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Monday, 23 February 2015

G is for gross

For some reason, I love words that have multiple meanings, those words that are considered true homonyms. So it is for the word GROSS. It is an old word; from the The Free Dictionary: 1350–1400; Middle English < Old French gros large (as n., grosse twelve dozen) < Late Latin grossus thick, coarse.

 So GROSS means large, big, or bulky. Or brutishly coarse, as in behavior; crude. Or disgusting and offensive.

 But it also means exclusive of deductions; the total.

 For instance, the gross profits of a business are those profits before various deductions, such as labor and cost of good sold. Your cereal box or can of soup gives you the net weight of the food; the gross weight would include all the packaging.

 Of course, as alluded to in the in the definition, it also means, specifically, twelve dozen, or 144.

We have often had more than half that total many times this GO round. I'm so GLAD we've had a GROSSLY (i.e., large) successful start with ABC Wednesday.

 However, in a bit of irony, our GROUP of visitors are GROSSLY overextended in terms of the number of GUESTS they can visit. It would be GREAT if some of you could GRACIOUSLY agree to visit other folks and/or write these GOOFY intros.

 Contact me at my email: ROGEROGREEN (at) GMAIL (dot) COM

 Oh, here's a GOODY I may not have mentioned: if you GOOF up when you post to the Linky thing, leaving some GLARING problem sch as a link that does not work, it's supposedly allows you to delete and start over. But if that does NOT work, you can write to the same e-mail, tell me what the URL is supposed to be, and I will see if I can fix it.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Introduction of F.

We arrived at the letter F now of round 15. If you participate with us, please link to and mention us in your post.

If we didn't have the letter F we would certainly miss a lot of fun!

For instance we could not eat any fruit.

Neither could we fry a fish over a fire.

We would never be able to sail in the Norwegian fjords.

Nor see the falls.

We would never see the early morning fog.

                           We wouldn't be able to buy any flowers 

                            nor pick them anymore.....

I am looking forward to seeing your F posts.

Wil, ABCW Team.


Monday, 9 February 2015

E is for EAGLES

EAGLES are large birds of prey and although there are 60 species among them, only two are found in the United States and Canada.  In my area of Canada (west coast bordering on the Pacific Ocean and Washington State) we see bald eagles all over the place.  They aren't really bald; they just appear to be bald from a distance because of their white-feathered heads. They build their nests, called eyries or aeries, in tall trees or on high cliffs, both of which can be found locally.   You can always tell an eagle's nest because of its size as the chicks are huge!  There has even been one recorded instance of a nest that was 10 feet wide and 20 feet deep.  Because of their size and power, eagles are at the top of the food chain, feeding on fish, wild rabbits, mice, and other small forest animals. 

EAGLES, the band was formed in 1971 in Los Angeles with Don Henley, Glen Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.  Who hasn't heard of them?  One of the most successful bands of all time, they've had 5 number one singles and 6 number one albums! A few of their most memorable pieces are "Desperado," "Hotel California," "One of These Nights," "Lyin' Eyes," and "Take It to the Limit."  Here's a shot of the band in the '70s.

And now you can see my little slideshow of both kinds of "Eagles" with my very own photos of the bird variety and Mr. Google's photos of the band variety.  Be sure to turn up your sound to hear a rendition of "Desperado" and ENJOY!
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Sunday, 1 February 2015

D stands for The humble donkey

The story of the donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem.

The Donkey. by G K Chesterton,

When fishes flew and forests walked

And figs grew upon the thorn,

 Some moment when the moon was blood

Then surely I was born;

 With monstrous head and sickening cry

 And ears like errant wings,

 The devil's walking parody

 On all four footed things.


The tattered outlaw of the earth

 of ancient crooked will;

Starve, scourge, deride me; I am dumb,

 I keep my secret still.

 Fools! For I also had my hour;

 One far, fierce hour and sweet;

 There was a shout about my ears,

 And palms before my feet.

This poem about Jesus being carried into Jerusalem by a humble donkey, reminds me of a wonderful English teacher I had in my first year at secondary school, she asked me to stand up and read the last verse, I was terrified and my voice was shaking, but she encouraged me to project my voice more and always to remember that the donkey wasn't scared, he was proud to be carrying the Saviour. And what ever I did in life the Lord was always with me.
 From then on I had the courage to read all kinds of prose, sing in the school choir and read out recitals in the school assembly.
So whenever I feel nervous or afraid, I always remember her words of encouragement and I think of that brave Donkey!

Sadly, she died prematurely of cancer aged 42.
RIP Miss Beryl Bebington.

After that, I moved on and passed a scholarship to a college, I always felt that Miss Bebington played a guiding hand in my future, she was still teaching, even though she was quite poorly, when I took the entrance exam and did a lot to help me in preparation.
 I  was fortunate to have the well known British poet Roger McGough as my English tutor...
He wasn't famous then, but staff and pupils alike, knew there was some thing special about him.
In round 15, I included one of his humorous poems 'The Mafia Cats' , my contribution for the letter 'M'.

My thanks to the delightful Denise for devising ABCW and also Roger  for his diligence in his administration of this ever growing site! I think there was 84 or more contributions this week, so I'm sure Denise and Roger, after all their hard work will be delighted. Best wishes, Di.