This post is one that should please and perhaps startle my faithful reader. It certainly should please the gentle reader that is fond of cats (even stuffed); and also bring a certain level of delight to that reader who has a penchant for Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz or Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg’s Over the Rainbow.
Apparently Henry Dagg and his Katzenklavier have performed at Clarence House to the delight of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
And for those of you who can’t get enough of Mr Dagg and his Catastrophony he begins the next set with Over the Rainbow but only as a lead in to The Dambuster’s March.
Lest you think that Mr Dagg is simply a novelty performer he is former BBC sound engineer who has branched out into sound sculpture and builder of experimental musical instruments. He has given an interesting Ted Talk on his passion and career that can be found on YouTube.
On this day in 1858: Charles Darwin receives a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that includes nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin’s own, prompting Darwin to publish his theory.
I realized that the only thing I’ve been posting lately are these little mirthful Monday vignettes but frankly the Muse of Fire has not been responding to my call in the last month or so. However there are times when it seems the Muse of Mirth has been – in fact I was all set to post something that meets so many of the criteria of an Internet post – it has cats, it had music and it was funny. However it appears that my friend Angela wasn’t able to activate a link to a post I had found very funny first thing this morning so there was a change of plans. I hadn’t heard of Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola who has appeared on the comedy scene with a good deal of – deserved – success.
Many of his routines address the complicated glories of the English language. I dedicate this to all the people I know who have struggled with both learning and teaching English over the years.
The cats can wait until next week!
On this day in 1919: Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the U.S. Triple Crown.
Apparently June is bustin’ out all over though the sudden drop in temperature the past few days would suggest that June itself is turning into a bit of a bust! I felt badly this past weekend when I saw the first party of the marital session and most of the ladies were wearing parkas over their short sleeved, rather decolletage salmon pink dresses. To say their smiles were frozen as they stood on the Basilica steps for photographs is a bit of an understatement.
Hopefully the wedding still went to everyone’s expectations and there were no upsetting little episodes during the ceremony:
Or at the reception:
On this day in 1913: Emily Davison, a suffragette, runs out in front of King George V’s horse at The Derby. She is trampled, never regains consciousness, and dies four days later.
It’s never too late for a bit of musical madness with a violin and two rubber chickens? Is it?
These lads are on YouTube at TwoSetViolin.
On this day in 1733: The right of settlers in New France to enslave natives is upheld at Quebec City.
There is not suffering like unto my suffering …. honest!
I know that last week I suggested that the blog would be bursting with fascinating observations of my three days spent in the flesh pots of Toronto, however Fate, that fickle creature, had other plans. I came down with that most feared of medical conditions: A MAN COLD. Yes I was laid low by a “sniffling, sneezing, aching, coughing, stuffy-head, fever, can’t sleep at night” cold the intensity of which only men endure. It was next to impossible to raise myself from my bed of suffering long enough to wet my parched lips with the odd sip of chicken soup let alone struggle my way to the computer leaving a trail of Kleenex to lead me back to my fevered couch. Fortunately unlike this gentleman I did not have to call 911 but manfully faced the struggle to return to uncertain health and stability.
Yeah okay it was a really bad cold but, valiant little soldier that I am, I survived. I am one of those people who when I am sick just wants to be left alone. Given that anything with a decongestant or antihistamine is out of the question it’s mostly aspirin, Vicks Vapour Rub, hot toddies, and time. As my friend JacquieSue’s daddy use to say: if you have a cold and treat it..it will last 7 days..if you don’t treat it it will last a week.
On this day in 1570: The first atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, is published with 70 maps.