Bob selects a gift and wouldn't you know...
Around and around we go
Did you know? - Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush: The rhyme is first recorded as a children's game by James Orchard Halliwell in the mid-nineteenth century. He also noted that there was a similar game with the lyrics 'Here we go round the bramble bush'. Some commentators believe that the bramble bush was the earlier version, and perhaps changed because of the difficulty of articulating the alliteration, not least because mulberries do not grow on bushes.
Halliwell noted that subsequent verses included: 'This is the way we wash our clothes', 'This is the way we dry our clothes', 'This is the way we mend our shoes', 'This is the way the gentlemen walk' and 'This is the way the ladies walk'.
The song and associated game is traditional, and has parallels in the Scandinavian languages and in Dutch (although the mulberry bush is replaced by a juniper bush in Scandinavia).
Donna demonstrates the limbo
Did you know? - Limbo is a popular form of contradancing that originated on the island of Trinidad, though Hawaii is often mistakenly associated with limbo. The dancer moves to a Caribbean rhythm, then leans backward and dances under a horizontal pole without touching it. Upon touching it or falling backwards, the dancer is "out". When several dancers compete, they travel in single file, and the stick is gradually lowered until only one dancer ? who has not touched either the pole or the floor ? remains.
In Jamaica, the trendy limbo music of the 1950s was often based on a rhythm played by the clave. It is also widely heard in Jamaican mento recorded in the 1950s, in songs such as "Limbo" by Lord Tickler and Calypsonians or "Limbo" by Denzil Laing & the Wrigglers, as well as many others songs not directly related to the limbo dance theme. Please note, however, that calypso music originates in Trinidad.
Meanwhile People Are Still Examining The Memories
Did you know? - The history of poker is the subject of some debate. One of the earliest known games to incorporate betting, hand rankings, and bluffing was the 15th century German game Pochspiel. Poker closely resembles the Persian game of As Nas, though there is no specific description of nas prior to 1890.
In the 1937 edition of Foster's Complete Hoyle, R. F. Foster wrote: "the game of poker, as first played in the United States, five cards to each player from a twenty-card pack, is undoubtedly the Persian game of as nas."
By 1990s some gaming historians including David Parlett started to challenge the notion that poker is a direct derivative of As Nas. There is evidence that a game called poque, a French game similar to poker, was played around the region where poker is said to have originated. The name of the game likely descended from the Irish Poca (Pron. Pokah) ('Pocket') or even the French poque, which descended from the German pochen ('to brag as a bluff' lit. 'to knock').
Yet it is not clear whether the origins of poker itself lie with the games bearing those names. It is commonly regarded as sharing ancestry with the Renaissance game of primero and the French brelan. The English game brag (earlier bragg) clearly descended from brelan and incorporated bluffing (though the concept was known in other games by that time).[
Del and Vicky join the fun
Irene and Herb
The Cakey-Pie Makes An Entrance
Getting some expert advice
Did you know? - A candle is a solid block of fuel (commonly wax) and an embedded wick, which is lit to provide light, and sometimes heat.
Today, most candles are made from paraffin. Candles can also be made from beeswax, soy and other plant waxes, and tallow (a by-product of beef-fat rendering). Gel candles are made from a mixture of paraffin and plastic.
The earliest known candles originated in China around 200 BC, and were made from whale fat. Candles did not appear in Europe until sometime after 400 AD, due largely to the availability of olive oil for burning in lamps. The early European candle was made from various forms of natural fat, tallow, and wax. In the 18th century, spermaceti, oil produced by the sperm whale, was used to produce a superior candle. Late in the 18th century, colza oil and rapeseed oil came into use as much cheaper substitutes.
Paraffin was first distilled in 1830, and revolutionized candle-making, as it was an inexpensive material which produced a high-quality, odorless candle that burned reasonably cleanly. The industry was devastated soon after, however, by the distillation of kerosene (confusingly also called paraffin oil or just paraffin).
Go get 'um, Windy!
Oxygen oxygen please!
The Music Begins
Help to the rescue
"Me?? I will take two please!!"
A little Break Dancing exhibit
Did you know? - Breakdancing has many steps!
- Apache Step (commonly known as Indian Step but is wrong because there are several indian steps)
- Uprock (not a toprock but bboys sometimes incorporate uprock movements)
- Side Step
- Bronx Rock
- Brooklyn Rock
- Power Step/Power Circle
- Power Step Hop
- Latin Rock (or Salsa Step)
- Derulo Rock
- Outlaw step
- Outlaw Dance
- Outlaw Spin
- Hip Twist
- 4 Corners (I believe is also called the kick step)
Another birthday celebration