St George’s Day: Saint George on horseback slaying the dragon … “Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'”
Happy St George’s Day everyone! Here are some exceptionally English things to see and do: http://ow.ly/w4dRg What do you love most about England?
Saint George’s Day is the feast day of Saint George and the National Day for England, although it is not an official national holiday in England or the United Kingdom. It is celebrated by various Christian churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. Saint George’s Day is celebrated on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George’s death in AD 303. For Eastern Orthodox Churches, which use the Julian calendar, 23 April currently falls on 6 May for the Gregorian calendar.
Since Easter often falls close to Saint George’s Day, the church celebration of the feast may be moved from 23 April. In England, where it is the National Saint’s Day, for 2011 and 2014 the Anglican and Catholic calendars celebrate Saint George’s Day on the first Monday after Easter Week (2 May 2011 and 28 April 2014, respectively). Similarly, the Eastern Orthodox celebration of the feast moves accordingly to the first Monday after Easter or, as it is sometimes called, to the Monday of Bright Week.
And this is an interesting wrinkle of history … BBC News – Why St George is a Palestine hero.
Comedian Jeanne Robertson: I’m at the hairdresser at 7:30, and Gary insists I watch this YouTube clip. I have never laughed so hard. She will be at the Knight Theater in May.
Jeanne Robertson “Men don’t know the style in NYC!” (Pashmina Toss Flip story)
bizarre ad, TNT:
Shakespeare: Love this … Celebrating both Shakespeares birth and death this week … 450 years!
Born/Baptized 26 April 1564 birth date unknown, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Died 23 April 1616 aged 52, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
I am planning to attend and am excited about attending this “Radio Shakespeare” student presentation …
The “Radio Shakespeare” students also will present another, non-recorded staged reading of The Merchant of Venice at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at “Pian del Pino,” the Italian Renaissance-style villa of Margaret Zimmermann and Price Zimmermann, a former academic dean at Davidson.
Maria Montessori, Facebook favorites: I don’t have the words to express how awesome this picture is!
Oberlin College, professor murder lawsuit, libel: Interesting.
Got all that? Jews, murder, forgery, marriage-for-hire. Much more to come on this story, presumably.
childhood memories, cartoons, beep beep, Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner:
In each episode, instead of animal senses and cunning, Wile E. Coyote uses absurdly complex contraptions (sometimes in the manner of Rube Goldberg) and elaborate plans to pursue his quarry. It was originally meant to parody chase cartoons like Tom and Jerry, but became popular in its own right.
The Coyote appears separately as an occasional antagonist of Bugs Bunny in five shorts from 1952 to 1963: Operation: Rabbit, To Hare Is Human, Rabbit’s Feat, Compressed Hare, and Hare-Breadth Hurry. While he is generally silent in the Coyote-Road Runner shorts, he speaks with a refined accent in these solo outings (except for Hare-Breadth Hurry), introducing himself as “Wile E. Coyote — super genius”, voiced with an upper-class accent by Mel Blanc. The Road Runner vocalizes only with a signature sound, “Beep, Beep”, recorded by Paul Julian, and an occasional “popping-cork” tongue noise.
To date, 48 cartoons have been made featuring these characters (including the three CGI shorts), the majority by Chuck Jones.