Funnie / Swastika - Where is it from? / Poem...

My word, training begins early here ......

Hi Folks,

Paddy is passing by Mick's hay shed one day when, through a gap in the door, he
sees Mick doing a slow and sensual striptease in front of an old red Massey Ferguson.

Buttocks clenched he performs a slow pirouette and gently slides off first the right welly,
followed by the left.

He then hunches his shoulders forward and in a classic striptease move, lets his braces
fall down from his shoulders to dangle by his hips over his corduroy trousers .

Grabbing both sides of his checked shirt he rips it apart to reveal his tea stained vest
underneath and with a final flourish he hurls his flat cap on to a pile of hay.

'What on earth are you doing Mick' says Paddy.

'Jeez Paddy, ye frightened the livin bejasus out of me' says an obviously embarrassed
Mick, 'but me and the Missus been having some trouble lately in the bedroom department,
and the Therapist suggested I do something sexy to a tractor. ......

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I had been meaning to check out something for some time and finally got round to doing it this morning ... A while ago I bought a white jade pendant and though I liked it I felt uncomfortable wearing it because it showed the Swastika symbol, which is one always associated with the second world war and the atrocities carried out by the Germans .. I knew when I bought it that I had read somewhere previously about it having been an ancient symbol of good and therefore it had a much different meaning to people a long time ago...

Thanks to the computer age and the ease that folk can check these things out it was just a matter of typing Swastika into my PC and Hey Presto... everything I needed was there ! Gosh it has had a long 3,000 year history and mostly good.

The swastika is a cross with its arms bent at right angles to either the right or left. In geometric terms, it is known as an irregular icosagon or 20-sided polygon. The word is derived from the Sanskrit "svastika" and means "good to be". In Indo-European culture it was a mark made on people or objects to give them good luck. It has been around for thousands of years, particularly as a Hindu symbol in the holy texts, to mean luck, Brahma or samsara (rebirth).

The British author Rudyard Kipling, who was strongly influenced by Indian culture, had a swastika on the dust jackets of all his books until the rise of Nazism made this inappropriate. It was also a symbol used by the scouts in Britain, although it was taken off Robert Baden-Powell's 1922 Medal of Merit after complaints in the 1930s. It is rarely seen on its own in Western architecture, but a design of interlocking swastikas is part of the design of the floor of the cathedral of Amiens in France.

It is its assocation with the National Socialist German Workers Party in the 1930's which is etched on the minds of Western society. Before Hitler, it was used in about 1870 by the Austrian Pan-German followers of Schoenerer, an Austrian anti-Semitic politician. It's Nazi use was linked to the belief in the Aryan cultural descent of the German people. They considered the early Aryans of India to be the prototypical white invaders and hijacked the sign as a symbol of the Aryan race. The Nazi party formally adopted the swastika - what they called the Hakenkreuz, the hooked cross - in 1920. This was used on the party's flag, badge and armband.

Now there ya go, I must admit though, I still feel a bit unsure about wearing the pendant...

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It's a wonderful world
In spite of the fact We complain and lament,
And view this old world With much discontent
Deploring conditions And grumbling because
There's so much injustice And so many flaws
It's a wonderful world
And it's people like you Who make it that way
By the things that they do.
For a warm, ready smile,Or a kind, thoughtful deed,
Or a hand outstretched In an hour of need
Can change our whole outlookand make the world bright,
Where a minute before, just nothing seemed right
It's a wonderful world
And it always will be, If we keep our eyes open
And focused to see The wonderful things
Man is capable of When he opens his heart
To God and His love

Helen Steiner Rice.

Peace and Love at Christmas time, Kate xxx.