Thursday 27 November 2014

Reasons to be cheerful Part 27/11

привітання Ukraine, Bonjour La Belle France.  It's Thanksgiving in America. The painting on the left is Norman Rockwell's Freedom from Want which was inspired by a State of the Union address to Congress, in January 1941, by President FD Roosevelt.  Roosevelt identified Four Freedoms that needed to be achieved for a better world. "The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world".  On the right is one of dozens of parodies of the painting - not all of them so nostalgic or insular. I hope you have enough to eat . . . but not too much.  Every year at this time, I try to reflect on the many reasons I have to be cheerful.  It's a little easier here in Ireland where Thanksgiving with turkey and all the trimmings [T+T+ttttt] is being celebrated elsewhere:  I don't feel obliged to invite Daft Auntie May and her disagreeable husband to dinner.  Cue Ian Dury:
"A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it
you're welcome we can spare it ... yellow socks"

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