.............AUTUMN SPECIAL...........Fall (in the Northern Hemisphere)
A few of this Month's Anniversaries, Birthdays etc:2 - Gandhi's Birthday & Groucho Marx's
6 - LSD outlawed (1966)
7 - Nuclear accident at Windscale, now known as Sellafield (1957)
- R.D.Laing born (1927)
"Life is a sexually transmitted disease
and the mortality rate is one hundred percent."
"If I could turn you on, if I could drive you out of your wretched mind, if I could tell you, I would let you know."
- 'The Bird of Paradise' (this quotation from R.D.Laing itself quotes, without acknowledgement, W.H. Auden's 'Villanelle')
8 - Algerian-French Philosopher Jacques Derrida died (2004)
11 - Thích Nhất Hạnh, known as Thay (Vietnamese for teacher) born 1926, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, considered Zen Master, peace activist, coined terms “engaged buddhism” & “interbeing”
12 - 202 people were killed & 209 injured in a terrorist attack on the tourist district of the Indonesian island of Bali (12th October 2002): Bombing in Bali
- Ralph Vaughan Williams, British Composer, born (1872).
Hark: 'The Lark Ascending'...
Music to transport you heavenwards!
Not sure how that cat would get on with the Lark!
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13 - Thatcher's Birthday
19 - Sir Thomas Browne, born 1605, died 1682 (nicely, precisely timed!), polymath & writer. Here’s a richly rhetorical, eloquent quotation from Urn Burial.
21 - Aberfan Disaster, 1966
23 - According to Bishop Ussher (1581 - 1656), the World was created on 23rd October 4004 BC
Tell that to Darwin!
24 - Adrian Mitchell, poet, playwright, novelist, born (1932)
"Royalty is a neurosis. Get well soon."
"Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people"
"Make love. We must make love / Instead of making money"
We met & talked 3 times over the years, even performed on same stage once. I gave him a folder of my work. We drank some wine together. I admired him.
24 - Rosa Parks, US Civil Rights pioneer (refused to give up bus seat to white man, 1955) dies aged 92 (2005)
- cf Gandhi above
25 - Birthday of Picasso (1881)
"Every child is an artist,
the problem is how to remain
an artist once he grows up."
27 - Dylan Thomas' Birthday (1914)
31 - (trick or treat?)
Fancy a Night Out with Dracula?
|"October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous
months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January,
September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February."
(Mark Twain, Puddn'head Wilson, 1894)
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