21st November

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Isle of Barra, Sept 2000: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, November 2014:
Full Moon – November 6, 22:23
Last Quarter – November 14, 15:15
New Moon – November 22, 12:32
First Quarter – November 29, 10:06

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CURRENT MOON

Saint's Day:
Pope Gelasius I
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Festival:
World Hello Day
World Television Day

Flowering now: Nipple Wort
Botanical Name. Lapsana Communis.
Family, Asteraceae.
Gaelic Name. Duillog Bhride.
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A very common beautiful plant, but despite that no plant so common and conspicuous as this is so little known by its name, and is often a name that one remembers when encountered.
The name nipple wort comes from its chief use in the treatment of hard and cracked nipples, or nipples tender from suckling. The name Wort is a Anglo Saxon name meaning a healing plant, and as such is often prefixed to the particular area that it is good for, this can also be seen in plants such as liver wort, kidney wort etc.
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The Latin name Lapsana indiciates that it is a edible plant, it often being used in salads, in fact it is used in very much the same way as dandelion and chicory. The name communis relates to its being a common sight. The family name Asteraceae comes from the Greek aster for star in reference to the star like appearance of the flowers.
Its Gaelic name Duilleog (leaf) and Bhride (Goddess and St brigid) refers to this plants association with women’s health.
Medicinally it is lactescent (milky sap) bitter and is often applied as a poultice for wounds, ulcerations but more famously for nipple complaints, and is used very similarly to Dandelion.
This plant was largely used as a salad herb, being available almost all year round, and its little bright yellow flowers were indicators of how sunny the day is as they close tight as soon as the sun is shaded.*

Also on this day:

164 BC – Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

1783 – In Paris, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent, Marquis d'Arlandes, make the first untethered hot air balloon flight.

1877 – Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.

1910 – Sailors onboard Brazil's most powerful military units, including the brand-new warships Minas Geraes, São Paulo, and Bahia, violently rebel in what is now known as the Revolta da Chibata (Revolt of the Whip).

1920 – Irish War of Independence: In Dublin, 31 people are killed in what became known as "Bloody Sunday". This included fourteen British informants, fourteen Irish civilians and three Irish Republican Army prisoners.

1927 – Columbine Mine Massacre: Striking coal miners in Colorado are attacked with machine guns by a detachment of state police dressed in civilian clothes.

1953 – The British Natural History Museum announces that the "Piltdown Man" skull, initially believed to be one of the most important fossilized hominid skulls ever found, is a hoax.

1974 – The Birmingham Pub Bombings kill 21 people. The Birmingham Six are sentenced to life in prison for the crime but subsequently acquitted.

1980 – Lake Peigneur drains into an underlying salt deposit. A misplaced Texaco oil probe had been drilled into the Diamond Crystal Salt Mine, causing water to flow down into the mine, eroding the edges of the hole. The resulting whirlpool sucked the drilling platform, several barges, houses and trees thousands of feet down to the bottom of the dissolving salt deposit

1986 – Iran-Contra Affair: National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary start to shred documents implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

* All information regarding the uses of the plants is exactly for that informational purposes only, and that the author and owners of the web do not encourage anyone to be eating, or disturbing wild plants, but merely to admire them in their natural environment and to ponder on their rise and fall within human culture.