By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Emperor Aikihito and Empress Michiko celebrated their Diamond anniversary on Wednesday, marking six decades of a marriage that helped modernise the monarchy. Akihito, 85, will abdicate on April 30 and be succeeded by his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito. "Sixty shining years of mutual support" wrote the often-staid Nikkei business daily in a take-out on their marriage - including a photo of Michiko, 84, calmly helping Akihito when he mixed up the pages of his speech at a recent ceremony. The fairy-tale romance that began on a tennis court and captured popular imagination also led to strains for Michiko, the first commoner to marry an heir to the ancient Japanese throne. "To break with tradition in Japan is extremely difficult," said Kazuo Oda, who was present when Akihito and Michiko met at a tennis match in August 1957, two years before they wed. Their marriage, widely portrayed as a love-match, fanned hopes that Michiko, the vibrant daughter … [Read more...] about Japan imperial couple mark Diamond anniversary ahead of abdication
Celebrating 50th wedding anniversary
PUBLISHED: 10:28 24 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:28 24 March 2019 Eddie and Jeannie Pleban cut the cake to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Photo: Pleban family Archant Eddie Pleban was given just 48 hours to live after suffering a stroke while travelling on a plane home from Australia. Eddie Pleban at his Colman Road home in Norwich. Picture: Keith Morris, courtesy of www.networknorfolk.co.ukThousands of feet above the ground and four hours away from the nearest hospital, his body began to shut down in the middle of the night.Aged 61 at the time, he was eventually transferred to a hospital in Dubai and put into a drug-induced coma.His family were told he only had days to live.But eight years on and Mr Pleban, of Colman Road in Norwich, has defied all the odds.Eddie Pleban and his wife Jeannie at their Colman Road home in Norwich. Picture: Keith Morris, courtesy of www.networknorfolk.co.ukAnd now he has celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Jeannie, who has … [Read more...] about Golden anniversary – eight years after Eddie defied odds
Nobody puts Baby in a corner here.And if they did, one of the regulars (sorry, not Patrick Swayze) at an International Dance Club event would extend a hand and invite her to dance.Saturday nights find club members and guests piling into the 4,000-square-foot venue on the West Side to trip the light fantastic to the music of a live band. You name the dance style, and this mostly older crowd, in the second half of their lives, have danced it.“We love to dance and help people learn to dance and enjoy themselves,” said Club Vice President Sonja Anderson. “My husband (Club Membership Secretary David Koppa) brought me here on our first real date, and we’ve been coming ever since.” Thetribune Northgate's Boot Barn Hall adds country flavor to Colorado Springs, Tri-Lakes area music menu Charlie Searle The crowd is smaller than usual on this snowy Saturday in March, but about 10 folks are still out on the generously sized ballroom floor, memorizing the … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs dance club celebrates 50th anniversary
IT started out as a college project by two US university students - and went on to become the biggest search engine in the world. Today, September 27, marks the site's 20th birthday and Google has shared a new doodle - here's what you need to know. When is Google's 20th birthday - and why are people so confused about the date? Google celebrates its birthday on September 27, but when you actually Google its special day, the results can be misleading. The domain google.com was registered on September 15, 1997. And the company wasn't registered as a business until September 4, 1998 - a few days after the first Google doodle of a stick man appeared. According to Google, it changed its birthday in 2002. Other search engines say the switch was made in 2005, hence the confusion. Will there be a new Doodle? On September 27, the site revealed its new birthday doodle featuring animated balloons in its trademark colours to spell out Google with '20' as the o's. The doodle sees the balloons … [Read more...] about Google’s 20th birthday is TODAY and there’s a Doodle too! How is it being celebrated and why are people confused about the date?
PUBLISHED: 14:43 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 18 September 2018 Abigail Nicholson Maureen & Bob Price with Deputy Ward Sister Jo Jennings.Picture: NNUH Archant A couple celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary have raised £700 for the day unit that treated one of them for cancer. Bob and Maureen Price, who grew up in Great Yarmouth and now live In Brudall, celebrated their anniversary with family and friends and asked for donations after experiencing the Weybourne Day Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital work first hand.Mrs Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2017, and began an intensive course of chemotherapy on the Weybourne Day Unit. She said: “Having benefitted from improvements to the ward, via the hospital charity we wanted to donate directly to the ward, where it makes a real difference to patients, for me something as simple as comfortable reclining chairs made the experience more … [Read more...] about Golden couple raise hundreds for chemotherapy Day Unit