Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Barack Obama and Dick Cheney
Mr Obama and Mr Cheney share a French ancestor
They may be polar opposites politically but US Vice-President Dick Cheney and Democratic candidate Barack Obama are related, Mr Cheney's wife says.
Lynne Cheney said she had discovered while doing family research for a new book that her husband and the Illinois senator were eighth cousins.She said she traced a common ancestor of the two men to be a 17th century immigrant from France.She described the connection as "amazing"."This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor... could be responsible down the family line for lives that have taken such different and varied paths."According to Mrs Cheney's spokeswoman, Mr Obama is distantly related to Mareen Duvall, whose son Samuel married the granddaughter of Mr Cheney's ancestor, also called Richard Cheney.Mr Obama's spokesman, Bill Burton, responded to the news by saying: "Every family has a black sheep."

Well that made me laugh,politics definitely needs to have a more lighthearted side.

Christmas shopping certainly changes as your children get older. On the way back from dropping Fiona off at college I decided to stop by a charity shop on the way home and I managed to buy some videos and vintage pop-up books for Beauty as well as some other vintage items for Fiona and Snowhite that I know they will love.

Last night I took Fiona to her art class and the rain was lashing down, in the dark the visibility was poor and the volume of cars was crazy. With all of this we came round the roundabout behind a very nervous, inexperienced learner and he proceeded to go down onto the dual carriageway! The dual carriageway through Cardiff is no different to a motorway and the psychotic driving instructor decided to take the nervous driver onto it in those conditions-mad,totally mad!
If I had a driving job I would have a stress ulcer within a week.

Beauty keeps saying birthday party, whether she realises it is her birthday this Sunday I do not know but she certainly loves blowing out the candles on birthdya cakes. She has got as bit too close on a number of occasions and singed her fringe!
Silly Moo.


Steve said...

Regarding being singed... I did something a bit similar in a classy basement restaurant years ago. Lent forward whilst spouting some arty rubbish, completely forgetting the candle on the table and suddenly heard this "fssspt" and then smelt the unforgettable odour of burning hair... mine! Everybody else smelt and recognised it too... cue other customer all turning around and looking my way... Thankfully the damage wasn't too noticeable...

LAA and Family said...

Geneology is such a cool thing, and it can get quite interesting in America, where our ancestors have come from so many different places. I remember, maybe it was around the time of her wedding to Prince Charles, the large number of people in our country who are related to Princess Di.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Beauty for this Sunday!!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday, Beauty! From your friends across the pond.

(ok. it was really cool saying that)

Steve said...

Hope Beauty had a wonderful birthday! Love Steve and family.




An Irish Blessing

(A Blessing from St. Patrick)
May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.