It’s Tuesday, July 12, Birthday of the Heir to the Crown of Tonga. It’s also exactly two weeks before I head to Poland, where I am promised daily cherry pie and snuggles from Hili. And it’s going to be a scorcher again: in the nineties (Fahrenheit), or about 34°C).
On this day in 1962, the Rolling Stones performed their very first concert—at the Marquee Club in London. And, in 1975, São Tomé and Príncipe, the islands where my colleagues and I worked on flies, declared independence from Portugal.
Notables born on this day include Buckminster Fuller (1895), Pablo Neruda (1904), Andre Wyeth (1917), and Christine McVie (1943). Those who died on this day include Dolley Madison (1849) and Benny Carter (2003). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is bossing Cyrus around again.
Hili: Let’s go over there.Cyrus: We’ve been there already.Hili: But not enough.
Hili: Idziemy tam.
Cyrus: Tam już byliśmy.
Hili: Jeszcze nie dość.
The big news in England (here reported by the BBC), is that the government’s Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office (yes, it’s a real title), tabby cat Larry, will remain at 10 Downing Street when Theresa May takes over as PM. Despite the BBC claim to the contrary, Larry, obtained (as all Official Mousers) from the Battersea Dogs and Cats home, was never successful: there’s one report that he caught one mouse, and swiped at another. He seemed to spend more time in the company of his lady friend than doing his job! In fact, they had to hire an Ancillary Mouser to fill in for him. But Larry is cute, and I’m glad he’s staying: