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Saturday Snippets 9th October 2021…Fun Facts and music with Shoes…

This weeks one-word prompt is…Shoes… a suggestion from the lovely Jennie who writes “A Teachers Reflections Jennie has introduced me to some wonderful reading books for children and has also given me hope that there are some wonderful teachers out there… after all they are the teachers and custodians of future generations…how and what they teach these young, thirsty minds is important and to Jennie, it is her life’s work…which has now been recognised By Kelly Clarkson and appeared on her show…Very well deserved, Jennie “You rock”!

One word prompt…Shoes!

The history of shoes is a fascinating one from the very first shoes in the earliest times, shoes were made with an important function in mind: to protect the bottoms of the feet. But as society evolved, shoes found their place as both costumes and for ceremonial occasions as well as everyday wear.

Come with me and I will show you what else has a connection to the prompt…Shoes...I hope you enjoy the tour…

My first ideas about shoes as in Stillettos, Louboutins, all the different types of trainers, colours …heels or flats…and then my thoughts turned to Red Shoes…

I thought of “The Red Shoes” published by Hans Christian Andersen in 1845… one of my favourite folktales as a child as was watching the film “The Pope” wears red shoes as they symbolise the blood of Catholic martyrs spilt through the centuries following in the footsteps of Christ. ..and there is also the reference to the liberation of women’s desires by the wearing of red shoes…

Of course, most famously Dorothy wore red shoes in the”Wizard of Oz”…However In the original book by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy’s magic slippers are silver; for the Technicolor movie, they were changed to ruby red to show up more vividly against the yellow-brick road…

Shoes come in all sizes, colours and heel heights but who wears the biggest shoes?…none other than ” Lady Liberty“…who wears a size 879 in shoes…

Did you Know?

Ones and Two’s are Cockney rhyming slang for “shoes“…

Plain Clothed Detective’s used to be known as “Gumshoes”…it was a reference to when shoes or boots were made of gum rubber. Soft-soled shoes allowed for a quiet step. “To gumshoe” came to mean to sneak around quietly …It did not initially only apply to detectives; it could mean anyone being sneaky or stealthy, robbers and thief-catchers alike.

Van Gogh made a number of still live paintings depicting old shoes. It is said that he used to buy them from flea markets and then wear them until he thought they looked old and worn out enough for still life paintings such as “A Pair of Shoes”, 1886  by Vincent Van Gogh.

No corkscrew? and you need to open that bottle of wine…Easy!

How easy was that..Science prevails!

Horseshoes…

Horseshoes have long been considered lucky. They were originally made of iron, a material that was believed to ward off evil spirits, and traditionally were held in place with seven nails, seven being the luckiest of numbers.

A horseshoe hung open-end up is meant to collect luck. No matter which way you hang a horseshoe, it’s designed to bring luck and prevent misfortune. Hang it open-end up to collect good luck above a doorway or on an exterior wall of a barn, home or other structure.

Brides are often given a symbol of a horseshoe to carry for luck, there is also a game called Horseshoe pitching, a game for two or four players, most popular in the United States and Canada, in which players attempt to throw horseshoes so as to encircle a stake or to get them as close to the stake as possible…

horseshoe is a fabricated product, normally made of metal, although sometimes made partially or wholly of modern synthetic materials, designed to protect a horses hoof.

It is also the name of a crab...a weird-looking crab which is not really a crab but is very valuable in the medical field…Horseshoe crab blood is blue in colour, due to the presence of copper. But that’s not why it’s valuable. It’s valuable because it contains an “amebocyte” used in the field of biometrics to identify bacterial contamination in vaccines and all injectable drugs.

Sadly though because the Horseshoes Crab is a crucial resource for making human medicines safe it is in danger of being overfished…Every year, pharmaceutical companies round up half a million Atlantic horseshoe crabs, bleed them, and return them to the ocean— after which many will die. This practice, combined with the overharvesting of the crabs for fishing bait, has caused a decline in the species in the region in the past few decades.

Walk-in Their Shoes…Can One Person Change the World is the powerful, personal story of Jim Ziolkowski’s inspiring mission to change the world one community at a time, hailed by the Dalai Lama as “an inspiring tribute to the power of compassion and education: the keys to leading a meaningful life.”

I’m sure most of us have had or heard of shoestring cheese..not only does cheese have a connection to shoes but so does the lovely flatfish called sole…The beautiful lemon sole is lovely lightly dusted with flour and cooked in butter…the Dover sole is a tad bigger and very nice indeed…You’ll find that Dover sole is unlike other fish. It doesn’t have the texture of a normal fish. Its flesh is more like meat, with a delicate, mild, and sweet flavour.

I could listen to Elvis for hours…my kind of music…

The crisis of plastic waste is at a tipping point. Now more than ever before, we have a responsibility to the future of our planet. Everything we do, however big or small, impacts our world and our future. Every day, the equivalent of 1440 dump trucks of plastic waste enters our oceans. For every person on the planet, there is one ton of plastic in the ocean. If we continue on the way we are, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

Adidas and Parley…

The plan is to turn plastic bottles into Shoes. How? Please click here…

I hope you have enjoyed this foray through the world of “shoes”…Thank you again Jennie for the word prompt…

See you tomorrow for my weekly roundup…Have a lovely evening xxx