11th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1971 Johnny Vegas (British comedian)

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Died:

1971 Nikita Krushev (Soviet premier)

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On This Day:

2001 Major terrorist attack on the USA – involving hijacked aircraft. Nearly 3000 people are killed

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Have a good Friday, 11 September

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My Father Played The Melodeon

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My father played the melodeon
Outside at our gate,
There were stars in the morning east
And they danced to his music.

Across the world bogs his melodeon called
To Lennons and Callans
As I pulled on my trousers in a hurry
I knew some strange thing had happened.

Outside in the cow-house my mother
Made the music of milking,
The light of the stable-lamp was a star
And the frost of Bethlehem made it twinkle.

A water-hen screeched in the bog,
Mass-going feet
Crunched the wafer-ice on the polt-holes –
Somebody wistfully twisted a bellow’s wheel.

My child-poet picked out the letters
On Time’s black stone,
In silver the wonder of a Christmas townland
The winking glitter of a frosty dawn.

Cassiopea was over
Cassidy’s hanging hill.
I looked and three whin bushes rode acoss
The horizon – the Three Wise Kings.

My father played the melodeon,
My mother milked the cows
And I had a prayer like a white rose pinned
On the Virgin Mary’s blouse.

– Patrick Kavanagh

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10th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1929 Arnold Palmer (golf legend)

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Died:

1991 Jack Crawford (Australian tennis player)

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On This Day:

1967 Gibraltar votes overwhelmingly in favour of staying part of Britain

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Have a good Thursday, 10th September

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Primrose

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Upon a bank I sat, a child made seer
Of one small primrose flowering in my mind.
Better than wealth it is, I said, to find
One small page of Truth’s manuscript made clear.
I looked at Christ transfigured without fear–
The light was very beautiful and kind,
And where the Holy Ghost in flame had signed
I read it through the lenses of a tear.
And then my sight grew dim, I could not see
The primrose that had lighted me to Heaven,
And there was but the shadow of a tree
Ghostly among the stars. The years that pass
Like tired soldiers nevermore have given
Moments to see wonders in the grass.

– Patrick Kavanagh

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9th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1928 Leo Tolstoy (Russian novelist – War and Peace)

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Died:

1976 Mao Tse – Tung (Chinese Communist leader)

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On This Day:

1850 California becomes the 31st State of the USA

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Have a good Wednesday, 9th September

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How Soon The Servant Sun

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How soon the servant sun,
(Sir morrow mark),
Can time unriddle, and the cupboard stone,
(Fog has a bone
He’ll trumpet into meat),
Unshelve that all my gristles have a gown
And the naked egg stand straight,

Sir morrow at his sponge,
(The wound records),
The nurse of giants by the cut sea basin,
(Fog by his spring
Soaks up the sewing tides),
Tells you and you, my masters, as his strange
Man morrow blows through food.

All nerves to serve the sun,
The rite of light,
A claw I question from the mouse’s bone,
The long-tailed stone
Trap I with coil and sheet,
Let the soil squeal I am the biting man
And the velvet dead inch out.

How soon my level, lord,
(Sir morrow stamps
Two heels of water on the floor of seed),
Shall raise a lamp
Or spirit up a cloud,
Erect a walking centre in the shroud,
Invisible on the stump

A leg as long as trees,
This inward sir,
Mister and master, darkness for his eyes,
The womb-eyed, cries,
And all sweet hell, deaf as an hour’s ear,
Blasts back the trumpet voice.

– Dylan Thomas

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8th September – On This Day In

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Born:

1157 King Richard I (Richard The Lion Heart)

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Died:

1980 Willard Libby (inventor of radiocarbon dating)

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On This Day:

1930 First appearance of Blondie (comic strip)

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Have a good Tuesday, 8th September.

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