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Dylan Thomas, The Quirky Welsh Poet, Died This Day, Age 39, 64-Years Ago; November 9, 1953.

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Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dylan_Thomas


Though he died when I was but 3-months old, I in my late teens felt I had a special connection to him in that I lived in Uplands, Swansea — in “Uplands House“, no less — across the road from where he was born.

I outlined much of that in this December 7, 2015 post. I don’t see a point in rehashing it again. You can just read it in the older post. {Thank You}


First song from the “The Boy With A Note” CD shown above ()


Here is his very-Welsh voice.


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Tycho’s Supernova, In Cassiopeia, Was Seen Around ‘Now’, 445-Years Ago.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SN_1572.


Enhanced and colorized X-ray image of what is left of that Supernova from 445-years ago.


Click to ENLARGE and admire. Tycho Brahe’s diagram of what he saw in November 1572.


Naked eye Supernovas are quite rare.

That it happened in the 16th century when astronomy was gaining traction made it even more special.

And to cap it all it was ‘discovered’ and documented by Tycho Brahe, the Danish astronomer most famous, despite many notable achievements, for his artificial nose and for being Johannes Kepler’s mento — Kepler, of course, as in the famous astronomical laws.


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The Infamous ‘Tacoma Narrows Bridge’ Collapse Happened This Day, 77-Years Ago. Here Are The Videos.

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Click to ENLARGE and study here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge


I first saw these videos in the early 1970s during some of my physics classes at the University of Swansea. I think I was being taught about simple harmonic motion. But, everybody in my class agreed that my example, i.e., it is the motion of an unconstrained female breast when the subject is running, was even better than watching this bridge collapse.

Just 77-years ago. We have come a LONG WAY!

I hope you have all seen this before — I mean the bridge collapsing, not females jogging.


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Henri Matisse, The French Artist, Died This Day, 63-Years Ago; November 3, 1954.

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Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Matisse


Not as famous.


Most famous?



You can’t help but like the work of Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse. There is a definite je ne sais quoi to it. I could never walk past a Matisse, even if it is a cheap print, without stopping to admire the vision.

Not in my top 10 favorite artists, but definitely in my top 40. {Smile}

He died just after my 1st birthday. So, that was ‘recent’ — of sorts.


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BBC TV Came To Be This Day, 81-Years Ago; November 2, 1936. World’s First Regular TV Service.

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The original BBC TV logo.


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


Alexandra Palace — the home of the first BBC TV studios. My U.K. ‘guardians’ lived directly beneath it, in Muswell Hill, 1969 – 1970, while I was attending Hill Hill. Know it well.


Wow. The Grand Ol’ Lady of Broadcasting — THE British Broadcasting Company (BBC). What a wonderful institution.

And we still watch the BBC — even if it is their superb, incomparable programs on PBS, ‘The Great British Bake Off‘ Seasons 1 -7 but an example.

We get Acorn TV (on our Roku). As such we have access to more BBC programming than most, e.g., the ‘Detectorists‘.

81-years ago. 17-years before I was born. I first got to see BBC TV in August 1967. It was 31-years old by then!


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The Timelessly Elegant Boeing 707 Made Its First Commercial Flight, This Day, 59-Years Ago; October 26, 1958.

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Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_707


So graceful and svelte, even TODAY.

A later model than the one that would have flown in 1958.




One of my TOP 3 FAVORITE planes — ever! Yes, top 3, even after all these years.

I think, though I can’t be 100% sure of that, it’s VERY BIG brother, the Boeing 747 Jumbo, is probably my all time favorite. But, push comes to shove, it might still be the Boeing 707.

The 707 was the first jet I ever flew in — on August 27, 1967, when we left Ceylon (forever, for all of us, as it would turn out to be) for Buffalo, U.S.A. That whole trip, which was in multiple legs, Colombo – Athens, Athens -Rome, Rome – Paris, Paris – London & finally London – New York was on 707s. From then on I flew in 707s quite a bit until the 747 came along. I flew on a 747, for the first time, in June 1970.

There are 707 still in service.

59-years ago. Just think back.


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“The Durrells In Corfu” Season 2 Is Now On PBS — And Episode 1 Was Compelling.

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We enjoyed Season 1, though I was disappointed that it was NOT a straight adaptation of “My Family and Other Animals” — a book I read, in Ceylon, when I was about 12 and just loved. I went onto read many of Gerald’s books and become a great fan of his, though I really should (as part of my bucket list read at least one of Larry’s ).

It was cute, funny, appealing, culturally elucidating — and sumptuously filmed and produced.

Watched Season 2 Episode 1. It was good. Kept you fully engaged throughout and had lots of humor.

If you missed it, I think you can catch that episode online or on YouTube.


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