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Almanac – May11

1811 – Chang and Eng Bunker born.  Conjoined twin brothers whose condition and birthplace became the basis for the term “Siamese twins”.

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1812 – British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval  assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.

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1894 – Martha Graham born. American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on the modern visual arts,  Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture.

She danced and choreographed for over seventy years –  “I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.”

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1904 – Salvador Dalí born. Spanish surrealist painter,  best known for the striking and bizarre images. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Dalí attributed his “love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes” to a self-styled “Arab lineage“, claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.

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1981 – Bob Marley died.  Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician.

He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for  The Wailers (1963-1974) and Bob Marley & The Wailers (1974–1981).

 Marley remains the most widely known and the best-selling performer of reggae music, having sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. He is also credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.

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Thatcher Dead – A Nation Rejoices

Well…the one we’ve been waiting for – the detestable Margaret Thatcher is dead.

Listening to the mealy-mouthed tributes airing on BBC Radio 4 even as I write this, you might think we’ve lost a paragon of amazing virtue  beloved by all and sundry.

In actual fact,  Thatcher and her policies generated real hatred for the woman, probably more so than any other British Prime Minister, including her spiritual heir, Tony Blair.

Savage cuts, broken trade unions,  mass unemployment, selling off public housing and public industries,  the Poll Tax, a pointless war with Argentina over the Falklands –  a case of two bald men fighting over a comb if ever there was one – and the very real fear that, along with her sidekick Reagan, she might lead us into World War III. These are what I recall of Thatcher’s time in power.

Thatcher’s legacy is that she helped make Britain a much more selfish, nasty country, at the mercy of cherry-pickers and opportunists.

And she’s getting a state funeral… sheesh !

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