31 December 2013

12 grapes

If you wish to give a very traditional end to 2013 with a Spanish touch, you have to eat twelve grapes at twelve o'clock at night.

It is said that in 1909 there was a surplus of grapes in Alicante (Spain) and someone came up with the idea of  eating a grape for each stroke of the bell at twelve at night. Certainly, that was an excellent idea to encourage people to eat grapes and, little by little, what started as a local tradition ended up in a national tradition, and a must to most Spaniards.

If you wish to try, there are three very simple steps to follow:

- Switch on any Spanish channel at 1200 pm. If you do not have a TV but you have a computer at hand, get connected here: canal via Internet.
- Prepare twelve grapes.
- You must eat a grape for each stroke of the the bell.

That's it! Some say that if you do so, 2014 will be an excellent year full of health, money and love for you :)

21 December 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014


I wish you in tenths of different languages a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014! 

Español - Felices Pascuas y Feliz Año Nuevo
English - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Polish - Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku
Afrikaans - Geseende Kerfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar
Amharic - Melkam Yelidet Beaal
Arabic - I'D Miilad Said ous Sana Saida


 Armenian - Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri - Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Bahasa Malaysia - Selamat Hari Natal
Basque - Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bengali - Shuvo Baro Din - Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Bohemian - Vesele Vanoce
Brazilian - Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo
Breton - Nedeleg laouen na bloav ezh mat
Bulgarian - Vasel Koleda; Tchesti nova godina!
Catalan - Bon nadal i feliç any nou!
Cantonese - Seng Dan Fai Lok, Sang Nian Fai Lok
Choctaw - Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Cornish - Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Corsican - Pace e salute
Crazanian - Rot Yikji Dol La Roo 
Cree - Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Creek - Afvcke Nettvcakorakko
Croatian - Sretan Bozic
Czech - Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish - Glaedelig Jul
Duri - Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak
Dutch - Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Egyptian - Colo sana wintom tiebeen
Eskimo - Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!  
Espańol - Feliz Navidad y Próspero Ańo Nuevo
Esperanto - Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian - Rőőmsaid Jőulupühi
Euskera - Zorionak eta Urte Berri On
Faeroese - Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!
Farsi - Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish - Hyvää Joulua or Hauskaa Joulua
Flemish - Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
French - Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!
Frisian - Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
Gaelic - Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath
ur
Galician - Bon Nadal e Ano Novo
German - Froehliche Weihnachten und ein gluckliches Neues Jahr!
Greek - Kala Christougenna Kieftihismenos O Kenourios Chronos
Hausa - Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Hawaiian - Mele Kalikimaka & Hauoli Makahiki Hou
Hebrew - Mo'adim Lesimkha. Shana Tova
Hindi - Shub Naya Baras
Hungarian - Kellemes Karacsonyiunnepeket & Boldog Új Évet
Icelandic - Gledileg Jol og Farsaelt Komandi ar!
Indonesian - Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi - Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah 
Irish -Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian - Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Japanese - Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Jčrriais - Bouan Noué et Bouanne Année
Jiberish -Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
Korean - Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Krio - Appi Krismes en Appi Niu Yaa
Latin - Natale hilare et Annum Nuovo!
Latvian - Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!
Lausitzian - Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
Lithuanian - Linksmu Kaledu
Low Saxon -Heughliche Winachten un 'n moi Nijaar
Macedonian -Streken Bozhik
Malay - Selamat Hari Natal
Malayalam - Puthuvalsara Aashamsakal
Maltese - Nixtieklek Milied tajjeb u is-sena t-tabja!
Mandarin - Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Manx - Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori - Meri Kirihimete
Marathi - Shub Naya Varsh
Mongolian - Zul saryn bolon shine ony mend devshuulye
Norwegian - God Jul og Godt Nyttĺr
Occitan - Polit nadal e bona annada
Oriya - Sukhamaya christmass ebang khusibhara naba barsa
Papiamento - Bon Pasco
Papua New Guinea - Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Pashto - De Christmas akhtar de bakhtawar au newai kal de mubarak sha.
Pennsylvania German - En frehlicher Grischtdaag unen hallich Nei Yaahr!
Portuguese - Boas Festas e um feliz Ano Novo
Punjabi - Nave sal di mubaraka
Pushto - Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
Rapa-Nui - Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi.
Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Rhetian - Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn
Romanche - Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!
Rumanian - Hristos s-a Nascut si Anul Nou Fericit 
Russian - Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Sami - Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan - La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Sardinian - Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Scots Gaelic - Nollaig chridheil huibh
Serbian -Hristos se rodi
Serb-Croatian - Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina
Singhalese - Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Sorbian - Wjesole hody a strowe Nowe leto.
Somali - ciid wanaagsan iyo sanad cusub oo fiican. 
Slovakian - Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
Slovak - Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene - Vesele bozicne praznike in srecno novo leto
Spanish - Feliz Navidad y Próspero Ańo Nuevo
Swahili - şKrismas Njema Na Heri Za Mwaka Mpyaş
Swedish - God Jul och Gott Nytt Ĺr
Sudanese - Wilujeng Natal Sareng Warsa Enggal 
Tagalog - Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon
Tamil - Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Thai - Suksan Wan Christmas lae Sawadee Pee Mai
Tok Pisin - Meri Krismas & Hepi Nu Yia
Tongan - Kilisimasi Fiefia & Ta'u fo'ou monu ia
Trukeese - Neekirissimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
Turkish - Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun 
Ukrainian - Veseloho Vam Rizdva i Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku!
Urdu - Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese - Chuc Mung Giang Sinh - Chuc Mung Tan Nien
Welsh - Nadolig LLawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Xhosa - Siniqwenelela Ikrisimesi EmnandI Nonyaka Omtsha Ozele Iintsikelelo Namathamsanqa
Yayeya - Krisema
Yoruba - E ku odun, e hu iye' dun!
Zulu - Sinifesela Ukhisimusi Omuhle Nonyaka Omusha Onempumelelo

9 December 2013

The poetical works of John Milton

A few weeks ago I went to Aberdeen to visit a friend. Apart from having a beer in good company, we love spending time in second-hand bookstores, and although we could not find many, we saw one pretty close to the city center.

What a surprise when I saw a book in blue cover entitled: "The Poetical Works of John Milton". I opened it and on the first page I read: "From Lily, Christmas 1908". While I was thumbing through Paradise Lost,   I noticed that there were beautiful pictures signed by A.A.Dixon 1903 all over it.

Price: 2 pounds.

There are books that are priceless.
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