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Monday, March 16, 2015

Mothering Day messages !! ~ Royal Navy says in style

There are different cultures ~ in India has a rich heritage – one of respecting elders.  .  In a Culture which teaches the virtues of living together (joint family) and seeking the blessings of elders [not restricted to parents] always, perhaps – just a day to commemorate is meaningless.  Still, in keeping with the modern Western trend – there are ‘Elders’ day’; ‘mothers day’ and more !

15th March was one such occasion in UK.   Mothering Sunday is a holiday celebrated in some parts of Europe. Over the years, it has become an occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents.  In the UK, Mothering Sunday is celebrated in the same way as Mother's Day is celebrated elsewhere.  Mother's Day, is now a day to honour mothers and other mother figures, such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law. Many people make a special effort to visit their mother. They take cards and gifts to her and may treat her to brunch, lunch or high tea in a cafe, restaurant or hotel. People who cannot visit their mother usually send gifts or cards to her !!!

Maria Fowler,  is an English glamour model.  Fowler has been featured in UK and Worldwide publications; she  had a supporting role in ITV2 series The Only Way Is Essex.  Saturday was all about family for Maria Fowler, as she treated her mum to an early Mother's Day dinner.  What grabbed attention was her accessory and new hair cut. Maria treated her mum to a dinner at Gaucho's in London, and the ladies made sure to dress up for their family dinner – photos showed her presenting bananas to her mother. 

Elton John [knighted] is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor.  Newsreports also commented on Elton John earning £340,000 [Rs.3.16 crores approx]  a night on US tour, and  his mother celebrating  her 90th birthday... at £14-a-head tapas bar !  The pop star now on a US star is considered one of the richest singers. With an estimated £240m, Sir Elton is one of the richest singers of all time; 5,000 miles away, his mother celebrated her birthday at low-key restaurant in West Sussex.  She's not thought to have spoken to her son for seven years after family rift; Sir Elton is still believed to support his mother financially.

On a good note, Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines on board a warship sent a Mother's Day message back home from the Gulf.  Crew members lined up on the flight deck of destroyer HMS Dauntless to form the word "Mum" and two kisses. The photo was taken from the ship's Lynx Mark 8 helicopter which was on a training flight. The greeting was sent on behalf of the 210-strong crew of the Portsmouth-based warship, which is in the Gulf to deter piracy and keep sea lanes open.

For many of the service personnel on board the destroyer, it is their first time on a major deployment away from the UK.  The Commanding Officer of the Ship is quoted as saying  - "We are all so grateful for the amazing support we have received from home in the last few months and it is great to be able to send a rather different Mother's Day e-card while we are deployed."

HMS Dauntless left Portsmouth at the start of January for a five-month routine deployment. In addition to anti-piracy patrols, it will make several stops in the Mediterranean for training as well as visiting ports in a number of Gulf states.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

16th Mar 2015.
photo credit :bbc.co,uk

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