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Treasure Islands

The book Treasure Islands, by Rosemary Kingsland. it lists fifteen 16 treasure islands:
1. La Plata, Ecuador, Pacific Ocean;
2. Elba, Italy, Mediterranean Sea; 3. Auckland Islands, New Zealand, South Pacific Ocean; 4. Tortuga, Haiti, Caribbean Sea;
5. Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire, USA, Atlantic Ocean.
6. Mahé, Seychelles, Indian Ocean.
7. Mauritius, Mascarene Islands, Indian Ocean.
8. Balambangan, Borneo, South China Sea.
9. Trinidad, Brazil, South Atlantic Ocean.
10. Aruba, Venezuela, Antilles Islands, Caribbean Sea.
11. Grigan, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
12. Taumatos, Polynesia, south Pacific Ocean.
13. Lord Howe Island.
14. Plum Island Nova Scotia, Atlantic Ocean.
15. Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Ocean.
16. Caldy Island, South Wales Bristol channel.

Killibibin

Killibinbin is a word the ancient Aussies used to describe anything extremely bright or shining.

Saw this word in the Subway advertise for Aussie hair shine product.
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The Holy Grail

To many people the Holy Grail is only a religious myth, the romantic object that King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table searched for, a symbol of all that was pure. To others the Holy Grail is as factual as the Cross itself -- although it has never, in fact, had any historical substance or form.

It is supposed to be the chalice from which Christ drank during the Last Supper -- and on which the Mass is based. It was said that it also used to catch His blood as He hung on the cross.

A less popular version of what the Holy Grail represents is that it was the shallow dish -- a wooden platter -- on which the bread of the Last Supper was broken and served.

King Arthur -- whose magical city Camelot is supposed to be in Somerset, not far from Glastonbury -- always declared that the Holy Grail was a rare jewelled goblet, but this is most unlikely if it is indeed one of the objects used by Christ, who had nothing rich or exotic in His whole life. It is possible, of course, that the orig…

About Idolatry

Talking with Christian, you can't avoid a pejorative term 'idolatry'.

But I don't think there is anything wrong to pray to an idol, because idol worshipers don't actually believe those images or statues made of mud, or carved from wood, or  chiseled out of stone are alive, those objects are just an image representing god or angels. That's why people choose a special day, on 1st and 15th of each month or birthday to go the temple, to light incense and make offer. On these days, Buddhas and other angels will come down from Heaven to listen to the prayers.

Idol worshipers actually acknowledge one Supreme God above those gods, such as Chinese,  once a year they sent their kitchen god to Heaven, the kitchen god acts as a medium between human being and the Highest God, he report good deed or wrongdoings of every household.

We may ask if you have some difficulties or unjust done to you, will you go straight to Prime Minister, or first to your local councilor? In the p…

Fairy Puck

In Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck is an interesting character. He is the servant fairy, but he is a different kind of fairy from fairy King and Queen Oberon and Titania. Although he plays the part of Oberon's servant and messenger, he is more like the goblins that appeared in fairy stories. In the play he also called Robin Goodfellow and Hobgoblin and this character was a mischievous fellow, well known in many fairy tales for the pranks he played.

Puck plays jokes on ordinary village folk. Sometimes he upsets the dairymaids by skimming the cream from the milk or by getting in the dairy churn so that they cannot turn the cream into butter. On other occasions, he spoils beer which is being brewed, just for fun. Another favorite trick is to transform himself into a crab-apple hidden inside a jug of ale. Then when an old grandmother sips the ale, he bobs against her lips so that she spills it. His best 'joke', however, is to whip away a stool from …

Pirate and Privateer

Pirate were cut-throat robbers who had no loyalty to any king or country, and who swooped on any ship of every nation, including their own. Treachery and murder were a way of life in the days when sailing-ships roamed the world.

There was also another sort of pirate, a privateer. He was a kind of commissioned pirate, actually given permission by his own country  to rob his enemies; but if he ever stole from his own country's ships, then he was called a pirate, and hunted down and hanged. The treasure stolen by privateers was shared with the king.

Four Divine Creatures

Four Supernatural creatures which the Chinese look upon as omens of good are the Unicorn, phoenix, the tortoise, and the dragon.

The K'i-lin, or Chinese Unicorn, is a hooved divine creature which appears with the imminent arrival or passing of a wise sage or an illustrious ruler.

The Fenghuang, or phoenix, is reign over all birds,  the male is called Feng, and the female is called Huang.