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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
27th March 1871: The first international Rugby Union Match
The match resulted from a challenge issued in the sporting weekly Bell's Weekly on 8 December 1870 and signed by the captains of five Scottish clubs, inviting any team "selected from the whole of England" to a 20-a-side game to be played under the Rugby rules. The game was played at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, the home ground of Edinburgh Academicals, on 27 March 1871. The English team wore all white with a red rose on their shirts and the Scots brown shirts with a thistle and white cricket flannels. Three international matches played according to Association Football rules had already taken place at the Oval, London, in 1870 and 1871.
The team representing England was captained by Frederick Stokes of Blackheath, that representing Scotland was led by Francis Moncrieff; the umpires were Hely Hutchinson Almond, headmaster of Loretto College in Scotland, and A Ward from England.
The game, played over two halves, each of 50 minutes, was won by Scotland, who scored a goal with a successful conversion kick after grounding the ball over the goal line (permitting them to 'try' to kick a goal). Both sides achieved a further 'try' each, but failed to convert them to goals as the kicks were missed. Angus Buchanan was the first man to score a try in international rugby.
In a return match at the Kennington Oval, London, in 1872, England were the winners.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
Making Easter Lunch + Ironing
Lunch - clear kitchen
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Saturday at the Weekend Job whizzed by in its usual speedy manner and I have a busy Easter Sunday morning in prospect. It started with the "Double Whammy" of getting Missus up early for the Sunrise Service which is earlier still as the clocks happen to go forward on the same day. This afternoon I will be bypassing the trance-state of meditation and going into full-on stage 1 and 2 SLEEP to catch up.
Though I haven't been a Christian since 2009, for sake of Missus I still celebrate with her the two major Christian festivals and the resultant hassles of making an extra effort, although that is offset by my complete estrangement from extended family, so it's just three or increasingly just two of us as Son starts to live his own life.
I fully support Missus in her faith - I know that faith is very good for you and makes things happen. However, in my enlightened knowledge I know that the power of faith comes from the faith itself rather than the thing believed in. I too therefore have faith, but in my case it is entirely self-serving - I believe in myself and the guidance of my own intuition.
My new faith is a tailor-made fit, and avoids the many contradictions and conflicts of broader religious and political/philosophical faiths. My adoption of Nondualism is not so much a belief as a non-belief - I disbelieve the entire concept of "reality" and hold that the only known reality is consciousness itself. Since everything else is only a virtual reality, and the character of Gary Blonder simply a temporary avatar of consciousness, it is at liberty to define its own purpose.
The self-chosen purpose of this avatar is clear and unequivocal - to make a positive difference to that which is receptive and to pass on what I have learned to other receptive avatars. Immortality is found only in information. Having already passed on genes and memes, everything additionally passed on is a bonus! This avatar is consequently at "bonus info" stage!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What do you believe?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
You never really know if you're over someone until you're in the car and they're in the zebra crossing. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
QI - WW2 RAF pilots
The most decorated unit ever in U.S. history is the 442nd regimental Combat Team, whose motto was “Go for Broke.” It consisted of Japanese-American volunteers. Together they won 4,667 major medals, awards, and citations, including 560 Silver Stars (28 of which had oak-leaf clusters), 4,000 Bronze Stars, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, and one Medal of Honor, plus 54 other decorations. It also held the distinction of never having a case of desertion.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Everything depends on what is in our hearts. If we decide to ourselves that something is impossible, then, consistent with our minds in thinking so, even something that is possible for us will become impossible. On the other hand, if we have the confidence that we can definitely do something, then we are already one step closer to achieving it in reality.