24-B by M e l o d y

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For 24-B:

A creature that gives lots of people the creeps I guess… not me though, I find them very interesting.
In my hometown zoo we have quit an extensive number of them… 24 to be exact, all males because there are lots of them and they want to prevent growth of that numbers for a while.
Generallt speaking one could say that there are 2 kinds…
one kind is mostly a herbivor and eats meat  etc and is quit small in size
the other one is much larger in size and does not eat any meat at all, just fruit and vegetables.

The little ones… we in The Netherlands call “vleermuizen”  (English = Bat)
The large ones… we in The Netherlands call “vleerhonden” (English = Flying Fox)
As we don’t have the little ones and as they are related to the big ones, I thought it would not be a big problem that the English name for this creature does not start with a B…  It looks exactly like a Bat, only much larger.

 

 

I’ve tried to catch them in flight, that prooved to be very difficult but his photo is acceptable to show you, isn’t it?

23-B by Beverly

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This week at ABC Wednesday, the letter of focus is B.

B is for Ballet and ballet shoes.

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As a young girl, I took ballet lessons, even took part in a ballet recital. I was terrible and really was never graceful. I can remember hiding after my brother let me off one day, so that I wouldn’t have to go to a lesson.

I wore little slippers, nothing like the ballet slippers that ballerinas use to go en pointe.

I felt the quote fit the torture many ballerinas must go through – the hours of practice, the pain, the bruises, the intense discipline.

Yet, when you watch a ballet, you cannot help but be enthralled by the effortless beauty of the ballerinas., their skill,  and their passion.

22-B by Roger

The fanous Harry Benson photo taken after the news that they had a #1 single in the USA

I saw this question on Quora recently: “Why are the Beatles so famous even though their songs sound boring?” Seriously.

I certainly can appreciate people having different tastes in music. So if someone thought the songs from a given early album was boring, one could say that, though I wouldn’t. But by the time they got to Rubber Soul and Revolver, I’m not hearing it.

Take the single Eleanor Rigby and Yellow Submarine from the Revolver album. One could barely tell the songs are from the same band.

More sharply, listen to I Want To Hold Your Hand, released on Boxing Day 1963 in the US – though the US doesn’t celebrate the holiday – which truly started Beatlemania in America. Compare it with the single culled from the Sgt. Pepper sessions, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever, released on February 17, 1967. What a stunning evolution in a little over three years.

On another note, congratulations to Sir Richard Starkey on being knighted.