Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Big Dango Family

This song translated as "Big Dumpling Family" appears at the end of each eposide of the anime Clannad and I feel isn't just very Kawaii but does capture the feel of what a family is.

Dango, dango, dango, dango, dango daikazoku

Dango, dango, dango, dango, dango, Big Dango Family

Yancha na yaki dango yasashii an dango

A mischievous roasted dango, a kind sweet bean dango

Minna, Minna, awasete hyakunin kazoku

Gather them all up and it’s a family of a hundred

Akachan dango ha itsumo shiawase no naka de

A baby dango is always cradled in happiness

Toshiyori dango ha me wo hosometeru

An old dango gazes with squinty eyes

Nakayoshi dango te wo tsunagi ookina marui wa ni naruyo

The dango friends will all hold hands and form a big circle

Machi wo tsukuri dango boshi no ue minna de warai auyo

They’ll found a village on a dango planet and all smile together

Usagi mo sora de te wo futte miteru dekkai otsuki-sama

The rabbits are waving their hands from the big moon

Ureshii koto kanashii koto mo zenbu marumete

Roll up all the happy and sad things…

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

Run, Caro, Run

As we get very much in that twilight period of late Fall toward Christmas my thoughts happen to be elsewhere not least with that business I talked about  two month ago as I'm working toward a phased return to duties that should see me formally hand over the reigns so I can leave the authority in dignified professional way even though how I had been treated by members that lead to this was anything but.
I keep thinking about my first love when it comes to school games, Rounders, as I'm slowly recovering as while with my disabilities being able to bat and run wasn't easy I enjoyed taking part, encouraged in it by people that were prepared to stand up for me.
I have now a PE skirt and top that I wear on warmer days although what I'd truly love to do is find a Rounders club where I could play not on league basis but just for the company and exercise.

Wednesday, 1 November 2006

All Saints Day

All Saints Day 2006

All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows' Day or Hallowmas) is the day after All Hallows' Eve (Halloween). It is a feast day celebrated on November 1st by Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
It is an opportunity for followers to remember all saints and martyrs throughout Christian history. As part of this day of obligation, followers are required to attend church and try not to do any servile work.
Remembering saints and martyrs and dedicating a specific day to them each year has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but until 609AD when Pope Boniface IV designated May 13th to remember all martyrs was there a designated day.
Over 200 years later, in 837AD, Pope Gregory IV extended the festival to remember all the saints and set November 1st as the date.
All Souls' Day directly follows All Saints' Day and is an opportunity for Anglicans and Roman Catholics to commemorate the faithful departed.