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An Amusing Look at the Days of the Week.

The week is traditionally made up of seven days of equal length and depth. Depending on your preference, the week starts with either Monday or Sunday and ends with either Saturday or confusingly Sunday again.

The names of the days of the week are based either on numerical or planetary meanings, such as Saturday which takes its name from Saturn, the planet.

The days of the week are associated with various things including, emotions, people, numbers and cakes. Sunday is ideal for cake.

Sunday gets its name from being the day when it was most sunny when they picked names for days. It is generally considered the most religious day of the week, as shops and that used to be shut although not anymore.

Now shops are open, Sunday is not considered to be as religious, especially as Sunday league football has got more popular and a lot of these games are played in the morning.

Other things that regularly happen on Sunday are the Eastenders omnibus for people who missed episodes in the week and newspapers add more pages and charge more.

Monday's child is fair of face, according to the traditional folk rhyme. So, where

does the name come from? Monday is named after the moon, simply remove one of the middle vowels and it would be Mon, then add day on the end. The day of the moon is the least favorite of many people as it is usually the first working day of the week.

Sir Bob Geldof, of Band Aid fame, wrote and sang a song called I Don't Like Mondays, also Garfield the cartoon cat doesn't like it but didn't sing about it, he just looked miserable and made dour comments. Mondays are not very popular, although if you are unemployed every day is pretty similar as you don't have to go to work.

Tuesday is the second or third day of the week. It traditionally occurs after Monday, but also after Sunday, although it never happens straight after Sunday as this space is occupied by Monday. It is named after the planet Mars, although the relationship between Tues and Mars seems stretched at best.

Wednesday is not named after the number four, which is where it is positioned in this article's list of days. It is actually named of the god Woden, from the Anglo- Saxons in about the 7th century. Wednesday is the middle of the traditional working week and children born on Wednesday are full of woe.

Thursday's child isn't full of woe, but maybe they should be. Many woeful things have happened to people born on Thursdays, almost as many as those born on Wednesdays. Named after Jupiter, Thursday usually has good stuff on TV including Never Mind The Buzzcocks and The Apprentice, although that may have been moved to Tuesday for the most recent series.

Friday is when most British families eat their traditional meal of fish and chip pie. This is deep-fried during the day, while the family is at work, leading to the day being called Fryday. The name was changed as it clashed with a local pub's quiz night, Pete's Fryday Quiz Night, and so the spelling was adapted accordingly.

Saturday is the best day of the week by a country mile. A country mile is longer than a normal mile, although I thought a mile is a mile no matter where it is. Sixth or seventh day of the week, it doesn't really matter as long as you don't have to work. Saturdays are for football, and is named after Saturn as it looks most like a football out of all the planets.

The Beatles once wrote a song called eight days a week, their claims have never been backed up by evidence of any kind. There is still just the traditional seven day week that we are taught at school, although rock stars always try to push the boundaries of the status quo. Status Quo never claimed that there was ever eight days in a week.

ASIA KEY ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL INDICATORS

###Quarterly GDP###Monthly Consumer###Monthly###Monthly Industrial

###Price Index###Unemployment###Production Index Export

###YoY###QoQ###Latest 2012f3###YoY###Latest###Rate###Latest###YoY###Latest###YoY

###%###%###%###%###%###%###%

ASEAN

Brunei (BN)###1.3###-###Q4-11###3.2###0.1###Mar-12###2.7###Dec-10###-###-###35.7

Cambodia (KH)###5.9###-###2O10###6.2###5.4###Feb-12###1.7###Dec-08###-###-###3.4

Indonesia (ID)###6.3###-###Q1-12###6.1###4.5###Apr-12###6.6###Dec-11###5.8###Dec-11###5.5

Laos (LA)###8.1###-###2010###8.4###4.4###Apr-12###-###-###-###-###26.6

Malaysia (MY)###5.2###-###Q4-11###4.4###1.9###Apr-12###2.9###Mar-12###0.6###Mar-12###-0.5

Myanmar (MM)###5.3###-###2010###6.0###-0.5###Feb-12###-###-###-###-###46.8

Philippines (PH)###3.7###-###Q4-11###4.2###3.0###Apr-12###7.2###Mar-12###8.2###Mar-12###0.8

Singapore(SG)###1.6###2.4###Q1-12###2.7###5.4###Apr-12###2.1###Mar-12###-3.4###Mar-12###3.4

Thailand (TH)###0.3###11.0###Q1-12###5.5###2.5###Apr-12###0.7###Mar-12###-3.2###Mar-12###-6.5

Vietnam (VN)###4.1###Q1-12###5.6###8.3###May-12###3.6###Dec-11###7.2###Apr-12###15.6

EAST ASIA

.China(CN)###8.1###1.8###Q1-12###8.2###3.4###Apr-12###4.1###Mar-12###9.3###Apr-12###4.9

Hong Kong (HK)###0.4###0.4###Q1-12###2.6###4.7###Apr-12###3.3###Apr-12###-2.2###Q4-11-2###-6.4

South Korea (KR)###2.8###0.9###Q1-12###3.5###2.5###Apr-12###3.5###Apr-12###0.3###Mar-12###-4.8

Taiwan (TW)###0.4###0.3###Q1-12###3.6###1.4###Apr-12###4.2###Apr-12###-2.3###Apr-12###-6.4

SOUTH ASIA

Bangladesh (BD)###6.7###-###2010###5.9###9.9###Apr-12###4.5###Dec-10###10.2###Feb-12###12.9

India (IN)###6.1###-###Q4-11###6.9###8.6###Mar-12###9.5###Dec-09###-3.5###Mar-12###8.8

Pakistan(PK)###4.2###-###2011###3.4###113###Apr-12###5.6###Jun-11###6.0###Feb-12###-5.3

Sri Lanka (LK)###8.3###-###Q4-11###7.5###6.1###Apr-12###3.9###Sep-11###9.1###Feb-12###7.6

Jordan (JO)###3.1###-###Q4-11###2.8###4.5###Apr-12###11.4###Mar-12###2.2###Mar-12###-1.6

Kuwait(KW)###11.4###-###2010###6.6###4.1###Mar-12###2.2###Dec-11###15.0###Mar-12###51.0

Oman (OM)###6.3###-###2010###5.0###3.1###Mar-12###2.1###Dec-11###41.5

Qatar(QA)###14.1###-###2011###6.0###1.1###Apr-12###0.6###Dec-10###-1.4###Mar-12###39.7

SaudiArabia(SA)###6.8###-###2011###6.0###5.3###Apr-12###5.4###Dec-09###13.9###Mar-12###1.0

Turkey(TR)###5.2###0.6###Q4-11###2.3###11.1###Apr-12###10.4###Feb-12###2.5###Mar-12###12.2

UAE (AE)###1.4###-###2010###2.3###0.8###Apr-12###4.3###Dec-10###-1.3###Mar-12###32.7

US###2.1###2.2###Q1-12###2.1###2.3###Apr-12###8.1###Apr-12###5.1###Apr-12###6.5

EuroArea(EA)###0.0###0.0###Q1-12###-0.3###2.6###Apr-12###10.9###Mar-12###-2.0###Mar-12###-1.8

Japan (JP)###2.7###1.0###Q1-12###2.0###0.5###Mar-12###4.5###Mar-12###14.2###Mar-12###10.4

UK###0.0###-0.2###Q1-12###0.8###3.0###Apr-12###8.2###Feb-12###-4.2###Mar-12###2.7

Brazil (BR)###1.4###0.3###Q4-11###3.0###5.1###Apr-12###6.2###Mar-12###-2.1###Mar-12###-3.0

Russia (RU)###4.8###1.9###Q4-11###4.0###3.6###Apr-12###5.8###Apr-12###1.3###Apr-12###8.

Australia (AU)###2.3###0.4###Q4-11###3.0###1.6###Q1-12###4.9###Apr-12###1.9###Q4-12###0.9
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