Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Today archaeologist Leonard Woolley was born (1880-1960). He headed up the expedition that first properly excavated the ancient Mesopotamian city-state of Ur, including remarkably unlooted royal tombs and temples.

British actor Sean Bean also has a birthday today, known best for his roles in Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and the interminable Major Richard Sharpe TV series. Oh, and hundreds of Facebook memes, possibly only matched by the Dos Equis guy.

Today in 1521 Martin Luther faced the Diet of Worms (that always brings out the ten year old in me) on charges of heresy which included the sole fide doctrine on which Jerry has written extensively.

In 1961 CIA-backed anti-Castro paramilitaries invaded the Bay of Pigs with the intention of overthrowing Castro. It was poorly planned and executed and failed disastrously. The troops surrendered three days later.

On to more pressing matters, at least for felids if not for humans.

Hili: It’s a fast day today.
A: It was three days ago.
Hili: In that case I’m going home for some tuna.

In Polish:

Hili: Dziś jest wielki post.
Ja: Był trzy dni temu.
Hili: Wracam do domu na tuńczyka.

Plus there is a bonus picture of Gus. His staff write:

There are lots of birds in the yard right now and Gus has found this nice place to observe the action.

16 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted April 17, 2017 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    In the lord of the rings movie anyways, Sean Bean has a line where he’s testing a sword blade : “still sharp”

    I heard that this is a line he says – in every film he does? – which refers to another roleof his, a character whose last name is Sharpe.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted April 17, 2017 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      @ThyroidPlanet

      Random Bean facts:

      Sheffield born Bean is a die hard Sheffield United Football Club fan & he has a tattoo, predating his Sharpe role, that reads “100% Blades” in honour of them – “The Blades” being the club nickname. SUFC are nicknamed “The Blades” because Sheffield was known as Steel City – it’s where stainless steel was first made. British 19th century swords & other blades mostly originated in a Sheffield furnace.

      Bean gets a lot of misdirected fan mail from Rowan Atkinson fans… 🙂

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted April 17, 2017 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

        “Sheffield was known as Steel City – it’s where stainless steel was first made. British 19th century swords & other blades mostly originated in a Sheffield furnace.”

        I love this – hooray for free speech!

  2. Jim Knight
    Posted April 17, 2017 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Gus is certainly one of the most photogenic cats on the planet…! Sorry, Hili, you’re a good looking kitty too.

  3. Posted April 17, 2017 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Bean is also superb in North Country. I highly recommend this movie.

  4. rickflick
    Posted April 17, 2017 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Some of Woolley’s most famous discoveries are the Lyres of Ur. The Queen’s Lyre and the Silver Lyre. Extraordinarily well preserved examples of art from 2550–2450 BCE.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyres_of_Ur

    • Aelfric
      Posted April 17, 2017 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Don’t forget that he found the biblical flood!

      • Aelfric
        Posted April 17, 2017 at 9:41 am | Permalink

        My “sarcasm” tags didn’t show up in the previous post, to be clear!

      • rickflick
        Posted April 17, 2017 at 10:05 am | Permalink

        Yes, he was responsible for some woolly thinking.

  5. Randy schenck
    Posted April 17, 2017 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    The Diet of Worms, very important to the religious inclined but completely useless to the atheist. Makes me think of the worms rhyme we knew as kids in elementary school:

    The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out
    The worms play pinochle on your snout
    And when your body turns slimy green
    guts flow out like whipping cream

    • JonLynnHarvey
      Posted April 17, 2017 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      Luther undermined the political prestige of the papacy overall, though at least some forms of Lutheranism is a cure worse than the disease.

      • Randy schenck
        Posted April 17, 2017 at 10:26 am | Permalink

        Yes, so many forms, I am still trying to determine the right one.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted April 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      The one I always remember is:

      Nobody likes me
      Everybody hates me
      I’m going down the garden to eat worms

      • Randy schenck
        Posted April 17, 2017 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

        Please, no eating worms. You just don’t know where they have bee.

  6. Jenny Haniver
    Posted April 17, 2017 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Gus’s eyes are like liquid amber.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted April 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      It’s a great pic of Gus. His desire to get one of the birds is being exuded by every part of him.


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