30th 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:
Andrew

Festival:
Andrés Bonifacio Day (the Philippines)
Cities for Life Day
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Barbados from the United Kingdom in 1966
National day (Scotland)

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:

1786 – Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, promulgates a penal reform making his country the first state to abolish the death penalty. Consequently, November 30 is commemorated by 300 cities around the world as Cities for Life Day.

1872 – The first-ever international football match takes place at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, between Scotland and England

1886 – The Folies Bergère stages its first revue.

1902 – American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor. (Note: Bruce Chatwin'swonderful 'In Patagonia' gives some fascinating further information on what may have happened to the Wild Bunch).

1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States, the Hodges Meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of a human being hit by a rock from space. She survived with bruising.

1988 - Guilford inquiry declares Liverpool racism to be uniquely horrific.

2007 – Evel Knievel, the American motorcycle daredevil takes the final leap (b. 1938).


* 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.