23 March 2009

Spring in Cornwall


The world’s 263 transboundary lake and river basins include the territory of 145 countries and cover nearly half of the Earth’s land surface. Great reservoirs of freshwater also move silently below our borders in underground aquifers.
With every country seeking to satisfy its water needs from limited water resources, some foresee a future filled with conflict. But history shows that cooperation, not conflict, is the most common response to transboundary water management issues. Over the last 60 years there have been more than 200 international water agreements and only 37 cases of reported violence between states over water. We need to continue to nurture the opportunities for cooperation that transboundary water management can provide. We share the responsibility for managing the world’s transboundary waters for current and future generations.

19 March 2009

On this day

Everything Dad

A little girl needs her daddy
To love her with manly charm,
To soothe her when she’s hurt,
And keep her safe from harm.

A girl needs her dad
To show her a man who’s good,
To help her make right choices,
As only a father could.

A woman needs her father
Just to be aware,
He’ll always be there for her
To sustain her and to care.

You’ve been all these things, Dad.
I hope that you can see
How much I treasure you;
You mean everything to me.

By Joanna Fuchs

17 March 2009

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things in Ireland
Born in Wales to wealthy parents at the end of the 4th Century, at the tender age of 16, young Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders and whisked across the Irish Sea, where he spent the next six years in captivity working as a lonely shepherd. His religion was his solace, and so he became a devout Christian.
After six years, Patrick heard God’s voice telling him it was time to leave Ireland, so he escaped from his captors and made his way back home. Here, he had another vision from an angel who told him he should go back to preach Christianity to the Irish. After 14 years’ studying to be a priest, Patrick returned to Ireland where he built churches and spread the Christian faith for the next 30 years until his death on March 17, 460AD.

13 March 2009

The Lazy Bear

It’s spring in the forest. The snow has gone, leaves are growing and the animals are waking up.
Bruno the bear is still asleep. He doesn’t know that it’s spring.
“Listen! Bruno is snoring!”
Now it’s summer. It’s warm and the animals are having lots of fun. But where’s Bruno?
Bruno is still asleep. He doesn’t know that it’s summer.
Now it’s autumn. The leaves are turning red, yellow and orange. The animals are getting ready for winter. But where’s Bruno?
Bruno is still asleep. He doesn’t know that it’s autumn.Now it’s winter. You can’t see the animals. They’re all asleep in their warm homes. But where’s Bruno?
“What a nice long sleep. Snow! It’s winter! I’m all alone.”
It’s spring again. The animals are very happy. They’re having a party.
But where’s Bruno?
Bruno is awake at last. Now he knows that it’s spring.

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It's the ex libris of the city of Lisbon, considered as one of the most remarkableworks in hydraulic engineer of all times and one of the rarest and most complex systems of water supply from the seventeenth century preserved until today. The order of construction came from King D. João V in 1732 and was concluded
about 100 years later in 1834, although in its generality the Aqueduct was ready in the end of the eighteenth century.
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9 March 2009

Happy birthday, Barbie!

The year is 1959. The place is The New York Toy Show. The toy is the Barbie Doll....and the rest is history.
I could never imagine that you and I were almost the same age.
Look at you: so thin, so beatiful. I'm a little bit fat and I can't find a way to remain a bit pretty...
My hair is grey. I have to wear glasses almost all the time. Otherwise I can't read a single word. My legs hurt. My knees hurt. My feet hurt. I can still walk but I get tired, very tired.
I'm old and you are young. But fortunately I'm alive and you never were or will be.
Happy birthday, Barbie! Enjoy you perfect body free from pain. At least you can say so!

8 March 2009

Spring is coming

Dream A Dream

Dream a dream
Of things so sweet
Of rainbow ice cream
Of candy treats
Dream a dream
Of angels above
Of a smile’s gleam
Of a mother’s love

Michel Dargis

6 March 2009

Laughing Out Loudly! (Why not?)

A lady came to the hospital to visit a friend. She had not been in a hospital for several years and felt very ignorant about all the new technology. A technician followed her onto the elevator, wheeling a large, intimidating looking machine with tubes and wires and dials. "Boy, would I hate to be hooked up to that thing," she said.
"So would I," replied the technician. "It's a floor-cleaning machine."

4 March 2009

Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht (pronounced hekt), (February 28, 1894 – April 18, 1964), was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, and novelist. Called "the Shakespeare of Hollywood", he received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some 70 films and as a prolific storyteller, authored 35 books and created some of the most entertaining screenplays or plays in America. According to film historian Richard Corliss, he was "the" Hollywood screenwriter, someone who "personified Hollywood itself." The Dictionary of Literary Biography - American Screenwriters, calls him "one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures."
He was the first screenwriter to receive an Academy Award for Original Screenplay, for the movie Underworld(1927).


In most cases white is seen as a neutral background color and other colors, even when used in smaller proportion, are the colors that convey the most meaning in a design. Use white to signify cleanliness or purity or softness. Some neutral beige, ivory, and creams carry the same attributes as white but are more subdued, less brilliant than plain white. Use lots of white for a summery look. Use small amounts of white to soften a wintery palette or suggest snow.