Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 29, 2015 Trust your Friday is all ready to be the perfect springboard to a great weekend, unfortunately for drought stricken California a weekend of sunny skies. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video by Adele, a relevant quote by Susan Rice, looking forward to enjoying a serving of coq au vin with friends, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like Fathers’ Day, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. International UN Peacekeepers
Day —commemorating the formation by
the UN of peacekeeping forces in areas of strife; brave men and women in blue helmets
to try to enforce truces and keep warring parties from killing each other and
sadly taking a lot of innocent civilians with them.
2. World Digestive Health
Day—created by the World Gastroenterology Organization to create
awareness of gastro-intestinal problems that affect us all, regardless of where
we reside. This year’s focus is heart burn which can cause severe problems if
Number One Song—celebrating the number one song
in 2011 on a seven week run Rolling in the
Deep by Adele, a British born pop singer and songwriter, who, in addition
to selling a lot of records, won an Oscar for her original song Skyfall in the Bond movie of the same
name. Here is a link to Adele performing Rolling
in the Deep (with an apology to the vitamin C ad): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw
4. National Coq au Vin Day—definitely a
great way to get rid of your two buck Chuck wine from Trader Joes that your
wine connoisseur friends will not deign to drink.
5. Where There Is a Road, There Is Hope—celebrating not another freeway or lane on one but the
birthday on this day of comedian, actor and dedicated USO performer who
entertained us with such movies as “Road” movies with Bing Crosby and ended his
career in 2003.
On this day in:
Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and John Trotter’s Orchestra recorded Irving
Berlin’s White Christmas, which
resulted in more sales of a single record than any song in history and is still
selling millions each Christmas.
Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tanzing Norgay became the first climbers to
reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
c. 2001 in a victory for handicapped
persons, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that PGA golfer Casey Martin could compete
using a golf cart.
the National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
Reflections on UN Peacekeeping from
the “it’s a video queen”: “Well, Nigeria has played a constructive
role in peacekeeping in various parts of West Africa. But unless and until
Nigeria itself is democratic and respects human rights, it too may well be a
source of much greater instability as political repression limits the ability
of the people of Nigeria to achieve their full potential.” Susan Rice, National
Security Advisor whose opinions on the world are usually off the mark or who is
usually surprised by events but here is reasonably profound.
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