December 2018

Monday nightcap

This will wind a few up??. heads up at 1:08?


Huge fire engulfs migrant camp near Casablanca

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How convenient.

A huge fire engulfs a migrant camp in Morocco.

They will be first Gimmigrants lining up for free passage …
Bags packed already.


What’s the deepest hole we can possibly dig?

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Daily Roundup

Happy New Year from Daily Roundup.

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Today in rock history

Today in Rock History:

Born today in 1942, Andy Summers (Andrew Somers)?songwriter and guitarist with The Police.

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Where’s Boondecker?

Where is Boondecker?

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The worst Christmas ever

Christmas can be traumatic if it brings memories of an unfortunate event such as a death or a disaster.

Here are recollections of?natural and man made disasters that some families live with every Christmas.

1896 – The Christmas race war on Christmas Eve

White citizens of Mayfield, Kentucky made the mistake of lynching one too many black men. Completely fed up, the black community got together and launched what was nearly the largest race war the state had ever seen. Black and white citizens alike armed themselves, with the whites barricading themselves into their homes while the black citizens marched on the town. Between December 23rd and 24th, the streets became a localized war zone. Hundreds of bullets were fired. Windows were smashed, houses were shot to pieces, and several people were gunned down.

It was only a timely intervention by people on both sides willing to negotiate that stopped the fight from ballooning into a mass-tragedy, but still plenty died that day. As befitting a significantly more callous age, the New York Times reported the whole thing with undisguised glee.

1913 – The Italian hall disaster

In 1913, striking mine workers and their families were attending a Christmas party when someone ? likely a stooge employed by the callous pit-owner screamed “fire!” The effect was instantaneous. The hundreds of people assembled all began a stampede for the door, a tiny opening located at the foot of a steep flight of stairs. All in all, 73 people were trampled to death, 59 of them children. Many many more were badly injured. It was a tragedy on an epic scale, one that sent shockwaves through the local community.

To add insult to severe injury, the stooge who sparked the panic was never caught. To this day no one is quite sure who he was, or even what his motives were. Whatever reason he had for being there, his actions that day destroyed Christmas for 200+ families.

1953 – The Tangiwai train disaster on Christmas Eve

The Tangiwai disaster was New Zealand?s worst-ever train crash, a 1953 rail accident that constituted a most horrific Christmas gift for hundreds of families.?At about 10:30 on Christmas Eve, an express passenger train carrying some 285 people passed onto a bridge above the Whangaehu River. Unbeknownst to anyone onboard, a flash flood had washed away the bridge?s supports only a few minutes prior. As the train rolled out across the rushing water, the bridge simply gave way, plunging all five second-class carriages, and one first-class carriage, into the river.

In all, 151 people were killed. twenty of these people were simply swept away, their bodies never to be recovered. Only minutes from home and less than two hours from Christmas, their lives were unexpectedly destroyed.

1974 – Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Day

When Cyclone Tracy made landfall in the early hours of Christmas Day 1974, no one suspected the full extent of damage it would wreak. The city of Darwin, Australia had survived several cyclones already in recent years, with the result being that almost nobody bothered to evacuate or even prepare their homes.

The consequences of this almost insane level of laziness would be devastating.?In under half a day, Darwin went from being a bustling post-war reconstructed city of around 47,000 people, to teetering on the brink of extinction. 80 percent of all homes were destroyed, 70 percent of all buildings collapsed, and 41,000 people were left homeless and stranded in a storm-ravaged wasteland.

Incredibly, only 71 people were actually killed, but the psychological devastation was unbelievable. Darwin was wiped out more thoroughly than it had been during the Japanese air raids of WWII. In the course of a single Christmas, an entire city had all but vanished.

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Daily sudoku

The Christmas celebration based on an ancient pagan tradition

In around 1800, the Christmas custom of wassailing saw drinkers move from house to house, revelling and singing carols

Wassailing is an ancient pagan ritual that like many pagan things became part of Christian traditions and in particular the celebration of Christmas.? European Historical traditions are an endangered species at the moment and we will lose them all if we don?t fight for them or resurrect them. Current ?progressive? thinking is that the culture and traditions associated with the many ethnically and culturally diverse white-skinned peoples have no value and only the culture and traditions of brown-skinned ethnicities have value.

I say that every ethnicity should value their culture, values and traditions and Wassailing sounds like fun even though our hot summer doesn?t lend itself particularly to hot mulled cider. We can adapt the tradition however to suit our climate and the spirit of Wassailing where people come together to share a bowl of cider can remain.

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