Cowart's Common Room

Today is Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

I haven't heard the latest, but when I last heard, the Thai army was about to re-enact the Massacre at Tiananmen Square — only this time in central Bangkok. It's 1989 redux. Only there won't be any ducks. Just people who are like dead ducks.

On that "cheery" note, we'll start another day in the land of the Purple Coo. (Not really cheery at all; not like yesterday. If only Bear could wave a magic wand, . . .)

Meanwhile, planes may, or may not, be flying, depending on the vagaries of wind and volcanic ash.

What can we celebrate today? Weddings are always such fun. In 1152, Henry II of England married Eleanor of Aquitaine on this day. Through the marriage, Aquitaine (south-west France) became an English possession, which England held until the end of the Hundred Years’ War in 1453.

Babies are nice. Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, poet, and philosopher was born on this date in 1048.

I'm sure there are more things to celebrate. Can you name some others?

Lemon-scented tea in the pot. Lemon-balm shortbread in the biscuit tins, thanks to Arosebyanyothername, who used Jaynebeth's recipe. Team effort! Good stuff Exclamation

Hope you have a grand day.

Posted at 18th May 2010 - 04:22AM   Posted by Rob-bear   GOOD MORNING! Comments: 7

Westerwitch's Avatar Thank you Bear Very Happy

My grasses are growing - that is always cause for me to celebrate Very Happy

Posted by: Westerwitch on 18th May 2010 at 08:55AM

Withy Brook's Avatar It is just a tad warmer today and the sun is shining out of a blue sky. That must be a cause for celebration!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 18th May 2010 at 09:23AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar The sun is shining here but it is still rather chilly.

And we have a dead mouse behind/under/somewhere around the kitchen sink. I have got the scented candles burning.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 18th May 2010 at 09:27AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Lemon balm shortbread sounds delicious! Today I'm celebrating the arrival of a new fleece and a waterproof coat for my eldest daughter. This means there will be a heatwave and no rain from now on.

I have a question too. Why don't children grow bigger gradually? Mine went to bed last Wednesday night eight-year-old size. She woke up on Thursday morning a whole size bigger. Overnight! There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth because her best jeans didn't fit. They wouldn't do up and there was an inch of leg sticking out of the bottom. Yet they'd been fine the day before. Shocked

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 18th May 2010 at 09:57AM

Jaynebeth's Avatar Today I am celebrating getting a haircut! hurrah - selfish I know!

Posted by: Jaynebeth on 18th May 2010 at 10:07AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I'm celebrating having the studio door open without freezing Very Happy
As for the vagaries of volcanic ash...Mount St Helen erupted on the 18th of MaySad
A lovely Lemon morning Bear, thank you.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 18th May 2010 at 10:07AM

Dancing Dog's Avatar 1652 Rhode Island passes the first law in North America making slavery illegal.

1897 A public reading of Bram Stoker's new novel "Dracula, or, The Un-dead" was staged in London.

1963 - The Beatles began their third tour of the U.K. in Slough, England. They were supporting Roy Orbison with Gerry & the Pacemakers.

1980 Mount St. Helens erupted (not something to celebrate)


Dame Margot Fonteyn 1919
Frank Capra (director, It's a Wonderful Life) 1897
Rick Wakeman (Yes) 1949

Posted by: Dancing Dog on 18th May 2010 at 01:38PM

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