23-O by Roger

As I write this, it’s 11 O’CLOCK, or “of the clock” in the morning, Eastern Daylight Time. That happens to be the time ABC Wednesday usually starts each Tuesday for ME. But what time is it for YOU?

It’s 4 O’CLOCK on Tuesday afternoon in London, the time zone where ABC Wednesday’s creator, Mrs. Nesbitt is from. And it’s 5 O’CLOCK Tuesday afternoon where Melody resides.

It’s 6 O’CLOCK on Tuesday evening in Beirut, Lebanon and Tel Aviv, Israel; 8:30 O’CLOCK Tuesday night in Mumbai, India; and 11 O’CLOCK Tuesday night in Manila, the Philippines. But it’s 2 O’CLOCK very early Wednesday morning in Sydney, Australia, and 4 O’CLOCK early Wednesday morning in Auckland, New Zealand.

All calculations courtesy, thank goodness, of Time and Date.

But these will soon change because of Daylight Saving Time. It ends in most of Europe on October 28 but not in most of the United States and Canada until November 4. And in the Southern Hemisphere, DST has either already just started (Australia, New Zealand) or is about to (Brazil).

It’s interesting that, even in a world of digital clocks, that there are still references to clock faces in terms of direction, such as, “That plane is coming in from 9 O’CLOCK.”

No matter what O’CLOCK you come to visit, or what time zone, we ask you to clock into our ABC Wednesday widget and leave your links.

 

 

23-L by Roger

There was this extremely popular book called Love Story, written by Eric Segal. “Love Story became the top-selling work of fiction for all of 1970 in the United States and was translated into more than 20 languages. The novel stayed for 41 weeks in The New York Times Best Seller list, reaching the top spot.”

It was made into a 1970 American film, a romantic drama, written by Segal. “It was produced by Howard G. Minsky and directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, alongside John Marley, Ray Milland, and Tommy Lee Jones in his film debut in a minor role.” Segal had met Harvard students Jones and future US Vice-President Al Gore while Segal was there on sabbatical in 1968.

The “emotional family baggage of the romantic hero… was inspired by a young Al Gore.” But it was… “Jones who inspired the half of the character that was a sensitive stud, a macho athlete with the heart of a poet.”

I’ve never either read the book or seen the movie, which won an Oscar for Francis Lai in the Best Music, Original Score category, and garnered nominations for Minsky (Best Picture), McGraw, Ryan, Markey, Hiller, and Segal (adapted screenplay).

In part, it was the notion that, as Jenny (McGraw) Hsaid in the movie ads, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Even at a young age, I never believed THAT. In fact, the notion I found ridiculous.

Now I do believe, as the Temptations sang, Can’t Nothing Be Love But Love.

To that end, I’d LOVE to see each of your entries for ABC Wednesday. Sometime between the starting time and next week, I will be sure to lovingly visit each and every one.

 

23-I by Roger

world-populationI was on the US Census Bureau’s page and I discovered that there are nearly 7.5 billion INDIVIDUALS in the world presently, 7,495,846,704 as of August 30, 2018.

And two of the four most populous countries in the world start with the letter I, at least in English:

  1. China 1,384,688,986
  2. INDIA 1,296,834,042
  3. United States 329,256,465
  4. INDONESIA 262,787,403
  5. Brazil 208,846,892
  6. Pakistan 207,862,518
  7. Nigeria 195,300,343
  8. Bangladesh 159,453,001
  9. Russia 142,122,776
  10. Japan 126,168,156

Of course, there are other countries starting with the letter I: ICELAND, IRAN, IRAQ, IRELAND, ISRAEL

I am INTRIGUED how the country adjective forms differ:

Ending with IC: Icelandic

Ending with N: Indian, Indonesian, Iranian

Ending with I: Iraqi (or Iraki), Israeli

Ending with SH: Irish

With this quick spin around the world, I hope we get folks around the globe to participate in ABC Wednesday.

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