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TODAY IS MONDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER! Hi everyone, and welcome to Penguin Island! We hope you will have lots of fun on this page. There's a daily devotional, trivia questions and serialised stories. Have a great time looking around!

HELLO EVERYONE! This is YOUR page! If you have any ideas for devotionals or amazing facts, please send them in to me. I'd love to mention you on Penguin Island, so please write in!

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Amazing Facts! Amazing Facts! Amazing Facts! Amazing Facts!

#1. "Who wants to hear actors talk?" --H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
#2. "I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper." --Gary Cooper, after turning down the lead role in Gone With The Wind.
#3. "Stocks have reached a permanently high plateau." --Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

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G'day, everyone!

I am a 11 year old Australian living in England. I was born in Perth, Western Australia, but we have been living in England since October 19, 1998. I live in an old converted chapel in a Somerset village called Shipham in the Mendip Hills. The village has a great panorama over Weston-super-Mare and the Bristol Channel. Shipham is a small village with about 1,000 residents. Its history is to do with mining, with street names like Hind Pits Lane, Hollow Road, and Comrade Avenue. The village has a wide variety of buildings, including St. Leonard's Church, the smallest coffee shop in Britain (next door to our house, with a kitchen hardly big enough for a dozing sheep), and Mole End Chapel (our house). The area in which we live, called Somerset, is famous for being the home of Cheddar cheese, as well as having many strawberry farms and apple orchards.
I have just created my own website - all about Peanuts from the characters' points of view. The URL is Please take a look around if you'd like to. There's a quiz, quotes, character profiles, a poll, a tongue-in-cheek homophonic exercise on copyright, links, a tribute to Charles Schulz, and you can even send a Peanuts Postcard or view the Peanuts Comic of the day (please note: to do so you will need to go outside my webpage). I hope you have lots of fun!

- Oscar

Click here to go to my Peanuts Website, "Linus and Friends!"



Monday 2 September, 2002
1 Corinthians 7:7b KJV - Who Am I
There will always be others I can compare myself to - people who look better and do better than I do. But if I waste my life living on the things I don't have, I'll never really appreciate what I DO have. I'm the only person in the world exactly like me. No-one else has my particular talents or goals. I'm the only me... and you're the only you. Each of us is one of a kind, and we're the best you and me there is.
What are your best talents or qualities? How can you make the most of them?
All the world's a stage, and you've got the best part: you.
Lord, help me to be the best me that I can be, but to love myself like You do - just the way I am.

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Weekly Torturous Trivia

Try your hand at this assorted trivia quiz and e-mail me with your answers.
#1. What is the top-selling daily newspaper?
#2. What was the first national newspaper published in the UK?
#3. What is the top-selling newspaper in English?

Here are the answers to last week's art questions:

#1. What is the most expensive painting ever sold at an auction? [Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-90) Christie's, New York, 15 May 1990, sold for $75 million or 44,378,696.]
#2. What is the artist with the most works of art sold for more than one million pounds? [Pablo Picasso, 160.]
#3. What is the most expensive painting ever sold in the UK? [Sunflowers, Vincent van Gogh, Christie's, London, 30 March 1987, 22,500,000.]

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And now, the first of the serialised stories. Every Friday a new paragraph will be added to the stories.



After a very long time, Casey unfolded herself. She felt that she was out in the open air again. She realised that she was...


"Hey Newton, do you know what this vehicle is?"


"I don't know," Newton replied truthfully. "Maybe it's taking us on a luxury trip to our plane!"


Casey giggled. "If this is luxury," she said as they bumped along the ground, "I'd hate to be Economy Class!"


"Well," said Pearson, "I don't think we're going any class - I think that that" - here he pointed his muzzle at the belly of the plane - "is where we're going to go. With the cargo. I suddenly feel demoted." He winked.


Suddenly a black-and-white blur raced up beside them. Casey leapt away from her portcullis in a fright. The blur slowed to a trot, and suddenly seemed to change into a border collie. The collie managed to keep a steady pace next to the dogs, so Newton attempted to strike up a conversation with it.


"Hello! What are you doing out there? Shouldn't you be in one of these boxes like us?"


The collie shook his head. "No. I'm Mick, one of the border collies assigned to chase birds off the runway. You see," he explained, "those planes are susceptible to having birds caught in their engines. If that happens, the plane could crash. Look over there - that man with the shiny thing in his hand - some 'flare,' as they call it, comes out of that thing and whooshes over the birds. That scares the birds in the air away. Us border collies are then called in to chase the birds that stayed on the ground off the runway, leaving a clear path for the plane." He smiled. "It's a pretty important job. We dont want those birds to get hurt now, do we? I think I see one or two in the path of a plane right now. I need to go. Great to meet you. Bye!" Newton and Pearson scarcely managed to return the good-bye before the collie turned into a blur again.


Casey unrolled herself and looked over to the dogs. "Who was that?"


"A dog whose job is to protect David and his family," Pearson smiled.

Copyright Oscar Hyde, 2001.

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