Monday, March 28, 2011

Bartolommeo, Thomas Clarkson and Three Mile Island

The Italian Renaissance artist Fra Bartolommeo was born on March the 28th 1472 in Tuscany. Known for his paintings of religious subjects, here is a beautiful work, now in the Uffizi.

The Annunciation, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Thomas Clarkson was born on this day in 1760. During his studies at Cambridge he wrote a Latin eassy  discussing whether it was lawful to make slaves of others against their will. The essay won an award and would define his work thereafter. He met Granville Sharpe and other abolitionists and was instrumental in the creation and passing of the Bill For the Abolition of Slavery in 1807.

Image courtesy of Suffolk Record Office.

He is a central figure in this work by Benjamin Haydon in the National Portrait Gallery. William Wordsworth wrote this sonnet to Clarkson.

On March the 28th 1797 Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patented the washing machine

On this day in 1979 an accident occurred at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middleton, Pennsylvania, leading to a partial reactor meltdown. It is  the largest nuclear accident in US history. I have included a link to a recent BBC article.

Today is the Feast Day of Saint James Caxton, the Blessed.

So I've been in a  major major soup phase, I love making soup and it seems Spring like, to me anyway. I went for two - one favourite  - watercress; number two, slightly more unfamiliar - I've made it a few times - cucumber.

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