Daily Post : 8th December, 2013

Quote of the day :

Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don’t, who will?
~ Jon Bon Jovi


Pic of the day :

When Santa got stuck up the chimney…

Not one of my best photos, but in the spirit of the season at least. This was taken in Liverpool city yesterday and shows Santa halfway up the telecom tower.

Santa stuck up a chimney


Tube of the day :

Following on from the photo about, here’s a Yorkshire lass with a troop of kids singing that song :
"When Santa Got Stuck up the Chimney"

If you prefer a bunch of blokes singing it instead, there’s version too…


On this day…

If it’s your birthday today, you are in very good company! Born today :

  • Queen, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1542)
  • Duke/Emperor, Francis I of Tuscany
  • Singer, songwriters and musicians, including
    Jim Morrison
    Sinead O’connor
    Greg Allman
    Jerry Butler
    James Galway
  • Drummer, Bobby Elliott (The Hollies)
  • Actors and actress, including
    David Carradine
    Sammy Davis jr
    Lee J. Cobb
    Nick Nolte
    James MacArthur (Danny in Hawaii 5-0)
    Kim Bassinger
    and Teri Hatcher
  • Author, Bill Bryson
  • Novelist, Richard Llewellyn
  • Footballer, Sir Geoff Hurst
  • Industrial, William C. Durant (founded General Motors)
  • Inventor, Eli Whitney (Cotton gin)
  • US Comedian, Sam Kinison
  • Artist, Diego Rivera
  • Composer, Jean Sibelius

Also on this day in history

In 1813 Ludwig von Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in A, premiered in Vienna with the composer himself conducting for a charity concert (cite Wikipedia: Beethoven’s 7th)

A century later, in 1915, Jean Sibelius’ 5th Symphony in E was premiered by Sibelius himself with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, performed on his own 50th birthday

Opening in 1864 of the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the River Avon at Bristol. (Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)

In 1931 coaxial cable was patented. Wired has a good article on this

In 1983 The House of Lords voted in favour of allowing live broadcasts from its chamber. (I heard that shares in pharmaceutical companies selling sleeping pills fell sharply following the announcement smiley snoring

Trending at this moment:

I’m not sure why, but one of the big trends is MP’s getting a proposed 11% pay rise because they do such a great job, what’s the probably. Oh, right, it’s not an April fool? In that case, rant away.

Baroness Hussein-Ece ‏@meralhece
The argument that MPs should get a big pay rise, because it would stop ‘all the fiddling’ is so fatuous & wrong.

Skippy Dog ‏@TheSkippyDog 5m
@David_Cameron Any pay rises for MPs would be a disgrace amid the financial problems that the majority find themselves in #greedymps

Bev ‏@Mrs_Doodles 6m
Anyone seen that list of MPs that came out today and said they’d refuse the 11% pat rise Nope, me neither.

My own post on it today can be found here:
Austerity, we are all in this together, right? Guys? GUYS!?

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