Monday, March 30, 2015

Lunedi Lunacy

The good folks at Honest Trailer can always be counted on to take the mickey (and I don't mean Mouse) out of some of the most hyped movies in the Netflix catalogue - I'd post their take on Les Miserables but I'm still wondering how they could make it any more ridiculous than it already was.   So now that they've released a "live action" version of that great classic Cinderella perhaps it's time to re-access the Disney Studio 1950 animated version.  

So all together now:  Blupperty blup slupperty slurp.....

March 30 - 1939: Detective Comics #27 is released, introducing Batman.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

A Wisp of Spring

Yesterday I walked by Minou's flower shop - a small but colourful hole in the wall on a main street near us - and notice yellow sprigs of one of my favourite harbingers of Spring: Mimosa. They also reminded me that International Women's Day was approaching. Over the past few years I have written about both the day and the lovely Italian tradition of presenting the women in your life with mimosa as a token of love and respect.

The feathery pompoms of the Mimosa were chosen as a symbol for the day in 1946 by the Unione Donna Italiana.  It's colour was thought to denote vibrancy and joy but more than that, despite its delicate and almost fragile appearance, the mimosa is known for its resiliency.  Nothing could be more appropriate in my mind to honour the women I have known through the years.

As so many of the women who have enriched my life (and at times frustrated and baffled me beyond all belief - part of the enrichment!) are scattered throughout the world I'll take this opportunity to present each and every one with a virtual bouquet from Minou's shop.

And I have always preferred the Italian greeting for the day:  Buona festa della donna

March 8 - 1896: Charlotte Whitton, the controversial 46th Mayor of Ottawa, was born in Renfrew, Ontario.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Lunedi Lunacy

Now this is fast food:

And I'm just imaging the clean up afterwards.  Thanks to Marc-Aurele for sharing this.

March 2 -1791: Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.