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About me basically! I was born on a Sunday, the 5th April, 1964, so lets start with that shall we?

The Year of the Dragon

Year of the dragon

1964.

The lunar month of the dragon is  from 5 April - 5 May, depicting energy and confidence.

People born in the Year of the Dragon are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn. They are also honest, sensitive, brave, and they inspire confidence and trust. Dragon people are the most eccentric of any in the eastern zodiac. They neither borrow money nor make flowery speeches, but they tend to be soft-hearted which sometimes gives others an advantage over them. They are compatible with Rats, Snakes, Monkeys, and Roosters.

http://www.c-c-c.org/chineseculture/zodiac/Dragon.html

Sunday

Sunday replaced the Jewish Sabbath mainly in commemoration of Christ's Resurrection on this day. Already in NT times St Paul and the Christians of Troas assembled on the first day of the week ‘to break bread’ (Acts 20: 7), and in Rev. (1: 10) it is called ‘the Lord's day’.

The observance of Sunday as a day of rest began to be regulated by ecclesiastical legislation early in the 4th cent., and in 321 Constantine forbade townspeople to work on Sundays, though permitting farm labour. From the 6th to the 13th cent. ecclesiastical legislation became stricter, also enforcing attendance at Mass; it was supported by the infliction of severe penalties by the civil authorities. From the 13th cent. dispensations became common. According to current RC canon law, the faithful are normally obliged to hear Mass on Sunday or on the previous evening and to abstain from ‘work or business that would inhibit the worship to be given to God, the joy proper to the Lord's Day, or the due relaxation of mind and body’.

The Protestant Churches did not at first introduce special Sunday legislation, but the abuse of Sunday led to a reaction in some places and the development of Sabbatarianism (q.v.). In the 19th cent. Sunday was still mainly devoted to the duties of piety, but the secularization of life in the 20th cent. reduced its religious observance. Increased leisure in the Western world has been accompanied by pressure to abolish restrictions on both recreational and commercial activities on Sundays.

From: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church | Date: 2000 | Author: E. A. LIVINGSTONE

http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O95-Sunday.html

The old Poem by Mother Goose, Mondays Child, made its first appearance in 1887. While recent generations have grown up with the version in which, "Wednesday's child is full of woe," this rhyme appeared in a multi-part fictional story in a chapter appearing in Harper's Weekly. In that version "Friday's child is full of woe." In addition to Wednesday's and Friday's children's role reversal, the fates of Thursday's and Saturday's children was also exchanged and Sunday's child is "happy and wise" instead of "blithe and good".

Though uncertain, the traits assigned to each given day probably parallel traits assigned to planets, the Sun, and the Moon represented by the various Gods in Norse, Roman, and Greek mythology. For example, the English word Friday stems from Freyja, the Norse goddess of Love, hence the notion that children born on Fridays will become 'loving and giving.' In addition, the word for Friday in many Romance languages is derived from the word 'Venus', the Roman goddess of love and beauty; other days of the week follow accordingly.

See original piece for the remaining days, buts Sundays is - Is bonny and happy and wise and gay. (The Sabbath being Sunday, or the day of the sun, gives the attributes associated with the sun. Also the Sabbath, being the day to worship God in many Christian practices, could refer to God favouring those born on his holy day, or may also imply that those born on the Sabbath, a day when no one is supposed to work, go through life without having to work, or at least work hard or worry, and therefore are more happy.)

Adam Fox quotes the Elizabethan Thomas Nashe. Nashe recalled stories told to "yong folks" around a fire which included "tell[ing] what luck eurie one should have by the day of the weeke he was borne on". Nashe thus provides evidence for fortune telling rhymes of this type circulating in Suffolk in the 1570s (Fox 2000, 182).

This is the later version, which I have grown up knowing.

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace;
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go;
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for its living;
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

5th April - The Meaning Of

This is of course the start of the new Taxation year in the UK. The Tax Year in the UK, which applies to income tax and other personal taxes, runs from 6 April in one year to 5 April the next (for income tax purposes).

The odd dates are due to events in the mid-18th century. The English quarter days are traditionally used as the dates for collecting rents (on, for example, agricultural properties). The tax system was also based on a tax year ending on Lady Day (March 25). When the Gregorian calendar was adopted in the UK in September 1752 in place of the Julian calendar, the two were out of step by 11 days. However, it was felt unacceptable for the tax authorities to lose out on 11 days' tax revenues, so the start of the tax year was moved, firstly to 5 April and then, in 1800, to 6 April.

The tax year is sometimes also called the Fiscal Year. The Financial Year, used mainly for corporation tax purposes, runs from 1 April to 31 March.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxation_in_the_United_Kingdom

Top 5 baby names for 1964 in England and Wales

Girls' Names

  1. Susan
  2. Julie
  3. Karen
  4. Jacqueline
  5. Deborah
 

Boys' Names

  1. David
  2. Paul
  3. Andrew
  4. Mark
  5. John

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/pregnancy/naming/topnamespast/

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/family/146480/Baby-names-for-boys---1964

Your Name is No Accident!

Paul

ACROPHONOLOGY AND YOU

Acrophonology enables us to determine individualized energy patterns from a name. Letters are symbols for energy. They label the energies you possess. We will now explore your name for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy symbols to discover WHAT'S IN YOUR NAME ...

PAUL

You don't fair well under inharmonious conditions. You are very peace loving. You can get very upset when you are frustrated. You have much enthusiasm with a driving attitude toward achievement in life. You are soft hearted with a charitable nature. You have a diplomatic flair to your nature. Equality and fairness are important to you.

WILKINSON

Take advantage of all opportunities. You must develop your creativity and talents. You are determined to prove yourself to others. You have a diplomatic flair to your nature. Equality and fairness are important to you. You enjoy socializing and entertaining. You have good recuperative abilities. You are determined. You have highly developed intuitive abilities. You are relatively demonstrative in your affections. You enjoy being stroked verbally and physically. You take pleasure in your creative comforts. You can handle details well. You have a methodical mind. You can go to extremes in all you do. You try to be prudent. You have good business acumen. You want to be self-supporting. You have a sensuous nature, which you do not openly show. You have a great deal of loyalty to those you love. You have much inner strength. You tend to be private and secretive. You must learn to give 'wise' service and not be a martyr. You can go to extremes in all you do.

To find the meaning of your name go here - http://www.acrophonology.net/acroprog.php

PAUL

Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Romanian, Biblical.

Pronounced: PAWL (English), POL (French), POWL (German)

From the Roman family name Paulus, which meant "small" or "humble" in Latin.

Saint Paul was an important leader of the early Christian church, his story told in Acts in the New Testament. He was originally named Saul, but changed his name after converting to Christianity. Most of the epistles in the New Testament were authored by him.

Due to the renown of Saint Paul the name became common among early Christians, being borne by a number of other early saints and six popes. In England it was relatively rare during the Middle Ages, but became more frequent beginning in the 17th century. A notable bearer was the American Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere (1735-1818), who warned of the advance of the British army. Famous bearers in the art world include the French impressionists Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) and Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), and the Swiss expressionist Paul Klee (1879-1940). This is also the name of the legendary American lumberjack Paul Bunyan.

http://www.behindthename.com/

Paul (Part Two)

You are influential and persuasive. You tend to have a lot of power over people.
Generally, you use your powers for good. You excel at solving other people's problems.
Occasionally, you do get a little selfish and persuade people to do things that are only in your interest.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are a very lucky person. Things just always seem to go your way.
And because you're so lucky, you don't really have a lot of worries. You just hope for the best in life.
You're sometimes a little guilty of being greedy. Spread your luck around a little to people who need it.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

http://www.blogthings.com/whatsyournameshiddenmeaningquiz/

Paul (Part Three)

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The boy's name Paul is pronounced pahl. It is of Latin origin, and its meaning is "small".

It was a popular Roman and medieval name which has been used commonly since the 18th century.

Biblical: the apostle evangelist. Paul's letters to early Christians form the majority of the books of the New Testament. The name is also borne by Popes who headed Vatican II.

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Pablo is a Spanish form; Paolo is Italian; Paulino, Paulo are Portuguese; Pal, Poul are Scandinavian; Pauel is Dutch; Paulus is Latin; Pavel is Slavic; Pavlik, Pavlo are Russian; Paulson is English; Paulsen is Dutch, or Scandinavian.

Paul has 26 variant forms: Havel, Paavo, Pablo, Pal, Paolo, Pasha, Pauel, Pauli, Paulie, Paulin, Paulino, Paulinus, Paulo, Paulos, Paulsen, Paulson, Paulus, Pauly, Pavel, Pavle, Pavlik, Pavlo, Pawel, Pol, Poll and Poul.

Paul is a very popular male first name and a very popular surname (source: 1990 U.S. Census). Displayed is the baby name popularity trend for the boy's name Paul.

http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Paul

People I Share With (A Selection)

Joseph Lister 1827 - British surgeon, inventor (Listerine mouthwash)
Spencer (Bonaventure) Tracy 1900 - Actor ("Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [1941]")
Bette (Ruth Elizabeth) Davis 1908 - Actress ("Dangerous", "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?")
Crispin St. Peters 1944
Dave Holland (Judas Priest) 1944
Jane Asher 1946 - Actress
Agnetha Faltskog 1950 - Singer (ABBA)

On this day, 5th April 1964.

The UK Prime Minister was Alec Douglas-Home (Conservative).

1st driverless trains run on the London Underground.

Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St Petersburg Women's Golf Open

The Searchers appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." They were the first British Invasion group to appear on the show after the Beatles. It was the Searchers' U.S. debut.

On the 2nd April 1964, The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love made number One for the next 3 weeks. This was their 4th No 1, and came from their film "A Hard Day's Night". Another three in a row from George Martin.

The Billboard charts for the week of April 4th of 1964 also had the Beatles ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th on the singles chart.

This amazing feat has never been equalled by anyone since.

The songs were as follows:

5th - "Please Please Me"

4th - "I Want To Hold Your Hand"

3rd - "She Loves You"

2nd - "Twist & Shout"

1st - "Can't Buy Me Love"

Picture

Victorian-designed and Edwardian-built M7 No. 30053 - which is synonymous with the re-laid Purbeck Line, returned to the Swanage Railway after a major engineering overhaul. It was designed by Dugald Drummond of the London and South Western Railway in 1897 and built at Nine Elms in London in 1905, and arrived by road at the Norden station road/rail interchange on Thursday 5th April, 2007.  After the withdrawal of the M7s by BR during early May, 1964, it was thought that an M7 would never be seen in Purbeck again. That was until April, 1987. 

M7 No. 30053 triumphantly returned to Swanage station at 2.20pm on Thursday 9 April 1987 after a 17 journey from the USA. Purchased from Steam town in Pennsylvania in July 1986, No. 30053 was loaded on to Nedlloyd's 'SS Rosario' at Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Tuesday 24 March 1987 for the 14-day journey across the Atlantic.

The M7 arrived at the Dooley Terminal of Felixstowe Docks on the evening of Monday 6 April 1987 - leaving for the road journey to Swanage at 1.20pm on Wednesday 8 April.

No. 30053 reached Swanage station exactly 23 years to the month since the locomotive last left Swanage with a branch train for Corfe Castle and Wareham in April 1964 under the ownership of BR.

http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/news361.htm

Star Sign

Aries
Image from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Aries.gif

Aries, the ram, is the first astrological sign in the Zodiac. Originating from the constellation of Aries. In western astrology, this sign is no longer aligned with the constellation as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. In astrology, Aries is considered a "masculine", positive (extrovert) sign. It is also considered a fire sign, and is one of four cardinal signs. Aries is ruled by the planet Mars. Being the first sign in the zodiac, Aries is associated with the astrological 1st house.

Individuals born when the Sun was in this sign are considered Aries individuals. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun is in Aries roughly from March 21 to April 19, by definition beginning at vernal equinox. Under the sidereal zodiac, it is currently there roughly from April 15 to May 15.

A subject born within the Second Decan (March 31 to April 9...also known as the Leo Decante of Aries) usually has a broad and beaming smile with a generally friendly countenance and manner. These natives are prone to dress and groom themselves in something of a colourful and "showy" fashion, as well as being somewhat dramatic in expressing what they have to say. Generally more solid, filled-out and square than others born within the jurisdication of Aries, certain features of this Decan may appear somewhat disproportionately large...such as the head, nose, hands and feet. Indeed, the hands may well be particularly attractive and quite strong. Second Decan Aries individuals are similar in physical appearance to the Leo Decante of Leo, but the females of this Aries Decan tend to be somewhat on the thin side.

Mythology

In mythology, Aries (Ares) is often associated with the Greek myth of the ram which carried Athamus' son Phrixus and daughter Helle to Colchis to escape their stepmother Ino, as well as the mythological figure of Theseus, from the Greek myth of the Minotaur.

The astrological symbol for Aries is said to represent the head and horns of the ram, and originates from the cluster of stars which constitute the head of the Aries (constellation), according to the work of Doctor Acacandam dating from 1592. The head of Aries is given the name of Aluathay or Salhay, and it consists of four stars.

Associated traits

The following traits are widely associated with this sign.

Physical traits

Many astrologers believe that each sign of the zodiac has identifiable physical traits. Aries are believed to have a strong, athletic, well-proportioned body. They also can have an elongated face with a well-rounded and broad forehead. The chin is also prominent. Many females will have definitive jaw lines and accentuated cheekbones. Males will possess a dominant Adam's apple. Both will have strong eyebrows that knit together as well as clear and penetrating eyes. There is a ruddy cast to the complexion and the noses of both sexes are high-bridged and straight.

Compatibilities

Aries is widely thought to be compatible with same element signs, Sagittarius and Leo.

There are many variables that determine compatibility in astrology, such as birth dates, birth months, birth years, position of a sign within the Sun, the Moon, Stars, etc. The signs listed as compatible with Aries do not reflect an individual profile or individual reading as interpreted within astrology, but rather reflect a general guideline and reference to compatibility as dictated by variables such as Qualities and Elements within the Zodiac.

Professional astrologers rarely boil compatibility down to just the sun-sign. The branch in astrology dealing with interpersonal compatibilities is called Synastry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aries_(astrology)

Birthstone

Being born in April, the birthstone for me is the Diamond. Had I been born as an March Aries child, my birthstone would have been the Aquamarine.

Giving a piece of jewellery containing a birthstone gem will bring the wearer with good luck and protection. Monthly birthstones symbolize the month of birth according to the Gregorian Calendar. What is the Birth stone for April? The following old poem provides the answer! And this page provides some information about the meaning of the April gem stone, the colour, symbolism and significance of this lovely birth stone:

April Birthstone poem - the Diamond
"She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow."

April Birthstone - Properties of the Diamond

Diamond

For those who were born in the month of April the Diamond is the traditional birthstone. The April birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Diamond is associated - enhancing relationships and increasing inner strength. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the April Birthstone Diamond are  balance, clarity and abundance. The healing properties of the April birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to brain diseases, pituitary glands. The Diamond is also used to draw out toxins and therefore was used as a remedy for poison.

April Birthstone Zodiac Sign

The twelve Zodiac signs are an astrological version of birthstones in addition to the twelve calendar months. The April birthstone of the Diamond is considered to be the birthstone for Aries (The sign of the Ram) and relate to those born between March 21 - April 19. The Zodiac sign of Aries also responds to Bloodstone, Topaz Sapphire, Jasper, and Aquamarine.

April Birthstone - Where are Diamonds found?

The popular April Birthstone of the Diamond is found in the following countries:

April Birthstone - the Colour of the Diamond

The traditional colour associated with the Diamond is white, or colourless, and is strongly favoured as a popular gem in  jewellery. The April birthstone diamond is categorised into the following: Colourless, Nearly colourless, Faintly tinted (usually yellow), Lightly tinted (usually yellow) and Tinted (usually yellow but may progress to brownish).

Definition of the Diamond, the April Birthstone

Definition of Diamond, the April birth stone: The word Diamond is derived from the Greek word "adamas" which means "hardest metal" which reflect the property of the stone. The diamond is a precious stone or gem excelling in brilliancy and beautiful play of prismatic colours, and remarkable for its extreme hardness. This gem is a member of the Diamond (Carbon) family. It is the hardest substance known. The diamond as found in nature (called a rough diamond) is cut, for use in jewelry, into various forms with many reflecting facets, by which its brilliancy is much increased. The crystal structure of the Diamond, the April birthstone, is Isometric.

http://www.birthstones.org.uk/april-birthstone.htm

Colour

The colour of an Aries person is red.

Metals include Copper and Iron

Countries include England, France, Germany and Poland.

Flowers for the Aries sign are Honeysuckle and Sweet Pea.

References

http://www.acrophonology.net/acroprog.php

http://www.behindthename.com/

http://www.c-c-c.org/chineseculture/zodiac/Dragon.html

http://www.blogthings.com/whatsyournameshiddenmeaningquiz/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monday%27s_Child

Yahoo Answers, meaning of the name Paul.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxation_in_the_United_Kingdom

http://www.musicbyday.com/labels/1964.html

http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/news361.htm

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/family/146480/Baby-names-for-boys---1964

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/pregnancy/naming/topnamespast/

http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O95-Sunday.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aries_(astrology)

http://www.birthstones.org.uk/april-birthstone.htm

Many thanks to Debbie Ryan, from New South Wales, Australia, for researching all this rubbish for me!