26.9.10

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

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Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine based on the use of volatile plant materials, known as ‘essential’ oils, and other aromatic compounds, for the purpose of altering a person's mood or health. Essential oils are essences that have been extracted from aromatic plants into liquid form, generally via distillation. These natural essences are used to soothe stress, treat minor ailments, promote relaxation, lift your spirits, and overall improve your sense of well-being.

The most effective way that aromatherapy works is through the nose, via inhalation. The olfactory nerves located within our nasal cavities respond to particular aromas, which then send information to the part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system supports a variety of functions, including emotion, behaviour and long term memory. This is why essential oils are so effective on our moods and state of mind.

The second most effective way that aromatherapy works is through the skin. Essential oils applied to the body penetrate the skin via the hair follicles and sweat glands, and are  absorbed into the bloodstream. However, essential oils are very concentrated and should be diluted with carrier oils before applying to the skin. Many of the carrier oils used in aromatherapy are extracted from fruits, which rarely cause allergic reactions and are therefore suitable for all skin types. These include apricot, avocado, grapeseed and peach oils.

Essential oils are commonly used in massage, to create room fragrances, and added to bathroom products such as soap, shampoo, bath gel and skin creams. Other forms of aromatherapy include incense, pot pourri, steam inhalations, scented candles and fresh flowers. Each essential oil has its own unique quality, but most fall into one of seven board categories: antiseptic, citrus, floral, fresh, herby, spicy or woody / earthy.

The healing properties and the fragrance of an essential oil are determined by its ‘active ingredients’, which are the chemicals it contains. A single essential oil can contain several hundred different chemicals that, when combined, are responsible for its individual aroma and therapeutic action. The chemical families of essential oils are: acids, alcohols, aldehydes, esters, keytones, monoterpenes, oxides, phenols and sesquiterpenes.

Although essential oils are derived from a natural product, there are known to be undesired side effects from this very potent liquid in its concentrated form, if not managed correctly. It is therefore important to read labels carefully and handle with care.
It is advisable to do a skin patch test before using them, especially if you have sensitive skin or are an allergy sufferer. Essential oils should never be used on children; ingested by children; used in pregnancy, or when breastfeeding.

Aromatherapy has been practised all around the world, and there is evidence that essential oils have played a major role in religion and medicine for over 6,000 years. The Egyptians used a process to extract aromatic plants for use in medicinal remedies, and during the process of embalming. It was also a common practice for Egyptians to be massaged with fragrant oils after bathing. It has only been in recent times that the western world has embraced the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy.


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Honey - a Natural Antibiotic

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Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. It has a distinctive flavour, and is used in a variety of foods and beverages as a sweetener. As well as being a natural edible product, honey is also an incredible antiseptic and antioxidant for our bodies. Certain types of honey have also been called a ‘natural antibiotic’.

The variety produced by honey bees (the genus Apis) is the most commonly known honey, and is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans in its pasteurized form. However, unlike pasteurized honey which loses its healing properties during pasteurization, both ‘raw’ honey and ‘Manuka’ honey are full of rich nutrients, which are commonly used as medicinal remedies, and to support the healing process in wounds.

Although the level of healing and the amount of antibacterial properties found in honey varies according to each particular floral source, raw honey does not refer to honey from a particular flower, but instead to the pure, natural state of honey that is not pasteurized. Manuka honey is derived specifically from flowers that grow on Manuka trees, which are mainly found in New Zealand and some parts of Australia.

The renowned Manuka honey, perhaps the tastiest natural medicine, is commonly cited in many discussions on the health benefits of honey. This honey not only fights infection and aids tissue healing, but also helps reduce inflammation and scarring. In addition, it is often used for treating digestive problems such as diarrhoea, indigestion, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis.

According to the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, authored by Richard D Forrest MD, both ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia relied on a mixture of raw honey and resin to care for wounds, as a dressing. In 1989, Dr Peter Molan, a professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, performed extensive research on the healing properties of Manuka honey, and advocated these findings also.

A report from Adam Voiland in a US News and World Report, states that studies have shown that raw honey is able to kill microbes because of its ability to dehydrate the bacteria that are present in a wound. The honey eliminates infection, and also helps the wound to heal faster. The high level of acidity found in the honey aids in the process. The research also states that the potency of raw Manuka honey makes it effective against MRSA and other staph infections that are often resistant to standard treatment.

Disclaimer: The information in the article above is not to be considered medical advice. The information in the article is not meant to be used to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any ailment. Always consult your doctor before you stop, start or change anything that has been previously prescribed. Certain herbs and holistic remedies are unsuitable to take if you are pregnant or nursing, or given to an infant, and must always be cleared by your doctor before use.


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20.9.10

What Foods And Drinks Are Made From Roses?

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Rose water or rose syrup is the by-product and hydrosol portion of rose oil, extracted from rose petals in the process of distillation. As a by-product in the production of rose oil for use in perfume, a component in some cosmetic and medical preparations, and used for religious purposes throughout Europe and Asia, rose water is also used to flavour foods and drinks.

There is a very distinctive flavour to rose water, and although to some it is definitely an acquired taste, it is used all around the world, especially in sweets. It has a subtle flavour, and a few drops may be all that is needed to impart the rose waters delicate aroma into culinary magic.

In India rose water is used in the popular pudding dessert “gulab jamuns”, with the Cypriot version being “mahalebi”. It is also used in Arab countries in dairy based dishes such as rice pudding. In the United States it was used to make Waverly Jumbles, a type of cookie much favoured by the American President, James Monroe. American and European bakers enjoyed the floral flavouring of rose water in their baking until the 19th century when vanilla flavouring became popular.

Turkish or Cyprus Delight, and some types of “loukoum”, will contain rose water, and in Western Europe it is sometimes used to flavour Marzipan and Madeleine, a petite scallop-shaped French sponge cake. In Iran, rose water is also added to tea, ice cream, cookies, and other sweets in small quantities. The French are well known for their rose syrup, and in the United States, this French syrup is used to make rose scones and marshmallows.

In Malaysia and Singapore, rose water is mixed with milk, sugar and pink food colouring to make a sweet drink called “bandung”. It is also frequently used in place of red wine and other alcohols in cooking by Muslim chefs. In Lebanon and Palestine, it is commonly added to lemonade. In India and the Arab world it is used to flavour milk and dairy products, and the syrup called “jallab” is also a key ingredient in sweet “lassi”, an Arab drink made from yoghurt, sugar and various fruit juices.


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19.9.10

Why The Rose Is Our Favourite Flower

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Nature provides a bountiful supply of beautiful flowers, each unique and special in their own way. Botanists estimate that there are more than 10,000 species of flowering plants. As we have such a huge assortment to choose from, why is it that the rose is our favourite flower?

A rose is a perennial flower shrub or vine of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae, which contains over 100 species in itself, and comes in a variety of colours. Roses have always been one of the most popular flowers to give or receive. So, what is it about roses that make it our favourite flower?

The rose is an ancient symbol of love, and has always been valued for its beauty. It has a long history of symbolism. The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love, referred to as Aphrodite and Venus, and the rose is often used as a symbol of the Virgin Mary. Today, roses are the most popular gift for those countries that celebrate “Valentines Day”.

Rose perfumes are made from “attar of roses”, or rose oil, which is a mixture of volatile essential oils obtained by steam distilling the crushed petals of roses. Attar of rose, is the steam-extracted essential oil from rose flowers that has been used in perfumes for centuries. Rose water, made from the rose oil, is also widely used in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Many famous poets have been inspired by this beautiful flower, including Shakespeare, and Burns, and the Luxembourg born Belgium artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute, produced some of the most detailed paintings of roses. Other famous impressionists including Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir have paintings of roses among their works also.

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose; by any other name would smell as sweet” - William Shakespeare; Romeo and Juliet, actII, sc.Ii.

“O, my love's like a red, red rose; that's newly sprung in June” - Robert Burns; A Red, Red Rose.

We have been entranced and inspired by the rose since ancient times. Perhaps it is the visual aspect of the soft petals in an assortment of colours. Perhaps it is the danger of the thorns which somehow make the delicate flower seem all the more appealing. Perhaps it is the rich unique fragrance that invigorates our sense of smell akin to memories and emotions. Whatever the reason, it seems the rose will always remain our favourite flower.


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11.9.10

Sunday Facts and Trivia

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A collection of facts and trivia about Sunday, the seventh day of the common week; why it is named, some historical events of ‘Bloody Sunday’, which countries enjoy the ‘Sunday Roast’ what de facto national holiday is celebrated in the United States, and the songs and books that are named after it.

The word ‘Sunday’ was derived from:
• Old English word ‘sunnandaeg’ - day of the sun
• Latin word ‘dies solis’ - day of the sun
• Ancient Greek ‘hemera heli(o)u’ - day of the sun
It is therefore hardly surprising that Sunday became known as it is.

First and Last Day of the Week
According to the international standard Sunday is the seventh and last day of the week. However, according to the internationally accepted civil calendar, the Islamic calendar, and the Hebrew calendar, Sunday is the first day of the week and is therefore a working day in most Muslim countries.

Health and Colour
The ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing pink or maroon and being around pink or maroon flowers on this day of the week.

Songs
Songs named after this day include:
• Easy Like Sunday Morning – Lionel Ritchie
• Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
• Tell Me On A Sunday – Andrew Lloyd Webber
• Everyday Is Like Sunday – Morrissey

Books
If you were born on a Sunday, the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose, states that you would be ‘wise and good and gay’, and fiction books with Sunday in the title include:
• Lord Sunday - Garth Nix
• Sunday’s Child - Tom Lewis
• Seven Days From Sunday - M H Sargent
• Sundays at Tiffany’s - James Patterson

History
‘Bloody Sunday’ has been named after quite a few historical events which occurred on a
Sunday, including:
• 1887 - a demonstration in London, England, against British repression in Ireland.
• 1900 - a day of high casualties in the Second Boer War, South Africa.
• 1905 - a massacre in Saint Petersburg, Russia that led to the 1905 Russian
Revolution.
• ‘Black Sunday’, was named after the 1935 worst dust-storm in American history.
• ‘Cold Sunday’ was a meteorological event which took place in 1982, when cold
air swept down from Canada and plunged temperatures across much of the United States far below existing all-time record lows

Religion
• ‘Easter Sunday’ represents the resurrection of Christ for many Christians
• ‘Palm Sunday’, formally ‘Passion Sunday’, is the Sunday before Easter
• Many Christians today consider Sunday a holy day for church attendance and
a day of rest

Sport
For many people Sunday is a day for recreation. ‘Super Bowl Sunday’ is the name given to the championship game of the National Football League in the United States and is now considered a de facto national holiday.

Food
The ‘Sunday Roast’ is a traditional British main meal served on Sundays, usually in the early afternoon for lunch, consisting of roasted meat and potatoes together with accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables and gravy. It is popular throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada.


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Saturday Facts and Trivia

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A collection of facts and trivia about Saturday, the sixth day of the common week; why it is named, why it was a good day to hunt for vampires according to folklore, who sings about fighting on this day, and the songs and books that are named after it.

The word ‘Saturday’ was derived from:
• Old English ‘saeter(nes)daeg’ - Saturn’s day
• Latin word ‘dies Saturni’ - day of Saturn
• Ancient Greek ‘hemera Khronu’ - day of Cronus

Saturn is the Roman and Italic god of agriculture, and is believed to have ruled the earth during an age of happiness and virtue. Cronus is the Greek god (Titan) who ruled the universe until he was dethroned by his son Zeus. In the Thai solar calendar of Thailand, Saturday is named from the Pali word for Saturn and the Celtic languages also name this day for Saturn.

Health and Colour
As Saturn is purple or black in colour the ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing purple or black and being around purple flowers on this day of the week.

Songs
Songs named after this day include:
• Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night – Bon Jovi
• Saturday Night – Cold Chisel
• Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John
• Saturday In The Park – Chicago
• Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers

Books
If you were born on a Saturday the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose states that you would ‘work hard for a living’, and fiction books with Saturday in the title include:
• Monday Begins on Saturday - Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
• Saturday - Ian McEwan
• The View From Saturday - E L Konigsburg
• The Saturday Wife - Naomi Ragen
• Superior Saturday - Garth Nix

Sport
The Australian Football League Grand Final is traditionally held on the last Saturday in September and a large majority of football league games are played in the UK on a Saturday.

One Day Weekend
Saturday is the first day of a two day weekend in most countries however in Nepal Saturday is the last day of the week and the only official weekly holiday. It is also the official day of rest in Israel on which all government offices and most businesses, including some public transportation, are closed.

Vampire Saturday
In folklore Saturday was the preferred day to hunt vampires. It was believed in the Balkans that anyone born on a Saturday could see a vampire when it was otherwise invisible and that such people were particularly apt to become vampire hunters.

Hand Gun
The amount of criminal activities that take place on Saturday nights has led to the expression ‘Saturday Night Special’, a slang term used in the United States and Canada for any inexpensive handgun.


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10.9.10

Friday Facts and Trivia

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A collection of facts and trivia about Friday, the fifth day of the common working week; why it is named, when the dreaded Friday 13th started, what Poets Day and TGIF have to do with it, and the songs and books that are named after it.

The word ‘Friday’ was derived from:
• Old English ‘frigedæg’ - Freya’s day
• Latin ‘dies Veneris’ - Venus’s day
• Ancient Greek ‘hemera Aphrodites’ - day of Aphrodite
Freya is the Teutonic goddess of love, beauty, and prolific procreation; Venus is the Roman goddess of love and beauty, and Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

Other Common Names
• ‘Black Friday’ refers to any one of several historical disasters that happened on
any Friday and it is also the nickname of the day after Thanksgiving, the first day
of the traditional Christmas shopping season.
• ‘Casual Friday’ is a relaxation of the formal dress code employed by some
corporations for that one day of the week.
• Poets Day is a term used by workers in the United Kingdom and Australia to refer to Friday being the last day of the work week. It commonly stands for - Piss Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.
• TGIF is a well known term in the western world standing for – ‘Thank God It’s
Friday’.

Health and Colour
The ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing light blue and being around light blue flowers on this day of the week.

Songs
Songs named after this day include:
• Friday On My Mind – The Easybeats
• Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
• Friday – Goldspot
• Friday's Child - Nancy Sinatra

Books
If you were born on a Friday, the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose, states that you would be ‘loving and giving’, and fiction books with Friday in the title include:
• Friday - Robert A. Heinlein
• Friday - Michel Tournier
• Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor - Lisa Kleypas
• Our Man Friday - Claire Thompson

Religion
‘Good Friday’ is the Friday before Easter in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.

Sport
‘Friday Night Football’ is the broadcasting of both the National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Football League (AFL) matches on television on Friday nights.

Friday the 13th
In modern times ‘Friday the 13th’ is considered to be especially unlucky due to the conjunction of Friday with the unlucky number thirteen. ‘Friday the 13th’ is an American horror franchise that consists of twelve slasher films, a television show, novels, comic books, and tie-in merchandise. It is interesting to note that the claim that Friday the 13th is inauspicious is largely a 20th century phenomenon and not bathed in history.


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Thursday Facts and Trivia

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A collection of facts and trivia about Thursday, the fourth day of the common working week; why it is named, what Nostradamus predicted about a Thursday, how it is considered the New Friday, and the songs and books that are named after it.

The word ‘Thursday’ was derived from:
• Old English ‘thunresdæg’ - thunder’s day
• Latin ‘dies Jovis’- day of Jupiter
• Ancient Greek ‘hemera Dios’ - day of Zeus
Thor is the Norse god of thunder. Jupiter is the supreme Roman god, noted for creating thunder and lightening, and Zeus is the Greek god of the heavens.

Other Common Names
Thursday is sometimes referred to as ‘Friday Eve’ in anticipation for the end of the working week on Friday. College and university students sometimes refer to Thursday as the ‘New Friday’, as there are often fewer classes on Fridays and more opportunities to hold parties on Thursdays nights. It is also sometimes known as ‘thirstday’, or ‘thirsty Thursday’.

Health and Colour
The ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing yellow and being around yellow flowers on this day of the week.

Songs
Songs named after Thursday include:
Thursday Child – David Bowie
Thursday Child – The Chameleons
Outlook for Thursday – Dave Dobbyn
Thursday – Jim Croche
Jersey Thursday – Donovan

Books
If you were born on a Thursday, the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose states that you would have ‘far to go’ and fiction books with Thursday in the title include:
• The Man Who Was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton
• Sweet Thursday - John Steinbeck
• Thursday Next - Jasper Fforde

Religion
• Quakers traditionally refer to Thursday as ‘Fifth Day’ to discount the pagan origin of the English name ‘Thursday’.
• ‘Maundy Thursday’ refers to the Thursday before Easter, and is part of the Holy Week.
• A Nostradamus prediction (Century 1, Quatrain 50) states that a powerful leader who threatens ‘the East’, will be born of three water signs and take Thursday as his feast day.

Sport
• Thursday is the day of the Second Round draw in the English League Cup.
• Thursday nights are held for prime time television of college and NFL professional football games in the United States.

Political
In the United Kingdom all general elections since 1935 have been held on a Thursday and although this is not a requirement of law it has become a tradition. It is sometimes thought that Thursday was the chosen polling day as it is furthest from the Friday and weekend before, therefore making it the day when people were most sober. Local elections are usually held on the first Thursday in May.

Annual Festival
In the United States Thanksgiving Day is an annual festival currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.


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9.9.10

Wednesday Facts and Trivia

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A collection of facts and trivia about Wednesday, the third day of the common working week; why it is named, what special religious customs occur on this day, and the songs, books, plays and television programs we have named after it.

The word ‘Wednesday’ was derived from:
• Old English ‘wodnesdaeg’ - Woden’s day
• Latin ‘dies Mercurii’ - day of Mercury
• Ancient Greek ‘hemera Hermu’ - day of Hermes

Woden is the chief Anglo -Saxon / Teutonic god and the leader of the wild hunt. Mercury is the Roman god of commerce, travel, thievery, eloquence and science. Hermes is the Greek god of commerce, invention, cunning, theft, patron of travellers and rogues, and the guide to the underworld.

Another Common Name
Wednesday is sometimes referred to as ‘hump day’ in American / English slang. The working week is conceived as a hill with the middle of the week (Wednesday) representing the highest point, thus the ‘hump’ in the week. This has often been a cause of much amusement to many who are not familiar with this phrase.

Health and Colour
As Wednesday represents the planet Mercury, primarily green in colour, the ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing green and planting trees on this day of the week.

Songs
Songs named after Wednesday include:
• Wednesday – Rene Lopez
• Wednesday – Tori Amos
• Waiting For Wednesday - Lisa Loeb
• Wednesday Morning 3AM – Simon and Garfunkel
• Wednesday’s Child’ - Emiliana Torrini

Books
If you were born on a Wednesday the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose states that you would be ‘full of woe’, and fiction books with Wednesday in the title include:
• Wednesday’s Child - Peter Robinson
• The Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
• The Wednesday Wars - Gary D Schmidt

Religion
• ‘Ash Wednesday’ is the first day of Roman Catholic, Lent, which occurs forty
days before Easter, excluding Sundays.
• ‘Holy Wednesday’, which is sometimes called ‘Spy Wednesday’ in relation to the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot, is the Wednesday preceding Easter.
• In American culture many Catholic and Protestant churches, and some Jewish
synagogues schedule study or prayer meetings on Wednesday nights.
• The Eastern Orthodox Church observes Wednesday as a fast day throughout the year, and in Irish and Scottish Gaelic, the name for Wednesday also refers to
Fasting.

Sport
‘Sheffield Wednesday Football Club’ is a professional football club based in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

Theatre and Film
‘Wednesday's Child’ is the title of a play in the series, Kraft Television Theatre (season 1, episode 15) broadcast on January 21, 1954, and ‘Wednesday’s Child’ is the title of a 1999 film.

Television
‘Wednesday's Child’ is a weekly television program sponsored by the Freddie Mac Foundation that also profiles older children who are up for adoption.


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Tuesday Facts and Trivia

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A collection of facts and trivia about Tuesday, the second day of the common working week; why it is named, what certain countries celebrate on this day, it’s popularity as a birth name, and the songs and books that are named after it.

The word ‘Tuesday’ was derived from:
• Old English ‘tiwesdaeg’
• Latin ‘dies Martis’- day of Mars
• Ancient Greek ‘hemera Areos’ - day of Ares
Tiu is the English / Germanic god of war and the sky. Mars is the Roman god of war and Ares is the Greek god of war.

Popular First Name
One in every 234,068 Americans is named, Tuesday. The popularity of the name
accounts for 4.27 people per million and it is increasing by 11 people every year.

Health and Colour
As Tuesday represents the planet Mars, primarily red in colour, the ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing red and being around red flowers on this day of the week.

Songs
Songs named after Tuesday include:
• Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones
• Sweet Tuesday Morning – Bad Finger
• Barely Out Of Tuesday – Counting Crows

Books
If you were born on a Tuesday the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose states that you would be ‘full of grace’, and fiction books with Tuesday in the title include:
• Tuesday - David Wiesner
• Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom
• Grim Tuesday - Garth Nix

Religion
All Catholic and some Protestant countries traditionally call the day before Ash
Wednesday, ‘Fat Tuesday’. The name predated the Reformation and referred to the common Christian tradition of eating special rich foods before the fasting season of Lent. In the United Kingdom and Ireland ‘Shrove Tuesday’ is often known as ‘Pancake Day’ or ‘Pancake Tuesday’.

Horse Racing
Melbourne Cup Day is Australia's most famous Tuesday. At 3.00 pm AEST, on the first Tuesday of every November, Australians everywhere stop for one of the world's most famous horse races - the Melbourne Cup. It's a day when the nation stops whatever it's doing to listen to the race call or watch the race on TV.

Political
Federal elections in the United States take place on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This date was established by a law of 1845 for presidential elections; in 1875 for the House of Representatives and 1914 for the Senate. Tuesday was the earliest day of the week which was practical for polling in the early nineteenth century because citizens would need to travel for a whole day to cast their vote and not wish to leave on Sunday; a day of worship for the majority of them.


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8.9.10

Monday Facts and Trivia

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A collection of facts and trivia about Monday, the first day of the common working week; why it is named, how it affects our health, the number of these days we can look forward to each year, and the songs and books that are named after it.

The word ‘Monday’ was derived from:
• Old English ‘mon(an)daeg’
• Latin ‘dies lunae’
• Ancient Greek ‘hemera selenes’
These are all translated to ‘day of the moon’ and literally mean, ‘moon’s day’.

Other Common Names
The term ‘Mondayitis’ has become a popular saying among employees who work a common working week starting on Monday. In times past Monday also became known as ‘Blue Monday’, named when the first day of the week was set aside for doing laundry. Bluing was used to keep clothes white and from that product the day became known as ‘Blue Monday’. Although today Mondays are not typically set aside for laundry as they once were the term ‘Blue Monday’ still exists as many employees begin their working week after a weekend break.

Health and Colour
According to the British Medical Journal there is a reported 20% increase in heart attacks on Mondays as opposed to the other days of the week. As the colour of the moon is milky white the ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing milky white and being around white flowers on this day of the week.

Songs
Songs named after this day include:
• Monday Monday – The Mamas and The Papas
• Monday Morning – Melanie Fiona
• Manic Monday – The Bangels
• Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters
• I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats

Books
If you were born on a Monday the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose states that you would be ‘fair of face’, and fiction books with Monday in the title include:
• Monday Begins on Saturday - Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
• Mister Monday - Garth Nix
• Monday Mourning - Kathy Reichs
• Monday with a Mad Genius - Mary Pope Osbourne

Yearly Total
There are either 52 or 53 Mondays in a calendar year, depending on what day of the week a year starts. It will also depend if the year is a leap year. In 2010 and 2011 there will be 52 Mondays and there will be 53 in 2012. So if you are not looking forward to next Monday remember you are not alone, and try to look on the bright side - there are still six other days of the week in between.


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The Diary Of Your Life

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Have you ever kept a diary? I'm not referring to a daily planner that has your appointment schedule or your family's weekly activities for the remainder of the year. I mean the type of diary that you pour your heart and soul into every night, before you go to sleep; the type of diary that became your trusted friend and confidante who you could tell everything to, without holding anything back.

It may contain some wonderful memories; your first kiss, your first boyfriend, your first sporting victory, your first fight, your first betrayal, your first breakup. If you were to look back and read that diary, you would probably remember at least some of those events, quite vividly. Whether happy or sad, it would surely have revealed, what you were thinking and how you felt.

As well as being a story about the events in you life, it would also probably remind you of what you aspired to, your dreams, your goals, the visions you held of your future. I wonder if you looked back on this diary many years later if you saw some of these come true, or if because of an event, or series of events, you gave up on them because you felt they were no longer achievable.

What we think and feel have a huge impact on how our life unfolds. You may have heard a variety of teachings regarding the Law of Attraction, where this concept originates from, including the famous quote - 'Man alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man alone, can dream and make his dreams come true', by Napoleon Hill.

Even though we may grasp the concept that we are ultimately responsible for our current situation because of how we thought and felt in the past, and choose to alter the patterns of thought that are not proactive to achieving a happy, healthy and wealthy life, sometimes that diary keeps finding it's way back on the bookshelf of our life as a never ending reminder, seemingly set in stone.

Isn't it about time that you tear out the pages of that diary that make you feel sad, and highlight the ones that bring you happiness? Or even start a new diary; one that focuses on your aspirations, dreams and goals, but with the fresh approach of describing in detail how you will feel, when you achieve what you desire. After all - 'It’s never too late to become the type of person you might have been.' George Elliott.


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