29 October 2009

Happy Birthday, Mr Astérix!

"Thanks to our hero, the Britons discovered tea and the Belgians were inspired to make French fries!"

How can lovely Queen Cleopatra show Julius Caesar that ancient Egypt is still a great nation? Her architect Edifis recruits his Gaulish friends to help him build a magnificent palace within three months.
There are villainous saboteurs to be outwitted, but Asterix, Obelix and Getafix still find time to go sight-seeing - and leave their mark on the Pyramids and the Sphinx's nose.
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28 October 2009

When you're sick...

... you have to do something...

I wish I could feel better very quickly.
I wish I could go back to the weekend... I could have been more careful with my mouth... Now I have to wait!

23 October 2009

Be happy, very happy!

Try this cake of love!
(Patrícia and João are celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary!)
3 cups Love
2 cups Warmth
1 cup Forgiveness
1 cup Friends
4 spoon Hope
2 spoons Tenderness
1 pint Faith
1 barrel Laughter

Combine love and warmth
Mix thoroughly with tenderness
Add forgiveness
Blend with friends and hope
Sprinkle all remaining tenderness
Stir in faith and laughter
Bake with sunshine
Serve daily in generous helpings.

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22 October 2009

Visiting Mafra

"Built at the orders of Dom João V in fulfilment of a vow made to God for the granting of an heir, this is the most important baroque monument in Portugal.
Built in the local lias limestone, the monument consists of a series of buildings occupying a total area of 38,000m2, including a basilica, a royal palace and a
Franciscan monastery."

Dare! Go and feel what I feel whenever I go there, It's a kind og magic place: the nature around and the monument seem to be built at the same time, under the orders of the same "architect".The Library: the bats are responsable for the conservation of the books.

18 October 2009

Pope John Paul II

"Lord, give us the power of hope,
The fire of love,
The light of faith."
Please... and thanks for everything...CMP

16 October 2009

Hair Colour and Personality: What Does Your Hair Colour Say About You?

We’ve all heard the dumb blonde jokes and know the most common hair colour stereotypes. Are hair color and personality really correlated?

You’re probably aware of the stereotype. Brunettes are reliable, dependable, even tempered, and intelligent. Few studies are really able to measure whether brunettes are actually more reliable or dependable than their blonde and red headed counterparts, but no study that’s looked at intelligence and hair color has found an association up to this point. Interesting enough, this stereotype still exists with surveys showing that the vast majority of both men and women consider brunettes to be more intelligent as well as more stable and well grounded. Over half of men report that they find brunettes to be more attractive than their blonde counterparts. Whether or not these stereotypes hold true, the brunette gets credit for a variety of admirable traits. When famous brunettes come to mind such as Catherine Zeta Jones, Eva Longoria, and Penelope Cruz, it’s hardly surprising that brunettes are considered to be desirable.

12 October 2009

Batman comes undone

Help, disaster, fire and smoke!

Robin's trod on Batman's cloak!

Torn a rip right up the back...

he'll have to wear his anorak.

10 October 2009

The Fussy Eater

Mum calls me 'the fussy eater'
Because I won't eat peas,
I find carrots make me queasy
And broccoli makes me sneeze.

We fight like mad at meal times
But I'm allowed to win
'Cause Mum knows I'll eat anything
If it comes in a tin.

10th October - World Mental Health Day

Depression is more than just feeling "down", and it is not a sign of personal weakness. It is a common, serious and complex illness that affects an estimated 121 million people worldwide.
Although people with depression have mood disorders, such as loss of interest or pleasure, they often describe their symptoms in physical terms. Left untreated, it can cause problems with relationships, including marital and family problems, difficulty in the workplace and a significantly increased risk of suicide.
Findings from an international survey conducted in early 2005 on behalf of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) revealed substantial gaps in patients' and physicians' knowledge about depression, leading to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. For example, individuals suffering from depression, on average, waited more than 11 months to see a doctor and were only diagnosed with depression after five visits to the doctor, further delaying treatment and recovery.



9 October 2009

Happy for this!

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
It seems to me that Luther King's dream has approached reality!
You deserve the Prize, Mr Obama, because you truly believe that peace is possible!

7 October 2009


On September 16th I saw for the third time Gato Fedorento live. A spectacular evening, where laughter and smile were not lacking!

5 October 2009

Welcome Bali!

This is Bali! It belongs to Rafa and Sofia. They say so, but I feel that "he" is a part of us all. We are all celebrating a kind of relationship that is made of true emotions. I want to thank this "being" for all the joy "he" has already brought. Welcome, Bali.
Bali is a Great Dane.
"The Great Dane combines, in its regal appearance, dignity, strength and elegance with grand size and a well-formed body. One of the largest working breeds, it never appears clumsy."

4 October 2009

World Animal Day

World Animal Day is celebrated each year on 4 October. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned on locations all over the globe. 4 October was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to 4 October with a Blessing for the Animals.
However, World Animal Day has now gone beyond being the celebration of a Christian saint and is today observed by animal-lovers of all beliefs, nationalities and backgrounds. Animal blessings are held in churches, synagogues, and by independent Animal Chaplains in parks and fields. Animal rescue shelters hold fundraising events and open days, wildlife groups organize information displays, schools undertake animal-related project work and individuals and groups of friends or co-workers donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal.

Clã in Vendas Novas on September 6Th

The best of Portuguese music!

2 October 2009


The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti.
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

1 October 2009

The wise little hen

1st October

Children in Singapore do not have to attend school on this day.Why?
Because it's Children's Day!