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22nd July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1946 Danny Glover (actor – Lethal Weapon)

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Died:

2008 Estelle Getty (actress – Golden Girls)

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On This Day:

1587 The English colony at Roanoke Island forms

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Have a good Saturday, 22nd July

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Highland Mary

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Ye banks, and braes, and streams around
The castle o’ Montgomery,
Green be your woods, and fair your flowers,
Your waters never drumlie!
There Simmer first unfald her robes,
And there the langest tarry:
For there I took the last Fareweel
O’ my sweet Highland Mary.

How sweetly bloom’d the gay, green birk,
How rich the hawthorn’s blossom;
As underneath their fragrant shade,
I clasp’d her to my bosom!
The golden Hours, on angel wings,
Flew o’er me and my Dearie;
For dear to me as light and life
Was my sweet Highland Mary.

Wi’ mony a vow, and lock’d embrace,
Our parting was fu’ tender;
And pledging aft to meet again,
We tore oursels asunder:
But Oh, fell Death’s untimely frost,
That nipt my Flower sae early!
Now green’s the sod, and cauld’s the clay,
That wraps my Highland Mary!

O pale, pale now, those rosy lips
I aft hae kiss’d sae fondly!
And clos’d for ay, the sparkling glance,
That dwalt on me sae kindly!
And mouldering now in silent dust,
That heart that lo’ed me dearly!
But still within my bosom’s core
Shall live my Highland Mary.

 

– Robert Burns

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21st July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1899 Ernest Hemingway (Nobel prize winning author)

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Died:

1796 Robert Burns (Scottish poet)

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On This Day:

1884 First Test Cricket match played at Lords

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Have a good Friday, 21st July

 

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A Fiddler In The North

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Amang the trees, where humming bees,
At buds and flowers were hinging, O,
Auld Caledon drew out her drone,
And to her pipe was singing, O:
‘Twas Pibroch, Sang, Strathspeys, and Reels,
She dirl’d them aff fu’ clearly, O:
When there cam’ a yell o’ foreign squeels,
That dang her tapsalteerie, O.

Their capon craws an’ queer “ha, ha’s,”
They made our lugs grow eerie, O;
The hungry bike did scrape and fyke,
Till we were wae and weary, O:
But a royal ghaist, wha ance was cas’d,
A prisoner, aughteen year awa’,
He fir’d a Fiddler in the North,
That dang them tapsalteerie, O.

 

– Robert Burns

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20th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

356 Alexander The Great (Macedonian king and military leader)

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Died:

1973 Bruce Lee (martial arts actor)

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On This Day:

1956 France recognises the independence of Tunisia

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Have a good Thursday, 20th July

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A Friend In Nature

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I’ve found a friend in nature
although nature could turn on me
if i’m out and about in a storm
and its lightning strikes me
if a tidal wave sweeps me far out to sea
or a poisonous snake takes a bite of me
if a tornado twirls me high into the sky
yes, the irony is that nature which
i find so enchanting
could one day cause my demise

 

– Faith Elizabeth Brigham

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19th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1947 Brian May (rock guitarist – Queen)

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Died:

2013 Phil Woosnam (footballer & manager)

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On This Day:

1969 Apollo 11 goes into moon orbit

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Have a good Wednesday, 19th July

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