…of ‘premium Fridays’ & weekends…

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…”Premium Fridays: Japan gives its workers a break-to go shopping”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“an optional scheme that allows employees to clock off early at 3 pm every last Friday of the month, with government hoping the move will boost consumer spending.”

I believe that it is a mandatory Law of the Universe that on Fridays, you have to do something a little fun. ~Hanna Rhoades, 2006

When do we journey down to town?
If rough or fine, if rain or shine,
      On Saturday.
When do we smooth our wrinkles out?
When do we nurse our corns and gout?
      On Saturday!
When do we heal our wounds and smarts?
When do we make our pies and tarts?
      On Saturday!
When do the children loudest shout?
When bring the choicest playthings out?
When do we take our trips and jaunts?
      On Saturday!
When do we gather fruits and flower,
And spend our happy half-day hours,
In shady lanes and mossy bowers?
      On Saturday!
~Jane Moore, “Saturday,” Wild Flowers of Song, 1880

Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you. ~Ogden Nash

Cheers to the best of Fine Fridays & weekends that sings—PREMIUM !!!!wk

….of ‘gusty winds’ & cities…

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…”Gusty winds: order of the day”….”Unexpected, unpredictable, ultimately fascinating things about cities”…

SOMETHING ABOUT…..“from the UK to North America, gusty winds seem to be the order of the day and blow warnings of caution and take care”.

SOMETHING ABOUT….”Little Venice, London UK, “answer to Italy’s waterside city offers a tranquil walk through some of London’s most elaborate barges, with views of the London Zoo, some of the city’s most desirable streets and plenty of cafes to sit down and enjoy the view.”

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.Christina Rossetti
Clearly, then, the city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.  ~Desmond Morris,The Human Zoo
Divine Nature gave the fields, human art built the cities.  ~Marcus Terentius Varro,De Re Rustica
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
~William Wordsworth
Cheers to a ‘kingly/queenly’ kinda Thursday that sings— noble creativity & civility, & smiles ‘rex’ in the city!

….of ‘loonie effect’, spring snowfall, & thinking…

 

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…”The loonie effect: fewer Canadians visit the U.S. for third year in a row, while other international travel soars”…”Sunshine, blue skies, bulbs sprouting, and even a chance of a spring snowfall”…

SOMETHING ABOUT“since 2013, when the loonie was last at par, the number of Canadians travelling to the USA by car has fallen 31.3% to 31.8 million visits in 2016.”

An interesting statistic for sure. Still significant numbers.  Interesting to note that “the U.S. is still the top international destinations for Canadians, accounting for three-quarters of trips abroad. As for visitors to Canada, the biggest gains came from Taiwan, up 34.8 per cent, South Korean, up 24.4 per cent, Mexico, up 23.2 per cent, China, up 22.2 per cent, and the U.K., up 16 per cent. The number of Canadians travelling overseas, meanwhile, rose only 3.7 per cent.”

Recent anecdotes certainly seem to indicate thoughts of boycotts and an increasing reluctance to head south of the 49th parallel by many Canadians in view of current USA governmental uncertainties.

SOMETHING ABOUT“more snow on the way for the Lower Mainland”...

Yikes, enough said! Brace yourself for below freezing temperatures through the weekend according to Environment Canada!

Come to think of it, I bet you didn’t realize today is World Thinking Day!  

Yes indeed, both the Girl Guides & Girl Scouts have designated it so, along with the Boy Scouts, to honour the birthday of Lord Baden Powell founder of the scouting movement with his wife Lady Olave Baden-Powell.

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday that sings—be prepared. “dyb dyb dyb dob dob dob”

(do your best, do our best)

 

 

 

 

…of ‘mother tongue’…

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UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization) since 2000, has declared today the 21st of February as INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY (IMLD).

“A day to promote peace and multilingualism”. Interestingly enough, in Canada, British Columbia & Manitoba’s provincial legislatures passed proclamations to officially observe the day in 2015.

One only needs to walk Vancouver’s beautiful seawalls with a keen ear to learn quickly that residents and tourists alike, in their every day language, speak many other than English!

Cheers to variety, the spice of life!   “Honour thy father, thy mother” & speak your Mother Language today!  Cheers to parents who give us both roots & wings!…

English is a funny language; that explains why we park our car on the driveway and drive our car on the parkway. ~Author Unknown

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne. ~Quentin Crisp

Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer. ~Mark Twain

Often it’s just a short swim from the shipwreck of your life to the island paradise of your dreams, assuming you don’t drown in the metaphor. ~Robert Brault

Our language is funny — a fat chance and slim chance are the same thing. ~J. Gustav White

Learn a new language and get a new soul. ~Czech Proverb

Cheers to learning something in a new language today!!

Tuesday sings—Cheers to a soul filled day!

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…of ‘Alaska cruises’, New Zealand & ‘social justice’…

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…”Cruise news for 2017: Alaska boom, more in-depth experiences”…”New Zealand isn’t an island after all–it’s the tip of a ‘hidden continent'”…

SOMETHING ABOUT…..“a demand for more in-depth experiences — from learning how to scuba dive to dining in a private home in port — are shaping what’s new in the cruise industry this year.”

Apparently, “Alaska expects 1.06 million cruise passengers this year, likely breaking its 2008 record of 1.03 million visits.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“scientists say Zealandia, a mostly underwater land mass two-thirds the size of Australia, would have been immediately recognized as a continent — if it weren’t for that pesky ocean”…

Apparently it’s internationally World Day of Social Justice…..

Cheers to a marvellous Monday that sings—

….seek justice! love kindness! walk humbly!…

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….of ‘twitterati’, ‘spectacle’, & transition…

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…”The Royal twitterati: how the monarchy learned to love social media”…”A jaw dropping Trump spectacle summarized”…”Blackberry’s share of smartphone market hits zero”…

SOMETHING ABOUT…”the Queen & princes Charles, William & Harry have been quick to realize the power of social media to boost popularity”

SOMETHING ABOUT“Nuggets of news. Flat-out falsehoods. Swings at the media. Feelings of personal grievance. Blasts at his former campaign rival. And one gasp-inducing reference to the political upside of war.”

God bless America!

SOMETHING ABOUT“Nothing marks BlackBerry’s transition to a software company better than data showing that its share of the global smartphone market has shrunk to zero per cent.”

As Friday springboards to a FamilyDay long weekend for much of Canada except British Columbia (where last Monday was FamilyDay), cheers to smiles & ‘smarts’ that sing—-all atwitter!!

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What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.  ~Sigmund Freud

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.  ~George Scialabra

 

 

 

…of deals & spending & biryani…

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….”Justin Trudeau: ‘Whole world benefits from a strong EU'”…”Consumer spending: Food & hotels replace booze, smoking & drugs for Brits”…”How to make the perfect vegetable biryani”…

SOMETHING ABOUT…our Canadian PM “gave a rousing speech at European Parliament after MEP’s pass Ceta trade deal.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“a fall in the number of smokers and rise in culture of eating out and recreational activities.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“an Indian classic that stands or falls on the quality of the rice. Once you’ve got that there’s a wealth of options for your vegetables, spices and even garnish.”

Cheers to a thoroughly thoughtful Thursday that sings—-eat, drink & be merry!!!

Great deal!

 

…of flag & ‘bank notes’…

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Today is National Flag Day in Canada!

Pictured above is February 15, 1965, the first day our new flag was raised at Canada House, London, UK.

…”Bank of England: plastic note to remain, despite vegan protests”…

SOMETHING ABOUT“the impact of withdrawing new notes including £10 polymer notes planned for release in September outweighs animal fat concerns, the Bank says.”

 

Cheers to a ‘proud to be Canadian‘ kinda day!

 

 

 

…of Valentine’s Day…

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A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music

Love is not singular except in syllable. ~Marvin Taylor

Cheers to a Terrfic Tuesday Valentine’s Day that SINGS!!!

 

…of warm spell, livery, & family…

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…”Warm spell coming to Metro Vancouver after wild winter weather”…”Air Canada reveals new look for aircraft, uniforms”…

Finally after ‘big dumps of snow’ & freezing rain & yesterday seeing Vancouver’s three main access highways to the Interior of the province closed because of snow squalls and avalanche risk, there is a reprieve!  Forecasts are for up to 15C in Vancouver next week!

It seems, in their wisdom, the powers that be at our nations beloved  ‘ScAir Canada‘ have decided that the ‘look’ to be for the future is to ‘go retro’.  Black the new red! Black underbellies, black lettering, and black and charcoal grey in the uniforms!

Cheers to let the spirits & profits soar sings—-in the black!

British Columbians are readying for a long weekend, with Monday the 13th being Family Day! 

Families are like fudge — mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author unknown

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. ~Ogden Nash

Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie — not perfect but who’s complaining? ~Robert Brault

Cheers to an ‘all in the family’ kinda Friday & weekend!!!