Sunday, March 27, 2011

Charles I, Alfred de Vigny, X Rays & Marlon Brando

Charles I  becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland on this day in 1625.

The educationalist and founder of the Madras System Andrew Bell was born on March the 27th 1753 in St. Andrews.

The novelist and playwright Alfred de Vigny was born on this day in 1797 to an aristocratic family in Loches, France. Here is a link to Henry Wallis's painting  of Chatterton, the inspiration for de Vigny's wonderful play.

The physicist Wilhelm Rontgen was born on March the 27th in Lennep, Germany in 1845. His research into electromagnetic radiation led to his discovery of the X Ray. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901. This amazing image, courtesy of Wikipedia, is  one his first X-Rays - of his wife's hand, taken in 1895.

The first non-direct blood transfusion was performed on this day in 1914 in Brussels.

On March the 27th 1973 Marlon Brando declined his Best Actor Oscar, for The Godfather.

Today is the Feast Day of Saint John of Egypt.

The Tate recently sent by tweet the lovely Small Meadows in  Spring by Sisley - the daffodils are fabulous, the clocks have moved Spring it seems happily to have sprung.

I was cooking a noodle soup the other day, I couldn't find the soy sauce, anywhere. Fortunately I had happy helpers at hand, an adult one was able to whizz to Waitrose and get more. I found it a few days later, in the bathroom cupboard. Why ? How?  The soup was similar to this one.

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