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Monday, 24 July 2017

We have walked together in the shadow of a rainbow

This was sent to me in a round robin email, I have no idea of the author.

Bear Quintuplets - once in a lifetime photo 

Black bears typically have two cubs; rarely, one or three. In northern New Hampshire, a black bear sow gave birth to five healthy young. There were two or three reports of sows with as many as 4 cubs, but five was, and is, very extraordinary.

The photographer learned of them shortly after they emerged from their den and set a goal of photographing all five cubs with their mom - no matter how much time and effort was involved. He knew the trail they followed on a fairly regular basis, usually shortly before dark.

After spending nearly four hours a day, seven days a week, for more than six weeks, he had that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and photographed them. He used the  equivalent of a very fast film speed on his digital camera. The print is properly focused and well exposed, with all six bears posing as if they were in a studio for a familyBear Quintuplets - once in a lifetime photo portrait.



The photographer stayed in touch with other people who saw the bears during the summer and into the fall hunting season. All six bears continued to thrive. As time for hibernation approached, he found still more folks who had seen them, and everything remained OK.

The photographer stayed away from the bears because he was concerned that they might become habituated to him, or to people in general, and treat them as approachable friends. This could easily become dangerous for both man and animal.

After Halloween, no further reports and could only hope the bears survived until they hibernated. This spring, just before the snow disappeared, all six bears came out of their den and wandered all over the same familiar territory they trekked in the spring.

The photographer saw them before mid-April and dreamed nightly of taking another family portrait, a highly improbable second once-in-a-lifetime photograph.

On 25 April, he achieved his dream.















When something as magical as this happens between man and animal, Native Americans say, "We have walked together in the shadow of a rainbow." And so it is with humility and great pleasure that I share these exhilarating photos with you.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Why? Many questions are answered here...

Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right, while women's clothes have buttons on the left?

When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right! And that's where women's buttons have remained since.


Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help?

This comes from the French word m'aidez -- meaning 'help me' -- and is pronounced, approximately: 'mayday.'


Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'?

In France , where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French for 'the egg.' When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (naturally), mispronounced it 'love.'


Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?

In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X.  Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.


Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck'?

In card games, it was once customary to pass an item called a “buck” from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would 'pass the buck' to the next player.


Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?

In earlier times it was common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink.  To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a host to pour a small amount of his drink into the guest’s glass.  Both men would drink it simultaneously. If a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host's glass with his own.


Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'?

Limelight was invented in 1825, and used in lighthouses and theatres, where the lime burned in a cylinder, producing a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer 'in the limelight' was the center of attention.


Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'?

Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.


In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?

When Mary, Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scottish game 'golf.' He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment.  To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her.

Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her.  In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into caddie.


Why are so many coin collection banks shaped like pigs?

Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called 'pygg'.  When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks.'  When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig.  And it caught on.

A true story exposing the true nature of Jews.

A young boy, the grandson of slaves, was born in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans.  His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant. His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister went to live temporarily with their grandmother.

He soon proved to be musically gifted and began singing in the streets for coins.

A Jewish family, named Karnofsky, who had emigrated from Lithuania to the USA, took pity on the 7-year-old boy and brought him into their home where he initially did some housework for them. There he remained, sleeping in this Jewish family's home where, for the first time in his life, he was treated with kindness and tenderness.

When he went to bed, Mrs. Karnovsky sang him Russian lullabies that he would sing with her. He learned to sing several Russian and Jewish songs.

In time, he was adopted by the family, and the Karnofskys gave him money to buy his first musical instrument, as was the custom in Jewish families.

Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies in compositions such as “St. James Infirmary” and “Go Down Moses.”

The little black boy grew up, wrote a book about this Jewish family, and in their memory, wore a Star of David most of his life. He said that with them he had learned "how to live real life, with determination."

You might recognize his name: Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.

Louis Armstrong proudly spoke fluent Yiddish!  And "Satchmo" is Yiddish for "Big
Cheeks"!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Man adopts a penguin in Brazil

The story of a South American Magellanic penguin who swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71,who lives in an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found the tiny penguin, covered in oil and close to death, lying on rocks on his local beach in 2011.

Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin's feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named him Dindim.

After a week, he tried to release the penguin back into the sea. But, the bird wouldn't leave.

'He stayed with me for 11 months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared,' Joao recalls.

And, just a few months later, Dindim was back. He spotted the fisherman on the beach one day and followed him home.

For the past five years, Dindim has spent eight months of the year with Joao and is believed to spend the rest of the time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.

It's thought he swims up to 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

'I love the penguin like it's my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,' Joao told Globo TV. 'No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays [sic] on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.

It's thought Dindim believes the fisherman is also a penguin.

'Everyone said he wouldn't return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years. He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.'

Biologist Professor Krajewski, who interviewed the fisherman for Globo TV, told The Independent: 'I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well.

'When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.

This is, I believe, a true story. But there is some doubt as the newspaper it has appeared in is the London Metro, and the TV station which featured it was CNN!!!

Ampers

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A new candidate declares for the UKIP election

I attended an event where John Rees-Evans [JRE] announced his intention to stand in UKIPs forthcoming Leadership Election.

The remarkable thing was, He didn’t mention Moslems once and, rather, addressed what he sees, as our real enemies.

Yes, immigrants are flooding in to the UK, but JRE wants to attack those who created the environment. He sees our real enemies as our politicians, globalists, corporates and the establishment in general.

The problem as many see it is, these people are too powerful for us to fight and Johnny Public must make the best of this New World Order.

But as we say in South Africa: “‘n Boer moet ‘n plan hĂȘ” (a farmer must have a plan). John isn’t South African and he’s not a farmer, but he certainly has a plan – and to use a South African expression again; “a bleddy good one”.

His plan is to bypass Parliament as it is today, bypass the media, as they are today, and to do away with the need for large doners who always want their pound of flesh by controlling everything.

How can he do this? His plan is to use the Internet in all three areas.

One, a website for UKIP members, no matter how isolated, to interact with each other. I won’t go into it here but he has some very good ideas in this area.

Two, to use Social Media, YouTube and other means to put out what UKIP is doing. Initially, it will be slow going but the objective is to bypass the establishment media totally so the public can really see what is going on. Much as the Trump Administration have been doing in the USA.

Three, to attract, through means of commercial advantage, small businesses throughout the country, This could work as his idea seems to be, you scratch our backs and we will scratch yours.

John has a certain amount of baggage to overcome (Gay Donkey springs to mind) and he is very earnest and needs to lighten up. But both these shortcomings should disappear as he matures into the job.

I may or may not vote for him as, like him, I am also ex army, and don’t make tactical decisions until I have all the facts (and in this case, the facts are a list of all the candidates standing and their manifestos).

Ampers

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Question: How do you feel about getting old?

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4am, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50 & 60's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car?

But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free.  I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.

And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).

<taken from a round robin email>

Ampers