It’s now August 23 in Chicago, and another cool day is in store (and a haircut for me!). It’s Internaut Day (look it up), celebrated annually on the anniversary of the World Wide Web’s foundation (the Web was opened to everyone on August 23, 1991).
Today is also the anniversary of the Norrmalstorg bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, which took place beginning on this day in 1973, and lasted five days (it was a hostage situation). Nobody was killed, though one guard was wounded; but the hostages sympathized with their captors, giving rise to the familiar term “Stockholm Syndrome“. I bet you didn’t know that!
Here’s a photo of one of the two robbers, Clark Olofsson, with the hostages, taken through a hole that police drilled in the wall:
“‘Carthago delenda est’, said Cato. Cyrus looks very determined in this picture and Andrzej thought that this is how Cato would have looked. But Hili is too lazy do do such strenuous jobs as wiping a city from the face of the Earth.”
Cyrus: Carthage must be destroyed.Hili: I don’t know, too much work.
Cyrus: Kartagina musi być zburzona.
Hili: Nie wiem, za dużo roboty.
Leon and his staff (Elzbieta and Andrzej) are hiking in southern Poland, and of course Leon goes along, sometimes on a leash, sometimes in his special backpack, sometimes draped across Elzbieta’s shoulders. Here are three photos from two days ago, with two Leon monologues
Leon: It’s true that I have nine lives but I have to be careful about vipers and bears.
Leon: I’m going to eat this catfood; you are not going to lug it.
And a freebie photo of Leon (he doesn’t seem to be hiking on his own paws much!):
And here’s Gus. His staff can’t figure out what his expression means. But we have experts on this site who can. Diana MacPherson?