Do you have too much time on your hands ?

well I’ll tell you, this guy definitely does. I mean, I love these wee spiders, little jumping spiders. They are the cutest darn things on the planet but, training one to be my friend just has never occurred to me.

youtube.com/shorts/gEMPLrWh35g

Movie Noire Time

Ah yes, The Big Sleep with Bogie and Bacall. I’ve watched it over and over through the years and each time I find a new, hidden gem in the plot.

How about you ? Have you figured out the intertwining plots that make this film so wonderful and maddening at the same time ? Here’s some information that adds to the fun of finding your way through Chandler’s creation.

www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210812-the-big-sleep-the-most-baffling-film-ever-made

Happy Story #1

Walk away from your TV’s, turn off news radio and stop reading your news feed for a little while. With the horrible turn of events in the Middle East, Japan, along with many countries, being hit with massive amounts of rain causing landslides and deaths and catastrophic fires burning out of control in the US and Europe we all really need to take a break from stress.

I’ve been reading stories that have relieved stress for me and make me smile so I’m going to share them with you.

Here’s a lovely story about a very ingenious boy.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58192468

So, What Is A Tuk Tuk?

Also known as an auto-rickshaw, these vehicles that became popular in Southeast Asia have since made their way around the world. The three-wheeled, open-air vehicles are one of the most unique transportation methods made.

Imagine Your Life As An Olympic Gymnast… now put the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Simone Biles

I know most of us were wondering what caused the wonderful Simone Biles to step away from the gymnastics competitions during the Tokyo Olympics. Her mental anguish must have been intense.

She showed an incredible level of bravery admitting that she had a problem so major that she needed to stop performing immediately. Just being able to persuade the coaches and trainers of the US Olympic Team of what she needed to do must have taken the heart of a lion.

As an example of what she goes through here’s a video of some of the rules all Gymnasts must follow.

And Now Something Funny

I know that last post was important… But a bummer. Here. James Cordon will cheer you up 😉

How The Chinese Raise Gold Medal Divers

Have you wondered why the Chinese divers are almost robotic in their dives ? Or why the Chinese manage to win gold in every category ? Here’s the answer 🥺

Why Are Olympians Given Bouquets ?

Olympic Games: why do all winners get flowers in addition to a medal?

2020 Japan Summer Olympics Medalist Bouquets

The Olympic Games date back to Ancient Greece where athletes were awarded olive-leaf wreaths to commemorate victories – medals were not awarded until much later in the Games’ history. It was during Victorian times that flowers were first presented to victorious athletes on the winners’ podium, a practice that was adopted when the first modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896. The Victorians gave each flower a meaning and used the gift of flowers as a form of coded communication known as floriography.

Flowers at The Olympic Games Today

Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) undertakes a thorough process for selecting the florist and flowers for The Olympic Games. The size, availability and provenance of the flowers need to be carefully considered but the flowers also need to be robust and convey a significant message about the host country.

The Japan 2020 Olympic Flowers

The flowers that each winner receives in his or her hands during the medal ceremony has a very special meaning.

More than 5,000 bouquets are presented to athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.The ceremonial flowers are mainly grown in three districts in northeastern Japan that were devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and the subsequent meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Nearly 20,000 people died in the disaster, which affected Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures. The bouquets of yellow, green and blue flowers presented to medalists at the Olympic and Paralympic Games were grown almost entirely in these three districts.

The bright yellow sunflowers that dominate the bouquets were grown in Miyagi by parents whose children died in the disaster. The parents chose a hillside where their children had sought refuge from the effects of the tsunami. Delicate white and purple eustomas and salomonas seals were grown in Fukushima – as part of a non-profit initiative set up to try to revitalise the local economy after the disaster severely damaged agricultural production.

The gentians, a small bright blue flower, are grown in Iwate, a coastal area destroyed by huge waves in the 2011 disaster. To complete the bouquet, there are strong green aspidistras, grown in Tokyo and chosen to represent the host city.

From equnews.com A Website dedicated to the Equine Community

Which Sports From The Ancient Olympics Are Still Included Today ?

The Discus

Wrestling, Running, Jumping, Discus… Pankration ?

Read which contests started it all and which have survived to today.

https://olympics.com/ioc/ancient-olympic-games/the-sports-events

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