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Edgar Degas, The Inspiring Impressionist, Was Born This Day, July 19, 183-Years Ago — In 1834.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Degas


As with Rembrandt 4-days ago, I do not think of Edgar Degas as one the artists that will make my top 10 though I sure have no problems with either his cleverly rendered paintings or his exquisite sculptures of dancers. I have seen quite a bit of his work in Paris and in New York — and I notice that I invariably will dally around, admiring his talent from different angles and different perspectives. Though most think of him in terms of ‘ballerinas’ he sure was adept at painting nudes — as you can see from the gallery above. He made it to the 20th century, dying in Paris, during WW I



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The First Ever Atomic Bomb Was Exploded This Day, July 16, 72-Years Ago — In 1945.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_(nuclear_test)


The code name ‘Trinity’ seems ironic, though it is more than likely than Oppenheimer & co. did feel to an extent that they were playing God — given the nature of what they were working.

The Gadget‘, the bomb tested on July 16, 1945, was plutonium-based. It was the prototype of the ‘Fat Man‘ bomb detonated over Nagasaki, 24-days later. That was the 2nd nuclear bomb. The first, of course, was over Hiroshima, 3-days prior to Nagasaki. That was an uranium-based bomb. So Hiroshima took place exactly 3-weeks from this day 72-years ago.


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Rembrandt, The Great Dutch Master, Was Born This Day, July 15, 411-Years Ago — In 1606.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rembrandt


He is not in my pantheon of favorite painters BUT I do respect and admire his work — as one must. He sure had talent and knew how to use it. 411 years ago. Wow. That is a long time and makes you think. So much water has flowed under the many bridges in Amsterdam.



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‘Live Aid’ THE Concert Took Place This Day 32-Years Ago — Have YOU Seen “When Harvey Met Bob”?

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“When Harvey Met Bob”

2010 movie about how Bob Geldof made “Live Aid” a reality.

Absolutely brilliant movie and you will see Bob Geldof is a whole different light.

MUST WATCH movie. IF you have never seen it, find it … and watch it. You will THANK me (but that is OK).

I saw it, serendipitously, a few years ago and loved it. Prior to that never been a huge fan of Bob’s though we were London contemporaries though I am not aware of ever bumping into him.


“When Harvey Met Bob” trailer on YouTube.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_Aid


And yes, there is the “Live Aid” movie which is just the concert.

You can see the whole concert on YouTube. There are also DVDs.


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Arthur Ashe, The Incomparable, Won Wimbledon, This Day 42 Years Ago — I Remember It Well.

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Arthur Ashe, one of my abiding heroes,
is still the ONLY black man to have won the
Wimbledon men’s title.


Click to access BBC original from 2 years ago.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Ashe


I still remember that momentous day in vivid detail.

I was living in a picturesque cottage in Owslebury, Hampshire, that I was renting from a Major in the British Army. See below — though that lane has changed a ‘bit’ in the last 42 years!

It was my first Summer there having moved in Owslebury in September 1974 when I started working for IBM.

It was a sunny, warm Saturday. My in-laws were up for the weekend. The Major was extremely nice but was very particular that we maintained his ‘pride and joy’ in tip-top shape. So that Saturday all of us were busy getting the frontage to the road under control. So we labored in the sun while listening to the live commentary on the BBC.

I was so delighted when Arthur won. I cried. We watched the BBC TV coverage that night on my new Sony color TV.

I miss Arthur Ashe. He was A MAN — a great man. What a shame we lost him so young.


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Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Was NOT Published On July 4, 1865 As Some Maintain!

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I get a daily e-mail from ‘Encyclopedia Britannica‘ about ‘On This Day‘.

I, however, no better than to take their word. I ALWAYS check events that are of interest to I.

So, I checked the Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ claim.

Glad I did!

The next image explains it all.

Click to ENLARGE. An e-mail I received today — July 4, 2017.



So that is the REAL story. They did PLAN to publish it on July 4, 1865 BUT it did NOT happen.

So, Encyclopedia Britannica, got it wrong — THOUGH you would think they would double check before they send out these e-mails.

This is why it cracks me up when people Bad Mouth Wikipedia. In reality, Wikipedia has less errors and is more up to date than any of the older Encyclopedias — and I say that as one who has, since an early age, loved Encyclopedias and still has a printed set of the Encyclopedia Britannica.


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The PBS Masterpiece “My Mother And Other Strangers” A “Home Fires” Look-Alike BUT Not As Good.

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Click here for the PBS Webpage for this show.



I recorded it on Sunday for two reasons: the Gerald Durrell inspired title tickled me and it look like an extension of ‘Home Fires‘ — that we have come to adore.

Yes, it is another life in Britain during WW II movie — with a lot of yanks about — albeit, this time set in Northern Ireland rather than in England

Though there are times that you think you are yet again watching ‘Home Fires’ it is nowhere near as compelling and intense. But, Teischan likes it and that is good. I am happy. IF you like British period pieces from that era you should at least watch one episode and see what you think.


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