Month: June 2016

By The Sea

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After the fog gradually faded, I could see
In about a hundred steps away from me
A quiet estate extending towards the sea
Beyond a long crowded path of trees.

The landscape must be more solemn than usual.
In the mysteries of the cool damp air
The houses stayed awake and waited.
The sea absorbed in deep thoughts.


– Eugene Issaus


30th June – On This Day In History

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1966 Mike Tyson (boxer)




1520 Montezuma II (Aztec Emperor)



On This Day:

1894 Tower Bridge (London) opens



Have a good Thursday, 30th June


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Strolling through the countryside,
I smell a funny pong,
Though my heart is so happy it bursts out into song,
Strolling through the countryside,
I feel the cool breeze,
Though it’s only slight, I feel I’m gonna freeze,
Strolling through the countryside,
I see some unusual things,
A very strange cow, that sings,
Strolling through the countryside,
There are loads of tall hills,
And somewhere in the distance, there are some windmills,
Strolling through the countryside,
Is what I like to do.


– Sophie Shaw


29th June – On This Day In History

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1930 Robert Evans (film producer – The Godfather)




1861 Elizabeth Browning (poet)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning


On This Day:

1916 Boeing flies its first aircraft



Have a good Wednesday, 29th June

The Countryside

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Don’t forgot the countryside,
With your computer, career and chores.
It goes on in spite of you,
With schemes greater, and more intricate, than yours.

Below, the sunlit dappled earth,
Patterns your willing feet.
Above, the green transparency of leaves,
Stirs the scent of Meadowsweet.

Butterbur, wild garlic and yellow water lily,
All weigh the syrup air,
And call your longing heart to join,
The river’s sinuous love affair.

Hear the fish’s footprint plop,
And see the silver sound waves roll,
Across the sky of mystery deep, that lids,
The alien’s clammy fleshy soul.

Your dazzled glance at darting larks,
That cleave the endless blue,
Make an aerodynamic lie,
Of all you ever thought was true.


– John Coldwell


28th June – On This Day In History

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1491 Henry VIII (founder of the Church of England)




1914 Franz Ferdinand (Archduke of Austria – assassination the final spark igniting WW1)



On This Day:

1820 Tomatoes are proven not to be poisonous 



Have a good Tuesday, 28th June

Cycling In The Countryside

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In my spare time, I love to ride
My bicycle out in the countryside.
I love to leave the town far behind;
Inner peace, I am hoping to find.

When I am cycling, I can take my time:
Enjoy the fresh air and the warm sunshine.
Time is my own: there’s no need to rush,
And I am able to savour the welcome hush.

Powering the pedals can make my legs ache,
But the wind on my face makes me feel so awake.
I love to freewheel down never-ending hills:
A simple pleasure, but, oh, what a thrill!

I hear the village church bells joyfully ring,
And, the call of the cuckoo, when it is spring.
I see cattle grazing in the green fields;
I see sparkling streams and rolling hills.

I pass cottage gardens looking all nice and neat;
I pass people out walking and fields full of wheat.
I notice so many details as I ride on my way;
I find myself wishing that I could stay all day.

When riding my bike, I feel such exhilaration:
To me, it is one of the very best sensations!
For a taste of the country, my heart often yearns;
Back to the bustling town, I really hate to return.


– Angela Wybrow


27th June – On This Day In History

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1880 Helen Keller (blind & deaf author)




2001 Jack Lemmon (actor)



On This Day:

1967 The world’s first ATM is installed in Enflield, UK



Have a good Monday, 27th June


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It’s beautiful the Summer month of June
When all of God’s own wildflowers are in bloom
And sun shines brightly most part of the day
And butterflies o’er lush green meadows play.

Light hearted skylark songster of the wing
High o’er the quiet and lonely moorland sing
Above her nest cloaked by the tangled heath
Her charming song so exquisitely sweet.

So mellow the gentle breath of june day breeze
The birds rejoicing on the leafy trees
And dappled trout in pool bed of the stream
Bask in the sun their spotted skins agleam.

God gave us June and all her lovely flowers
Bright sunny days and pleasant evening hours
Shady green glens and serene sunlit dells
And leafy bowers adorned with blue bluebells.

But god June’s maker has the final say
And what he give he also take away
And God’s own larks will trumpet in the sky
To celebrate the birthday of July.


– Francis Duggan


26th June – On This Day In History

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1956 Chris Isaak (musician)




1956 Clifford Brown (Jazz trumpeter) 



On This Day:

1843 Hong Kong proclaimed a British Crown Colony



Have a good Sunday, 26th June