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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
5th April 1847: Birkenhead Park -The World's First Public Park Opens
In 1841 an Improvement Commission – part of Birkenhead's local government – proposed the idea of a municipal park. A Private Act of Parliament allowed it to use public money to buy 226 acres of marshy grazing land on the edge of Birkenhead. Plots of land on the edge of the proposed park were then sold off in order to finance its construction. Although some large houses and private villas were initially built by local merchants and wealthier business people, the Long Depression in the latter 19th century would mean that many plots remained undeveloped well into early 20th century.
The Improvement Commission chose Paxton to design the park and Edward Kemp as the works supervisor because both had previously worked on redesigning the gardens at Chatsworth House. The park, which took five years to build, was designed to be natural and informal rather than a structured neatly arranged urban garden. Several miles of drainage pipes were lain to remove the water from the marshy land. The park also led to the diversion of Old Bidston Road and the loss of a direct route between Claughton and Woodside. During construction, hundreds of tonnes of stone and earth was moved to create well-drained terraces, hills, rockeries and lakes. Paxton planted numerous trees and shrubs at various places so visitors would enjoy the surprise of unexpected views or hidden features as they wandered through the park. Buildings included the Swiss Bridge, Boathouse, Norman Lodges, Gothic Lodge, Castellated Lodge and Italian Lodge. The Grand Entrance, which is one of several into the park, was built to look like a classical triumphal arch. As many as 10,000 people attended the official opening in 1847.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Paper Run
Business Promotional Work
Twitter Followers = 2,118 (up 2)
Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 0
Followed unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 2
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
After neither of Monday's sessions turned into more business, for different reasons I don't feel disappointed at all. I now have two free days after quite a busy period. I intend to use them wisely, investing in both business and relationships.
My Dark Side could not resist a smirk when after a flash of consideration last week, ex-Daughter returned to her narcissistic best. A phone conversation between Missus and ex-Daughter mainly comprises of the former reassuring the latter that she didn't mean anything bad and generally soothing her ego, when what a caring Daughter would do of course would be concerned how her severely mentally ill mother is doing.
These days I find it reassuring when ex-Daughter exhibits her narcissistic normality - it makes choices simple. If she were to suddenly exhibit a rash of sacrificial caring, this would throw established paradigms into confusion, reality would blur and unwanted hope, now reassuringly dead, may resurrect itself. My well-structured reality map requires her to remain reassuringly horrid.
On the personal front, with intuitive thinking and total internal silence now well-established, my next goal is ultra-sharp focus. Every conscious moment, I want focus to be in the most useful place, and with focus on focus itself, I am supremely confident. Once I have focus to heel, I will be able to wield some SERIOUS power! I am very much enjoying this part of the movie, and we'll see how the plot unfolds.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is your mind where you want it to be?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
1003 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Revenge is dish best served on someone's toothbrush. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Ronnie Corbett - The Parrott Joke
Countless excellent phrases, now commonly used, occur first in Shakespeare, including one fell swoop, vanish into thin air, play fast and loose, be in a pickle, foul play, tower of strength, flesh and blood, be cruel to be kind, and with bated breath.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Happiness doesn’t exist on the far side of distant mountains. It is within you, yourself. Not you, however, sitting in idle passivity. It is to be found in the vibrant dynamism of your own life as you struggle to challenge and overcome one obstacle after another, as you clamber up a perilous ridge in pursuit of that which lies beyond.