Month: September 2016

27th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1722 Samuel Adams (US revolutionary) 

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Died:

1993 James Doolittle (legendary US Air force general)

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On This Day:

1821 Mexican Empire declares its independence

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Africa

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The sun sought thy dim bed and brought forth light,
The sciences were sucklings at thy breast;
When all the world was young in pregnant night
Thy slaves toiled at thy monumental best.
Thou ancient treasure-land, thou modern prize,
New peoples marvel at thy pyramids!
The years roll on, thy sphinx of riddle eyes
Watches the mad world with immobile lids.
The Hebrews humbled them at Pharaoh’s name.
Cradle of Power! Yet all things were in vain!
Honor and Glory, Arrogance and Fame!
They went. The darkness swallowed thee again.
Thou art the harlot, now thy time is done,
Of all the mighty nations of the sun.

 

– Claude McKay

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26th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1888 TS Eliot (poet)

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Died:

2003 Robert Palmer (singer and musician)

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On This Day:

1946 First edition of “Tintin” published

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An African Thunderstorm

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From the west
Clouds come hurrying with the wind
Turning sharply
Here and there
Like a plague of locusts
Whirling,
Tossing up things on its tail
Like a madman chasing nothing.

Pregnant clouds
Ride stately on its back,
Gathering to perch on hills
Like sinister dark wings;
The wind whistles by
And trees bend to let it pass.

In the village
Screams of delighted children,
Toss and turn
In the din of the whirling wind,
Women,
Babies clinging on their backs
Dart about
In and out
Madly;
The wind whistles by
Whilst trees bend to let it pass.

Clothes wave like tattered flags
Flying off
To expose dangling breasts
As jagged blinding flashes
Rumble, tremble and crack
Amidst the smell of fired smoke
And the pelting march of the storm.

 

– David Rubadiri

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25th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1897 William Faulkner (author and Nobel Laureate) 

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Died

2010 Art Gilmor (actor)

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On This Day:

1992 Mars Observer launched from the space shuttle

 

 

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Friendship

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When we were idlers with the loitering rills,
The need of human love we little noted:
Our love was nature; and the peace that floated
On the white mist, and dwelt upon the hills,
To sweet accord subdued our wayward wills:
One soul was ours, one mind, one heart devoted,
That, wisely doting, ask’d not why it doted,
And ours the unknown joy, which knowing kills.
But now I find how dear thou wert to me;
That man is more than half of nature’s treasure,
Of that fair beauty which no eye can see,
Of that sweet music which no ear can measure;
And now the streams may sing for others’ pleasure,
The hills sleep on in their eternity.

 

– Hartley Coleridge

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24th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1962 Jack Dee (comedian)

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Died:

1991 Theodore Geisel (Dr Seuss) 

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On This Day:

1948 The Honda Motor Company is formed

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Have a good Saturday, 24th September 

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