Category Archives: Hili Dialogue

Sunday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning, and many happy returns of Ēostre. Actually, although Eostre or Ostara is claimed to be a  “Proto-Indo-European goddess of the dawn” there is some suspicion that this was invented by The Venerable Bede circa the 8th century.  There is a reference in the Old Norse Prose Edda book Gylfaginning but the deity is a male […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning! Today in 1755 Samuel Johnson’s “A Dictionary of the English Language” was published in London. It was a mammoth undertaking, requiring almost a decade of work and it remained the definitive authority until the Oxford Dictionary was completed nearly two centuries later. It had been deliberately commissioned as pre-existing dictionaries were relatively poor and incomplete. […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning! Welcome to the end of the week. In 1561 there was a strange phenomenon over the city of Nuremberg described in the local broadsheet from eyewitness accounts the next day as an aerial battle of spheres and other objects. Over the centuries various people have tried to explain this, often more […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning! Welcome to the 21st day of the Irish bus strike. (Don’t even ask). In 1963 Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win an Academy Award for Lilies of the Field. Today in 1742, Handel’s Messiah was premiered in Dublin in The Great Music Hall in Fishamble Street.  It was a great […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania On this day in 1980 the US decided to boycott the Moscow Olympics in protest over the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Although other countries were to join the US in the boycott, not everyone saw it as the smart decision. In 1999 Bill Clinton was found to be in contempt of court for giving “intentionally […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Happy International Louie Louie Day. Somehow the B side of a single of Richard Berry gets a day to itself due to its influence on the history of rock and roll. It was first released in April 1957, although it was The Kingsmen’s 1963 version that made it an international hit. In 1961 […]

Monday: Hili dialogue & Leon monologue

by Grania On this day in 837, Halley’s Comet made its closest approach to earth  at a distance of 5.1 million kilometres. Its earliest verifiable mention was 240 BC and it became famous in Europe in 1066 when it was interpreted as an omen before the Battle of Hastings. Just as calamitous (for some) on this day […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (with extra Leon)

by Grania Happy birthday to Sam Harris, the Bob Newhart of the “New” Atheists. Sam shares his birthday with Australian ballet dancer Robert Helpmann (1909 – 1986). Later on in his career, Helpmann played the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and scared the bejeezus out of a generation of children. It’s also the birthday […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning and Happy Weekend to you. In some parts of the world today Canadian-American actress Mary Pickford (1892 – 1979) is being honored by Google Doodle. Jerry insisted on her inclusion here because of the cat 🙂 She was the darling of the silent movie era, but was reluctant (and too typecast) […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Happy Friday to all! Today in 1862, Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the battle of Shiloh in Tennessee. The New York Times had it on their front page, which only goes to show that although it may seem like distant history, it is not that long ago. […]