Showing posts from December 26, 2010

We Won!!

England retain the Ashes for the first time in 24 years! I don't really understand cricket but even I know that is a huge deal! For those of you interested, they won the Fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne (day four): England 513 beat Australia 98 & 258 by an innings and 157 runs... whatever that means ;)


Sir Elton John and David Furnish have welcomed a son named Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, born on Christmas Day via a surrogate in California, John's reps tell
"We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment," reads a statement from the couple, who got married in England in 2005. "Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents."
The couple has made it clear over the last couple of years that they wanted to start a family, and even tried to adopt an HIV-positive toddler they encountered in the Ukraine last year, but authorities there said they wouldn't allow it because John was too old (he was 62) and not married to a woman.

England look set to bring home The Ashes

Looks like England may retain The Ashes for the first time in 24 years! For those of you wondering what The Ashes are, it is a test cricket series played between England and Australia. It is international cricket's most celebrated rivalry and dates back to 1882. The series is named after a satiricalobituary published in a British newspaper,The Sporting Times, in 1882 after a match at The Oval in which Australia beat England on an English ground for the first time. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The English media dubbed the next English tour to Australia (1882–83) as the quest to regain The Ashes

The One Ronnie

The Two Ronnies were always part of my Christmas growing up. So it is bittersweet to see Ronnie Corbett gracing our screens this Christmas. I love how current he still is (pun intended!)


Below are a couple of reasons and meanings given by wikipedia - I however like the explanation of boxing up old gifts for the poor!  Boxing DayFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
See also: St. Stephen's Day

Boxing Day is a bank or public holiday that occurs on 26 December, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national laws. It is observed in Australia, Austria, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and in some Commonwealth nations that have a mainly Christian population. In South Africa, the public holiday 26 December is called Day of Goodwill, in Ireland St Stephen's Day or Lá an Dreoilín, and in continental European countries the "Second Christmas Day."
Though not an official holiday in the United States, some Americans use the term "Boxing Day", particularly those who live near the Canada – United States border. In Canada, Boxing Day is listed in the Canada Labour Code as an optional holiday. Only the province of Ontario ha…