Almanac – January 20

St. Agnes Eve

Ladies – if you want to dream the identity of your future husband, try this St Agnes Eve spell…

You must fast and keep silent all day and do not allow anyone to kiss you.

[Obviously, by the time you read this you’ll probably have eaten, spoke or kissed someone – maybe all three if you’re lucky. So you might want to save the info for next  St Agnes Eve ].

At bedtime, don your best nightdress and then hard-boil an egg.

Remove the yolk from the egg and fill the space with salt.

Eat egg [shell, salt and all].

Then walk backwards to bed, chanting:

“Fair St Agnes, play thy part
And send to me my own sweetheart
Not in his best or worst array
But in the clothes he wears every day”

[That last line sounds a bit out – “each day” would fit better…everyone’s a critic]

Anyway, you should then dream of your intended. But you must tell no-one of your dream.

This last condition makes it virtually impossible to estimate success rates for the experiment.


1899 – Clarice Cliff born. English ceramic industrial artist active from 1922 to 1963.



1900 – Colin Clive born. English stage and screen actor best remembered for his portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein in James Whale‘s two Universal Frankenstein films Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.



1929 – In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, was released. Directed by Irving Cummings and Raoul Walsh, the film was based on the character of the Cisco Kid in the story The Caballero’s Way by O. Henry.

The film made extensive use of authentic locations, filming in Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park in Utah and the San Fernando Mission and the Mojave Desert in California.
It was also instrumental in developing the image of the singing cowboy, with its star, Warner Baxter, singing My Tonia.



1946 – David Lynch born.  American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor, known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed “Lynchian“, a style characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Eraserhead, Dune, The Elephant Man and Twin Peaks, among others, are his.

As he says – “I look at the world and I see absurdity all around me. People do strange things constantly, to the point that, for the most part, we manage not to see it. That’s why I love coffee shops and public places – I mean, they’re all out there.”



1965 – Alan Freed died. American disc jockey. He became internationally known for promoting the mix of blues, country and rhythm and blues music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of rock and roll. His career was destroyed by the payola scandal that hit the broadcasting industry in the early 1960s.



2012 – Etta James died. American singer. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz.



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January 20, 2013 · 17:17

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