World No Tobacco Day

Today Is World No Tobacco Day. A great day to improve your lot in life.

World No Tobacco Day

Image Credit: http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2018/social-media/en/

The World Health Oganisation has declared My 31st as World No Tobacco Day.

Like it says in the infographic, over 2 million deaths from cardiovascular disease worldwide every year.

So why is there an upsurge in Shisha?

 

We are about to get a Shisha bar in Bunbury.

 

For those of you who do not know, Shisha involves the smoking of flavoured tobacco from a hookah.

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The tobacco is smoked through liquid. I am nor sure why it is done like this. Seems to me a bit like smoking marjuauna (something I do not do!).

Smoking tobacco in this way does not prevent the intake of nicotine.

 

Nicotine is what people who cant give up cigarettes are addicted to.

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So you can see that smoking a hookah is every bit as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes is.

 

Dont turn yourself into a statistic. Give up smoking altogether, your GP can help with that.

 

And please, please, do not try the hookah. Not even once, or even one puff.

Today Is World MS Day

Today Is World MS Day. If you have not been touched by MS, you do not know how lucky you are.

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World MS Day is always on 30 May each and every year.

 

While there are events throughout the month of May, it is May 30th that unites the global MS community.

 

It is a day for people to get together and share their story.

MS (multiple sclerosis) can strike down even the healthiest of young individuals.

The MS International Federation was started in 2009 and focuses its efforts on a different theme each year.

 

Its estimated that there are some 2.3 million people suffering with MS worldwide. MS is known to be the most common neurological condition to afflict young adults.

 

If you have ever known someone who contracts this disease you will now how horrific it can be.

MS has no “rhyme nor reason”.

 

Weak limbs, blurred vision, unsteadiness, tingling semsations, constant tiredness and memory loss are some of the symptoms.

What can you do to help? Donate to the research or even just share this information around. The more awareness there is, the better.

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There are two sets of MS profiles I am sharing:

 

Sarah and Millie Horton

Carol Langsford

 

Sarah and Millie Horton got involved in the fight to raise awareness and funds since their Mother got MS before they were born and had to watch her get worse as they grew up feeling scared and frustrated.

 

Carol Langsford and her husband lost their daughter Trish to MS. They had to stand by and see their daughter change from a  young athlete to someone residing in a nursing home in just a few years.

 

Trish was totally paralysed and spent the last four years of her life in palliative care being fed artificially before passing.

Visit World MS Day for more information here.

Wear White at Work Day For Suicide And Mental Illness

Today Is Wear White at Work Day For Suicide And Mental Illness

Suicide And Mental Illness

Wear White at Work Day For Suicide And Mental Illness is an opportunity to show your support for people carrying the silent killer around all day every day.

Depression can stem from literally hundreds of situations.

 

Being bullied at school, sports or work.

 

The loss of a pet.

 

An accumulation of events throughout life. These small events may be insignificant in themselves but they can add up to a lot.

If you suffer from this terrible affliction, there is help available.

Suicide And Mental Illness

In Australia we also have an RUOK? Day. The thing is, you can ask someone that question on any day in the year.

 

If you know someone whose mood has changed recently, just ask “how are doing?”

Remember, someone experiencing difficulty in dealing with life may feel that they are worthless, insignificant etc. Just by asking the question may give them the small boost needed to seek help.

Suicide And Mental Illness

The best place to seek help is with your GP. You can even go to a GP that has never seen you before if it will help you overcome any embarrassment. Remember though, there is no reason to be embarrassed. No matter what you tell a GP, they are equipped to help you.

International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

This Week Is International Week of Solidarity with thePeoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

International Week of Solidarity

It was in 1946 that many UN Members identified a problem. There was a number of Territories under the administration of the UN that were not self-governing. The UN then placed them on a list.

 

Countries that administ Non-Self-Governing Territories are referred to as administering powers. Due to decolonization over time, most Territories were removed from this list.

International Week of Solidarity

Chapter XI of the UN Charter or the “Declaration regarding Non-Self-Governing Territories” is designed to ensure that those countries administering these territories make the welfare of the people the top priority.

There are seventeen countries classed as Non-Self-Governing Territories

Chapter XI of the UN Charter - the Declaration regarding Non-Self-Governing Territories

As you can see below, there are some administrated by the UK, USA, France and New Zealand.

 

The data from this table was obtained from United Nations Secretariat 2017 Working Papers on NSGTs, and for Western Sahara, from UNdata, (http://data.un.org).

  1. Spain is now exempted from admisistration.

TERRITORY

Administration

Area (sq.km.)

Population

AFRICA

   

Western Sahara

Spain 1

266,000

584,000

ATLANTIC AND CARIBBEAN

   

Anguilla

United Kingdom

96

15,700

Bermuda

United Kingdom

53.35

61,695

British Virgin Islands

United Kingdom

153

28,200

Cayman Islands

United Kingdom

264

60,413

Falkland Islands (Malvinas)3

United Kingdom

12,173

2,500

Montserrat

United Kingdom

103

5,000

St. Helena

United Kingdom

310

5,691

Turks and Caicos Islands

United Kingdom

948.2

37,910

United States Virgin Islands

United States

352

103,700

EUROPE

   

Gibraltar

United Kingdom

5.8

33,140

PACIFIC

   

American Samoa

United States

200

60,200

French Polynesia4

France

3,600

271,800

Guam

United States

540

159,358

New Caledonia5

France

18,575

268,767

Pitcairn

United Kingdom

35.5

39

Tokelau

New Zealand

12.2

1,499

Today Marks The Abolition of Slavery

Today Is Abolition of Slavery Day For Guadeloupe

Abolition of Slavery

Guadeloupe is an island in the Caribbean. The Caribbean, in general, struggled to end slavery. It was eventually abolished completely in 1848.

Around 25% of the worlds children are still in slavery. There is about 12.5% of people trapped into prostitution which is not a lifestyle choice for them.

Labour slavery exists too. Sweat shops overseas making cheap clothing and shoes for the western market is one example, but there are reports of slavery for things like farming and brick making.

aboliton of slavery

These slavery statistics come from the U.N. International Labor Organization, Walk Free and the International Organization for Migration (credit to www.freetheslaves.net/)

Today is Dracula Day

Today Is Dracula Day. Better get to the shop and buy some garlic before they run out.

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How many of you grew up watching the Hammer House Of Horror movies? Christopher Lee was great as Dracula and we had the wonderful Peter Cushing as Van Helsing the wooden stake wielding vampire hunter.

Then the next generation had Buffy The Vampire Slayer with Sarah Michelle Gellar in the title role. She has a Watcher, Rupert Giles played by Anthony Stewart Head. She is aided by her friend that she meets at Sunnydale High, Willow Rosenberg, played by Alyson Hannigan.

dracula day

The legend of Dracula is thought by some to be based on Vlad The Impaler who was prince of Wallachia, second son to Vlad Dracul, who took up the rule of Wallachia in 1436.

dracula day

Vlad III was known as Vlad the Impaler in Romania. This is due to the use of impalement that was his favorite method for executing criminals.

As an example of the cruelty under his reign he is reputed to have nailed the turbans of Turkish messengers to their heads with three large metal spikes. Simply because they did not want to remove them in his presence (they wore them because of an ancient custom).

Today Is Brother Day

Today Is Brother Day. So tell the kids to "play nice." Just like these very cute puppies.

brother day

It is a fair bet that you cannot physically remember the way you gave your little brother a really gentle hug when Mum first brought him home.

brother day

Or even the days you spent together after school climbing trees.

brother day

So what changed?

Dont get me wrong, I am not saying that all teenage brothers do not get o with each other. I know two boys who still do fun things as adults.

 

When was the last time you did something nice for your brother just because?

 

Stop being at loggerheads.

brother day

A little bit of brothery love could make a huge difference to your brothers life this brother day. Even if it is as simple a gesture as giving a gift of his favourite fruit or lolly.

We are all too caught up in the modern version of “keeping up with the Jones’s and buying gifts we cannot really afford. Like this drone.

 

Remember the old adage “Its the thought that counts”

cheap drones

Send your brother a text for Brothers Day. He is more likely to be in a good mood for the rest of the day rather than think that you are soft in the head.

brother day
brother day

Spread the love. Go on, you know you want to.

Today is also Snail Day. Yay!

 

It is also Tiara Day and Aviation Maintenance Technician Day.

brother day

Today Is Turtle Day

Today Is Turtle Day. No not The Mutant Ninja Variety

turtle day

Every body loves cute things, and Turtle Day is a lovely celebration of these lovable marine beauties.

Turtles have lived in our waters for some 100 million years (will be as resilient?). In Australia we have the Green Turtle, the Flatback Turtle, the Hawksbill Turtle, The Leatherback Turtle, the Loggerhead Turtle and the Olive Ridley turtle.

The turtles life starts in a very hard way. After  digging their way to the surface they make the perilous journey to the water. More than 90% of hatchlings are eaten by predators.

If they make it past the seabirds at the beach they have to contend with large fish, ghost crabs and even Killer Whales.

All six species found in Australia are protected. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in coastal areas of northern Australia are, however, allowed to hunt them as they represent important social and cultural values for them.

The Green Turtles that nest along the Western Australian coast migrate from feeding grounds as far flung as Indonesia, Queensland, the Northern Territory. Plus Shark Bay in Western Australia.

 

Turtles come on shore to nest between mid-late October and late March-early April with a peak in late December-early January.

While immature animals can be carnivorous, Green Turtles adults feed mostly on seagrasses and algae. Shark Bay is the most southerly area for turtles hunting food sources.

turtle day

Hatching Loggerhead Turtles can be seen on the beaches of Dirk Hartog Island off the coast of Denham, Shark Bay. Loggerheads are carnivorous.

Travel to Shark Bay is limited to car or tourist coach.

Today is also Title Track day. We have all been guilty of buying an album/CD based on one song so I guess this day is for all the one hit wonders.

Today is also Luck Penny day.

Today is Goth Day

Today Is World Goth Day. Connect with your inner Goth

goth day

After the demise of the Punk movement (OK some Punk bands survived eg Green Day), there was a new subculture that sprung up in England in the 1980’s named “Goth”.

The Cure were a Goth styled post-punk band whose lyrics were often rather dark. Another group of the same era is Siouxsie and the Banshees.

This Goth subculture is not only present in music, but also the way people dress and the style of makeup used by both genders.

 

Musically Goth’s prefer death metal, new wave and gothic rock.

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Who said Goth's never smile?

Perhaps surprisingly the group “The Doors” are these days thought of as a Gothic Rock band.

 

The lead singer of the doors, Jim Morrison, who was also a poet, is remembered as a troubled man who became addicted to alcohol and died at the young age of 27.

 

The actual cause of his death is unknown.

The Goth movement gains inspiration from various areas such as B movies, vampire cults, and dark science films such as Blade Runner.

 

They are also inspired by Gothic architecture.

gothic church

There is a genre of fiction writing combining romance with dark elements creating a story that encompasses terror, horror, the supernatural etc.

 

These books are often set in gloomy surroundings like graveyards or the ruins of castles or catherdrals.

You can check out Australias Goth Day Events on FB here.

To find out about events in your country go to the World Goth Day Site

Today is also Sherlock Holmes Day and Maritime Day.