May 6th Show
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Books to Read!
Michelle Spitzer, owner of MaidPro
on Mother's Day
Today May 6th In History
1682 King Louis XIV moves his court to Versailles, France. Netflix
1862 Henry David Thoreau dies of tuberculosis at age 44.
1937 The dirigible Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
1941 Bob Hope gives his first USO show at California’s March Field.
1954 British runner Roger Bannister breaks the four minute mile. The current WR was set in 1999, 1 Mile World Record 3:43:13 Hicham el Guerouj
1960 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
1994 The Channel Tunnel linking England to France is officially opened.
1. The Channel Tunnel is 31.4 miles long, making it the 11th longest tunnel in use (the longest is the Delaware Aqueduct, at 85.1 miles), and the fourth longest used by rail passengers. It has the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world (23.5 miles).
2. The project cost £4.65 billion (equivalent to £12 billion today), 80 per cent more than expected. Construction took six years (1988-1994).
3. It was recognised as one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World" by the American Society of Civil Engineers, alongside the Empire State Building, the Itaipu Dam in South America, the CN Tower in Toronto, the Panama Canal, the North Sea protection works in the Netherlands, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
4. The first proposal for a tunnel under the Channel was put forward by Albert Mathieu, a French engineer in1802 - it included an artificial island half-way across for changing horses. Further proposals were considered by Napoleon III in 1856 and William Gladstone in 1865, while David Lloyd George brought up the idea at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.
5. At the height of construction, 13,000 people were employed. Ten workers - eight of them British - were killed building the tunnel.
6. Englishman Graham Fagg and Frenchman Phillippe Cozette carried out the ceremonial break through on December 1, 1990.
7. They didn't quite meet in the middle - the English side tunnelled the greater distance.
8. The average depth of the tunnel is 50 metres below the seabed, and the lowest point 75 metres below. Much of the chalk marl spoil bored on the English side was deposited at Lower Shakespeare Cliff in Kent, now home to the Samphire Hoe Country Park.
9. There are actually three tunnels down there - two for trains and a smaller service tunnel that can be used in emergencies.
10. 11 boring machines were used to dig the tunnel. Together they weighed a total of 12,000 tonnes (more than the Eiffel Tower), while each was as long as two football pitches. One from the British side remains buried under the Channel. Another was sold on eBay for £39,999 in 2004.
Up to 400 trains pass through the tunnel each day
11. Up to 400 trains pass through the tunnel each day, carrying an average of 50,000 passengers, 6,000 cars, 180 coaches and 54,000 tonnes of freight.
12. Three fires have occurred (in 1996, 2006 and 2012) inside the tunnel that were significant enough for it to close. The most serious, on November 18, 1996, damaged 500 metres of the tunnel, affecting operations for six months. An automatic fire dousing system has now been installed.
13. A number of train failures have occurred. On December 18, 2009, five Eurostar trains broke down, trapping 2,000 passengers for 16 hours without power, and many without food or water.
14. In 2014 a record 21 million passengers were transported between Britain and France using the tunnel - up from 7.3 million in 1995, its first full year in operation.
15. The vast majority (85 per cent) of car passengers are British.
16. Shuttle trains are 775 metres long - the same as eight football pitches.
17. The lining of the tunnel is designed to last for 120 years.
18. It takes around 35 minutes to travel the length of the Channel Tunnel.
973 Henry II, Holy Roman emperor.
1856 Robert Edward Peary, arctic explorer and the first man to reach the North Pole.
1856 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis.
1868 Gaston Leroux, French novelist (The Phantom of the Opera).
1888 Russell Stover, candy manufacturer.
1915 Orson Welles, actor, director, and writer (Citizen Kane).
1931 Willie Mays, baseball player.
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Books to Read
In an age of constant distraction it has seemingly become a privilege to allocate a block of time for the pleasure of reading. With reading affording us long-lasting enjoyment paired with an inexpensive price-point to entry, the return on investment is immeasurable. At Life with Moxie, we believe that harnessing time to do what brings you joy should be prioritized! Fortunately, if there is any time of the year, summer lends itself to this opportunity.
These are just a few of my favorite hand-selected treasures – they are not new to market
1: Marlene, A Novel of Marlene Dietrich by C.W. Gortner
“The rags-to-riches story of how this brilliant, mercurial, self-created woman became a legend” – Christina Kline. Gortner has one of the most powerful commands of the English language that I have ever read. This is a deliciously alluring look at a very historic moment in time through the eyes of a legendary, seductive and ambitious woman of grit.
2: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas
A lighthearted memoir chronicles the author’s move to the U.S. in 1971 at the age of 7 among the antics of her extended family. Combine that with her enthusiastic embrace of America and her wry sentimental humor makes this book hysterically funny. I chose to read this book on an international flight. Within the first two chapters I had ended up laughing so hard (church-style uncontrollable laughter) I had to put it away. After three future attempts on the same flight, it was finally completed, but not before several more inappropriately loud outbursts of laughter and it had been passed around the entire cabin so others could get the title of the book to order for themselves. (Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of a Global Citizen, It Ain't So Awful, Falafel)
3: Perfume, a Story of Murder by Patrick Susskind
Set in 18th century France, an extraordinarily gifted apprentice perfumer becomes so obsessed with a single scent that he must capture it in perfume. The extraordinary details of the environs that Susskind captures will leave you as satisfied as if you’d taken the journey yourself… and you will be noticing every nuance of every smell for weeks after reading.
4: Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
The most famous (or infamous – it was banned until 1959 in the U.S. and 1960 in England) and last book of D.H. Lawrence offers intoxicating prose about the most intimate moments and circumstances of being human in post-WWI industrialized England. The book addresses individuality in conflict with civilization. It’s as relevant now as it ever was. Once considered offensively immoral, you’ll easily find a more repulsive replacement at any grocery store checkout lane.
5: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Set in Bombay, India, this gripping first novel is an exceptionally visceral journey through crime, passion, loyalty and chaos on a path toward redemption. It contains more sensory richness than seems possible from a book. I was hooked at the first sentence. A rare and very epic read by a little known genius. Gregory Davis Roberts, born in Australia, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for a series or armed robberies, he escaped and spent 10 of his fugitive years in Bombay, where he started a free medical clinic for slum-dwellers, worked as a counterfeiter, smuggler, gun runner and street soldier for a branch of the Bombay mafia. Recaptured, he served out his sentence and established a successful media company upon his release. He is now a full-time writer living in Bombay. He is an absolutely brilliant writer.
So go spring clean your reading nook to get reading for the summer rains to start, pick a few new flavors or organic tea, maybe a hibiscus or jasmine, and get your books ordered!
“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.” – Ernest Hemingway
CELEBRATE WITH A CUTE TITLE
Michelle Spitzer, owner of MaidPro of SW Florida joined us in the booth to talk about being a mom nd what a clean house means for moms. It all comes down to peace of mind! And most importantly, Mother's Day is nearly here and according to our Mother's Day list above- a clean home is #3 most wanted on the list! So we recommend either getting her a gift certificate or calling to just go ahead and schedule it for her!
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