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Tom Thumb adds !

Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur.   Apparently Tom Thumb was good at calculating too.

When I was at High School, I was awarded the Honour Certificate for being the best History student in Year 12.  I love to think about the origin or source of things, and about history.

I bought a beautiful working Tom Thumb adding machine / slide adder in mint condition, together with stylus, case and instructions from the Vintage and Mod Shop on Etsy !!

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Winning the Watching of the Rio 2016 Olympics – Channel 7 (Seven) Coverage

This is a guide for watching the broadcasts in Australia but the same principle applies for watching television and the “app” in any Country.

First of all, you may have a Book or a newspaper item or magazine with a general Schedule of events, for example I have a magazine called “Official Australian Olympic Team Guide to the 2016 Olympic Games – what to watch in Rio” which has a very nice 2 page spread (not removable) showing coloured blocks for all days of the Olympics denoting the Events scheduled, separating out the Medal events.

However, you really need a precise guide of the exact scheduled times of the Events to make “head or tail” of watching what you really want to watch on TV or on the Channel 7 App here in Australia.  I learned this the hard way.

I found that if you simply type  Rio Olympics Schedule  ( or Olympic Games Rio 2016 ) into Google you should get the day’s scheduled events pop up, then when you click on the arrow above “All Events” down the bottom, Google kindly shows much detailed information ( but don’t worry – you won’t see any Results ).  See screenshot below.

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NOTE:  that Google will kindly show you the  LOCAL  times.  Click on “Overview” to return to the screen above, if you have navigated to one of the other Pages.

If Google isn’t the “search engine” that you use, just type Google into your search field, then click on the resultant link – to go to Google.  You will know you are using Google because their name appears at the top of the Search area.  Make sure that the Date and Time on your mobile device or computer’s clock is correct.

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Perth Royal Show 2015

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It’s on again!  The Perth Royal Show, this year, runs from Saturday 26th September until Saturday 3rd October 2015.  Just one week of games, rides, showbags, animals, exhibitions and purchases you wouldn’t normally make!

My sister and I bought our tickets earlier from our local IGA store with a saving of $4, making our Adult priced tickets $25 each rather than $29 each.  Any saving is a saving, we thought.  Having perused the parking suggestions on the official website, we decided to park at Rowe Park, the closest parking to the show at the Claremont Showgrounds.

I’m used to getting up around 6.15 am to go to work, so my sister stayed the night at my house on Friday 25th, then on Saturday 26th, we got up early, had a light breakfast & got ready.  Off we went, with my sister driving, loaded with camera, coffee in a thermos flask, hats, and a bottle of Powerade drink each.  We arrived at the little concrete car park for the actual Park, about 7.50 am, yes, at ten to 8.   We planned to get there an hour before the Show started, because we heard there was very limited parking.   We also though that one had to pay $20 for official parking.

However, because we had got there so very early, luckily, we were able to park in the official car park, rather than have to drive onto the lawn, which I think is what you have to pay for.  Rowe Park was a pleasant grassy area with swings and amenities, a great place for kids to play in or adults to sun themselves to have a sleep, or to do some pleasant reading.  In the car, I sipped my coffee eagerly, while noting a Sign reading “Surveillance Cameras” in use.

If you are driving, I recommend you turn into Langsford Street, Vaucluse Avenue or Reserve Road, off Stirling Highway, as shown below, to get to Stevens Road.   The small Car Park is off Stevens Road.  You then simply get out off your car, and bear right-ish or cross the road carefully ( two lanes ) and walk to the right under the bridge then around to the left and there is Gate One. 

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Squid Lips, Candy Cows & Margaret River

Entrance to Lake Cave Western AustraliaMy partner and I spent a lovely 3 nights away recently in Margaret River, at the beautiful Riverside Tourist Park in Willmott Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Town centre! We left the suburbs of Perth around 11.00 am on Thursday 23rd April and arrived at our new temporary residence 3 hours later.

Margaret_River_Town_MapOur domicile was a small 2 person chalet, number 15, quite close to the Office. The park consists of a great number of different accommodation arrangements, to accommodate singles, couples and families, and includes lovely awesome cottages alongside the Margaret River.

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Hoppy Easter Every Bunny

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For information about the Easter tradition, see  THIS  post of my “Fascinating Animals” Blog.

I took an assortment of chocolates to work, with the above heart-shaped notice.  Below is a photo of a Bunny Trinket Box with the Heart notice.

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Wishing All a Safe and Peaceful Easter Holiday Season.  Enjoy and take care of all, bunnies included.

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Reticulated Porcelain – George Owen

I love watching Antiques Roadshow & Bargain Hunt, and saw an episode recently which showed a beautiful old vase made by George Owen (1845-1917).  It was Reticulated Porcelain ( or Porcelaine réticulée in French).  The piece wasn’t signed because it was an early trial piece, with a chunk that had been restored at the bottom of the vase.   The screenshot below is from Christies, click on the picture to go to the website.  Just one example of these glorious and skilled works of George Owen !

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George Owen’s chosen field of expertise was reticulating – piercing decorative porcelain objects, a technique which he never divulged to anyone.  He was without equal, the quality of his work unmatched through to today.

Around 1845, pierced decoration was a hallmark of excellence at England’s Worcester potteries.  Reticulated pieces have double walls, of which the outside one is pierced with a pattern, often a network of exceeding fineness, a lace-work in porcelain through which may be seen the internal wall.

It is similar to reticulated masonry facing used in Roman times.  I googled the “history of reticulated porcelain“, and “George Owens reticulated porcelain“, but unfortunately, could not find much information via Google.

However, if you click on the link below, it will take you to Google images showing some of George Owen’s glorious porcelain works.

Google Images of Reticulated porcelain – by George Owens

 

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2015 – the Chinese Year of the Goat

Happy Year of the Sheep!

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The lunar Year of the Yin Green Wood Sheep runs from Thursday Feb 19 2015 to Sunday Feb 7 2016. In a Sheep year, we enter an era of beauty, art, romance and abundance. We can expect the occasional upset, as this is an emotional sign, but overall the Sheep attunes to peace. It’s a good time to resolve stubborn problems or break free of negative cycles.

Click  HERE   to read more

To find out what Chinese year you were born in, and

to find out more about Chinese Astrology, click   HERE

To find out about Ang Pow ( red good fortune money envelopes ) & about Chinese New Year 2014, and to learn how to pronounce Chinese words, click on the Link below !

https://starstruckworld.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/gong-xi-fa-chai-happy-chinese-new-year


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Hopman Cup, 4 – 10 Jan. 2015

Hopman Cup 2015 Official ProgrammeFor a Word document with Tables for you to record Group A and
Group B winners, click on the link below.
You can keep the doc & and over-type to record each year’s results.
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It’s on again!  The famous Perth Hopman Cup.  We Sandgropers or Western Australians love the Cup, well at least, I do.  This unique tournament with its fantastic, gorgeous prizes, was first held at the Perth Arena in 2012/ 2013 and will be held at the Perth Arena in 2015.  Sometimes the Cup starts in December, hence it crosses two years!  The Hopman Cup tournament first appeared in 1989!

The ticket prices can be seen at  THIS  page of the HC website, and include the cost of public transport to and from the event.  This practically means you can just show your Ticket for up to 3 hours before the Session you are attending, and for up to 3 hours after, and go on the Perth trains or buses for free!!

My partner and I attended the opening day session on Sunday 4th JanOur seats were further back along the sideline opposite where the Chair umpire sits, in Block 306, row L.  We didn’t mind as we were close to the doors and under the shelter of the closed part of the retractable roof ( avoiding bird surprises on our heads – see my other Post on this Blog ).  We watched the match between Canada and the Czech Republic – Eugenie Bouchard & Vasik Pospisil versus Lucie Safarova & Adam Pavlasek.

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FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

The 2014 World Cup Soccer Quarter Finals are on soon, and who knows who will win?  I love the soccer and have been watching all of the Matches as recorded.  They are playing in the early hours of Australia.  I have been really impressed by some of the Goal-keepers, like the Nigerian goal-keeper, and of course with Lionel Messi of Argentina.  His crosses and goals have been fabulous, and he can’t win the matches by himself, but must feel alot of pressure upon him.  There have been some surprises, like Spain and Portugal out of the Round of 16.  I was impressed by Nigeria and Mexico going into the Round of 16 and disappointed that Mexico didn’t make it to the Quarter Finals. and am delighted that Costa Rica is going into the Quarter finals.  What an interesting match that was, against Greece.

With all its controversial Referee decisions, and in the background, protestors angry about the amount of money spent on the World Cup at the expense of health and education in Brazil ( why not have BOTH the World Cup and Health / Education ), I have been enjoying the Soccer.

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The Hero With a Thousand Faces – myth in stories

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

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Joseph John Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience.

In 1949 Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) made a big splash in the field of mythology with his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. This book built on the pioneering work of German anthropologist Adolph Bastian (1826-1905), who first proposed the idea that myths from all over the world seem to be built from the same “elementary ideas.”

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) named these elementary ideas “archetypes,” which he believed to be the building blocks not only of the unconscious mind, but of a collective unconscious. In other words, Jung believed that everyone in the world is born with the same basic subconscious model of what a “hero” is, or a “mentor” or a “quest,” and that’s why people who don’t even speak the same language can enjoy the same stories.

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Gong Xi Fa Chai – Happy Chinese New Year

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If you literally translate “Gong Xi Fa Chai”, it means “wishing you enlarge your wealth.” “Gong Xi” means wishing/blessing . “Fa” means to enlarge, and”Chai” ( or Choi ) means wealth.   So a literal translation is that you wish that the person you are bestowing Gong Xi Fa Chai upon, will become very rich

However the phrase is generally used as Happy New Year.

Ang Pow red envelopes are traditionally given by adults to children at Chinese New Year, which is also a time for happy family re-unions and much feasting and merriment.

Ang Pow also known as “red packets”,” “laisee”, “lai see”, “hung bao” or “hong-bao” are considered extremely auspicious to receive as a gift and even more auspicious if they contain money.

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They are commonly used for Chinese New Year, weddings, birthdays or any other important event.  The illustrations used on the front of ang pow packets or envelopes bestow blessings and good wishes of longevity, prosperity and great health.  The character for “luck” – in pinyin Chinese pronounced as the word “fu” – is often on the front of the red packets.

The story of ang pow dates back to the Sung Dynasty in China. A village called Chang-Chieu was at the time terrorised by a huge dragon-like demon. No one dared to defeat it, not even warriors or statesmen.

However, a young orphan, armed with a super sabre inherited from his ancestors, fought the evil dragon and eventually destroyed it. The villagers were overjoyed and the elders presented the brave young lad an ang pow filled with money for his courage in saving them.

Since then, the ang pow has become a part of traditional Chinese customs.

Some say that the money contained in an Ang Pow should traditionally be a single note, not multiple notes and never contain coins.    Amounts given in the ang pow may take advantage of the Chinese homophones ( words that are pronounced the same as another words but differs in meaning ). For instance, you can give a favourable amount ending with eight ( ba ), as it sounds like fortune in Chinese, or nine ( jiu ), which sounds like longevity.

This page  HERE  will show you the Chinese pinyin and characters for numbers, and this page  HERE  is excellent for giving you the pronounciations for one syllable Chinese words.

The Chinese New Year begins each year on the second new moon after the winter solstice ( which is on 22 December in the Northern Hemisphere).  The Chinese use a lunar calendar as opposed to our own Gregorian calendar.  The Chinese New Year is also called the Lunar New Year.  The exact new moon time on 31 January 2014 in China’s time zone is at 05:39 a.m.

Celebrated internationally in areas with large populations of ethnic Chinese, Chinese New Year is considered to be a major holiday for the Chinese as well as ethnic groups such as the Mongolians, Koreans, the Miao (Chinese Hmong) and the Vietnamese, who were influenced by Chinese culture in terms of religious and philosophical worldview, language and culture in general.

Festivities to celebrate the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival as it is also known last  fifteen days. The first week is the most important and is most often celebrated with visits to friends and family as well as with greetings of good luck. The celebrations end on the important and colorful Lantern Festival on the evening of the 15th day of the lunar month.

The 15 day Chinese New Year season is celebrated with public holidays in China from January 31 to February 6 in 2014, and with merriment and a lot of good eating.

You can see wonderful examples of the fine eating that Chinese people engage in during the    Chinese New Year Festivities on Pinterest.

To read about the Chinese Zodiac Animals and the Year of the Wood Horse in 2014,  please go to my other Blog,    Fascinating Animals.   My post there dated 31 January 2014 has a giveaway in which you can win a beautiful sheetlet of Chinese Zodiac Animal stamps!

chinese fu symbol for blessings and good luckChinese character for “Fu” meaning Good luck

I find Chinese characters beautiful and there is certain way in which one should write them.

This great page  HERE  will show YOU how to write the above Chinese character for “Good Luck”.

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References

http://gohongkong.about.com/od/chinesenewyear/a/laisee.htm

http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/festivals/spring-festival/chinese-zodiac-years-of-2011-to-2020.htm

http://www.ibiblio.org/chinesehistory/contents/08fea/c06s03.htm

http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/Festivals/78322.htm

http://redlotusletter.com/9-ways-to-stimulate-wealth-using-chinese-coins/

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture/year-of-the-horse

http://www.chards.co.uk/news/royal-mint-launches-2014-lunar-year-horse/#sthash.hWVCtv5F.dpuf

http://www.alleghenycandles.com/feng-shui-coin.html

 


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happy new year 2014

Below is an extract from an  important Message  from Carol Ann C’iocco

2014 begins with a bang as there is a powerful New Moon in Capricorn on January 1, 2014. To have a new moon fall on the Gregorian calendar’s first day hasn’t happened for 19 years.

New Moons hold the energy of new beginnings, so this timing aligns nicely with the sometimes refreshing quality of New Years Day, when many of us look ahead and see a blank slate of 365 days before us, full of potential.

Setting intention for how you would like to change your life and find more purpose and success is all the more perfect for this New Years Day. Write out your goals, make a list of what you’d like to accomplish in 2014. The actual, true energetic beginning of any year is the seasonal new-life moment of Spring Equinox (in March for the northern hemisphere). But January 1, 2014 offers a real whoosh of new energy to set us on our course, for some practical thinking and intention-setting.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Great New Year’s Eve &

Peace, Happiness & Abundance

in 2014 & Beyond

 

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The Roaring 20s Flappers

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The last post includes head shots of me at my work Christmas Function this year.  I am wearing a beautiful fun red dress from the Roaring 20s, as worn by the “Flappers”. Work had kindly organised a Pixie Foto booth thing where two at a time had portrait shots taken and each were given a strip of 4 small photos.  Photos were supplied on a CD also.  Props were supplied too but of course I didn’t need any.

I like to make an effort and dress up a little for these gatherings which I find pleasant enough with a relaxed air abetted by plenty of alcoholic drinks for many present, except myself as I can only manage half a glass of wine, LOL.

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Happy Christmas 2013

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Wishing all a Peaceful & Joyous Festive Season

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  May you be Blessed and share your Blessings

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Cavalia – Beautiful & Breathtaking

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The Media reported that the Equestrian Artistic Show CAVALIA is beautiful and breathtaking, and I found it to be just that.

Perth, Western Australia is fortunate to be graced with several Cavalia performances in 2013, and my sister and I attended the matinee show on Sunday 15 December.   Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide have been added to Cavalia’s first ever Australian tour in 2013.

The lavish production, which has been seen by over four million people in Northern America and Europe, explores the relationship between humans and horses through the ages and features 48 horses and 36 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world.

A constantly changing digital background projected onto a 60 metre-wide screen is designed to draw audiences into a dream-like world and a 50 metre-wide stage gives the horses enough space to gallop at full speed.

Cavalia is held in the largest touring tent in the world – a white, 2,440-square-metre big top, which rises about 35 metres high.

I can sum up my experience of Cavalia in a word  –  “unforgettable”.

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