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British Charles Babbage, “The Father Of The Computer”, Was Born This Day 226-Years Ago.

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A section of his analytical engine and you can see the digits.


Another of the British polymaths of that era. We were blessed.

He had quite the mind. Pretty amazing all the things he successfully turned that mind to.

226-years ago. Sobering. Wonder what he would make of today’s smartphones, such as say the Google Pixel 2.


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Henry Stanley’s Famous “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” Meeting Took Place This Day, 148-Years Ago; November 10, 1869.

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The stuff of legends IF you were lucky enough to have had a British upbringing (though Henry Morton Stanley was an American). {Smile}

The phrase itself is now fairly famous, probably from all the movies and TV shows.

So, 148-years ago. Pretty neat stuff.


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Sputnik 2, With ‘Laika’, The FIRST Animal In Space, Was Launched This Day, 60-Years Ago; November 3, 1957.

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The Sputnik 2 & ‘Laika’ THE DOG!

Wow, I remember it well and can still recall those exciting days. I had just turned 4. It was BIG news in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). We did NOT have TV in the country at that stage, but it was covered, extensively, in the newspapers and radio.

I became a space junkie with the launch of Sputnik — and I guess I still am.

Exciting times. Wow. 60-years ago. But still vivid in my mind.


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The Timelessly Elegant Boeing 707 Made Its First Commercial Flight, This Day, 59-Years Ago; October 26, 1958.

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So graceful and svelte, even TODAY.

A later model than the one that would have flown in 1958.




One of my TOP 3 FAVORITE planes — ever! Yes, top 3, even after all these years.

I think, though I can’t be 100% sure of that, it’s VERY BIG brother, the Boeing 747 Jumbo, is probably my all time favorite. But, push comes to shove, it might still be the Boeing 707.

The 707 was the first jet I ever flew in — on August 27, 1967, when we left Ceylon (forever, for all of us, as it would turn out to be) for Buffalo, U.S.A. That whole trip, which was in multiple legs, Colombo – Athens, Athens -Rome, Rome – Paris, Paris – London & finally London – New York was on 707s. From then on I flew in 707s quite a bit until the 747 came along. I flew on a 747, for the first time, in June 1970.

There are 707 still in service.

59-years ago. Just think back.


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The Space Age Started This Day, 60-Years Ago, With The Soviet Launched Sputnik 1; October 4, 1957.

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The Sputnik.

I remember it well. I had just turned 4. It was BIG news in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). We did NOT have TV in the country at that stage, but it was covered, extensively, in the newspapers and radio.

My adoptive father, a news and political junkie, was excited. Much of what I heard and learnt was from him.

And then there was my surrogate father, a white, Baptist, lawyer (for the Ceylon Ministry of Food) who was BIG into dabbling in things electrical — so much so that all of his other nephews and nieces, bar I, called him ‘Light Mama‘ (i.e., Light-father, the ‘light’ a reference to his fondness for all things electric). I just called him ‘Ta‘. That happens to be the first two letters of ‘Tatta‘ — our Sinhalese name for ‘father’ (and very similar to the Yiddish word for father). I called my adoptive father, ‘Tatta’, and my surrogate father ‘Ta’. Makes sense, right?

Well, ‘Ta’, was very excited too in his reserved, dignified, lawyerly manner. He managed to tune one of his many radios, some built from scratch by him using vacuum tubes, to hear the ‘beep … beep’ signal.

60-years ago. Wow.

You know that I got to meet Yuri Gagarin, the first man EVER in space, when he visited Ceylon 4-years after the Sputnik.


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The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” LP Was Released This Day 48-Years Ago; September 26, 1969.

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I think I remember this. I had just started at Mill Hill — my London boarding school. Music was BIG at Mill Hill, the kids, in general, affluent enough to indulge in their musical tastes in terms of LPs, record players etc.

In later years I would become EXTREMELY familiar with ‘Abbey Road’, the road and the iconic pedestrian crossing. Abbey Road was ‘next door’ to MY ‘Holy of Holies’ in LondonLord’s Cricket Ground.

When I started going to Lord’s for Test Matches and Middlesex matches, mid-1970s to 1985, I would park, for FREE, on Abbey Road — a bit further up north, and walk down to Lord’s. Often I would cross the pedestrian crossing for fun.

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Johannesburg, South Africa, Came To Be This Day 131-Years Ago; September 20, 1886.

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Click to access original … which explains the September 20, 1886 date.


A bit like California and the Gold Rush. It had to do with a gold rush. Gold was found in a farm nearby in July 1886. Reminiscent of Sutter’s Mill and Sacramento. Reflect.


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Ivan Pavlov, Of The Salivating Dogs, Was Born This Day 168-Years Ago; September 14, 1849.

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 An interesting & educational YouTube video.


I had to write this post as soon as I learned it was the great man’s birthday — it was Pavlovian!

I am fond of his work so, to be fair, I would have written this even if it wasn’t Pavlovian.

Easy to forget that what he was really researching was DIGESTION in dogs and not conditioning! The above video makes that very clear.

Also note that it is his birthday PER the Julian calendar that was being used in Russia at the time! The Russians used the Julian calendar till 1919 — i.e., post revolution! Wow. Between 1800 and 1900 the difference between the two calendars was 12-days. Hence the September 14/September 26 ‘confusion’.


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D.H. Lawrence, Of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” Fame, Was Born This Day 132-Years Ago; September 11, 1885.

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Some insights into “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”
from my “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book.

From my “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book. Click to ENLARGE and ENJOY here. Use above links to get more.


‘Poor’ DHL. ‘They’ made his life ‘unpleasant’ during his rather short life; he dying, from TB, aged just 44. As with so many others he is more revered and appreciated posthumously. That is a shame. So, on September 11, his birthday spare a thought for DHL and his indubitable brilliance.


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U.S. ‘Social Security’ Came To Be This Day 82-Years Ago — August 14, 1935: Rejoice & Enjoy It While We Can!

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I started collecting my Social Security as soon as I turned 62 — in 2015. I wasn’t going to wait. I paid in enough and I wanted to reap the benefits. I do not believe or agree with delaying when you start collecting.

I like the Social Security Administration (SSA). When I lived in Maryland, nearly 30-years ago, many of my neighbors worked for the SSA. The SSA is no perfect but they try and by and large I have found them to be very helpful.

Yes, I worry as to the future of Social Security. There are so many EASY fixes. First and foremost the max. contribution CAP should be abolished. Pay SS on all your earnings with NO Cap. That will help the funding no end.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was much a DAMN FINE president. What a stark contrast to what we have today. Yikes.


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