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12 grapes

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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 :)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014

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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 - Af…

The poetical works of John Milton

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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.