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Almanac – January 25

BURNS NIGHT – celebrating the birth of Robert Burns in 1759.  Scottish poet and lyricist,  widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.

He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature.

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1938 – Etta James born. 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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1949 – John Cooper Clarke born. English performance poet who first became famous during the punk rock era of the late 1970s when he became known as a “punk poet“. He released several albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and continues to perform regularly.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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