Mekong Explorer

Daily WrapToday 27 December our daily wrap comes to you from Luang Say Resort on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos. And yes… as we arrived the wonderful staff were only too happy to allow another gift to be wrapped by me and placed under their tree. So a beautiful Aqua butterfly paper […]

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Boxes for Boxing Day

Today 26 December is Boxing Day… a day steeped in history for countries of the Commonwealth. But why is it called Boxing Day when there is no connection whatsoever to the sport of boxing? Well different theories abound but most of them revolve around the fact that a Christmas present in Britain is also called […]

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Golden Chistmas

It’s finally here…. Christmas Day in all its glory. We are celebrating 25 December with family and lots of gold, white and stags. This year my brother Richie was the host and he outdid himself with his designer touches and yummy food. What more can ask for than piles of gifts wrapped in gold and […]

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A dot of spots

The countdown to Christmas continues and on this 23 December I am off to a Christmas party with a little stash of presents that I loved wrapping because if you haven’t guessed by now I LOVE LOVE LOVE spots. And so I have used my dotty red kraft paper and my trusty red grosgrain ribbon […]

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Brothers Gibb

Today 22 December is the birthday of late twin brothers Maurice and Robin Gibb – two thirds of the famous trio the Bee Gees. The pair were born 35 minutes apart on this day in 1949 on the Isle of Man – does that make them Manx Men? Vocalist and key board/bassist (respectively) they sang […]

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Cruciverbalists rule

The crossword puzzle made its first appearance in the New York World newspaper on this day 21 December 1913. It is said that the crossword was invented by British born Arthur Wynne, whose brainchild spawned a whole industry, hobby, pastime and obsession. There are now many variations on the crossword – cryptic, cipher, diagram less, […]

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God rest ye merry, gentlemen

Did you know that 20 December is officially Go Carolling Day…. A day to join with others to sing some of your favourite Christmas tunes with gusto if not skill. I love the traditional carols, especially God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen not the least because it traditionally has a comma between the Merry and the Gentlemen […]

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Go Ricky

Happy Birthday to former Australian Cricket Captain, Ricky Thomas Ponting AO who turns 41 today 19 December. Fresh from having his statue unveiled at Bellreive Oval in Hobart earlier this month, Tasmania’s favourite son is no doubt looking forward to Christmas with his little family. Ricky is quoted as saying he would only ever wear […]

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When ugly is beautiful

Today 18 December is Ugly Sweater Day. Now we here in Oz probably do not have such a feel for ugly sweaters because it’s too darn hot. But as we found out Ugly Sweaters are a real big thing, especially with the Brits who LOVE them to bits. Who can forget Mr Darcy’s Ugly Sweater […]

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First flight

Today 17 December is Wright Brothers Day, a US federal observance by Presidential Proclamation. It was on this day in 1903 that the two brothers from Dayton Ohio defied gravity in what many considered the first powered and controlled manned flight. So today we have a sketch of “The Flyer”, the aircraft that started it […]

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