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National Gallery Allergic to Christmas

I love the National Gallery. Peter and I go to the Gallery at least twice a year.

I think it is a value for money for the country; it houses a national heritage.

Unfortunately I feel that it is now disowning the country’s Christian traditions. Their latest Season’s Greeting card which they send via e-mails is insulting and disrespectful to Christians and the country.

December is all about Christmas. I do not celebrate the season; I celebrate the birth of our Christ; I celebrate the family; I celebrate peace and goodwill. (I blame you National Gallery for my short supply of peace and goodwill. LOL) ūüėČ

In fact if it does not snow at all, all the better for me. Snow is fine and dandy when it first fall, they can be so beautiful, but it turns slushy or much worst, dangerously icy. I don’t see why we need to celebrate that? Many a time, I have been down on my aching knees and sometimes backside in the ice, swearing my head off.

I don’t see why we need to celebrate the falling of leaves off trees, when they can be so ugly on the ground. It makes me wish that the council will send people to clean up the roads.

I don’t see why I need to celebrate the cold weather that would make me out-of-pocket with turning on the central heating, making the gas and electric companies happy in their sleeps.

I don’t know why we need to celebrate the season when we all get are runny nose and hacking coughs?

So National Gallery please explain to us why instead of wishing us a Happy Christmas, you are being very politically correct and getting on my goat. You are being vexatious and rather galling. If saying Merry Christmas is sticking on your throat, it would be wiser and acceptable for all of us that you say NOTHING at all. It is MERRY CHRISTMAS OR HAPPY CHRISTMAS OR NOTHING AT ALL!

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SEASON’S GREETINGS
The National Gallery wish you all the best for 2014

The Origin of the Milky Way ~ Greek Legend ~

Amongst the so many masterpieces which surrounded us at the National Gallery last Saturday was this painting by Tintoretto about the origin of the Milky Way.

This painting was certainly beautiful, eye-catching and dramatic.

The little blurb that went with the painting says that it was based on a Greek legend for the Milky Way.

Apparently Zeus had a child from one of his many affairs with humans. ¬†The child ¬†was Hercules, Zeus’ son from a liaison with a mortal woman called Alcmene.

Anyway Zeus grew very fond of Herucles, so much so that he decided to give the child godlike power and qualities.  But giving power to a mortal was not straightforward with just a wave of a magic wand or incantation of magic words.  It was rather tricky, the child needs milk from a divine being.

Obviously Zeus, being a male god and the supreme deity to boot  made up his mind and to hell with consequences.  Zeus does not do NOs!!!!

To cut the long story short, he sneaked in to his divine wife with the infant, who he let suckle to the  sleeping Hera. Obviously Hera woke up from her deep sleep upon realising that she was breastfeeding an unknown infant.  She was so surprised and then furious that she pushed the baby Hercules away, thus her breast milk spurted into space creating  a rather milky environment which became the Milky Way!

That is the legend of the origin of the Milky Way, our galaxy!

 

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