I received a pseudonymously wriiten e-mail the other day asking me whether I was aware of this.
“Here’s one for you: During all of 1937 and 1938, eight current and future popes were living (Pius XI to Francis)“.
I was not aware per se, in that I had not bothered to count.
BUT, I do know that I have a magical Excel Spreadsheet with data on ALL the popes for whom we have a birthdate. That is basically all the popes since 1400. See below. So, it is easy enough for me to check — provided we are talking post 1400. Prior to that all bets are off.
7 “would be popes” alive is NOT even CLOSE to being a record. Without even trying, just taking a semi-intelligent guess, I found 11 … PLUS the living pope.
Over the next few days I will try to build upon this.
I like windows with character. I enjoy the shapes, colors, sizes, positionings & juxtapositionings … As I pointed out in this post I like shapes and patterns in general, and windows are a special class of such patterns.
Whenever I am in a city I like to let my eyes roam over the windows. Boston, like all of the older cities on the US Northeast, has a fascinating variety of windows, both old and new. Until I started taking this set of pictures I had never realized the similarity of some of the buildings to those in Amsterdam. I had noticed this in Philadelphia too.
OK, I will admit — I am making a special attempt to climb more stairs! I now try to climb 5 – 10 EXTRA floors a day, on the trot, carrying some weights. Hence why my floor count has gone up. It is good exercise and I like climbing stairs.