It is October. It is currently 25°C, with a 19kph SSW wind, 42% humidity, 1,019.98 mb of pressure, a dew point of 11°C and visibility of 16.1km (as observed from London City Airport)
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Weekly notices :
For those not paying attention, I am running the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 9th. It starts and ends in Hyde Park with the starting gun firing at 9:30am. I am aiming for a time of 1:50:00, which, if I average out my running pace over the last 10 runs, is very achieveable.
On this day :
Monday 3rd – Postcodes introduced in Britain in 1959
Friday 7th – Carbon paper patented by Ralph Wedgwood in 1806 (yes, of the pottery family)(I bet he had a ‘tache)
Sunday 9th – Marxist revolutionary, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara killed in Bolivia, 1967
Eurovision Countdown : 222 days until the live final in Azerbaijan (Saturday 26th May 2012 | BBC one) [Preliminary date]
Today it is all about the A B C. Spot the thread :
Word #1 – ‘Abject’ [ab-JEKT]adjective :
1. Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.
2. Contemptible ; despicable
Interesting bit : Abject translates to the Latin equivalent of “thrown down.”
Word #2 – ‘Bacchanalia’ [bak-uh-NAIL-yuh]noun:
1. (plural, capitalised) The ancient Roman festival in honour of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, song and revelry.
2. A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity ; a revel.
Interesting bit : Bacchanalia comes from Latin, from Bacchus, god of wine, from Greek Bakkhos. The adjective form is bacchanalian. One who celebrates the Bacchanalia, or indulges in drunked revels, is a bacchanal [BAK-uh-nuhl ; bak-uh-NAL], which is also another term for a drunken or riotous celebration.
Word #3 – ‘Corybantic’ [kawr-uh-BAN-tik]adjective :
1. Frenzied ; agitated ; unrestrained
Interesting bit : Corybantic owes its English use from Latin, but originally refered to a Corybant, a wild attendant of the goddess Cybele.
Calm Corner ~
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