Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Good morning. It’s the 1st of May, so in Europe we get a holiday today.

In 1753 Carl Linnaeus published Species Plantarum which introduced binomial or two-part names with the first word always indicating genus.

Today in 1785 was the first time The Marriage of Figaro was performed. The plot is kind of like a soap opera that is allowed to go on for three hours, but the Overture was an instant hit and was encored with four other numbers. The emperor Joseph II did what all philistines and power-drunk busybodies do and banned encores by the end of the week citing “excessive duration of operas” as his concern.

In 1961 another supreme leader banned elections in his country: Fidel Castro:
The revolution has no time for elections. There is no more democratic government in Latin America than the revolutionary government.
In 1941 Orson Well’s Citizen Kane premiered in New York. For all its critical success, it didn’t go great at the box office. It is now considered to be one of the best films of all time.
In 2011 President Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan.
And finally, we get to the felid section of today’s news.
Hili: There is something magical about a blue sky.
A: What is that?
Hili: The tiny birds.
In Polish:
Hili: Jest coś magicznego w błękitnym niebie.
Ja: Co?
Hili: Te małe ptaki.



  1. Posted May 1, 2017 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    My favorite piece from Le Nozze de Figaro:

    I have this CD right here at my work desk. Deutsche Grammophon, Gundula Janowitz and Edith Mathis

  2. Posted May 1, 2017 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Isn’t it funny how in Europe we have a holiday today to “celebrate” an event which took place in the good ol’ USA, where only it is not celebrated, or ,if at all, by little girls with flowers — a long way from the Haymarket.

    • Posted May 1, 2017 at 8:16 am | Permalink

      It’s kind of related to the Beltane or ‘start of summer’ festival in many European countries.
      I believe the Chicago Socialist group deliberately chose the day to coincide with the European May Day spring festival.

      • Posted May 1, 2017 at 8:35 am | Permalink

        A quick trip to Wikipedia confirms what we both say. (Isn’t that nice?) What surprised me was to learn that the Catholic church got in there too — on the side of workers! “May 1 is also one of two feast days of the Catholic patron saint of workers St Joseph the Worker, a carpenter, husband to Mother Mary, and surrogate father of Jesus.” Wonder if Lenin knew about that?

        These things are never simple, are they? BUt then, that’s what makes them fun.

        • Randy schenck
          Posted May 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

          I recall very clearly as a child in the Midwest, doing the May Day thing. Made or bought May baskets, filled them with goodies and delivered them to the front steps of your friends homes. Ring the door bell and then run. Why we did this, I never really knew.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted May 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

        Indeed, Edinburgh had a Beltane festival on Calton Hill on Mayday Eve. New Age claptrap in abundance, with a distinctly cannabis- laced odour. Great fun.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted May 1, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      We celebrate it at the end of October (and always a Monday) in NZ as 1 May is often too cold for a public holiday. It’s the first long weekend of the summer and time for the first barbecue and daylight saving.

  3. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted May 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    In addition to being one of the greatest films of all time, Citizen Kane is also one of the most technologically innovative films ever made, one of the earliest films with constantly fluid camera work, where the movement of the camera does a great deal to set a mood. In this sense, it is comparable to Eisenstein’s “Potemkin” and the risible now-deservedly-shunned “Birth of a Nation”. In later years, “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Star Wars” come close.

    I recommend the Roger Ebert audio commentary on the DVD (I haven’t listened to the Bogdanovich one)

  4. Larry
    Posted May 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Citizen Kane, The Third Man, and The Lives of Harry Lime (as the radio series was known in the U.S., but titled The Adventures of Harry Lime in the U.K.),were all impressive works by Mr. Welles. Citizen Kane is a stand-out amongst an impressive resume.

  5. Posted May 3, 2017 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Note the tree behind Hili is full of mistletoe!

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