Gee Whiz!

I saw this mobile newspaper shop on my walk today and thought, ‘Gee Whiz, what a great idea’!

The tall person knew what I was thinking and as we watched the news pass us by he shared several news related quotations:

News is anything that makes a reader say, `Gee Whiz’!
Arthur MacEwen, American editor,

No one says “Gee Whiz!” very much these days, of course, not even in America — both because that expression has long since been supplanted by others more colourful and less printable, and because our capacity for surprise has long since been dulled by a surfeit of sources.
Shashi Tharoor, Indian writer and diplomat, b. 1956

Hmm, I am very pleased to report that my capacity for surprise has not been dulled by a surfeit of sources.

Deadly flood in Tbilisi

A terrific storm hit Tbilisi last night. Heavy rain started at about 10pm local time and lasted for about three hours. The state agency for weather monitoring and forecast reported 93 millimeters of rainfall within that period.

The Mtkvari river was initially reported to have burst its banks but officials later confirmed that the heavy rainful had washed mud, trees and debris into water collectors, blocking them and causing a muddy torrent to flood several neighborhoods.

The worst affected area was Ortachala district. The deadly torrent trapped people in their homes and claimed the lives of a mother and her two children, an elderly woman and an elderly man. One of the children was six months old; the other was five.

Buildings were flooded or heavily damaged, trees were uprooted and cars overturned. According to eyewitnesses, the water rose to 3 meters (10 feet) in some areas.

President Saakashvili visited the most affected areas today and met with the local residents in Ortachala. He expressed condolence over the death of five people and pledged to provide shelter to all those left without homes as a result of the flood.

It has been a very sad day for Tbilisi.

The day of national unity

Yesterday was the Day of National Unity (ეროვნული ერთიანობის დღე) in the Republic of Georgia. It commemorates a massacre that took place in Tbilisi on April 9 1989 when an anti-Soviet demonstration was dispersed by the Soviet Army, resulting in 20 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Tens of thousands of people had gathered before the House of Government on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi in peaceful demonstration, demanding the restoration of Georgian independence.

In the evening of April 8 Soviet forces were mobilized. The Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II addressed the demonstrators, warning of the danger posed by the Soviet troops and asking asking them to disperse to the safety of churches. Despite this plea the demonstrators remained

On April 9, at 3:45 a.m., Soviet troops advanced on the demonstrators.  As the troops came close, the demonstrators kept singing and dancing to show the nonviolent nature of the gathering.

Suddenly the troops began attacking the demonstrators with batons and spades.  One of the victims was a 16-year-old girl who tried to get away from the soldiers, but was chased down and beaten to death near the steps of the government building.

Gas was also used against the demonstrators.

The attack resulted in the death of 20 people, among them 17 women.

The event marked a transformation in Georgians’ mentality, which unified the nation.

A blind woman at the demonstration sang a Georgian patriotic song as the Soviet troops advanced. Her voice can be heard on a video taken at the time.

On a walk recently we saw a blind musician singing the same song and we stopped and listened and remembered the terrible tragedy that took place on April 9 1989.

Good New Year News from the BBC

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night. Thank you for tuning into the BBC News (Bassa’s Blogging Channel).

This is your good news correspondent, Bassa, reporting from Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia.

It’s been a while since my last broadcast.

Whatever happened to good news?

I finally found some! I was very pleased today to hear of some excellent news. My great blogging friend Jodi recently welcomed her nephew home from Afghanistan.

Welcome home SSG Stevenson and his comrades in the 368th!

http://jodistone.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/one-from-the-bucket-list/

That’s all folks.

Remember, good news makes you feel good. Be part of Bassa’s good news!

Christmas news from the BBC

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night. Thank you for tuning into the BBC News (Bassa’s Blogging Channel).

This is your good news correspondent, Bassa, reporting from Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia.

Our top story is from one of my favorite blogs, Collies of the Meadow.

I know many of you follow the adventures of Chuck and his Collies at the Meadow but some may not have seen this wonderful post about Christmas.

Narrated by Trevor, the Alpha Male at the Meadow, this story is a heart warming celebration of Christmas. 

Trevor tells us that before he came to live with Chuck he spent the winters in a kennel inside a barn. Now he is warm and fed and loved.

http://colliesofthemeadow.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/trevor-talks-about-christmas/

That’s all folks. Remember, good news makes you feel good. Be part of Bassa’s good news!

Kindness at Christmas – news from the BBC

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night. Thank you for tuning into the BBC News (Bassa’s Blogging Channel).

This is your good news correspondent, Bassa, reporting from Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia.

Our top story is from the Roycroft Report, a blog that I stumbled upon and was very pleased I did.

We are all sometimes amazed and heartened by random acts of kindness, especially at Christmas time.

This story from the Roycroft Report is a wonderful example of kindness and reminds us that caring about others makes a big difference.

Let’s all make a difference this Christmas!

http://jroycroft.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/sharing-your-wealth-by-choice/

That’s all folks. Remember, good news makes you feel good. Be part of Bassa’s good news!

Breaking news from the BBC – Santa’s true identity revealed!

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night everyone and thank you for tuning into the BBC News (Bassa’s Blogging Channel).

This is your good news correspondent, Bassa, reporting from Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia.

Many people have wondered about the true identity of Santa Claus.

Wonder no more!

Our breaking news story is from one of my favorite blogs, What I Meant 2 Say

In her post, Mrs. Cap’n Firepants reveals the truth about Santa to her daughter, Dimples.

Enjoy!

http://whatimeant2say.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/who-do-you-think-pulls-the-sleigh/

That’s all folks. Remember, good news makes you feel good. Be part of Bassa’s good news!

P.S. Santa, don’t forget to visit me and don’t wear a short skirt or you will get a cold bottom!