Saturday: Hili dialogue

Happy weekend: it’s Saturday, June 2, 2018, National Rocky Road Day (a candy or ice cream flavor made from chocolate, marshmallow, and nuts). It’s also International Sex Workers’ Day, though it’s in Wikipedia under International Whores’s Day. Did Samantha Bee write that entry? I’m excited because I received 25 pounds of veterinary grade “waterfowl starter pellets”, and they float! (h/t: Linda Calhoun). In about an hour I’ll see if the ducklings will eat them. It’s good healthy food: the best; but nothing’s too good for my ducks.

On this day in 455 occured the “Sack of Rome”; Vandals entered the city and plundered it for two weeks.  it was the end of Rome’s imperial dynasty:

Genseric sacking Rome, by Karl Briullov

On June 2, 1692, Bridget Bishop, who was the first person tried for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, began her trial. She was found guilty and hanged, dying at age 60.  In 1946, the Italian Republic began as Italians voted in a referendum to replace the monarchy with a republic, exiling King Umberto II.  On this day in 1953, Queen Elizabeth was crowned, with her formal name “Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth”. Note, Canadians, Aussies, and Kiwis, that Queen Elizabeth is YOUR queen. This was the first international event to be televised worldwide.

Speaking of sacking, it was on this day in 1962 that the infamous FIFA World Cup match was played between Chile and Italy, pronounced one of the most violent games in soccer history: “the battle of Santiago”. You can see the brutality in this clip:

On this day in 1966, Surveyor 1 landed on the Moon, making it the first U.S. spacecraft to have a soft landing on another celestial body.  And on June 2, 1967, one day after its release in the UK, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released in the U.S., and it was shortly thereafter that, listening to it, I was instantly transformed into an atheist.  On June 2, 1979, Pope John Paul II made his first official visit to Poland, making him the first Pope to visit a Communist country. Finally, on this date in 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted for the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. 168 people died, and his conviction was on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy. He was executed in 2001.

Notables born on June 2 include the Marquis de Sade (1740), Edward Elgar (1857), Johnny Weissmuller (1904), Marvin Hamlisch (1944) and Cornel West (1953). Those who died on this day include Lou Gehrig (1941), Bunny Berigan (1942), George S. Kaufman (1961), Vita Sackville-West (1962), and Rex Harrison (1990).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is beginning to sound like Henri, the Existentialist Cat:

Hili: I could do something.
A: What’s stopping you?
Hili: I don’t know whether it’s worth it.
In Polish:
Hili: Mogłabym coś zrobić.
Ja: I co ci w tym przeszkadza?
Hili: Nie wiem, czy warto?

From Matthew, some good advice. I’m sick of the unrelenting negativity of Twitter and even Facebook. Ducks will help!:

From reader Paul, a great photo from Down Under:

Reader Mizrob sent a heartwarming video of DUCKLING RESCUE:

A few tweets sent by Heather Hastie. Although this preacher’s video, asking his flock to buy him a new jet, has been removed, you can see a bit of it in this tweet:

A tweet from God (via Ann German):

An optical illusion:

And another brave Iranian woman:

Grania found a tweet about a rarity: donkey twins! They don’t seem to be identical twins, though they’re both female: look at the face and “mane” coloration:

A kitten pile-on, sent by Matthew:

. . . as well as a rarity, the extremely endangered Iberian lynx, now sighted in Catalonia after a long journey:



  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Funny the Italians did not seem to have that fighting spirit in war? Never understood why they did not add more referees to the game.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted June 2, 2018 at 7:55 am | Permalink

      I have to say, as brutal as that video is, it’s also extremely funny.

      What’s most comical is the fact that after one player boots the other up the arse as he tries to get up and the other one responds by knocking him out cold with a left hook, the referee still doesn’t give either player a card of any kind. Great fun, as is the way that whenever a player karate-kicks/elbows/stamps on another player they feign innocence with a ‘who. me?’ gesture, hands held out at either side in apparent bafflement.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 2, 2018 at 8:38 am | Permalink

        It is hilarious indeed. Note that the red/yellow card system wasn’t part of the game at the time [1962] – not used until 1970, but it was this very game that inspired the inventor.

        The inventor being the ref, Ken Aston. He was driving down Kensington High Street, noted the traffic lights & an idea was born. SOURCE

        • Saul Sorrell-Till
          Posted June 2, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

          Okay – I didn’t know that at all, thanks.

          It’s a fittingly English invention too.

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted June 2, 2018 at 9:32 am | Permalink

            Just to be clear it was Aston himself reffing that game. The card system is in a large variety of sports now & with extra/different colours for some – I dunno if they all grew out of Aston’s idea:


    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 2, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      “The German soldier has astonished the world; the Italian Bersagliere has astonished the German soldier” – Erwin Rommel.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted June 2, 2018 at 9:11 am | Permalink

        Yes, I think it was the Egyptian army that that had 4 speed tanks. One forward and three in reverse.

  2. Historian
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    No SNL skit could beat the Duplantis-Copeland dialogue in the video.

  3. Michael Fisher
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Ah yes David Coleman, the Brit TV presenter famed for his verbal gaffes & unrestrained fountain of sporting commentary clichés: e.g. “the stadium erupted” in the above 1962 clip. That game [& Coleman] have a Pythonesque thing going.

    The Private Eye magazine had a Colemanballs column celebrating the genre. Such as Irish commenter George Hamilton during Ireland versus Spain football qualifier match: “He’s pulling him off. The Spanish manager is pulling his captain off!”

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted June 2, 2018 at 8:14 am | Permalink

      My dad had five or six little Private Eye compilation booklets of Colemanballs. They were brilliant. It’s surprising how much comic mileage you can get out of commentators misusing the word ‘literally’. I think that specific kind of gaffe made up about a fifth of all the entries. ‘Literally on fire’, ‘literally come back from the dead’, ‘he’s literally dug a hole for himself’, etc.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 2, 2018 at 8:58 am | Permalink

        I started reading Private Eye around 1970 when I was of an age to understand the coded language [“Playing an away match in Uganda”] & the lampoonery. I liked Pseuds Corner the bestest.

        • Saul Sorrell-Till
          Posted June 2, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

          Pseuds’ Corner is still great. (The only problem is there are a couple of people, particularly Barney Ronay at The Guardian for some reason, who clearly love being in there and always throw some ridiculous piece of pseudy posing into their writing specifically for that purpose. Which spoils it slightly.)

          I’m a big fan of Craig Brown’s diaries too. He does a wonderful Trump Twitter feed among many other things.

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted June 2, 2018 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      “Colemanballs” is still going strong in PE, although now titled “Commentatorballs”.

      As the Torygraph reported after Coleman’s death:

      ‘Among the lines wrongly attributed to Coleman include a remark at the 1976 Montreal Olympics about athlete Alberto Juantorena:

      “And there goes Juantorena down the back straight, opening his legs and showing his class.”

      The comment was actually made by his BBC colleague Ron Pickering.

      Other remarks which have gone down in history as being from the mouth of Coleman include:

      “That’s the fastest time ever run – but it’s not as fast as the world record”;

      “A truly international field, no Britons involved”; and

      “Don’t tell those coming in the final result of that fantastic match, but let’s just have another look at Italy’s winning goal”‘

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 2, 2018 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

        HaHa – I like the last one particularly

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Bet you’re not the only guy to lose his religion listening to Ringo sing in the guise of “Billy Shears.” Hearing his out-of-key straining on “Act Naturally” always made me question the Good Lord’s existence.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted June 2, 2018 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      That album was my gateway to ‘grown-up’ music. I just listened to A Day In The Life, that first section, the Lennon section, over and over again.

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    … it’s in Wikipedia under International Whores’s Day.

    Hope that doesn’t double as “bring your daughter to work” day.

  6. Linda Calhoun
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    I would be really surprised if the ducklings don’t eat those pellets.

    I watched a YouTube video yesterday of someone feeding those to her ducklings, and they gobbled them up in just a few seconds. Even my goat kids aren’t THAT greedy.


  7. Christopher
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Considering the location of this upcoming World Cup, violence on the field will be the least of our worries.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 2, 2018 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      The Russian neo-Nazi ‘supporters’ are going to kill someone this time around and/or the English will [for Marseilles 2016].

      • Christopher
        Posted June 2, 2018 at 9:30 am | Permalink

        I will not be watching. I find it rather shameful that playing football is deemed of such great importance that the activities of the Russian government in Crimea, Ukraine, or within its own borders matter not one bit, nor did the corruption involved in the awarding the World Cup to Russia or Qatar.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted June 2, 2018 at 9:43 am | Permalink

          I feel much the same, but I’ve given up on viewing popular sports altogether anyway bar running, because I can’t stand supporters nor most players as people – they are dull company [golfers, amateur & pro both, are the worst for dullness].

          But, I’m watching an All Blacks documentary at the moment with interest, so I might get back into rugby.

  8. Peter
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 1558 until her death in 1603) was crowned 10 days before my birth, something I don’t give much thought to, probably meanings nothing, and is entirely a coincidence. It does mean that she is the oldest and longest-serving current head of state. There are a few more countries in the commonwealth: The Bahamas, Barbados, Granada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, St. Lucia, Tuvalu, and St. Vincent and The Grenadines, in addition to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. I may have missed a few; I believe there are 15 countries remaining in the commonwealth.

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted June 2, 2018 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      53, actually.

      There are also 14 British Overseas Territories (either not been offered independence or have voted against it), including the BVI and the Caymans. This means HMG could, in principle, tell them what to do, including stopping providing offshore financial services to dubious individuals and enterprises. Funnily enough, we don’t.

  9. Roger
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Why do soccer “injuries” and fights always look so fake lol.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 2, 2018 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      There’s definitely a touch of diving in that football comedy. I have a theory that “we” are used to fights in the dramatised Hollywood sense these days with the sound effects & the ridiculous multiple punches back & forth to the head [which will break the fingers/knuckles in real life].

      An elbow to the eye & that’s end of fight isn’t it? And it never looks much.

  10. DrBrydon
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    I had no idea that Bunny Berigan had died that early.

  11. Posted June 2, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Good luck with the new duck food. I’m looking forward to today’s duck report.

  12. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Sgt. Peppers was literally the very first album that I owned. I was living in Texas at the time, and mendacious preachers were doing a lot more to challenge my sense of religion than the Beatles.

    However, the Beatles did provoke an argument with a fundamentalist friend of mine (we were both 13) who said they were all going to hell due to their following the Mahareshi. THAT set me permanently against standard-issue evangelicalism.

  13. Posted June 10, 2018 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    The duckling rescue video is great! If I am looking for people to save the world, I’d call this young lady.

  14. Posted June 10, 2018 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    The “Sack of Rome” painting is strange. Why are the Vandals dark-skinned? Why are their heads wrapped? And I thought seven-branch candlesticks were specific for Judaism.

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