20th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1950 Lionel Richie (musician)

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Died:

1947 Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (gangster)

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On This Day:

1837 England issues its first postage stamp (1p Queen Victoria)

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Have a good Saturday, 10th June.

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The Hawk

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Call down the hawk from the air;
Let him be hooded or caged
Till the yellow eye has grown mild,
For larder and spit are bare,
The old cook enraged,
The scullion gone wild.’
‘I will not be clapped in a hood,
Nor a cage, nor alight upon wrist,
Now I have learnt to be proud
Hovering over the wood
In the broken mist
Or tumbling cloud.’
‘What tumbling cloud did you cleave,
Yellow-eyed hawk of the mind,
Last evening? that I, who had sat
Dumbfounded before a knave,
Should give to my friend
A pretence of wit.’

– William Yates

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Smile – It’s Friday!

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Happy Friday, everybody!

Have a terrific weekend.

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19th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1978 Garfield (cartoon cat)

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Died:

1993 William Golding (author – Lord of the Flies)

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On This Day:

London Metropolitan Police (Bobbies) founded by Robert Peel

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Have a great Friday, 19th June

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Under The Round Tower

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‘ALTHOUGH I’d lie lapped up in linen
A deal I’d sweat and little earn
If I should live as live the neighbours,’
Cried the beggar, Billy Byrne;
‘Stretch bones till the daylight come
On great-grandfather’s battered tomb.’
Upon a grey old battered tombstone
In Glendalough beside the stream
Where the O’Byrnes and Byrnes are buried,
He stretched his bones and fell in a dream
Of sun and moon that a good hour
Bellowed and pranced in the round tower;
Of golden king and Silver lady,
Bellowing up and bellowing round,
Till toes mastered a sweet measure,
Mouth mastered a sweet sound,
Prancing round and prancing up
Until they pranced upon the top.
That golden king and that wild lady
Sang till stars began to fade,
Hands gripped in hands, toes close together,
Hair spread on the wind they made;
That lady and that golden king
Could like a brace of blackbirds sing.
‘It’s certain that my luck is broken,’
That rambling jailbird Billy said;
‘Before nightfall I’ll pick a pocket
And snug it in a feather bed.
I cannot find the peace of home
On great-grandfather’s battered tomb.’

– William Yates

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18th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1942 Paul McCartney

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Died:

1936 Maxim Gorky (Russian writer and playwright)

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On This Day:

1815 Battle of Waterloo (Napoleon defeated by the Duke of Wellington)

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Have a good Thursday, 18th June

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To A Squirrel at Kyle-Na-No

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Come play with me;
Why should you run
Through the shaking tree
As though I’d a gun
To strike you dead?
When all I would do
Is to scratch your head
And let you go.

– William Yates

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