It’s August 22, which, although the weather’s great, is entirely too close to fall for me. (Although I’m retired, like most academics I get nervous and anxious when “back to school time” approaches: years of conditioning have rewired my neurons). It’s Madras Day in India, celebrating the city now known as Chennai, and the one famous city in India where I’ve never been and would like to visit.
On this day in 1770, James Cook, landing on Possession Island, claimed the entire east coast of Australia for Britain. Ten years later he was dead, killed in Hawaii, and the two ships he’d commanded turned back to England. Notables born on this day include Claude Debussy (1862), Leni Riefenstahl (1902), and Ray Bradbury (1922). Those who died on this day include Huey P. Newton, cofounder of the Black Panther Party, murdered in Oakland in 1989. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili has gone upstairs to snooze in the empty apartment where the lodgers used to live.
A: So you’re hiding here!Hili: Yes, I need some peace and quiet.
Ja: Tu się schowałaś?
Hili: Tak, potrzebuję trochę spokoju i samotności.
In the south of Poland, Leon is still hiking with his staff, and after a hard day on the trail, he’s demanding specific noms:
Leon: Give me Sheba with duck and something to drink.
And out in the wilds of Winnipeg, Gus tries to roam as freely as he can given his harness (required by city law). He often gets tangled.
Some Lagniappe: a morning cartoon from the Bizarro strip by Dan Piraro, contributed by alert reader Susan Heller: