4th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1929 Audrey Hepburn (actress)

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Died:

1891 Sherlock Holmes (fictional detective) “dies” at the Reichenbach Falls

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On This Day:

1494 Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica

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Have a great Monday, 4th May!

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Libertatis Sacra Fames (Oscar Wilde)

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ALBEIT nurtured in democracy,
And liking best that state republican
Where every man is Kinglike and no man
Is crowned above his fellows, yet I see,
Spite of this modern fret for Liberty,
Better the rule of One, whom all obey,
Than to let clamorous demagogues betray
Our freedom with the kiss of anarchy.
Wherefore I love them not whose hands profane
Plant the red flag upon the piled-up street
For no right cause, beneath whose ignorant reign
Arts, Culture, Reverence, Honour, all things fade,
Save Treason and the dagger of her trade,
And Murder with his silent bloody feet.

– Oscar Wilde

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3rd May – Today In History

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Born:

1903 Bing Crosby (actor and singer)

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Died:

1994 Richard Scarry (author and illustrator of children’s books)

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On This Day:

1963 “I have a dream” speech delivered by Martin Luther King

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Have a good Sunday, 3rd May

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Of Old Sat Freedom On The Heights

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Of old sat Freedom on the heights,
The thunders breaking at her feet:
Above her shook the starry lights:
She heard the torrents meet.
There in her place she did rejoice,
Self-gather’d in her prophet-mind,
But fragments of her mighty voice
Came rolling on the wind.
Then stept she down thro’ town and field
To mingle with the human race,
And part by part to men reveal’d
The fulness of her face–

Grave mother of majestic works,
From her isle-altar gazing down,
Who, God-like, grasps the triple forks,
And, King-like, wears the crown:

Her open eyes desire the truth.
The wisdom of a thousand years
Is in them. May perpetual youth
Keep dry their light from tears;

That her fair form may stand and shine,
Make bright our days and light our dreams,
Turning to scorn with lips divine
The falsehood of extremes!

– Alfred Lord Tennyson

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I Prefer The Gorgeous Freedom

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I prefer the gorgeous freedom,
And I fly to lands of grace,
Where in wide and clear meadows
All is good, as dreams, and blest.
Here they rice: the clover clear,
And corn-flower’s gentle lace,
And the rustle is always here:
“Ears are leaning… Take your ways!”
In this immense sea of fair,
Only one of blades reclines.
You don’t see in misty air,
I’d seen it!It will be mine!

– Alexandr Blok

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Today In History – 2nd May

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Born:

1892 Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron)

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Died:

1519 Leonardo da Vinci (artist, scientist and inventor)

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On This Day:

1890 Territory of Oklahoma created

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Have a good Saturday, 2nd May

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Freedom – simple, powerful and very appropriate for a Friday!

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Freedom

Freedom to give
Freedom to live
Freedom to question why

Freedom to walk
Freedom to talk
Freedom to live or to die

Freedom to sing
Freedom to swing
Freedom to just walk on by

Freedom to speak
Freedom to seek
Freedom to laugh or to cry

Freedom to work
Freedom to shirk
Freedom to spend or to buy

Freedom to please
Freedom to tease
Freedom to smile or to sigh

Freedom to be
Freedom to see
Freedom to aspire so high

Freedom to touch
Freedom to clutch
Freedom to grant or deny

Freedom that’s mine
Freedom divine
Freedom no money can buy

– Royston Allen

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