Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning, if you call it that; I’m dispirited as the sun rises this Friday, August 18, 2017 (I’m typing this from bed). Thirteen people are dead and eighty injured in Barcelona, and police foiled yet another car attack in Spain. In this one, 70 miles south of Barcelona, five perpetrators were shot to death in an attempted attack with a vehicle. No pedestrians were killed, thank goodness.

It’s National Ice-Cream Pie Day in the U.S, and National Science Day in Thailand.

On this day in 1587, Virginia Dare, who was the granddaughter of the Governor of the Colony of Roanoke, became the first English child born in the Americas. But, as I mentioned yesterday, everyone in the colony had disappeared, including Virginia Dare, when the British returned in 1590, and its fate is a mystery. On this day in 1868, the French astronomy Pierre Jansen discovered helium (the English scientist Joseph Norman Lockyer is also given credit). On August 18, 1920, the states ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. On August 18, 1958, Vladamir Nabokov’s novel Lolita was published in America. And on this day in 1977, anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was arrested at a police roadblock in South Africa. Beaten and tortured in police custody, he died on September 12.

Notables born on this day include, besides Virginia Dare, Meriwether Lewis (1774), Luc Montagnier (1932), and Roberto Clemente (1934). Those who died on this day include Genghis Khan (1227), Honoré de Balzac (1850), Subhas Chandra “Netaji” Bose (1945), Anito Loos (1981), and Don Pardo (2014).  Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is making a pun (and no, the picture isn’t sharp but her claws are):

A: I’m afraid this picture will not be sharp enough.
Hili: The main thing is that my claws will be sharp.
In Polish:
Ja: Obawiam się, że to zdjęcie nie będzie dość ostre.
Hili: Najważniejsze, żeby pazurki były ostre.

In the south of Poland, Leon, who was jilted yesterday by the black female cat Mawrula, has not given up hope.

Leon: I’m on the track of Mawrula.


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 7:21 am | Permalink


    Never fails.

    Try the vocal one “Mein gott” (no sarcasm intended) from the Christmas Oratorio (again I’m serious, I’m not making jokes with the whole religion thing).

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted August 18, 2017 at 7:24 am | Permalink

      Oops – not the oratorio, but cantatas :

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted August 18, 2017 at 7:24 am | Permalink

        I apologize for being dumb with the link.

      • ploubere
        Posted August 18, 2017 at 11:01 pm | Permalink


        • ThyroidPlanet
          Posted August 19, 2017 at 5:35 am | Permalink

          Glad to hear it

          I don’t know the words or even what they mean, except “mein gott”. Maybe that’s enough, because to me it sounds like a calling out, crying, to a force that is beyond comprehension, beyond control – from a small, insignificant being as us humans, with no control over anything, at moments it seems the force understands, at times, we are crushed.

          The piece hits me in the gut even just thinking about it.

  2. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    “five perpetrators were shot to death in an attempted attack with a vehicle.”

    And good riddance.

    I just have one minor niggle, five seems a lot more than necessary to drive a truck into a crowd. I do hope all five were indeed terrorists.

    Doubtless further details will emerge.


    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted August 18, 2017 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      News – and this will not abate Jerry’s morning dyspepsia – one of the five seriously hurt victims is now claimed to have died.

      The reason that there were 5 terrorists in the van – claims is the police has uncovered a cell with 12-14 terrorists – is likely that they messed up in the 3d place. That seems to have been their bomb factory, but a (premature?) explosion stopped them from harming people. Maybe their “plan B” involved a less well planned van terrorist attempt during flight, followed by suicide by cop. Claims are that they wore *fake* bomb belts – I mentioned bomb belts in comments yesterday. Apparently the one of the 5 not killed by the cop who got his or her partner killed, went towards police – it got him killed too.

  3. Historian
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Smithsonian Magazine has a very interesting recent article on the status of the search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke. In my view, the search for the colony is even more fascinating than the search for Amelia Earhart.

    • rickflick
      Posted August 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm | Permalink


    • Heather Hastie
      Posted August 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      I find Roanoke more interesting too.

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