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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

A salute to Capricornians - and A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, Mel Gibson, Marlene Dietrich and Kate Moss - what have these well-known names got in common? They are all Capricorns, born between December 22 and January 19.

Which means they admire            
  • Reliability
  • Professionalism
  • Truthfulness            
  • Solid Foundations
  • A sense of Purpose
    • They DISLIKE             
    • Wild Schemes
    • Fantasies
    • Go-nowhere jobs
    • Ignominy
    • Ridicule

    And MOST OF THEM are as stubborn as an old goat!

    Yes,  all those well-known names, and a lot of ordinary people  (including me) were born under the sign of Capricorn.

    So how do you recognise a Capricorn? Some of their more obvious  traits include: being overwhelmed by their emotions and a tendency to become somewhat negative, gloomy and introvert. They are almost always  natural born worriers who will always predict and expect the worst.  They especially loathe criticism and  and sometimes find it difficult to maintain an objective view on things.  All of these a true of me, so thank goodness for the redeeming features:  they are kindhearted, mild, understanding and very forgiving.

    Meanwhile some famous people who were born on New Year's Eve include Anthony Hopkins, Sir Alex Ferguson, Donald Trump, Elizabeth Arden and - appropriately - Bonnie Prince Charlie!

    Wishing you ALL peace and much  happiness for 2015.



    Sunday, 21 December 2014


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    Christmas Eve  brings a nativity-with-a difference to our UK television screens this year. 'On Angel Wings' an animated nativity story, is based on a book written by  the much-loved children's author Michael Morpurgo.

    'The story of  Christ's birth is the best story about Christmas ever written,' Michael tells the Daily Mail today, 'but because we all know it so well I think people shy away from seeing it again.'

    The cartoon took a year to make and features the voice of actor Michael Gambon as the shepherd boy Amos, who years later is recounting the story to his grandchildren.

    'The character is me in a way,' says the author. 'I often put myself into the fabric of a story as the narrator. I'm usually the grandfather telling the story to a young person and I've done that ever since I was young. Now I don't need to pretend to be old.'

    And this is how the story goes:

    'One cold Christmas night, a shepherd recounts the magical story of how he came to be the first visitor to the newborn Christ child – ahead of the other shepherds, and in complete secret.
    A deftly wrought re-working of the nativity story, Michael’s tale is rich in human detail. Quentin Blake’s watercolour illustrations ooze energy and atmosphere and perfectly complement this poignant story.'

    Meanwhile cheering news for book lovers comes from the UK chief executive of Harper Collins this Christmas.  Charlie Redmayne has slashed the number of celebrity memoirs he is buying to 'focus on fiction and children's books,' according to The Times newspaper this weekend.

    So here's to the children of the future and a  very HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL

    *On Angel Wings Christmas Eve 4.15 BBC 1