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16Jun/110

12 things About Wedding Customs

  1. The custom of the wedding ring is believed to date back to Roman times. It is placed on the fourth finger of the left hand as the finger has the Vena Amoris or "vein of love" running up it and it was believed to travel to the heart.
  2. Traditionally at weddings confetti (originally made from seeds and petals) was thrown over the bride and groom as they emerged from the church to bestow a blessing of fertility on the couple. As there was no Bnefits system, children were a blessing as they would look after you in old age.
  3. Wedding favours were traditionally given to the women guests at a wedding. A small muslin bag containing 5 nuts to symbolise health, wealth, fertility, happiness and fidelity.
  4. "Something old" an anchor to the brides heritage
  5. "Something new" Signified wealth
  6. "Something Borrowed" the bride would pass on her happiness to the loaner.
  7. "Something Blue" To show the brides purity
  8. "And a silver sixpence in my shoe" To show the ongoing wealth and happiness of the couple.
  9. Bridesmaids would originally dress in similar outfits to the bride so that any evil spirits waiting to bestow bad luck on the bride would be confussed.
  10. Tossing the bouquet passed on the luck and happiness of the bride to the catcher. they would also be thought to be the next to marry.
  11. Carrying the bride over the threshold means that the bride cannot fall while entering her new house and she therfore will not be bestowed with bad luck.
  12. Chimney sweeps at weddings came about because one managed to stop King Goerge III's horse after it bolted. The king then decreed that all chiney sweeps would bring good luck

 

10Jun/110

12 things about beads

  1. A bead is a classification that includes anything with a hole that goes through it so that it can be threaded.
  2. The oldest known beads are 100,000 years old
  3. The earliest beads were formed from natural materials such as sedds, wood, shells etc.
  4. Lampwork is the process by which beads are created by hand over a torch flame.
  5. Annealing is a controlled process of cooling a bead to ensure maximum strength.
  6. Beads have been used as currency in many different cultures.
  7. AB coating on beads is a surface treatment resembling the Northern Lights. AB stands for Aurora Borealis.
  8. Pressed glass beads are made in bulk using molds into which moltem glass is squashed.
  9. Crystal beads such as Swarovski crystals contain lead oxide to improve the clarity of the glass.
  10. Faux beads are synthetic versions of naturally occuring materials.
  11. Most gem stone beads are treated before being sold to improve their colour or stability.
  12. Modern scientific technology has enabled new styles of beads to be developed such as crackle, catseye and reflective beads.
9Jun/110

12 things you don’t want to see in your address

A real mash up of 12 places and google maps :)

  1. Pussy in france:
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  2. Twatt


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  3. Hairy man

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  4. Feeling Lane
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  5. Peado in spain
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  6. Knob lick


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  7. No name


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  8. Hurting in Germany


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  9. Beavercreek
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  10. Muff


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  11. Fishy business road


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  12. Doggintown


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7Jun/110

12 things you didn’t know about lemurs.

1. The largest lemur is the indri and weighs in at 6.5-9.5kg
2. They are classed as prosimian primates - considered to be less evolved than monkeys or apes.
3. There are still species of lemurs being discovered and described by scientists.
4. They are unique to Madagascar.
5. The name indri was given to the largest lemur by the naturalists who were first shown a group by some locals who called "Indri! Indri!" when then spotted them, which means "There! There!" in Malagasy. The naturalists thought that this was actually the name of the animal.
6. The mouse lemurs are the smallest lemur and the pygmy mouse lemur is the smallest weighing just 30g.
7. The sifaka move along the ground doing a bounding dance rather than going along on all fours like other lemurs.
8. The aye-aye is probably the most unusual lemur in that it has an elongated middle digit on its left hand for collecting grubs from trees.
9. Lemurs are found in a range of different habitats, from tropical rainforest to drier forests in the south of the country.
10. The main predators of lemurs are snakes and the fossa.
11. The Mittermeiers sportive lemur is currently known to only live in Ampasinder Peninsula.
12. The lesser iron-grey dwarf lemur has been described from museum specimens and there are no known locations in Madagascar for it.

 

 

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6Jun/110

12 things about running a greasy spoon

  1. Getting home at night smelling like a fried sausage.
  2. Listening to the same crap jokes over and over from the self appointed village comedian
  3. Watching the door for the local (Washed once a year) tramp to clear the café.
  4. Fishing the loo roll out of the gents toilet.
  5. Trying to squeeze the £2.00 overnight money out of a driver sneakily parked out back all night.
  6. Doing 150 sausage sandwiches and drinks at 5.30am on a Sunday morning for the Angling Club who want to be on the bank in half an hour..
  7. Trying to fill in for two members of staff who have taken a sudden sickie on the same day.
  8. Getting up at 5.30 am 7 days a week except Angling Club Sundays when its earlier.
  9. Entertaining the snotty Health and Safety guy from the Council every year.
  10. The monthly de-grease of the kitchen walls and ceiling due to everything being cooked in deep fat/oil.
  11. The electricity breaking down 4 or 5 times a year (No gas in the village)And the good part
  12. Selling to some unsuspecting sod so I can retire.
6Jun/110

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