This is a Lenny inspired post ... he's been emailing me about California Chrome - the horse which raced in the Belmont Stakes, New York and that story line ... here's part of Saturday's email to me:
|DAP: Dumb Asses Partnership|
i'm soooo excited about the race! did you know there's not been a triple crown winner in 36 years. wow! that's a way long time. everyone is rooting for california chrome to be a new winner.
The story of his owners is really cool. It's just two middle class working guys that pooled their money and bought him for just 10,000 dollars. everyone said they were "dumb asses" to spend their money so foolishly. so when they made their partnership into a business they called it the "dumb ass partnership." ha ha
The logo is a donkey on the back of the jockey's shirt and the letters DAP. now that horse is worth way more than they paid for him and if he had won he'd be worth millions of dollars. pretty good investment.
|The donkey logo|
There's going to be a lot of stuff on tv about the race. the race is on just before 7.00 o'clock. I can't wait! We're not going anywhere so we're gonna have our own party. We're going to get pizza.
Update on Sunday: we were gonna get pizza but we ended up cooking stuff. we had steak and baked potato and brussels sprouts. that's my favourite veggie. for dessert we had caramel swirl ice cream. yum! today we're gonna get the pizza. I like it with pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, onions and pineapple. yikes! i'm making myself hungry talking about all this food. ha ha.
|Pizza for supper anyone?|
You know my GrandBlogSon and his GrandBlogMom = me! - we have a good natter .. and it's lovely to have this amazing relationship with so much joie de vivre ... then I take the emails up to Linda at the Nursing centre and she gets to join in ...
Well I haven't known where to start ... and have lots going on ... this machine I hope today will be up and running - I had to find my Microsoft Office disk - found ... in an unlikely place?!
|The five beaches used on D-Day|
On Friday I was going to see about ebooks ... but that got cancelled - so a change of plan ... better find the disk and have another clear out ...
After some indecision ... I thought I really should watch the coverage of the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations that were going on at all the beaches in Normandy ... that was a day of tv watching - but I'm glad I did and I learnt a great deal ...
|The Queen and President Hollande|
I love this colour pink!
The Queen is on one of her rolls again ... a very busy time:
- State Opening of Parliament, when the new Diamond Jubilee State Coach was used for the first time;
- the State visit to France, including the 70th Anniversary Commemoration events in Normandy;
- Garden parties in Paris for staff and British business based in France;
- Banquets to attend with heads of State and speeches to make;
- mingling with the D-Day veterans in Normandy;
- flying back to Britain to attend the Epsom Derby - the richest and most prestigious flat race of the country's five Classic horse races.
- this week ... she has many more engagements!
|The Cross of Sacrifice at Bayeux Cemetery|
... and if I have lots of family and blogging friends still around, and one amazing friend like Lenny ... I'll be one lucky lady!
The Paris Open tennis finals were on over the weekend ... at the Roland Garros stadium - so named after the pioneer aviator, who, when he was studying, enjoyed the use of the courts, but sadly died near the end of WW1.
I was pleased to see at the start of the Mens' final there was a minute's silence ... then the Patrouille de France (French aerobatic team) performed a flypast over the Stadium in honour of all the people who freed us ...
|Roland Garros 2010|
The grass tennis season has started ... Queen's this week, Eastbourne next and then 2 weeks of Wimbledon ...
I forgot to mention in my last Blog Sandwich Update .. that I've joined the University of the 3rd Age - where ex-teachers, specialists offer courses that we can join and participate in.
|Katharina von Bora - painted|
by Lucas Cranach in 1526
I've joined the Geology and History ones so far .. and will look at others after the summer break ... I offered to give a talk for the History convenor on Katharina von Bora, Martin Luther's wife - as next week's talk is on Martin Luther and his times ... the 1500s.
This was an era I knew nothing about - so it stretched me somewhat ... but my draft seems to pass muster.
We have another series of talks that are given over the winter ... which are very interesting ... and on leaving the last one ... a chap thrust a leaflet in front of my nose ... I, as I would, said 'not interested' ... then thought I'd better find out what it was about!
|Viking forays to England, Scotland, Ireland|
I'm glad I did as I've now joined the European Movement - a non-political group who have speakers from various countries, or representatives of the Movement ... so far I've learnt a lot: I need to learn about the European Union - this group is giving me that opportunity and insight.
I still have lots to write about ...
- the Vikings
- other exhibitions
- Katharine von Bora
- War time food
- ... and many others!
|Normandy Beach with remnants of|
Mulberry Harbours still in situ
To my complete chagrin I, only this weekend, realised that our father would have turned 25 as D-Day was unfolding seventy years ago ... and he never really got over the whole experience, as too many others.
We'd never discussed the War as a family ... I guess it was too hard a time with too many unhappy memories ... I know a huge sacrifice was made, yet knew relatively little else - so these programmes in the last few days have been enlightening ... desperately sad, yet we would not be free if those young men and women hadn't taken a stand and fought for their country.
Then to round off this motley post ... another cow story ..
|iphone photo from newspaper|
She is known as Gorgeous, a British blue heifer - a livestock buyer, Miss Donaldson, took a shine to Gorgeous at the Great Yorkshire Show ...
... while Mr O'Kane, a cattle groomer ... said Katrina could only buy Gorgeous after a date ....... Happy Heifer After!! ...and a five figure sum?!
|Smoked Salmon open sandwich ...|
looks good to me
It is very muggy here today, but we had a glorious Sunday ... British weather - the tennis and cricket seasons are here ...
This Forbes link - tells you about the investment aspects of California Chrome and the winner of our Epsom Derby .. makes quite interesting reading ... 8th para down!
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