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Types of Wine Glasses

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Types of Wine Glasses

Different types of glasses for different types of wines or liqueur.

White wine glasses should only be filled up to a third of its capacity.  This will allow the aroma to concentrate upon the rim of the glass.  The aroma says a lot about a wine :0

Coloured wine glasses can be beautiful but would distort the true colour, which forms an important character of the wine.

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Wine glasses by JMorton

 

I had a rummage into our wine glass cabinet and found these wine glasses.  From left to right are suitable glasses for: Port, sherry, white wine, the pink one standing tall from slightly behind is for champagne, the one beside the champagne glass is for red wine, the one in front of the pink glass in for brandy and the last one of course in for my favourite tipple, cocktail.

Did you know?

To make wine glasses sparkle at their best, they should be rinsed in cold water with a dash of vinegar.

You must hold your wine glass by the stem.  Otherwise your body temperature from your hand will warm up your chilled white wine, champagne or cocktail.

Wine is sunlight, held together by water.

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Palm Sunday

Jesus on a donkey @ V&A Photo by PH Morton

Jesus on a donkey @ V&A, Photo by PH Morton

Palm Sunday Mass at Penafrancia Shrine

Palm Sunday is a movable feast and so is Easter for that matter. A movable feast is based on a complex formula which has something to do with the marriage between the Justinian and the Gregorian calendars, coupled with Western and Eastern traditions.  In addition, phases of the moon are also  incorporated.

Anyway Palm Sunday is seven days before Easter. It is the time to commemorate Jesus’s entrance to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.  He rode an ass or donkey as opposed to a horse; a horse is perceived more as a warlike or used by the rich & nobles etc.. Whilst the the donkeyis symbolic of humility and peace.  Jesus wanted to show that he was for the poor as well as for the rich.   Jesus was for Everyman.

It was said that the people laid down their cloaks and little palm leaves to the path where Jesus would pass.

Today the Churches will give their parishioners branches or palm leaves, some are woven into crosses, to raise and wave during an exultation and prayers.

The little palm crosses are encouraged to be taken home and put away to be taken back for next year’s Ash Wednesday.

Some superstitions have been attached to the crosses. In the Philippines which I have carried back here in the UK, the crosses are hung up over windows or doorways. This is to prevent the house from being striken by lightning.
Palm Crosses that are handed out by the Priest at churches are normally made by religious orders.

To make your own Palm Sunday cross, below is a comprehensive instruction from www.thesacredheart.com:

MAKING A CROSS WITH PALM SUNDAY PALMS

 


 

STEP 1:  Take one palm and remove the hard green edge. Split the palm down the middle and set one of the palms aside. Take the other palm and fold it in half so you can cut it with scissors or (use two full palms to make a larger cross). With these two pieces you want to form an L. The horizontal piece must extend to the left slightly beyond the vertical palm.


STEP 2:  Fold the excess horizontal palm over top of the vertical palm.


STEP 3:  Take the vertical palm and fold it behind the horizontal piece and then fold it in front of the horizontal piece. The vertical palm should be back where it started.


STEP 4:  Take the horizontal piece and fold it over the vertical palm and bring it back around. Make sure you slide the horizontal piece all the way through the base that we formed in step 3.


STEP 5:  Take one of the palm strands and form a loop. Slide the remaining part of the palm through the top of the base.


STEP 6:  Take the piece you just threaded through and form a loop. Slide the remaining part of the palm through the top of the base. You want to make sure that both loops are the same size.


STEP 7:  Take the other strand and form a loop. Slide the remaining part of the palm through the back of the base.


STEP 8:  Take the piece you just threaded through and form a loop. This loop will be longer than the other three, because it is the bottom of the cross. Slide the remaining part of the palm through the back of the base.


STEP 9:  Cut the excess portion from both strands.

Twitter @ 7

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Twitter celebrates its seventh birthday today

Although  I like to Blog with my Dear Darling Wife and do Facebook sometimes, I have never really seen the point of Twitter or needed it. Is telling the whole world and his wife what we are doing every few seconds or minutes in 140 characters or less necessary or a good use of our time?  In my opinion celebrities etc use Twitter for cheap publicity as with Facebook; no expensive PR or agent needed!

I guess many celebs hire paid ‘professional’  Twitterers to summarise the minutiae of their existence each minute!

Would you call inane or stupid twitterers twats or twits 😉 LOL

Twitter can be useful for spreading news, debate albeit in a shallow manner.
A skill of summarising a topic issue is a useful skill to develop; text or txt speak is employed to minimise the characters used to keep to the 140 limit!

200 million users worldwide, now send an average of 400 million short messages – or tweets – every day.
If Twitter did stop, another mode of fast commnication would take  its place

On Wednesday, Budget day, Britain’s main money manager Chancellor George Osborne joined the micro-blogging service and posted his first message on its website.
As this report from the BBC says.

However, it isn’t everybody’s cup of tea.

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop has compared middle aged men on Twitter to “fathers dancing at a wedding”.  And BBC Radio 4’s Today programme presenter John Humphrys once used the show’s Twitter feed to advise users to “stop counting letters. Get a life instead”.

The service, originally called “stat.us” and then “twittr”, was launched in 2006 by Jack Dorsey.

He says he was inspired by signing up to blogging service Live Journal in 2000 and spent the next six years refining his idea for “a more ‘live’ LiveJournal. Real-time, up-to-date, from the road”.

Now people use Twitter to campaign, share and discuss news, fundraise, propose marriage, challenge authority – and try to catch the eye of teen heart-throb Justin Bieber, who at time of writing has more than 36 million followers.

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Twit facts

• Each message posted on Twitter can be up to 140 characters long, including web addresses, user names and hashtags

• There are 200 million active Twitter users worldwide

• Every day 400 million tweets are sent every day

• It took three years, two months and one day for the first billion tweets to be sent

• There are 10 million users in the UK, and 80% of them access Twitter via their mobile phones

• Of Twitter’s global users, 60% check the service on their phones

• Some 40% of Twitter users choose not to write any tweets themselves, but use the platform to follow news and interests

 

St Patrick Day Celebration

Saint Patrick (with Shamrock)

Saint Patrick (with Shamrock)

St Patrick was born in England; it was then the west coast of Romano- Britain.

Calpurnius, his father, was a Roman citizen who was a deacon.  His mother, Consessa, gave him a Roman name, Patricius.  His modern Irish Gaelic name is Pádraig.  He is affectionally called ‘St Paddy’ too!

With  his father being a Christian deacon, Patricius was brought up in the faith.

When he was in his teens, while his parents were away, a group of Irish raiders ransacked his family estate.   Patricius together with the servants were abducted and taken to Ireland by the raiders.

Patrick became a slave in Ireland; his master was kind, thus Patricius served him well for six long years.

At that time, Ireland was not a predominately a Christian country.  Many still had pagan beliefs and worshipped the sun etc.  The Druids, an ancient celtic priesthood practised rites involving the oak tree and  the mistletoe and there could have even been human sacrifices.

His religious fervour started in Ireland.  In a dream, he heard a voice telling him that it was time for him to leave and go back to England.  This, he took seriously and plotted his escape.

He came across a trading vessel and he was hired as a crew.  For three days they sailed until they landed in an unknown country.  They then travelled on foot for almost a month.  Their provisions were gone.  The people in the party, whom Patrick said were heathen, taunted him to ask his God for food.  Patrick calmly told them “Nothing is impossible to the Lord my God.  Turn to him truly, that he may send you food in your path this day till ye are filled, for he has plenty in all places.”

Soon after,  a drove of pigs appeared before them, the hungry crewmen slaughtered enough pigs to satiate their hunger.  It was believed that the unnamed country was France and that they were in the  Bordeaux region.

When Patrick  arrived back in Britain, he was greeted warmly.

He studied at a monestary and was ordained in 417.

Patrick never forgot Ireland.  He had a series of dreams encouraging and urging him to go back.

It was after he became a bishop that he finally answered the call of Ireland.

There was a legend of St Patrick that he drove all the snakes into the sea, thus Ireland was for many years snake-free.  Apparently this is more a symbolism  of converting the pagans into Christianity.

St Patrick did not bring Christianity to Ireland; there were already pockets of Christians in Ireland.  What St Patrick did was celebrate, inspire, organise and expand Christianity in Ireland.

Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

St. Patrick’s Birthday.

Says he, “Boys, don’t be fighting for eight or for nine;
Don’t be always dividing—but sometimes combine;
Combine eight with nine, and seventeen is the mark,
So let that be his birthday.” “Amen,” says the clerk.
So they all got blind drunk—which completed their bliss,
And we keep up the practice from that day to this!

The  shamrock is the name given to the young sprigs of clover trefoil. It is known as a symbol of Ireland.  According to legend St Patrick used it as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity

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Did you know?

The Chicago River is dyed green annually to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

St Patricks Day Chicago, The river is dyed green

St Patricks Day Chicago, The river is dyed green

St Patrick. stain glass window in St Benin’s Church, Kilbennan

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“ST Patrick Payer

 

This day I call to me:

God’s strength to direct me,
God’s power to sustain me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s vision to light me,
God’s ear to my hearing,
God’s word to my speaking,
God’s hand to uphold me,
God’s pathway before me,
God’s shield to protect me…

Christ beside me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me. Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me,
Christ in my lying, my sitting, my rising,
Christ in the heart of all who know me,
Christ on the tongue of all who meet me,
Christ in the eye of all who see me,
Christ in the ear of all who hear me.

For my shield, this day, I call:
a mighty power:
the Holy Trinity!
affirming threeness,
confessing oneness
in the making of all – through love …”

Amen.

 

St Patrick died on March 17  about 457 or 461 the exact date is unknown. It became  the feast day and celebration of St Patrick.

There was no formal canonization process in the Church during its first millennium. In the early years of the Church the title saint was bestowed first upon martyrs, and then upon individuals recognized by tradition as being exceptionally holy during their lifetimes.

To these days, many celebrations and street parades  are held in many places to commemorate  St Patrick

Ireland of course,  Great Britain(well he was English by birth!)  US – New York, Chicago etc., that have strong Irish connections through immigration.

The White House Washington DC celebrates with green water fountain!

The White (with some green!) House Washington DC celebrates St Patrick’s Day

Peter’s favourite colour is green and I like the emerald green which Ireland has it’s ‘national’ colour

London’s St Patrick’s Day Parade involves marching bands, floats, street theatre and more. All 32 Irish counties are represented, dressed in their traditional county colours. Other parade participants include members of London’s Irish community and other Londoners. The parade begins at Green Park at 12pm and will proceed through central London to Trafalgar Square. The event finishes at 6pm. Set to be one of London’s liveliest celebrations of the year, over 100,000 people attended last year’s event.

Trafalgar Square will host the festival programme of live Irish music and dance on the main performance stage, showcasing the best of Irish music and dance from traditional to contemporary.

London eye lit up in green for St Patricks Day

The London Eye lit up in green for St Patricks Day

St Patrick's Day, near Trafalgar Square, London

St Patrick’s Day celebration, near Trafalgar Square, London

 

Guinness

A drop of the black nectar!

I dare say that during the day many glasses full of Guinness, Magners, and Jameson’s whiskey will go bottoms up 😉

Don’t see too many little green leprechauns 🙂

Enjoy the craic!

 

 

Success Vs Failure

Chris, the duty supervisor at Golder Green London Undergound (Tube) Station offers his latest quote for today..always readable and enjoyabe for us commuters 🙂

Quote & Thught for the Day Curtesy of Chris of London Underground station Golders Green

Quote & Thought for the Day
Courtesy of Chris of London Underground station Golders Green

Success Vs Failure

This is the quote for the day.  Failure is not the end of things, it is just the start to something big if you heed it.

Out of the failure or failures, you will find solution if you evaluate and learn the lesson from it.  Do not give up just because it failed the first time, make it better until success is achieved.

Most successes weren’t achieve the first time!
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.
– Alexander Graham Bell (the telephone man)

Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.
– J P Getty
🙁 oil?

I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.
– Michael Jordan

Ninety-nine per cent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
– George Washington Carver

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
– George S Patton

Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.
– Robert Collier

Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.
– Ingrid Bergman

Success has always been a great liar.
Nietzsche

The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.
– Nancy astor

“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.”
-Joe Girard

The only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary.
– Vidal Sassoon

What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.
Paulo Coelho

New Pope Elected

At 6.19 pm (7.19pm) white smoke issued from the most watched chimney in the world verified by the chiming bells of St Peters.

Whitse smoke fro St Peters Rome signifies a new Pope has been chosen

Whits smoke from the chimney on  St Peters, Rome signifies a new Pope has been chosen

Just over 24 hours when the college of cardinals conclave convened; 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide have a new spiritual leader.

At  6.48 pm (7.48) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI appears on the balcony.

 at 7.15 (8.15) pm Jean-Louis Tauran announces the fateful words “Habemus Papam”, or “We have a Pope”

7.20 (8.20)pm Cardinal  Bergoglio  the 76-year-old Archbishop(he became Cardinal in 2001) of Buenos Aires is named as the new Pope

His name will be Pope Francis I

He is from Argentine of Italian parentage. A Cardinal said  The church will be blessed. He is known to be a conservative, spiritual, humble and will look to be a reformer

Not since 741 has a Pope has been chosen ouside of Europe

He is 76 and lost a lung as a child

A river of humanity streams around St Peters wanting to be near the new Pope

 At 7.35 (8.35)pm  The curtains to the balcony part  & open, Pope Francis I, clad in white, appears on the balcony of St Peter’s before the mass of humanity below . He speaks, makes a small joke and asks the crowd to pray for hime  He then blesses the screaming crowd and worldwide Christians.

 

Pope Francis I

Pope Francis I

Good luck and God bless the new pope, Pope Francis I.

 

Luxury cool some earphones at £20,000

Well here is another ‘boy toy’ something the very rich,  bored and the must have everything teens and indulged adults will want to accessorise with their gold or platinum i players etc.
Looks rather hideous to me and not for those with a fear of spiders. Imagine seeing it on someone’s head you would scream and try to swat if off ! LOl  Showing my age, ooopppssssss 😉

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Monster unveils new £20,000 headphones unveiled a pair of headphones which cost £20,000 – on sale in Harrods from today.
Yahoo! NewsBy Richard Melville | Yahoo! News – Thu, Mar 7, 2013

  • The company behind the Beats by Dre range has unveiled a pair of headphones which cost £20,000 - on sale in Harrods from today.

    (Image: Monster) – The company behind the Beats by Dre range has unveiled a pair of headphones which cost £20,000 – on sale in Harrods from today.

The company behind the Beats by Dre range has unveiled a pair of headphones which cost £20,000 – on sale in Harrods from today.

The £20,000 Diamond Tears headphones currently on sale at Harrods from today are a step up from the £269 price tag of a pair of Beats by Dre Studio headphones, however.

The price hike concerns the gold and the diamonds used in the design, managed by Korean jewellery designer Sally Sohn.

The entire surround of each headphone is made from 18k gold and there’s 5.56 carats of black diamonds too.

Noel Lee of Monster commented “The creation of the Diamond Tears was truly a labour of love for us, and being able to work with such a talented, ahead-of-the-curve designer as Sally to craft such a special, museum-quality work of art was really the icing on the cake”.

Monster claim that 100 hours of work go into each pair of Diamond Tears – Sally Sohn edition, though the audio technology is the same as the standard Diamond Tears headphone which cost around £249.

The foldable design and general style mimics the Beats by Dre range but is thought to appeal to women in line with the Lady Gaga endorsed Hearbeats headphones which featured similar angular edges.

Monster is a company that built itself into a giant brand by providing cables to the audio industry over the last 30 years but it’s been thrust into public attention by making headphones endorsed (and designed) by everyone from Lady Gaga to Earth, Wind and Fire.

Crucially, Noel Lee of Monster is also the man behind the audio tuning of the ‘Beats by Dre’ headphone range, seen on everyone from Olympians to footballers, rap stars to teenagers. Last year, Dr Dre earned more than Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, despite not releasing an album.

His earnings totalled a staggering $110M, largely from his involvement with the Beats by Dre product range.

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Mothering Sunday 2013

Sunday 10 March 2013  , the 4th Sunday (Laetare) in Lent is commemorated as Mothering Sunday or Mothers Day (a later addition)

 

Mothering Sunday orignates from the 16th century when Christian people returned to their mother church. the principal definition of a mother church in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is ” The Church, esp. the Roman Catholic  Church  is considered as a ‘mother ‘in its functions of nourishing and protecting the believer”. Another definition is  of  a  church (as a parish church) which has responsibility for or oversight of another sometimes smaller  church, chapel  etc.

 This was either  a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral.  Those who attended the main church were commonly said to have gone “a-mothering”, although whether this preceded the term Mothering Sunday is unclear. In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers/parents  and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented by their working hours. Children who were also servants were also given a day off on that date so they could visit their families (or, originally, return to their “mother” church). The children would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers. Eventually, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers.

At church services flowers are distributed to mothers.

By the 1920s the custom of keeping Mothering Sunday had tended to lapsed in UK and Europe.  In 1914, inspired by Anna Jarvis in the United States and Constance Penswick Smith, who was a daughter of athe vicar of Coddington, England,   created the Mothering Sunday Movement. In 1921 she wrote a book asking for the revival of the festival and there is a memorial in Coddington’s church. Its widescale revival was through the influence of American and Canadian soldiers serving abroad during World War II; the traditions of Mothering Sunday, still practised by the Church of England (CoE)

 and Church of  Ireland were merged with the newly-imported traditions and celebrated in the wider Catholic and secular society.

As in the US,  UK-based merchants saw the commercial opportunity and relentlessly promoted it in the UK; by the 1950s it was celebrated across all the UK.

People from Ireland and the UK started celebrating Mother’s Day, on the same day that Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday in Lent.  The two celebrations have now been mixed up,merged and many people think that they are one of the same. Mothers Day is celebrated in US and other countries in May.

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Mothering Sunday church servive

Mothering Sunday church service

Dawn Chorus

As spring approaches, I look forward to the full dawn chorus of birdsong that gently wakes me up earlier as the day light gets longer. During the darker months from early November through to mid-March, birds can be heard to perform from around 5am to 6am. In the summer months with warmer and longer days, the bird song increases and can start at 3am. I am a fairly light sleeper and for as long as I can remember, the dawn chorus has gently woken me at times, being nature’s nicest post nocturnal alarm.
We call it birdsong, maybe it should be called melodic speaking as the birds are calling and announcing that they are alive and awake in their territory, looking for food and a mate 😉

We live in North West London, blessed with an abundance of parks, gardens and trees for birds to roost & occupy.
In cold dark winter only a few brave and hardy birds can be heard singing. However in spring then to summer, the avian aria choir has grown, as migrating birds have returned from their summer holidays in warmer climes. Lying in bed I sometimes can hear the calls of some individual birds, who keep good time most days!

Blackbirds, house sparrows and robins like to lead the singing then comes the cawing of crows.

Even before before sunlight starts to appear some birds want to be the first act!

Even late at night, occasionally we can hear some bird singing long after roosting time, this could be because of the ever bright streetlights confuse some birds?

Some years ago at the begining of a summers day, I took my then young son for a dawn walk up to near by Hampstead Heath. It was about 5am, the sun was up and it’s golden light streaming through the tree branches,making the leaves translucent green, the  ‘wall of sound’ of birdsong that came from surrounding trees was amazing!

A full dawn chorus lasts anything from an hour to an hour and a half. Sadly ever increasing traffic noise in early mornings can disrupt or drown out the chorus.

Scientists have warned that disrupting the early-morning ritual which males use to attract mates could lead to a decline in the bird population.

Noise pollution also drowns out the sound of approaching predators and blocks warning calls, leaving birds open to danger.

In some urban areas, birds are singing at a higher pitch or louder, to avoid being drowned out. Some robins have even opted to forsake the dawn and sing during the relative quiet of night instead if not confused by street light polution.

Even our pet budgie Bert joins in tweeting ( not on a mobile phone :)) when he hears his birdie brethren outside sounding forth at breakfast time!

I feel priviliged to still be able to hear this wonderful sound every day, whether as a curtain raiser to dawn or when early morning sunlight streams through the window curtains.

I hope that this wondrous melody of mother nature never fades…

Early morning singer our garden Robin

Our resident robin an early morning singer in our garden-photo by Peter

 

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Enjoy and relax with the sounds of summer dawn birdsong 🙂

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