06/03/18 - NNHS Newsletter - World Bicycle Day
“Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
We've never observed this day before, because it's never happened before! Today is the very first World Bicycle Day! How exciting!
BONUS - Bicycle Race - Queen (original censored version)
|"Bicycle Race" is a single by the
British rock band
Queen. It was released on their 1978 album
Jazz and written by Queen's frontman
Freddie Mercury. It was released as a
double A-side single together with the song "Fat
Bottomed Girls". The song is notable for its video featuring a
bicycle race with nude women at
Wimbledon Stadium, which was edited or even banned in several
The song was written by Mercury and was inspired by watching the 18th stage of the 1978 Tour de France passing Montreux, where the band were recording Jazz in the Mountain Studios. It starts with a chorus unaccompanied by instruments. The chorus is followed by two verses connected with a bridge, both followed by a chorus. Around the middle of the song is a solo played with numerous bicycle bells. The song has an unusual chord progression with numerous modulations, a change of metre (from 4/4 to 6/8) in the bridge, and multitracked vocal and guitar harmonies.
The lyrics are topical for the time and contain social, political and pop-culture references, such as religion, Vietnam War, Watergate, drugs, fictional characters (Peter Pan, Frankenstein and Superman), and the films Jaws and Star Wars. The song also mentions actor John Wayne. The lyrics also mention the exclamatory interjection "Hot dog!" and the idiom "Cool it, man!"
Brian May has said that the song was not an autobiographical portrait of Mercury and that Mercury did not particularly enjoy bicycling, also noting that despite the lyrics, Mercury was a Star Wars fan...
|The World Bicycle Day is on 3 June. It was approved on 12
April 2018 as an official United Nations day of awareness about the
multiple societal benefits of using the
for transport and leisure.
After the announcement was made,
European Cyclists' Federation Secretary General
Bernhard Ensink stated, "Cycling is a source for social, economic
and environmental benefits – and it is bringing people together. WCA and
ECF are extremely happy with this declaration. This UN declaration is an
acknowledgement of the contribution of
Sustainable Development Goals".
Leszek Sibilski led a campaign to promote a UN Resolution for World Bicycle Day, eventually gaining the support of Turkmenistan and 56 other countries. The logo for World Bicycle Day was designed by Isaac Feld and the accompanying animation was done by Professor John E. Swanson. It depicts bicyclists of various types riding around the globe. At the bottom of the logo is the hashtag #June3WorldBicycleDay. The main message is to show that the bicycle belongs to and serves all of humanity.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Bill Combs ('63) AND Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Raoul Weinstein ('57) of GA AND Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
05 - Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of UT;
06 - Robert Hemintoller ('57) AND Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57) AND My Granddaughter, Eve Harty of CA;
07 - Fred Field (June '45) of CA AND the late Al Simms ('60) (deceased 08/11/16) AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|June 03, 1923 - In Italy, Benito Mussolini granted women the
right to vote.
June 03, 1938 - The German Reich voted to confiscate so-called "degenerate art."
June 03, 1940 - The German Luftwaffe bombed Paris, killing 254 people. Most of the people killed were civilians and school children.
June 03, 1940 - The Battle of Dunkirk ended with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat.
THIS DAY IN 1965:
Thursday, June 03, 1965 - The Newport News High School Class of 1965 was graduated.
|Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of IL - 10/13/01||
Courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65)
of VA - 05/30/03
Clark ('65) of Northern VA - 06/05/02
Thanks again, Chip!
THIS DAY IN 1968:
|Sunday, June 03, 1968 - Absolutely nothing noteworthy transpired anywhere in the world.|
journey through life has periods of both good times and bad. Each
presents different challenges. How we learn to adjust to the changes
which come along depends on the foundation on which we build.”
L. Tom Perry
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Me ('65) of NC - 06/03/18:
|Speaking of moving, we moved back to Fayetteville seven years ago today!|
|Thank you, Joan!|
"Bicycle Race" lyrics courtesy of
https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/queen/bicyclerace.html - 06/02/18
Winking Smiley courtesy of My Friend, Jennifer, of NC - 03/12/17
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16
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