Monday, 30 December 2013
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Wednesday, 25 December 2013
While many celebrate this special day with family and close friends, it is important to remember some tragic events that occurred/are occuring on this day in history.
1717: Thousands died in a massive flood along the Dutch coast.
1932: A 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed 275 people in China.
1968: In a retalian for higher wages 42 Dalits are burned alive in India.
1976: 100 people drowned when the Egyption SS Patria sank in the Red Sea.
2012: A plane crash killed 27 people in Kazakhstan while large fires in the Philippines left 8 dead and thousands homeless.
2013: The death toll in the ongoing Syrian Civil War is close to 130,000.
(A large Christmas tree in the skating rink near the London Eye)
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Some of my favourite quotes on Christmas seem to have little in common but they are all based on peace and loving one another.
"I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on eart, good-will to men!"
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?"
"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the athiests went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the athiests) 'Look out for the wall!'"
(One of the main Christmas trees in the centre of Prague, CZ)
Monday, 23 December 2013
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Sunday, 15 December 2013
"History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books- books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?'"
-Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code
Saturday, 14 December 2013
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Friday, 6 December 2013
"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death."
(Magnificent ancient rocks at Stonehenge at dusk last month)