Saturday, 29 October 2016

29th October 2016 - A leg to stand on

Thought for the day : "People say money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you had enough money, you can have a key made."

Only 63 days until 2017 ..  thought I would mention..

539 BC – Cyrus the Great (founder of Persian Empire, conqueror of Asia and the restorer of the Holy Temple at Jerusalem) entered capital of Babylon and allowed the Jews to return to their land.

Lots of other things happened including Walter Raleigh being beheaded and the Red Cross being formed.

Saw this picture of the United Kingdom in Manx...
No real reason for showing it other than it seemed interesting to me...
Which made me wonder about the Flag - which replaced the Union Jack in 1932  -
The flag of the Isle of Man, or flag of Mann (Manx: brattagh Vannin), is a triskelion, composed of three armoured legs with golden spurs, upon a red background. ... The three legs are known in Manx as ny tree cassyn ("the three legs"). The triskelion is an ancient symbol, used by the Mycenaeans and the Lycians. 

Seems it comes from the coat of arms whcih has been around only since 1996...  

The coat of arms was granted by Elizabeth II, Lord of Man, on 12 July 1996. The escutcheon is blazoned: gules a triskele argent garnished and spurred or. The crest is blazoned: an imperial crown proper. The supporters are blazoned: dexter a peregrine falcon and sinister a raven both proper. The motto is: Quocunque Jeceris Stabit.
The heraldic device of the triskele or triskeles has been associated with the Isle of Man for centuries. The supporters are symbolically associated with the island as well. In 1405, Henry IV, King of England gave the Isle of Man to John Stanley. The latter gave Henry two peregrine falcons, and was to provide every future English king the same on his coronation. On the coronation of George III in 1822, the latter was presented with two falcons. The raven is a bird strongly associated with Norse mythology, and appears in numerous place names on the island.

The Latin motto Quocunque Jeceris Stabit can be translated as "whithersoever you throw it, it will stand" or "whichever way you throw, it will stand". The motto dates to the seventeenth century, where it is first recorded on Manx coinage dating to the year 1668.

A small step in daily knowledge ...    

Meanwhile in Crete...

Cheers - have a goos Saturday ...

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