I’ve heard of thankful villages in the past but only today have I heard of doubly thankful villages.
A thankful village is one where all the men (and women) who left to serve in World War I returned home. Because of this they have no war memorial to 1st world war casualties!
I discovered this a couple of years ago because a village near me, Stoke Hammond is a thankful village.
This is quite amazing as of the 16,000 villages in England and Wales only 41 are called ‘A Thankful Village’.
Today I learnt about doubly thankful villages (where they lost no-one in either of the 1st or 2nd world wars) thanks to this article on the BBC
Today’s word of the day at dictionary.com is philomath and describes me and this goal perfectly ;)
philomath \FIL-uh-math\, noun:
A lover of learning; a scholar.
It is precisely for the philomaths that universities ought to cater. Aldous Huxley, Proper Studies
It’s nothing to laugh about, he says. “Strange things happen in this country – things that philosophers and other philomaths had never dreamed of.” Tomek Tryzna, Miss Nobody
Philomath is from the Greek philomathes, “loving knowledge,” from philos, “loving, fond” + mathein, “to learn, to understand.”
When I (finally) qualify as an actuary I won’t have any more exams to do. I’ve done exams (not just tests) every year (now twice a year) for the last 22 years.
Hubby has said that he knows I’ll find something new to study.
I think he’s right.
I did A-level Geology whilst doing a postgrad diploma as I got bored with the diploma – it wasn’t challenging enough!
I’ve done a German revision/update course whilst doing my actuarial exams as I was afraid I’d lose what I’ve learnt so far.
Oh yes I want to:
- learn swedish
- improve my german so it’s fluent again
- play my violin again
- learn to scuba dive
- redo my website – not using frontpage this time
- take a cookery course at Cordon Vert
That’s OK for a start.