Friday, 4 January 2013



It is the first week of the first month of a new year. It is a time for resolutions which will probably be broken before February.

But it is a 'first'! Think about the joy that is associated with 'first'... first prize, first born, first past the post, first in line, first place, first day at school, first job...

Second, third or fourth is just not the same and last is almost embarrassing.

As we begin 2013, I would like to share some 'firsts' with you.

First man to walk on the moon... Neil Armstrong, July 20th 1969.

First man to make a solo non-stop transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh 1927

First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhurt 1932

First Blackpool (UK) illuminations, September 18th 1879

First skyscraper was the Home Insurance Building, Chicago, USA, 10 storeys high in 1883-5 built by William Le Baron Jenney

First safety pin was invented by Walter Hunt (USA) in 1849

First video game was produced by Willy Higinbotham (USA) in 1958

First men to reach the summit of Everest were Edmund Hillary (New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) on May 29th 1953

First man to swim across the English Channel was Matthew Webb (England) in 1875

First supermarket trolley was introduced by Sylvan Goldman (USA) in 1937

First match was produced by Robert Boyle (England) in 1680

First top hat was made and worn by English haberdasher, John Hetherington, in 1797. He was arrested and fined £50 for causing a disturbance in London when he wore his creation for the first time!

First lawn mower was invented by Edwin Budding (England) in 1930

There always has to be a 'first'! This year, I offer you all a challenge. No, I don't expect you to create something or do something dramatic like climbing Everest; anyway that's been done but how many personal 'firsts' can you achieve? Maybe, you'll purchase your first car, get your first degree, play that first game of golf or run your first marathon.

Make it a year of personal firsts!

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