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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Introduction of B for B&B

Thinking of B turned my mind directly in the direction of "Bread and Butter", but even better:"B&B!

I don't know if you have ever seen the program about B&B on BBC? Well we have a similar series on Dutch TV.  It's interesting to see what a B&B owner has to do and how high the standards are. Everything has to be "spick-and-span"! Well, not necessarily new, but clean! The shower has to be as comfortable as possible and absolutely not slippery.
It is nice if there are coffee and tea making fascilities.
In May I had my first B&B experience in my own country. It was nice and very clean. I could make coffee or tea. The shower was exactly as it should be, only not on the same floor as the bedroom. The breakfast was really very good and tasty. The owners were very nice people.
My first B&B was in a beautiful city. I hope to return one day.



The street of the B&B



The view from my window: a quant old street of a medieval town




 

 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with B. Don't forget to refer to ABC Wednesday and to the new logo.

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Introduction of Alpha.


Alpha (uppercase Α, lowercase α; Greek: Άλφα Álpha) is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 1. It was derived from the Phoenician letter aleph Aleph. Letters that arose from alpha include the Latin A and the Cyrillic letter А.


In English, the noun "alpha" is used as a synonym for "beginning", or "first" (in a series), reflecting its Greek roots.

In "Brave New World "( Aldous Huxley) people are divided in groups from highly intelligent and well- educated humans to the people who are more or less considered to be stupid, simple-minded, retarded ones. Being an Alpha means that you belong to the highest class, the most intelligent one.
Amazing, but now I come to think of it: I don't know any European language that doesn't start with an A.
 Hebrew starts with Alef. But how are the Asian languages? Do they have an alphabetical system like ours?
I also remember that we used alpha, bèta, gamma and delta in mathematics. Well I shan't make this too complicated. You will by now understand that Alpha is an important letter. An Alpha male among a group of animals is often the leader.


 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with A.

And as Roger always asks:Remember: if you participate with us, please link to and mention us in your post.



Monday, 7 July 2014

Z is for ZONE


ZONE is an interesting word in that it means a lot of different things, many of which apply to ABC Wednesday:

There are time ZONES. I don't know how many are represented by our participants - I'm in US Eastern, where are you? - but it's the variation across the globe that has ABC Wednesday start on Tuesday for many of us, because it IS Wednesday - in New Zealand!

We live in different weather ZONES. Some are in the temperate ZONE; others are in places more torrid or frigid.

Don't know about you, but when I write, I need to be IN THE ZONE, that sweet spot that allows for creativity, defined as "a mental state attained by a person fully immersed in some activity."

In basketball and American football, there's something called the ZONE defense in which a defender covers an area of the court or the field. We do the same sort of thing at ABC Wednesday. One person in our group will visit the first dozen or so participants who post through the Linky device, another the next dozen, etc. And we like to mix it up, so that different people are covering different ZONES each week, when possible.

And ABCW itself is a ZONE, an area of diverse interests, uniquely shared together. This ZONE has the ability to create relationships, even friendships, as we discover the commonality of us all.

It is my fervent hope that you remain in our communication ZONE designed by Denise Nesbitt seven years ago. Bring along others, because this is not meant to be a restrictive ZONE, but an inclusive one.

Round 15, with the letter A, starts next week!


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Monday, 30 June 2014

Y is for YEAST

YEAST makes bread rise, and beverages, such as wine and beer, ferment. From the Wikipedia:
The word "yeast" comes from Old English gist, gyst, and from the Indo-European root yes-, meaning "boil", "foam", or "bubble"'. Yeast microbes are probably one of the earliest domesticated organisms.
A friend of mine really likes the word YEASTY, meaning "marked by change; full of vitality."

It occurred to me that YOU, people of ABC Wednesday, are the YEAST of this project. YOU make it rise like a loaf of bread. YOU give it that YUMMINESS like a glass of wine.

Because YOU say YES to participating, YES to visiting others. Some of YOU say YES to writing these pithy intros or designing logos.

YOU make ABC Wednesday YEASTY. Thank YOU.


(Picture from HERE)

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