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 The L Word receiving rave reviews worldwide.
By ARIA  11:22 PM ET
Showtime's groundbreaking series has been making the rounds around the globe to impressive reviews.  Makes one wonder why Bad Girls had never made it to the US shores.  Although word is out and about that there are plans in the making to create a US version of the very popular show which is currently in its 6th season.  It will be interesting to see how the show fares in the US market, or even how the two versions of the show will compare.  The US remake of Coupling seemed to fizzle out before it even started.  You are invited to share your views on this topic.  How do BG's and the L Word compare in your view?
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New Year Good Luck Traditions

-excerpts from info compiled by DGreetings

"Traditionally, it was believed that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. That is why, about all of us love to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of our family and friends. New Year bashes often last for hours after the ringing in of a new year in the middle of the night. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if that visitor happened to be a tall dark-haired man.

"Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune.

"Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the New Year by consuming black-eyed peas. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day. Japanese make rice cakes, Mochi to bring good luck in the coming year. The Spanish have had a traditional custom to celebrate New Year's Eve, 31st of December. At twelve p.m. everybody has to have twelve grapes to be eaten each time the clock chimes. By the time the clock has finished chiming, everybody has to finish their grapes and the New Year starts."


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How New Year is said around the world
Arabic: Kul 'aam u antum salimoun
Chinese: Chu Shen Tan
Czechoslavakia: Scastny Novy Rok
Dutch: Gullukkig Niuw Jaar
Finnish: Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French: Bonne Annee
German: Prosit Neujahr
Greek: Eftecheezmaenos o Kaenooryos hronos
Hebrew: L'Shannah Tovah Tikatevu
Hindi: Niya Saa Moobaarak
Irish (Gaelic): Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian: Buon Capodanno
Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei
Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai
Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo
Russian: S Novim Godom
Serbo-Croatian: Scecna nova godina
Spanish: Feliz Ano Neuvo
Prospero Ano Nuevo
Turkish: Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Vietnamese: Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan
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Top five New Year resolutions
from DGreetings www.123newyear.com

  1.  will take a good care of my health and will be fit the whole year.
  2. I will enjoy my life more, be optimistic and happy.
  3. I will be more helpful to others and spend some part of my earnings in charity.
  4. I will be organized and disciplined. I will go early to bed and also wake up early.
  5. I will spend more fruitful time with my family and good friends and will make every effort to make them happy.

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