And in other news, it’s also Defy Superstition Day!
As for me I love friday the thirteenth. It’s always been a lucky day for me. I love black cats and I have learned how to walk under a ladder safely. Does this mean I am defying superstition or do I create my own superstitions. Did that fortune cookie that said I would be married in a year truly know I would meet someone or did I just get the notion that getting married is a good idea because of the fortune cookie. Am I that gullible or do I eat too many fortune cookies?
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, in his study at the palace CALL NUMBER: LC-USW33- 019078-C (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“The day is called Enkutatash, ‘gift of jewels.’ It is claimed that the Queen of Sheba was in fact an Ethiopian, and that when she returned from her visit to King Solomon—by all accounts an expensive venture—her chiefs welcomed her back by replenishing her treasury with enku, ‘jewels’. This spring* festival has been celebrated since very early times, the cessation of the rains marking a month of transition from the old year to the new. “Reposted from:http://www.mythicmaps.net/Festival_calendar/Sept/Ethiopian_NY.htm
Let us remember Haile Selassie who said (speaking to the U.N.)
“On the question of racial discrimination, the Addis Ababa Conference taught, to those who will learn, this further lesson: That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained” ~http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/09/10/whats-important-to-remember-sept-11-rastafari-new-years-day-are-the-words-of-ras-tafari-himself/
English: View of the Mediterranean shore of the Cadiz province from the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. Catalan Bay and the Rock in the foreground. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I had never even heard of Gibraltar.
“Legend has it Hercules stood gazing at the land barrier keeping the Atlantic Ocean back from filling the Mediterranean desert. Looking left his hand grasped Mons Abyla, to his right he took hold of Mons Calpe. Summoning all his strength he pushed the two mountains apart opening a rift between Africa and Europe that still keeps the two continents apart to this day. It is here you will find the ‘Rock’, Gateway to the Mediterranean and the land of the Gibraltarians, keepers of the Straits and Guardians of his legacy.”
‘The Rock’, formed millions of years ago has attracted thousands of visitors and we hope that after browsing this website you will be next. The Romans called it Mons Calpe, however the Moors called it ‘Jebel Tariq’ (Tariq’s Mountain) after General Tariq Ibn Zayed who captured it in AD 711. You and I know it as the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’. Although, we suggest you call it your next holiday because for a day, a long weekend or a full blown holiday you’ll not find a destination with the variety, sightseeing, weather or welcome in just over 6 square kilometres. The most famous landmark at the entrance to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar has literally been a place to stop for the nations of the world since the dawn of sailing. Gibraltarians, Britons, Spaniards, Italians, Maltese, Moors, Greeks, Visigoths, Romans and earliest of all, according to archaeological research, Neanderthal Man. They all came, seen, and all desired to conquer although few succeeded.
The very rock it is made out of is 200 million year old Jurassic Limestone and if that isn’t enough to blow your mind think of this. The geologists tell us that it is actually upside down! The rock on the top is older than the rock underneath, a pretty neat trick for rock that is formed from layer upon layer of sea sediment and shells from crustaceans. Positioned at the southern tip of the Iberian peninsular Gibraltar is not an island as many believe but an isthmus, which given it’s geographical location has earned itself a unique position in history. There are over 130 caves in the Rock inside of which ancient people sheltered from the elements. In more recent times visitors have taken to the Rock for a different kind of refuge and each added to its blend of culture. Today Gibraltar enjoys a mixture of customs, a colourful language and a religious tolerance that is unique in the world. Gibraltarians are bi-lingual in both English and Spanish and after more than 300 years of British influence they have a British sense of humour and fair play with a Latin vibrancy. We hope you too will enjoy the enigma that is Gibraltar just like the millions of that come to explore the hidden secrets of the Rock before you.
Languages: English & Spanish
Area: 8km2 (5.8 sq. mi)
Political system: Democracy
Wonderful weirdos Day means there are more of me’s out there! People who appreciate and celebrate weirdness. Spectacular, traffic stopping, abnormality and…. wait didn’t I post about keeping the balance between weird good and weird bad a while back, …yeah I think I did. oh maybe I didn’t. Let e see if I can find that video again.
International Literacy Day, observed annually on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 774 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and roughly 123 million children lack those same skills, and are often denied any access to education.
This year, the International Reading Association has adopted the theme “Invent Your Future.” Our goal? To help shine a light on the crucial literacy skills that prime students for success in school, work, and life.
To increase participation from schools, libraries, organizations, and corporations, IRA will observe International Literacy Day on Monday, September 9, 2013, and continue the celebration throughout the month of September.
Global warming is the result of excess greenhouse gases, created by burning fossil fuels and destroying tropical rainforests. Heat from the sun, reflected back from the earth, is trapped in this thickening layer of gases, causing global temperatures to rise. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major greenhouse gas. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.
Trees clean the air
Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
Trees provide oxygen
In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.
Trees cool the streets and the city
Average temperatures in Los Angeles have risen 6°F in the last 50 years as tree coverage has declined and the number of heat-absorbing roads and buildings has increased.
Trees cool the city by up to 10°F, by shading our homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
Trees conserve energy
Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.
Trees save water
Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.
Trees help prevent water pollution
Trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall thus allowing the water to flow down the trunk and into the earth below the tree. This prevents stormwater from carrying pollutants to the ocean. When mulched, trees act like a sponge that filters this water naturally and uses it to recharge groundwater supplies.
Iguanas, while not as common as a dog or cat for a pet, are still frequently adored by many people. However, it is not alway the case that the pet owners of these said Iguanas know what to do to take care of their pets. If you are thinking of getting an Iguana Please do your research and make sure you can care for your pet before you decide to get one.
Once upon a time a friend dropped off an Iguana on my doorstep. It was already full grown and it had a growth on the side of it’s face. I was sad that after I looked into it and found out the growth was a result of poor diet, but it was already too late.