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16th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1888 TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia – diplomatic role in WW1 Middle East)

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Died:

2003 Idi Amin (Dictator of Uganda and culpable for the killings of approx half a million people)

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On This Day:

1960 Cyprus granted independence (from Britain)

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Have a good Thursday, 16th August

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A Desolation

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Now mind is clear
as a cloudless sky.
Time then to make a
home in wilderness.

What have I done but
wander with my eyes
in the trees? So I
will build: wife,
family, and seek
for neighbors.

Or I
perish of lonesomeness
or want of food or
lightning or the bear
(must tame the hart
and wear the bear) .

And maybe make an image
of my wandering, a little
image—shrine by the
roadside to signify
to traveler that I live
here in the wilderness
awake and at home.

 

– Allen Ginsberg

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