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Jan. 30th, 2020 06:00 pm
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Hello to everyone,

This journal is mostly public because most of it contains poetry, quotations, pictures, jokes, videos, and news (medical and otherwise). In other words, all the really interesting entries are public--if you like what you see, you are welcome to drop by, anytime. I update frequently.

Please note: this is a mirror / backup site of my LJ: med_cat.livejournal.com.

Cheers,
Cat

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Police Incidents: Spider

Arachnid's violent death rudely relegated to the mere parenthetical

Police in Western Australia responded to an emergency call over what turned out to be an arachnophobic man screaming at a spider, The Guardian reported Wednesday.

A passerby in suburban Perth had called police after hearing the man repeatedly yell, "Why don't you die?!"

The Wanneroo police log of the incident read, in part, "No injuries sighted (except to spider)." The man apologized for inconveniencing police.

(The Washington Post Express)
med_cat: (Fireworks)
A few vintage mini-greeting cards:



Dolly Dingle's New Year cards
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Gratitude

For sunlit hours and visions clear,
For all remembered faces dear,
For comrades of a single day,
Who sent us stronger on our way,
For friends who shared the year's long road,
And bore with us the common load,
For hours that levied heavy tolls,
But brought us nearer to our goals,
For insights won through toil and tears,
We thank the Keeper of our years.

(Clyde McGee)

~~
(from my LJ archives, came across it and thought I'd post it here again)

Happy upcoming New Year to everyone!
med_cat: (cat in dress)
Я хочу пожелать вам улыбок –
Самых искренних, добрых и светлых –
Сколько в небе блестящих снежинок,
Сколько хвои у ели на ветках!

Я хочу пожелать вам удачи
И успеха в любых начинаниях!
Чтоб решались любые задачи
И чтоб сердце дружило с сознанием!

Я желаю вам мира и счастья,
Пусть мечты и желанья сбываются.
Все обиды, болезни, ненастья
Пусть уходят и не возвращаются!

Я хочу пожелать вам достатка,
Пусть растёт он и приумножается.
Пусть дела ваши будут в порядке.
И пусть жизнь вам всегда улыбается!( из интернета)
med_cat: (cat in dress)
They are charming, and different from other vintage greeting cards; have a look:

Here's a funny one:

(naughty rabbit!)



And a more serious one:



(bullfinches were common in New Year's cards)

20+ more cards here!
med_cat: (Fireworks)
Some people said they'd like to hear more--hope you enjoy ;)
~~~



Ded Moroz ("Grandfather Frost") is the Slavic equivalent of Santa Claus, but he acts just a bit differently from the St. Nick that Americans are used to. He does wear a long red fur coat and fur-trimmed hat, but Ded Moroz also carries a magical staff, and instead of sneaking down chimneys to deposit gifts before disappearing into the night, he actually shows up at New Year's parties to give kids their gifts. He’s also accompanied everywhere by his granddaughter Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden.

Read more... )Additional ETA: https://venividiv0dka.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/how-russians-celebrate-new-year/
~~
Here's one of the traditional children's songs:

https://youtu.be/VAG1UTfDSjY


Lyrics and translation: )
med_cat: (cat in dress)
Cabaret Songs (Everything but mostly Weill), by Ute Lemper

https://youtu.be/ijaEus5uXYk

med_cat: (cat in dress)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrdEMERq8MA

(and no, I don't like the last part overmuch, in case you'd wondered :P)
med_cat: (Winter London)
...If not, do take a browse in the comm!

The wishes can be anything, really...and perhaps you might even come across some wishes you could fulfill? :)

Here's the comm:

https://holiday-wishes.livejournal.com/

And, in case you're curious, here's my wishlist:

https://holiday-wishes.livejournal.com/2266506.html
med_cat: (Winter London)
...If not, do take a browse in the comm!

The wishes can be anything, really...and perhaps you might even come across some wishes you could fulfill? :)

Here's the comm:

holiday-wishes.dreamwidth.org/

And, in case you're curious, here's my wishlist:

holiday-wishes.dreamwidth.org/30871.html

Smile ;)

Dec. 8th, 2018 05:16 pm
med_cat: (cat in dress)
The Wurzels: Don't tell I, tell 'ee!

(with lyrics)

med_cat: (Winter London)
Take a look at the video of the Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular, at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York City:

https://www.broadwaybox.com/shows/radio-city-christmas-spectacular/
med_cat: (SH education never ends)

meretricious [mer-i-trish-uhs]
adjective:
1. Apparently attractive but having no real value, superficially or garishly attractive. tawdry
2. Plausible but false or insincere; specious
3. (archaic) Relating to or characteristic of a prostitute

Examples:

In many ways, it was a meretricious performance, but it was a gifted one in terms of verbal gymnastics.(the Hansard archive, quoted by Cambridge Dictionary</a>)

She was half-angry with him in the carriage, and said something about meretricious manners. (Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers

"Elementary," said he. "It is one of those instances where the reasoner can produce an effect which seems remarkable to his neighbour, because the latter has missed the one little point which is the basis of the deduction. The same may be said, my dear fellow, for the effect of some of these little sketches of yours, which is entirely meretricious, depending as it does upon your retaining in your own hands some factors in the problem which are never imparted to the reader. (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes )

He was a son of God – a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that – and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end. (F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)

Origin:

C17: from Latin merētrīcius, from merētrix prostitute, from merēre to earn money (Collins Dictionary)

Meretricious can be traced back to the Latin verb merēre, meaning "to earn, gain, or deserve." It shares this origin with a small group of other English words, including "merit," meritorious," and "emeritus." But, while these words can suggest some degree of honor or esteem, "meretricious" is used to suggest pretense, insincerity, and cheap or tawdry ornamentation. The Latin merēre is at the root of the Latin noun meretrix, meaning "prostitute," and its related adjective "meretricius" ("of or relating to a prostitute"). The Latin meretricius entered into English as "meretricious" in the 17th century. Shortly after being adopted, "meretricious" also began to be used to indicate things which are superficially attractive but which have little or no value or integrity. (Merriam-Webster)

(reposted from [livejournal.com profile] sallymn in [livejournal.com profile] 1word1day; many thanks!)

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