This week we were (more or less) on holiday in Winchester…
19th August 2013
Celebration: National Aviation Day (USA)
Mission: Make a paper aeroplane
Notes: Established in 1939, National Aviation Day falls on Orville Wright’s birthday, who was born on this day in 1871. Orville, along with his brother Wilbur, created the first aeroplane that could successfully fly. Today our car broke, that was far more down to earth.
20th August 2013
Celebration: Sylvester McCoy’s Birthday
Mission: Watch some not-so-vintage Doctor Who
Notes: Sylvester McCoy, the 7th Doctor, was born in Scotland on this day in 1943. The old car is dead… carried off for scrap… but the good news is we got a new (second hand) car – introducing: Rover75:
21st August 2013
Celebration: Liam Howlett’s Birthday
Mission: Dance to the Prodigy
Notes: Liam Howlett, the mastermind behind rave/big beat/dance act the Prodigy, was born in Braintree, Essex on this day in 1971. Today we went to Peppa Pig World!
22nd August 2013
Celebration: Battle of Bosworth Field (1485)
Mission: Watch The Blackadder’s take on events
Notes: King Richard III died in battle on this day in 1485, marking the end of the Wars of the Roses and passing the crown to his enemy Henry Tudor, AKA “The Seventh”. According to the first episode of The Blackadder, originally broadcast in June 1983, Richard III (Peter Cook) was killed by his own grandson Edmund (Rowan Atkinson) in a misunderstanding over a horse, and the crown was passed down to Richard’s son: Richard IV (Brian Blessed).
23rd August 2013
Celebration: Black Ribbon Day (Baltic States)
Mission: Wear a black ribbon
Status: Complete… well black tie. It is a Friday Tieday after all.
Notes: In remembrance of victims of Stalinism & Nazism
24th August 2013
Celebration: Nostalgia Night (Uruguay)
Mission: Watch something in black and white
Notes: First celebrated in 1978, Nostalgia Night is held the evening before Uruguy’s Independence Day.
25th August 2013
Celebration: Soldier’s Day (Brazil)
Mission: Visit the National Army Museum
Notes: Dia do Soldaro is Brazil’s version of Armed Forces Day.