1816 – Leigh Hunt had John Keats to dinner and proposed that for fun they both compose sonnets on the subject of “crickets and grasshoppers.” Hunt published both in his magazine The Examiner.
1865 – Rudyard Kipling is born Bombay India (d 1936)
1869 – Stephen Leacock is born Hampshire England (d.1944)
1879 – Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance was first performed at Paignton, Devon, England.
cowboy up • the Royal Mail is girding their loins for the delivery of Harry VII. Don’t get me wrong, I like Harry I really do, it’s the Rowling cult that I find creepifying. More books should make an appearance like a battleship launch, but deification isn’t warranted.
obit of note • Wilma Dykeman at 86, a noted writer about Appalachia.
act two • retires after 25 years.
update • I made some more Bullpen Cafepress designs during the 10 minutes, I got my third hand free. Including the first three bumper stickers, and a couple of inverse color designs.
dystopia alert • not only is Walmart still selling SS Nazi designs 48 days after they promised to remove the shirts from the stores, but the US Gov’t Grand Canyon bookshop is still selling Creationist myths as science. Welcome to 07 just like 06 buckle up, kids.
worth hearing • from NPR political humorist Mark Russell says bye bye to 06.
something new • NPR features Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird. I already ordered mine.