23rd 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:
Columbanus
Felicitas of Rome

Festival:
Buy Nothing Day (United States)
Labour Thanksgiving Day (Japan)
Feast of Qawl (Speech) – First day of the 14th month of the Bahá'í calendar. (Bahá'í Faith)

Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: 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:

1499 – Pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck is hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from the Tower of London. He had invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV of England.

1644 – John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.

1867 – The Manchester Martyrs are hanged in Manchester, England for killing a police officer while freeing two Irish nationalists from custody.

1889 – The first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.

1910 – Johan Alfred Ander becomes the last person in Sweden to be executed. Come on Obama...

1914 – Mexican Revolution: The last of U.S. forces withdraw from Veracruz, occupied seven months earlier in response to the Tampico Affair.

1946 – French Navy fire in Hai Phong, Viet Nam, kills 6,000 civilians.

1963 – The BBC broadcasts the first ever episode of Doctor Who (starring William Hartnell) which is the world's longest running science fiction drama.

1979 – In Dublin, Ireland, Provisional Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon is sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten.

1981 – Iran-Contra Affair: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

1990 – The first all woman expedition to the south pole (3 Americans, 1 Japanese and 12 Russians), sets off from Antarctica on the 1st leg of a 70 day, 1287 kilometre ski trek.

1993 – Rachel Whiteread wins both the £20,000 Turner Prize award for best British modern artist and the £40,000 K Foundation art award for the worst artist of the year.


* 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.