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By the time I could sit up today without nausea it was later than what I wanted. But couldn’t be helped. I went to bed last night with a sinus headache and woke up painfully with a sinus migraine. People that have had them understand just how painful they are are. Like my Category 10+ migraine. But when I finally had something to eat and was able to sit up I wanted to write. And viola! I broke the halfway mark by being my usual tenacious self! YAY! \O/

Nano Day eleven

snippet from my story…

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Last year around this time, I shared a snippet of my then story. And for those interested-it’s posted on: M’Chels Plot Bunny Musings this link takes you to the beginning and each chapter has a link at the bottom to go to the next chapter. I’m nice like that. 😉 plus it’s based on my own experience of how I like to read online stories. 😀

This years story: Colonel Storm; the Status Quo is the sequel to the above story. 🙂 and now for the snippet, ps- not betaed yet! (aka proof read)

“Understood, Alex. And do you want to go off world again?”

“Sure. With the all girl team, most definitely. It will go a long way to help my standing with Major Teldy. I’m helping her with leadership skills. She is technically the third in charge of the military. I know what it’s like to be a female leader, obviously.”

He shakes his head, “I don’t think they appreciate being called the all girl team.”

“It’s better than what I’ve heard. Besides first mission wasn’t that bad, but. Yeah. I’d like a bit of a go, with a cake walk. Build my confidence back up. Besides she said it’s a check up on an ally. I’d like to walk around and see what the rest of the Pegasus galaxy has to offer.”

“Well, then I think that would be a good idea. I’d like you to get to know a few of our allies and then escort me on a field trip to the Coalition.”

“Hm. Show off your hybrid?” She watches him choke on his tea, “Relax, Richard, I was joking. I can understand how having an alien as unique as I am would be to the coalition. In fact, I think I could be quite beneficial for our expedition. Once upon a time, the Ki’Tarans were allies of the Alterans. And Daniel didn’t send those books just for entertainment purposes. He wants me to read them, figure out what happened, and maybe learn how to fix it. I think. Anyway, I need to speak to Hermiod.”

Casual Alex-new hair

Hope you enjoyed, and look forward to reading it when it is finished. It too will be posted chapter by chapter after it’s revision in January. I just write, write and write in November. December is a break with some revision however the majority of the revising is done in January! 😀

11/11/15 Poppy

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Poppy

The red poppy many of us pin to our coats in November was originally created to help us remember those who have fought in war.

 

The Red Poppy pin

What it means: We wear a red poppy over any other flower because it grows wild in many fields in northern France and Belgium. This is where some of the deadliest battles of World War One took place and many men died. Poppies are tough flowers, and can grow anywhere, but are also delicate. It is thought they are a fitting emblem to remember those who died.

How to wear it: Many say on the left, symbolising that you keep those who died close to your heart. It’s also where military medals are worn. Others say men should wear it on the left and women on the right, like you would a badge or brooch. There are also many people who say that the leaf should point to 11 o’clock. The Royal British Legion told Newsbeat: “There is no right or wrong way to wear a poppy. It is a matter of personal choice whether an individual chooses to wear a poppy and also how they choose to wear it. The best way to wear a poppy is to wear it with pride.”

IOTD Veteran’s day

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Calendar day; November 11, 2015

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 Wednesday, the 11th of November, 2015 is the 315th day in 2015 and in the 46th calendar week.
General Events:
Armistice Day 2015
November 11, 2015 in the World
The Armistice Day is celebrated on November 11, 2015. It is a day to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the West Front. The day, which overlaps with Remembrance Day, is celebrated annually. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I.
After World War II, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and to Remembrance Day in the British Commonwealth of Nations. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red color an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
In many parts of the world, people observe two consecutive minutes moment of silence at 11 a.m. local time as a sign of respect in the first minute for the roughly 20 million people who died in the war, and in the second minute dedicated to the living left behind. This gesture of respect was suggested by Edward George Honey in a letter to a British newspaper.
Where is Armistice Day?
Worldwide
Veterans Day 2015
November 11, 2015 in the USA
Veterans Day is an annual American holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is usually observed on November 11. However, if it occurs on a Sunday then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave, and if it occurs Saturday then either Saturday or Friday may be so designated.
It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)
The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements. While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.
Where is Veterans Day?
Nationwide USA
Remembrance Day
November 11, 2015 in Commonwealth of Nations
Remembrance Day is observed on November 11, 2015. Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. (“At the 11th hour” refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am) World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I; their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
The common British, Canadian, South African, and ANZAC tradition includes a one or two minute silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11:00 am, 11 November), as that marks the time (in the United Kingdom) when the armistice became effective.
Where is Remembrance Day?
Nationwide Commonwealth of Nations
Independence Day
November 11, 2015 in Angola
Independence Day in Angola is celebrated on November 11. This national holiday commemorates Angola’s independence from Portugal in 1975.
The armed struggle for Angolan independence began in 1961. It is known as the Portuguese Colonial War or the War of Liberation (in the former Portuguese colonies). The main protagonists in this struggle were the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA), and National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).
In 1974, a military coup known as the Carnation Revolution took place in Portugal. The new government put an end to war by agreeing to recognize the independence of its colonies. On November 11, 1975, the MPLA took control of the capital city of Luanda and declared the independence of Angola.
Angola’s Independence Day is a public holiday widely celebrated throughout the country. It is marked with formal speeches, solemn ceremonies, parades, concerts and other festive events and activities.
Where is Independence Day?
Nationwide Angola
Diwali 2015
November 11, 2015 in India/World
Diwali (or Deepawali, the “festival of lights”) is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) every year. Diwali is one of the largest and brightest festivals in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil. The preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November.
Diwali is an important festival for Hindus. The name of festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali vary significantly among Hindus, based on the region of India. In many parts of India, the festivities start with Dhanteras (in Northern & Western part of India), followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Deepavali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to wife–husband relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhau-beej dedicated to sister–brother bond on the fifth day. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.
On the same night that Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains celebrate a festival of lights to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira, Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas and some Buddhists also celebrate Diwali remembering Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism. Diwali is an official holiday in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.
Where is Diwali 2015?
Nationwide India/World
Singles Day 2015
November 11, 2015 in China
Singles Day, One’s Day or Guang Gun Jie is a Chinese pop culture holiday held on November 11, 2015 for people who are living the single life. For breakfast on Singles’ Day, singles often eat four Youtiao (deep-fried dough sticks) representing the four “ones” in “11.11” and one Baozi (steamed stuffed bun) representing the middle dot. The main way to celebrate Singles’ Day is to have dinner with your single friends, but it’s important that each person pay their own way to show their independence. Some send short messages or e-mails to their single friends to deliver their best wishes.
Not every single is happy on this day. They may tease themselves for being still single. Some prefer to watch movies in a theatre. Some schools of a university would put forward a special program to gather singles together for celebration. In recent years, there has been more social attention to this holiday. For example, Taobaoshangcheng gives a up to 70% discount on this day. There are many activities on the Internet to help singles find a mate.
Some singles also choose to say goodbye to their single lives on this day: many attend ‘blind date’ parties and many people choose to marry on this day. In addition to meaning ‘single,’ the four ‘ones’ of the date can also mean ‘only one’ as in ‘the only one for me.’ Some people will use this date and this meaning to tell their special someone that they are the only ‘one’ in their heart.
Where is Singles Day?
Nationwide China
World Origami Day 2015
November 11, 2015 in the World
The folded paper crane is an international symbol of peace. However, there’s a lot more to origami than simple birds, you can fold a flower, butterfly, angel, dragon and more intricate origami designs. Origami Day is all about promoting the art of paper folding and showcasing incredible creations.
Origami comes from the two words /ori/ meaning folding and /kami/ meaning paper. It is the Japanese art of paper folding. Origami started in Japan in the 1700s and became popular outside Japan in mid-1900.
But the origin of Origami is not in Japan, although the most extensive tradition of Origami exists there. There is evidence of paperfolding tradition in other countries like China, Germany, Spain and Italy.
Celebrate Origami Day by folding simple designs like the popular crane to complicated ones like superhero origami.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Natural events:
November New Moon
November 11, 2015 in EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
On November 11, 2015 the moon reaches its minimum brightness. Therefore it is called new moon. In astronomical terminology, the phrase new moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon, in its monthly orbital motion around Earth, lies between Earth and the Sun, and is therefore in conjunction with the Sun as seen from Earth. At this time, the dark (unilluminated) portion of the Moon faces almost directly toward Earth, so that the Moon is not visible to the naked eye.
The original meaning of the phrase new moon was the first visible crescent of the Moon, after conjunction with the Sun. This takes place over the western horizon in a brief period between sunset and moonset, and therefore the precise time and even the date of the appearance of the new moon by this definition will be influenced by the geographical location of the observer. The astronomical new moon, sometimes known as the dark moon to avoid confusion, occurs by definition at the moment of conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Sun, when the Moon is invisible from the Earth. This moment is unique and does not depend on location, and under certain circumstances it is coincident with a solar eclipse.
Where is November New Moon?
Eastcoast (North America)
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Historical Events on 11th November:
308 – The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul
1634 – Following pressure from Anglican bishop John Atherton, the Irish House of Commons passes “An Act for the Punishment for the Vice of Buggery”
1673 – Second Battle of Khotyn in the Ukraine, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth forces under the command of Jan Sobieski. defeat the Ottoman army. In this battle, rockets of Kazimierz Siemienowicz were successfully used
1675 – Gottfried Leibniz demonstrated integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = f(x) function
1775 – Mohawk military leader Joseph Brant goes to London to solicit more support from the government and to persuade the Crown to address past Mohawk land grievances in exchange for their participation as allies in the impending war
1790 – Chrysanthemums are introduced to England from China
1880 – Australian Bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol
1887 – Anarchist Haymarket Martyrs August Spies (b. 1855), Albert Parsons (b. 1848), Adolph Fischer (b. 1858) and George Engel (b. 1836) are executed
1911 – Russia issues an ultimatum to Persia and follows it with an invasion of North Persia to impose political control
1918 – Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into effect, WW I hostilities end at 11.00 am
1920 – The burials of unknown soldiers take place simultaneously in Westminster Abbey, London, at at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.
1921 – President Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery
1925 – Robert A. Millikan announces discovery of cosmic rays
1954 – Publication of “Two Towers” 2nd volume of “Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London
1962 – Kuwait’s National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait
1965 – Rhodesia proclaimed independence from Britain by PM Ian Smith
1975 – Angola gains independence from Portugal (National Day)
1988 – Oldest known insect fossils (390 million yrs) reported in Science
1992 – The Church of England approves the ordination of female priests
1999 – Last upside down date until January 1, 6000
2000 – In Kaprun, Austria, 155 skiers and snowboarders die when a cable car catches fire in an alpine tunnel
2004 – New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington
2004 – The death of Yasser Arafat is confirmed by the Palestine Liberation Organization, of unidentified causes. Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later.
2006 – The New Zealand war memorial monument was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army

 

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