Monthly Archives: November 2013

ST. ANDREW’S DAY

Being of semi-Scottish descent (Clan Stewart) I have to acknowledge Scotland’s patron saint, who met his end on the X-shaped cross reflected on its flag (the oldest ongoing flag in the world). St. Andrew has been Scotland’s patron saint since the ninth century, but his feast day did not gain royal assent until 2007. St. […]

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

The first American Thanksgiving took place in the autumn of 1621, but it was not permanently established as a National holiday until 1941. For some interesting Thanksgiving facts, check out: http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/videos#bet-you-didnt-know-thanksgiving.  

HAPPY HANUKKAH

In 168 BC, the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers and dedicated to the pagan god Zeus. The following year, the Syrian-Greek emperor Antiochus Epiphanes outlawed Judaism and decreed that Jews were to worship Greek gods. This resulted in a rebellion led by Judah Maccabee, and in 165 BC, the rebels (known […]

TRAIN A CHILD UP IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO

Now that this blog has been going for two months, I decided to inform the now grown-up ‘kids’ oft pictured on it that their days of running around in tights and tunics or otherwise engaging in things historic have been made public. Reactions differed.     Kid # 1 (now 46): “Oh, okay. No issues.” Kid […]

NIFTY, NIFTY, LOOK WHO’S FIFTY

Who’s fifty? Dr. Who, that’s who. Or rather, the show is. Fans of the now famous Time Lord know the good Doctor is centuries older than that. The original series debuted on November 23rd, 1963, and my friends and I took to it right away. By the second episode we were making TARDISes out of […]

WHAT I WAS DOING WHEN I HEARD ABOUT JFK

Many people who were alive at the time can recall exactly what they were doing and exactly how they felt when they first learned of the assassination of America’s 35th president. I am not one of them. I was still at primary school and had little interest in, or understanding of, world affairs. The UK […]

NOVEMBER DVD PICKS

November is Adoption Month, so here are some movies from or about bygone eras that incorporate that theme: Anne Of Green Gables (1986) Journey For Margaret (1943) Orphan Train (1979) Pollyanna (1960) (Disney) The Prince Of Egypt (1998) Room For One More (1952) Silas Marner (animated version from the Family Classics series) November is also […]

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