Friday, 28 August 2009

Looking Back - Martin Luther King

On this day in 1963, The fight for racial equality in the United states moved a step closer to victory as Martin Luther king spoke of his dream for freedom in an address to thousands of Americans.
Reverend King was greeted with rapturous applause as he delivered his heart-felt words to a 250,000 strong crowd of civil rights protesters at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
He spoke of the need "to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice."
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character."
Martin Luther King
He promised that the struggle for equality would continue until "justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."
Reverend King, who had worked tirelessly for an end to to racial discrimination through non-violent means, spoke repeatedly of his dream for equality.
"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be engulfed, every hill shall be exalted and every mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
Dr King who is president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) first came to prominence in 1955 when he led a 382-day bus boycott in an attempt to end segregation on city buses.Since then he has endured numerous arrests, violent harassment and a bomb attack on his home. But his struggle continued and it was believed his speech would have a lasting impact on all who heard it.
The Rev. Martin Luther King spearheaded the campaign against segregation and racial discrimination in the United States. But his crusade was cut dramatically short, when he was assassinated on 4 April 1968 in the southern US city of Memphis, Tennessee, aged 39. He was shot in the neck by a rifle bullet as he stood on a balcony from where he was to lead a march of sanitation workers protesting against low wages and poor working conditions. James Earl Ray was convicted of his murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison. But he later retracted his confession and said he had been only a minor player in a conspiracy. However, his appeals for a new trial were rejected and he died in prison in 1998.

Bear With Me While I Get Outa Here

A bear was discovered stranded in a skateboarding
park in the Colorado town of Snowmass. Park staff
believe it stumbled in overnight and was unable to
climb the steep sloping concrete walls to escape.

Staff from the Parks and Recreation Department
placed a ladder for it to use - which it did eventually.

Bear sightings have been common in Colorado
mountains during this summer.

The bear wandered off, and no injuries to people
or bear were reported.
We like to bring you happy endings
through the pages of the Journal!

Brainteaser - Thursday's Answer

Below are the answers to Thursday's brainteaser puzzle. You were asked to work out the names of the birds using the ten codes. How did you get on?

01 R4 = Rook
02 P6 = Plover
03 S11 = Sparrowhawk
04 M7 = Mallard
05 C4 = Crow
06 B9 = Bullfinch
07 W4 = Wren
08 G5 = Goose
09 C9 = Cormorant
10 S4 = Swan

9/10 Excellent 7/8 Very Good 5/6 Good - Below 5 Not a natural naturist I'm afraid!

Today's Smile

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Funny Signs

In a New York restaurantBold: Customers who find our waitresses rude should see the manager.


In the window of an Oregon general store: Why go elsewhere to be cheated, when you can come here?


In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist: Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.


Notice in a Paris hotel elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk.


An advert in the 'Missoulian' by Orange Street Food Farm: Golden, Ripe Boneless Bananas.

Animal Crackers

Did You Know

'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'
uses every letter in the alphabet.

The words 'racecar' 'kayak' and 'level'
are the same whether read right to left
or left to right (palindromes).
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear
There are only four words in the English
Language that end in 'dous'
[tremendous, horrendous
stupendous and hazardous]
Is the longest word that can be made using
the letters only in one row of the keyboard.
Not many people know that!