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3rd December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1948 Ozzy Osbourne (heavy metal musician – Black Sabbath)

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Died:

1894 Robert Louis Stevenson (author – Treasure Island)

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On This Day:

1818 Illinois becomes the 21st State of the USA

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Have a good Monday, 3rd December

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29th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1898 CS Lewis (author – Narnia series)

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Died:

1986 Cary Grant (actor)

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On This Day:

1962 Britain and France agree to jointly build Concorde

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Have a good Thursday, 29th November

27th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1940 Bruce Lee (actor & martial arts expert)

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Died:

2014 PD James (author)

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On This Day:

2013 Frozen (highest grossing animated film of all time) is released

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Have a good Tuesday, 27th November

22nd November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1986 Oscar Pistorius (paralympic athlete, convicted for shooting his girlfriend)

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Died:

1916 Jack London (author – Call Of The Wild)

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On This Day:

1976 Algeria puts its constitution into effect

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Have a good Sunday, 22nd November

A Sad Child

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You’re sad because you’re sad.
It’s psychic. It’s the age. It’s chemical.
Go see a shrink or take a pill,
or hug your sadness like an eyeless doll
you need to sleep.

Well, all children are sad
but some get over it.
Count your blessings. Better than that,
buy a hat. Buy a coat or pet.
Take up dancing to forget.

Forget what?
Your sadness, your shadow,
whatever it was that was done to you
the day of the lawn party
when you came inside flushed with the sun,
your mouth sulky with sugar,
in your new dress with the ribbon
and the ice-cream smear,
and said to yourself in the bathroom,
I am not the favorite child.

My darling, when it comes
right down to it
and the light fails and the fog rolls in
and you’re trapped in your overturned body
under a blanket or burning car,

and the red flame is seeping out of you
and igniting the tarmac beside your head
or else the floor, or else the pillow,
none of us is;
or else we all are.

 

– Margaret Atwood

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10th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1944 Tim Rice (musician and song writer)

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Died:

2007 Norman Mailer (author)

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On This Day:

1990 The film “Home Alone” premiers

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Have a good Saturday, 10th November

23rd October – On This Day In History

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Born:

1940 Pele (Brazilian footballing icon)

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Died:

1957 Christian Dior (fashion designer)

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On This Day:

1941 Dumbo (Walt Disney) is released

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Have a good Tuesday, 23rd October