Sorry – No Bad News Today!

Posted: 04/02/2013 in Vanuatu

good-newsThere are times when one gets a bit tired of reporting on negative stuff happening around the world. So, today’s post is a bit of a light-hearted and “good news” take on things. You’ll find the article here – “Sorry – No Bad News Today!”


The Icelandic Government has shown itself to have real “balls” when it comes to the rights and protection of its Citizens.

iceland FBI You may recall me writing about Iceland in a previous article…or not. Still, the point is that while we have strong people like this doing their thing, there’s always the chance and hope that they will inspire others to do likewise. Check out this story – I love it and hope you do too!


Remember this movie? A bit of a classic really.

Groundhog Day

Well, Punxsutawney Phil crawled out early Saturday morning (“Groundhog Day” ) in the US and did not see his shadow, signalling it will be an early spring.

Coming into this year, Phil had seen his shadow 100 times and had not seen it only 16 times since 1886, according to Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle. There are no records for the missing 10 years. The 15 members of the inner circle, clad in top hats and tuxedos, decide in advance whether to announce Phil has seen his shadow or not, even though the groundhog does the symbolic duty.

In Punxsutawney, which is about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, the groundhog annual makes his prediction on a hill known as Gobbler’s Knob. The event annually attracts more than 15,000 people and brought as many as 30,000 in the wake of the 1993 release of the Bill Murray classic movie “Groundhog Day,” according to the Inner Circle. 

The celebration dates to the early Christians in Europe, particularly the Germans, who were some of the earliest settlers of Pennsylvania and believed the groundhog’s intelligence was such that if the sun came out on Feb. 2 it would be smart enough to go back underground for another six weeks of winter. The first written observance of the tradition came in 1886 after it had earlier been conducted privately in wooded areas outside town.



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