolic of the importance of Jesus' birth, the gold representing his royal standing; frankincense his divine birth; and myrrh his mortality.  The word 'Epiphany' comes from Greek and means 'manifestation'.  It celebrates 'the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ'.  It is the time when all the decorations need to be taken down the end of festivities and return to business as usual.

Let's hope that the whole world wakes up to climate change.  The tragedy of the wildfires in Australia and indeed in December the temperatures were freezing in Delhi India. 

Inspite of all the tragedies in Australia there are also some endearing moments.   A tiny koala has been rescued by a truck driver in New South Wales after it climbed out of the bush looking for water.  Damian Campbell-Davys, who was driving a water tanker to supply resources to people, saw the koala wandering out of the pine trees hours yesterday after fire tore through the area.  He scooped the little koala up and gave him some water – which he guzzled for more than an hour.

Mr Campbell-Davys said it was "a little ray of sunshine in this nightmare".
Yet again animals can bring joy to sorrow.
Bloggers I know you have snow I hope it stops.  Keep safe and keep warm.  Over and out London.







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2019年12月28日

HAPPY NEW YEAR


Hi bloggers wishing you all a very happy new year.
2020 is a year of new beginnings.  The year of the rat, forecasts suggest that your flexible and open mind will make your life much easier, so let's all look forward to a year of good fortune.
The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals.  According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party.  The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride.  Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first. The Rat represents the beginning of a new day.  In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus.  People who are born in the year of the rat are considered to be clever, quick thinkers, but content with living a peaceful life.
Bloggers there have been so many amazing stories about wonderful people in 2019 and I'm sure it will be the same in 2020.
This story of one mans generosity is very touching.  Staff sergeant Ian Payne moved his family to Uganda for work and there he embarked on a journey of generosity.
He started a running group at a local boxing club where he saw the poor condition of the runners' shoes.  He saw that the boys' shoes were in very bad condition, but no one was complaining and he wanted to help.

Ian thought about the number of shoes he no longer wore and quickly decided to donate his own shoes. 

He enlisted the help of friends and family to give away their spare shoes too.  He posted an appeal for shoe sharing on social media, the response was huge. Some people have contacted him saying they have created shoe collection stations in their local areas.

So bloggers good health happiness and peace to you all.







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2019年12月25日

Good things are happening

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers well it's Christmas Day and I wanted to wish you all a very happy day and as we are heading towards a new year I hope all the preparations you have to do can be done with ease.
Well I wanted to end on a cheerful note and I was delighted by the news that came from Japan this morning. A study carried out by Kyoto university shows that chimpanzees like to clap their hands and stamp their feet and sway in time to music. It is hoped that a greater understanding of the predisposition of these great apes to music could shed light on how humans came to appreciate melodies.
Currently in Australia there are enormous fires burning, so I was delighted to find out that there are a huge number of projects that aim to plant more trees and create a safer environment. Two caught my attention.
One project is called Camino Verde in the Peruvian Amazon. Their mission is to plant trees creating sustainable ways of life to protect the rights of indigenous people.
The Eden project in Madagascar is a restoration program. There had been large scale loss of mangroves and upland forests. Since the inception of the project over 16 million mangrove and trees have been planted.
So here's hoping all these projects have huge successes and help heal our Mother Earth.
Merry Christmas one and all.

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posted by MateoES at 00:18| diary