THE POWER OF HARRY POTTER
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 23rd April 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Today I am focussing just on this incredible video. It is so wonderful. It is a Twitter Post and I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face.
She is blind and loves Harry Potter.
Her aunt helped to raise money to surprise her with Harry Potter books written in Braille..
Best Christmas gift ever for her and such a beautiful moment that I hope will make you all smile ❤️ pic.twitter.com/im8pTes6xa
— ❤️A page to make you smile again ❤️ (@HopkinsBRFC) December 29, 2020
Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 – Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date
To many, he was simply “The Bard”, but most of us know him as Shakespeare, and the manner of speaking that was prevalent throughout his works is singularly recognizable. There was a great myth that came along with Shakespearean plays, a myth that shaped the voice of the era in the minds of all the generations that to follow. Talk Like Shakespeare Day encourages you to embody this myth and to spend the entirety of the day speaking forsoothly!
As the name indicates, Talk Like Shakespeare Day encourages you to talk like the literary genius himself! William Shakespeare is the most famous and celebrated poet and playwright in the world. He was born on the 23rd of April in 1564, and he is still honoured to this day. His stories are often studied in schools, and many people have memories of going to the theatre and watching a Shakespeare play. So, there is no better way to honour Shakespeare than by dedicating yourself to speaking like him on this day.
Of course, speaking like Shakespeare is not easy! If you have ever read one of his plays, you will know exactly what we are talking about. However, there are a number of tricks that you can use to speak like Shakespeare on this day. For example, instead of using the words they and you, you can use the words ye, thee, and thou. Creative insults and rhyming couplets were very popular within his work as well, so you are encouraged to use these on Talk Like Shakespeare Day. In fact, did you know that a lot of the phrases that we use today are owed to Shakespeare?
History of Talk Like Shakespeare Day
This day has been celebrated since 2009. This is when the first Talk Like Shakespeare Day was launched by the Shakespeare Theatre in Chicago. The day was inspired by another day that was honoured to speaking like a character; Talk Like a Pirate Day. The theatre company decided that since we have a day when we speak like pirates, we should most definitely have a day when we talk like Shakespeare! A lot of theatres all over the world honour this day with various events and celebrations.
The myth of which we speak is the prevalent idea that the entirety of people in Shakespeare’s day spoke like those in his plays. The truth of the matter is that the speech and spelling used in Shakespeare’s day had very little resemblance to that speech used in his works. It was a sort of ‘stage voice’ that was created to romanticize the play and to lend them greater impact on the ears of those who attended them. Regardless, it has been largely believed in the years that followed that this was the speech of the day.
Talk Like Shakespeare Day encourages us to embody that speech, and to bring the stage to all the world that we live in. After all, “All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” This celebration is your opportunity to bring that concept to life and to regale your friends and companions with the rich and colourful speech of Shakespeare’s works. After all, if you cannot bring the people to the Globe Theatre, then you can bring the Globe Theatre to the people!
How to celebrate Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Speak, Speak, Thou Noble and wise personage! Speak to thy fellows in a tongue rich with colour and passion. Use not thy quiet voice today, whispering in the shadows like some fool painting numbers on a wall. Instead let thy pathos ring loud and true, shower those thou lovest with words like rose petals, and prick the skin of thy enemies with jibes like barbs on a legionnaires spear!
True it may be that they will look upon you strangely, but such is the peril of casting pearls before swine! Talk Like Shakespeare Day is the time for your inner thespian to shine!
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
Top 10 Most Romantic Places in the World
Everyone wants a romantic vacation. Some place where they can fall in love again, feel good, and relax. But all we can do is dream at the moment. But ‘Our Day Will Come’ and until then we can dream.
Top 10 Most Romantic Places in the World.
Tuscany is a region in central Italy. The beautiful Tuscany is sited with an area of about 23,000 square kilometers. Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its permanent influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science. Vineyards, villas, and historic Italian towns- this whole place is a romantic adventure. Stay in historic villas, eat the best food and bike through the best vineyards to drink the best wine. You’ll see why so many movies are about this place and understand why no one ever wants to leave. Nothing is more romantic in Italy than Tuscany.
- Taj Mahal
The symbole of Love, Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. The Taj Mahal speaks for itself. It is truly a wonder and the greatest monuments ever constructed. The colors and construction is absolutely gorgeous. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. There is no doubt it’s one of the most romantic places in the world.
Seychelles is a 115-island country spanning an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. These islands are off the coast of Africa and were some of the most well heeled people in the world spend their time. It’s exotic; out of the way location makes it a great place to get to know your loved one. There are golf courses, spas, fishing trips, and tropical drinks. Honeymoon here and you’ll never want to leave.
Located on the northeastern coast of Central America, Belize is a popular resort and holiday destination for couples. The islands out in the reef give couples a chance to get away from everyone on private beaches and explore the fish filled waters. Couples can even go out and try to catch some with one of the many fish tours the country has to offer. Or you can simply enjoy the beaches and palm trees. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide.
Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia. Located in the archipelago of the Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, beach bungalows are places in the ocean, allowing for a nice early morning swim. Relax on white sand beaches with swaying palm trees as people wait on you hand and foot. Intensely colourful sunsets finish off each day in paradise. Tahiti was formerly known as Otaheite.
Maldives, officially the Republic of the Maldives and also referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls, oriented north-south, that lie between Minicoy Island and the Chagos Archipelago. These 23 islands are another of the world’s paradises. These tiny coral atolls barely are above sea water and the surrounding reefs are teeming with life. Secluded and quite, they are a great place for an upscale romantic getaway.
Venice is the 4th most romantic places worldwide. It is a city in northeastern Italy on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. It is a place that will make you fall in love all over again. A ride in the gondola completely symbolizes the romance of the city. Ride down the canals cuddled up with your loved one and watch Venice go by. Dine in fancy Italian restaurants by the canals and get lost in ancient brick alleyways while you stumble upon Italian churches and squares. Venice is a place that will make you fall in love all over again.
- St. Thomas
Located in the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas is famous for its beaches and shopping, bed and breakfasts dot an island that caters to couples and families. Though it’s only 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas has a million miles worth of things to do. Go shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining. Enjoy the island’s world-renowned golf course, picture-perfect beaches and spectacular night-life. There’s a limit party scene so you’ll get peace and quiet as you stare into your lover’s eyes.
Hawaii is one of the biggest honeymoon destinations in the world, especially among Americans. The beautiful Hawaii is the only U.S. State made up entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. Whether you are in Maui or big island, Hawaii offers an excellent options for couples. Tropical beaches, tropical jungles, luxurious suites, surfing, and an abundance of wildlife. Hawaii is truly paradise.
- Paris (Most Romantic City)
Paris tops the list of most romantic places worldwide. It is the capital and most populous city of France. It is situated on the river Seine, in the north of the country, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. Paris made for lovers with its good food, wine, and atmosphere. Dine by candlelight in front of the Eiffel tower, stroll down the Champs Ely-sees, and have a picnic in the park. Paris exudes romance and has been charming couples for centuries.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane. – Zsa Zsa Gabor
Happiness is…Braille to the blind.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
A book fell on my head the other day. I only have my shelf to blame though.
A time to read Braille…A time to be read to.
1936 American singer-songwriter Roy Orbison, known for his soaring voice and for his carefully crafted ballads of loneliness and heartache, was born in Vernon, Texas.
1564 United Kingdom William Shakespeare is born.
1616 William Shakespeare dies.
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