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C stands for CATS

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I just love cats they are so cute! As so many people know I have a much loved cat called 'Princess Chloe'. She is the light of my life, wherever I am in the house she is never far from my side, except when she slopes off to a suitable warm place for her afternoon nap. When I am tapping away on my keyboard she curls up on my lap, occasionally making her input by tapping the keyboard.Princess Chloe aged 13 years. FamousCats. T. S. Lewis. wrote the most enchanting stories about Cats, his book called 'Old Possums Book of Practical  Cats' was turned into a musical and called CATS which was a smash hit worldwide. Who can forget the celebrated singer and actress, Elaine Page's wonderful performance of   'Memory' in Cats'. This recording launched her into a fabulous, enduring career, she went on to star in Evita, Chess  and many more wonderful Lloyd Webber music.
Macavity by T S Lewis.

Macavity is a mystery cat : he's called the hidden paw - For  he's…

B stands for Hilaire Belloc

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Hilaire Belloc has to be amongst my favourite poets I particularly liked his funny poems, here is one of them it is called.......Rebecca Who Slammed Doors For Fun And Perished Miserably.
A trick that everyone abhors In little girls is slamming doorsA wealthy banker's little daughter Who lived in Palace green, Bayswater (By name Rebecca Offendort) Was given to this furious sportShe would deliberately go And slam the doors like billy-o!to make her Uncle Jacob start, She was not really badat heart, But only rather rude and wild; She was an aggravating child....It happened that a marble bustof Abraham was standing just

   Above the door this little lamb Had carefully prepared to slam, And down it came! It knocked her flat! It laid her out ! She looked like that.Her funeral sermon (which was long And followed by a sacred song) Mentioned her virtues, it is true, But dwelt upon her vices too, And showed the dreadful end of one Who goes and slams the door for fun.
Hilaire  Belloc  1870 -1953…

A stands for Archimedes

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Archimedes was born c.287 B.C. in Syracuse Sicily. He was an ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer inventor and astronomer.Little is known of his early life and it is not known whether he married or had children. His father's name was Phidias and was an astronomer, little is known of him and his life.An amusing anecdote about Archimedes tells of how he invented a method for determining the volume of an object with an irregular shape.Avotivecrown for King Hiero, who had supplied the pure gold to be used and Archimedes was asked to determine whether some silver had been substituted by the dishonest goldsmith. Archimedes had to solve the problem without damaging the crown so he could not melt it down into a regular shaped body in order to calculate it's density.
Whilst taking a bath he noticed that the level of the water rose when he got in, and realised that this effect could be used to determine the volume of the crown. His theory was proved that the density was lower…

The deaths of Zachariah and his wife The Righteous Elizabeth

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The Deaths of Zachariah and his wife The righteous Elizabeth as reported  in THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA. Prophet Zachariah the father of St John the BaptistCommemorated on September 5Troparion & KontakionThe Holy Prophet Zachariah and the Righteous Elizabeth were the parents of the holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John. They were descended from the lineage of Aaron: St Zachariah, son of Barach, was a priest in the Jerusalem Temple, and St Elizabeth was the sister of St Anna, the mother of the Most Holy Theotokos. The righteous spouses, “walking in all the commandments of the Lord (Luke 1:6), suffered barrenness, which in those times was considered a punishment from God. Once, during his turn of priestly service in the Temple, St Zachariah was told by an angel that his aged wife would bear him a son, who “will be great in the sight of the Lord” (Luke 1:15) and “will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elias” (Luke 1:17). Zachariah doubted that this predict…

Z for Zachariah

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Zachariah was a prophet and the father of John The Baptist.
 His wife was the Righteous Elizabeth, it was thought that she was unable to bear children.
One day when Zachariah was in the temple an angel of the Lord appeared before him
and told him that his aged wife would bear a son who "will be great in the sight of the
Lord (Luke 1 : 15) and will go before him in the spirit and power of Elias" (Luke 1:17).
The prophet doubted that this prediction would come true and for his weakness of faith
he was punished by becoming mute.
When Elizabeth gave birth to a son, through the inspiration of the holy spirit, she announced that his name was John, although no one in their family had this name. When Zachariah was asked he wrote down the name of John on a tablet.. Immediately the gift of speech was returned to him, and inspired by the holy spirit he began to prophesy about his son as the forerunner of the Lord. .
King Herod knew about John's unusual birth, fearing that he was the …