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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

I Think We Need a Bigger Sampler

To celebrate my 400th Follower I showed a picture of my Millennium Sampler personalised with people I felt needed to be remembered for their contribution to life in the previous Millennium.  I decided to ask everyone who they would have included on their own version.  I was bowled over from the choices!  No-one had the top answer - me, but I guess my contribution to global happiness (ie this blog) only started in the 21st Century so was not eligible hahaha.

DSC03397.jpg Millennium Sampler

As promised, here is the full list of nominees plus links for those of you who'd like to learn more about them. There are certainly a few I had not heard of.  The English education system is quite neglectful of famous American civil rights activists.  Frankly we're not taught much beyond "You broke away from us and went downhill from there".

King Richard III - much maligned and misunderstood King of England
Diana, Princess of Wales - First wife of Prince Charles, keen charity promoter, Memorial Fund - now closed
Queen Alexandra - married to Edward VII, keen charity promoter, Alexandra Rose Day
Queen Elizabeth I - The Virgin Queen, reigned for 45 years, brought peace to England
Queen Elizabeth II - our current Queen, has reigned for over 60 years.

Harriet Tubman - African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War
Rosa Parks - African-American civil rights activist
Martin Luther King Jr - African-American civil rights activist
Elizabeth Cady StantonAmerican social activist, abolitionist, and women's rights movement
Caroline Chisholm - helped young women in colonial times with housing and jobs, thus saving them from destitution
Helen Keller -  American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree 

Sir Keith Park -  New Zealand soldier, First World War flying ace and Second World War Royal Air Force commander. 
Nancy Wake - "The Grey Mouse" - an New Zealand woman who bravely worked with the French resistance during WWII
Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Lutheran theologian who died fighting the Nazi regime

Albert EinsteinGerman-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity
Ada Lovelace - English mathematician - see her day - Ada Lovelace Day
Nikola TeslaSerbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - English Aristocrat and campaigner for inoculation against smallpox
Lord Ernest RutherfordZealand-born physicist and chemist, known as the father of nuclear physics
Isaac NewtonEnglish physicist and mathematician 
Jane GoodallBritish primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace
Alexander Graham Bell - Scottish scientist, inventor, engineer, credited with inventing the first practical telephone
John Logie BairdScottish engineer and inventor of the world's first practical, publicly demonstrated television system


Florence Nightingale - English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing
Fred Hollows - eye doctor who volunteered in 3rd world countries to save people's eyesight
Victor Chang  - pioneer heart surgeon who was tragically murdered in 1991
Frederick Banting - Canadian medical scientist, doctor, painter and Nobel laureate noted as the primary discoverer of insulin

JRR Tolkien -  English writer and poet, best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Barbara Walters - American broadcaster and journalist
Deanna Durbin - Canadian Singer and Actor
Margot Fonteyn - English Ballerina
Charles Dickens - Victorian English writer and social critic
Elvis Presley - American Singer and Actor
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa New Zealand/Māori soprano, her charitible foundation
Leonardo da Vinci -  Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. (etc etc etc)
Maria Callas - American-born Greek soprano
The Beatles - English rock band formed in Liverpool, in 1960
Edith HamiltonGerman-American educator and author 
Leo TolstoyRussian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories.
Frédéric ChopinPolish composer and virtuoso pianist
Jane Austen - English Novelist 
Coco ChanelFrench fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand
Paulo CoelhoBrazilian lyricist and novelist
Mark Rothko - American painter of Latvian Jewish descent.

Captain CookBritish explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy
Sir Edmund HillaryNew Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist
Neil ArmstrongAmerican astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon.

George Washington -  First President of the United States
Thomas Jefferson - Third President of the United States
Dame Enid Lyons - the first Australian woman to sit in Parliament
John and Elizabeth Macarthur - early squatters who began the merino wool industry in Australia which helped create the nation's wealth in the 19th century
Betsy Ross - creator of the first American flag

Gary Hall, Jr.- swimmer and diabetic
Kris Freeman - cross-country skier and diabetic, see this story

Martin Luther - 16th Century German monk
Dalai Lama - the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, the 14th Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso
Mother Teresa - Roman Catholic Nun and Nobel Peace Prize winner

And finally, two men who would not have made the short list at the turn of the century, most of us would not have heard of them back then, but without them it is highly unlikely you would be reading this today.  Shows how much the world can change in a decade: 

Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and inventor, best known as the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc
Tim Berners-Lee - British computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.



Phew!!  I don't know about you but I'm exhausted and I did that list in two shifts!


So Finally, the part you've been waiting for; the winner of the 400 Followers Giveaway.  Drum Roll.

The winner is - 


Sir Frederick Banting
Sir Frederick Grant Banting, KBE, MC, FRS, FRSC was a Canadian medical scientist, doctor, painter and Nobel laureate noted as the primary discoverer of insulin. In 1923 Banting and John James Rickard Macleod received the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Unfortunately Sir Frederick could not be with us this evening so I'd like to ask Shebafudge to step forward and receive the prize on his behalf.  Sharon had a personal reason for choosing Sir Frederick, without his discovery of insulin her daughter would not be with us today.  Congratulations to Sharon, a little something will be in the mail to you some time this year!

Finally, finally, a huge Thank You to everyone who left a comment and nominated a person/persons for inclusion on our sampler.  I had a great time finding out all about the different people and I hope you did too.  Next week, there will be a short exam on what you have learned this week.

19 comments:

  1. Ack! I am hiding then next week. I will flunk the exam! ;)
    What a great idea Jo. I really enjoyed all the many answers.

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  2. What a fun and interesting post! Congratulations Sharon. I hope you live up to Sir Frederick's expectations.

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  3. That is certainly one great list, Jo. You always have such interesting ideas. Congrats to Sebafudge.

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  4. What an interesting list :) As a Canadian, I'm very proud that Sir Banting won! Congrats to the winner!

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  5. That's quite a list and very interesting too. I missed seeing your sampler before - it's lovely!

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  6. Sooo glad you made this choice, thanks to Sharon. I've been married 41 years (next week) to a 52 year diabetic, so we owe our happiness to Sir Banting.

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  7. hahahaha .... can we cheat ..lol
    well it is an impressive list and nice to see it all in one place too ... congrats to shebafudge as well :)
    love mouse xxxxx

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  8. That's quite a list.
    One or two on there I hadn't heard of before

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  9. Really enjoyed reading this post, congrats to Shebafudge.

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  10. Great post & congrats to Shebafudge!!! x

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  11. Wow, what a list Jo. Congrats to Shebafudge too.

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  12. Hate to tell you this but Nancy Wake was a New Zealander. We in the Antipodes loved to help the Mother Country in your war!

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  13. That was great fun! Thanks for making us play.

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  14. Wow...that's going to be some sampler. When are you starting it Jo??

    Gosh, I'm shocked I won, there were so many wonderful people on the list.

    Thank you for all the kind congratulations everyone. What a lovely way to start the weekend :)

    love Shebafudge pp Sir F Banting

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  15. A great list, my mum will be sending a note as I'll be sick the day we take the exam......

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  16. Congratulations Sharon, what a education your list was, thanks Sally.

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  17. Congratulations Shebafudge! Wow Jo you have really outdone yourself on this one. Once again I need to lie down after reading your post. On second thoughts I might go have some wine and toast the late Victor Chang and Sir Banting.
    xox Alicia

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  18. Congrats to your winner! I certainly understand why she would include Sir Frederick Banting. In fact, I can't think of a better reason. I'll probably be sick on exam day.....

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