Friday, July 5, 2013

I am a product […of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.”
C.S. Lewis


Today the Earth is at Aphelion. The Earth’s annual orbit around the Sun will take it to its furthest point from the Sun today. This moment marks the point in the year when the Sun appears smallest in the sky, and when the Earth receives the least radiation from it, though the effect is in practice very small. The Earth’s orbit is almost exactly circular and its distance from the Sun varies by only about 3% over the course of the year, and so other phenomena, such the reflection of solar radiation by clouds, have a much more significant effect in determining our weather. The annual changes in weather between the summer and winter months are caused entirely by the tilt of the Earth’s axis of rotation, rather than by any change in its distance from the Sun.

cook with jamie

Today we are reducing our price on Jamie Oliver‘s book, Cook With Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook. This hardcover book is 448 pages. Instead of describing the book, I will take Amazon’s lead and let Jamie Oliver explain it himself:

My guide to making you a better cook.

I can’t tell you how long I’ve dreamed about writing this book. It’s the biggest book I’ve ever done, and I’ve really tried to make it a timeless, modern-day classic. Whether you’re a student, a young couple, an established cook, or a novice, I’ll take you through a whole load of simple and accessible recipes that will blow the socks off your family and any guests you might have round for dinner. There’s information on the equipment that I think you should have in your kitchen, advice on how to recognize and cook loads of different cuts of meat, as well as on how to get the best value and quality when you’re out shopping. With all of us consuming more processed food than ever, it’s a sad fact that most people just aren’t confident enough to cook anymore. With this in mind, now is the time for you to get stuck in and reclaim your fantastic cooking heritage!

You know what . . . if you’re going to eat three times a day for the rest of your life, you might as well learn to cook properly and enjoy it! So roll up your sleeves and let me help you.

P.S.: By the way, you should feel good about buying this book because every single penny I make from it will go toward training and inspiring young kids from tough backgrounds all over the world to have a career in food through the Fifteen Foundation. So on behalf of them, thank you.


Summertime marks a time where the kids are out of school, the weather is great and many people are taking vacations all over the world. It is because of these characteristics that July is the official National Family Reunion month. Family is important, as it is made up of people with whom you can laugh, cry, and share memories with. Family Reunion Month began in 1985 as a way to raise awareness for runaway children. Now the event is a great reminder for family bonding during the month most family reunions occur.


While a majority of us experience a range of rude behaviors on a daily basis, the one transgression that seems to occur most often is accompanied by a ring tone: People talking on cell phones, in public places, in a loud or annoying manner. July is National Cellphone Courtesy Month – an event founded in 2002 with the intent to encourage the increasingly unmindful corps of cellphone users to be more respectful of their surroundings by using some simple cellphone etiquette principles. According to a U.S. wireless industry survey, 91% of Americans have a cell phone. 3 out of 10 people prefer cell phones over landlines. If you agree that cell phone rudeness is on the rise and would like to help eradicate this growing epidemic, please spread the word about National Cell Phone Courtesy Month.


Today is Work-a-Holic Day. It recognizes the guy, or gal, who works all of the time……. even during holidays. While just about everyone is enjoying the Fourth of July holiday, the Work-a-holic is off working on some project. He can’t relax. It’s not in his nature. He’s addicted to work. It’s not necessarily work out of need. It’s work because there either is work to be done, or there’s a perceived work project to do. If you are a work-a-holic, we encourage you to use Work-a-Holic Day to break the habit. Simply take today off.


July 5th is known as Emancipation Day. Emancipation Day is celebrated in many former British colonies in the Caribbean and areas of the United States on various dates in observance of the emancipation of slaves of African origin. It is also observed in other areas in regard to the abolition of serfdom or other forms of servitude.


Today is Bikini Day, celebrating the anniversary of the invention of the bikini in 1946 by a Parisian fashion designer, Louis Reard. The goal of this holiday is to get to the closest beach, or find some cheap travel deals to the Philippines, Bali, Hawaii or anywhere with lots of beach, and spend the day in your bikini!


Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica on this day in 1687.


The Salvation Army was founded on July 5, 1865 in the East End of London, England.


Spam, the luncheon meat, was introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation on July 5, 1937.


On this day in 1971 the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution was formally certified by President Richard Nixon. This lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.


On July 5, 1996, Dolly the sheep became the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.


Some of the writers born July 5th include:

Ignacio Mariscal (1829), William Thomas Stead (1849), Jean Cocteau (1889), Frederick Lewis Allen (1890), Tin Ujević (1891), Marcel Achard (1899), Harold Acton (1904), Howard Dorgan (1932), John Gilmore (1935), Ronald D. Moore (1964), Silvia Ziche (1967), RZA (1969), and Jenji Kohan (1969).

crazy book lady

Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as, which are directly linked to within the text. Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, and Google.
Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above.


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