23-X by Roger

x-letterWhen it comes to the letter X, we need to eXplain, ABCW is not an eXacting bunch. We eXpect that finding eXact X words is eXtremely difficult, because so few eXist, though if you know your Latin, Chinese or Mexican references, you may fare a bit better.

In any case, we have long been willing to make an eXception this week – anything that starts with the X sound, or has the X look, would be an eXcellent addition. We won’t eXclude you, because we don’t want to tamp down your eXuberance, or make you so eXhausted that you run for the eXits, uttering an eXpletive! We want you to eXcel, and stay on this eXcursion! Please eXamine previous X weeks to see how this works.

For those who celebrate it, Merry Xmas, which, as I have noted quite a while ago, eXperts have said eXemplifies the word Christmas!

 

 

23-U by Roger

United NationsI was somehow inspired to note all the countries that start with U that have been in the United Nations. The ones in italics are no longer alphabetically qualified, but the ones in bold are.

1945:
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic – On 24 August 1991, it changed its name to Ukraine.

Union of South Africa – In 1961, it changed its name to South Africa.

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics – In a letter dated 24 December 1991, Boris Yeltsin, the President of the Russian Federation, informed the Secretary-General that the membership of the Soviet Union in the Security Council and all other United Nations organs was being continued by the Russian Federation with the support of the 11 member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

United Kingdom

United States

Uruguay

1958
Egypt and Syria were original Members of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. Following a plebiscite on 21 February 1958, the United Arab Republic was established by a union of Egypt and Syria and continued as a single Member.
On 13 October 1961, Syria, having resumed its status as an independent State, resumed its separate membership in the United Nations.
On 2 September 1971, the United Arab Republic changed its name to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

1960
Upper Volta – In 1984, Upper Volta informed the United Nations that it had changed its name to Burkina Faso.

1962
Uganda

1964
Tanganyika was a Member of the United Nations from 14 December 1961 and Zanzibar was a Member from 16 December 1963. Following the ratification on 26 April 1964 of Articles of Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar continued as a single Member, changing its name to the United Republic of Tanzania on 1 November 1964.

1971
United Arab Emirates

I find this exercise interesting because it notes the changing nature of the world, such as the decolonization of Africa, and the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Whether or not your country starts with U, or whether it’s ever changed its name, ABC Wednesday’s mission has NOT changed. We welcome the participation of people from around the globe.

 

 

23 R- by Roger

Hi, my name is Roger and I am a blogger. I guess I really must identify myself as such because I have been doing it, EVERY DAY, since May 2, 2005.

I used to blog at http://rogerowengreen.blogspot.com/. In fact, that blog is still there. I’ve bumped up a bunch of links I was following back in 2010-2012; some are dead, but some, impressively, are still functional.

And once you get below the links, the blog from 2005- May 2, 2010 (and some random later posts) is all there.

Then I got my blog with my name on it. Well, it’s https://www.rogerogreen.com, because rogergreen.com was taken.

Oh, the duck. That’s me, as rendered by Raoul Vezina. It was used in a couple comic books. Unfortunately, Raul died from an asthma attack at the age of 35 back in 1983.

When I needed an avatar for social media, it was the only real choice.

As some of you know, I was the person who ran ABC Wednesday for Rounds 11-20, after Mrs. Desise Nesbitt, the originator of this enterprise.

And now, Melody is in charge. I’ve agreed to stay around assisting her, at least through Round 25. In that role, I try to visit each of your posts. It might take a few days, but I make the effort.

This whole thing is SO much better when each you visit folks, optimally sites you hadn’t seen before.