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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
29th March 1999: The Opening of the Royal Albert Hall
In 1851, the Great Exhibition (for which the Crystal Palace was built) was held in Hyde Park, London. The exhibition was a great success and inspired Prince Albert, the Prince Consort, to propose the creation of a permanent series of facilities for the enlightenment of the public in the area, which came to be known as Albertopolis. The Exhibition's Royal Commission bought Gore House and its grounds (on which the Hall now stands) on the advice of the Prince. Progress on the scheme was slow and in 1861 Prince Albert died, without having seen his ideas come to fruition. However, a memorial was proposed for Hyde Park, with a Great Hall opposite.
The proposal was finally approved and the site was purchased with some of the profits from the Exhibition. Once the remaining funds had been raised, in April 1867 Queen Victoria signed the Royal Charter of the Corporation of the Hall of Arts and Sciences which was to operate the Hall and on 20 May, laid the foundation stone. The Hall was designed by civil engineers Captain Francis Fowke and Major-General Henry Y.D. Scott of the Royal Engineers and built by Lucas Brothers. The designers were heavily influenced by ancient amphitheatres, but had also been exposed to the ideas of Gottfried Semper while he was working at the South Kensington Museum.
The recently opened Cirque d'Hiver in Paris was seen in the contemporary press as the design to outdo. The Hall was constructed mainly of Fareham Red brick, with terra cotta block decoration made by Gibbs and Canning Limited of Tamworth. The dome (designed by Rowland Mason Ordish) on top was made of wrought iron and glazed. There was a trial assembly made of the iron framework of the dome in Manchester, then it was taken apart again and transported to London via horse and cart. When the time came for the supporting structure to be removed from the dome after re-assembly in situ, only volunteers remained on site in case the structure dropped. It did drop – but only by five-sixteenths of an inch. The Hall was scheduled to be completed by Christmas Day 1870 and the Queen visited a few weeks beforehand to inspect progress.
The official opening ceremony of the Hall was on 29 March 1871. A welcoming speech was given by Edward, the Prince of Wales; Queen Victoria was too overcome to speak.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Paper Run
Quality Son Time
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
After a bonus quality day with Missus and successful client session, something completely follows with a quality day with Son - planned by him - and starting once he's got up!
I never cease to be fascinated at how my relationships with my children have had such extremely divergent outcomes, when after all I'm the same guy. Since Missus adores me and Son calls me his best friend, one has to conclude that 2/3 aint bad. Clearly my personality gels with some and clashes horribly with others. Again, since I'm always just me, it must be to do with THEM - the stuff going on in their heads.
This Yin-Yang experience, which also runs through all other aspects of my life, has led to attitudes of Gratitude, Defiance and Acceptance. I confine my focus to fertile ground, where my talents and abilities are best received and have the best effect. The rest can kiss my ass and will be aggressively repulsed!
With those who like me, I still have to be gentle. Everyone has raw nerves and it is courtesy once you know them not to tread on them. Though I like to treat Son as a mate, there is a limit to the banter that can be exchanged. His confidence is fragile and still needs some nurturing and strengthening. As my own confidence and self-esteem has risen, I have increasingly understood the importance of tenderness to even the hardest if they are receptive to your wisdom.
I guess for every fish there is a pond just right for them. I have found mine and every day swim around in it gratefully.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you in the place that's best for you?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
995 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Meaningless statistics are up 17% today
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
QI - Reginald D Hunter on Marmite
On the whole, boy babies are slightly heavier than girl babies. The average weight of a newborn boy is 7 lbs. 10 oz. while that of a newborn girl is 7 lbs. 2 oz.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Happiness is not something far away. It is to be found neither in fame nor in popularity. When you live with integrity, your hearts begin to fill with a happiness as vast as the universe. It’s about being true to yourself and starting from where you are.