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Birthday Meanings: What does your birthday say about you?

In this fascinating series, best selling writer Neil Somerville gives a birthday reading for every day of the year. Based on astrology and numerology, each entry describes strengths and weaknesses and special qualities for those born on that day. Revealing, insightful and often surprising, Birthday Meanings is different and could make a popular and regular feature.

Neil Somerville is one of Britain’s top Mind Body and Spirit writers. He is author of over 30 books including the long running series Your Chinese Horoscope and bestseller The Answers. His works have been widely translated and he has contributed to many magazines and newspapers both in Britain and overseas. His outlook and approach has enabled him to build a large readership and with some of his observations and thoughts now included in quote collections.

In addition to his writing, Neil is a keen traveller, regularly presents talks as well as enjoys compiling word puzzles, including Sudoku Word.

Do You Have An Addictive Personality?

(Adult female)

Do you get fixated and fanatical? Do you get enthusiastic and excited or indifferent and uninterested? Do you become hooked or half-hearted? Do you have an addictive personality – find out in this fun quiz.

1: A group of your friends are raising money for charity by not eating chocolate for a month. Would you take part?
a)    No, you couldn’t last for a week, let alone a month
b)    Yet, but it would be a struggle not to even eat a chunk
c)    Yes, it would do you good not to eat chocolate for that time

2; Shopping for a new top you find the perfect style, but can’t choose between the four different colours available. Which would you buy?
a)    Being unable to make a decision you would buy all four
b)    You would buy one, and then wonder whether or not you had chosen the right colour
c)    The colour that would easily match with your present clothes

The things they said about …

Friends and friendship

 “Stay” is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary. 
Louisa May Alcott (1832-88) US novelist

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. 
Anais Nin (1903-77) French-US author

If I don’t have friends, then I ain’t nothing. 
Billie Holiday (1915-59) US singer

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own. 
Charlotte Bronte (1816-55) British novelist, poet

It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.  
Marlene Dietrich (1901-92) German-US actress, singer

Prosperity provideth, but adversity proveth friends. 
Elizabeth I (1533-1603) British queen

Show me a friend in need and I’ll show you a pest. 
Joe E Lewis (1902-71) US comedian and actor

The best time to make friends is before you need them. 
Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959) US actress

The truth is friendship is every bit as sacred and eternal as marriage. 
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) New Zealand author

Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light. 
Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854-1921) US socialite

True or False

1. There are 4 Passport Offices in England. True or false?

   False. There are only 3

2. Corfu is the largest Greek island. True or false?

   False. It's Crete

3. The flag of Paraguay has a different design on the reverse. True or false?


4. Osborne House is situated on the Isle of Man. True or false?

   False. It's the Isle of Wight