Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 2015 PAD – Day 30: The Luckiest Man on Earth

On April 30th 1939, the day Hitler died, Lou Gehrig played his last game for the New York Yankees. It was the end of a fourteen year, 2,130 consecutive game run. The Yankees retired his Number 4 shirt – the … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 29: A Watchamacallit…It’s on the tip of my tongue…

On April 29th, 1852 the first edition of Roget’s Thesaurus was published, 50 years after its initial compilation. How many people know his first name, I wonder? A Watchamacallit…It’s on the tip of my tongue… NO! Not that, I mean … Continue reading

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April 2015 – PAD – Day 28: Hell No! We Won’t Go!

On April 28th in 1789 – A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift. On the … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 27: Paradise Sold

On 27 April 1667, poet John Milton sold the publication rights to Paradise Lost for £5 with a further £5 to be paid if and when each print run of between 1,300 and 1,500 copies sold out. The first run, … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD Links

I’ve added some useful links to the history that has prompted me on some of the poems for the April 2015 PAD. Mostly where the story is not well known or the inspiration not obvious.

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April 2015 PAD – Day 26: The Unceasing Human Capacity for Hate

On April 26 1913, Mary Phagan, a thirteen year old girl was found raped and murdered in the basement of a pencil factory where she worked in Atlanta, Georgia. The Unceasing Human Capacity for Hate ……………………or……………………………… The Knights of Mary … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 25: Spiral Kaleidoscope

On April 25th 1953 – Dr. James D. Watson and Dr. Francis H.C. Crick announced the double helix structure of DNA. Spiral Kaleidoscope Sitting in RAF Bar in The Eagle, sipping a well-earned pint, reflecting on the past, the American … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 24: Beneath The Hawthorn Tree

On April 24th 1947 author and poet Willa Cather died. Beneath The Hawthorn Tree Striving to tell the untold tales Of those who strove so hard Those who faced the adversity of nature The trials of frontier and wilderness And … Continue reading

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Friday is POETS day – Famous Poem Podcast

This week I’m reading “The Hawthorn Tree” by Siegfried Sassoon

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April 2015 PAD – Day 23: The Arrogance of Genius

On April 23rd 1564 William Shakespeare was born; he died on the same day in 1616. The Arrogance of Genius   Not all the idioms the Bard gave us Not all the delights of The Swan of Avon Not all … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 22: New Found Land

On 22nd April, 1500 Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil. New Found Land When they say old Captain Cook found Australia or Columbus found America and all those famous people found all those exotic faraway places… Does it ever … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 21: In the Children’s Garden

On April 21st 1782 Friedrich Fröbel was born. A teacher, author and toy maker, he invented kindergarten in 1837.   In the Children’s Garden   They learn to play They play to learn Growing fast Growing in mind As well … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 20: When Right is Wrong

April 20th – an interesting day in history. My musical hero Steve Marriott died on this day in 1991. There’s a poem about that from a previous PAD in my archives I believe. In 1912 Fenway Park was inaugurated (yeah … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 19: The Lord Byron

On April 19th 1824 the poet Lord Byron died in Greece.   The Lord Byron   Susie plonks my pint on the bar “That one’s on his Lordship” She quips, with a wink and a nod to the portrait over … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 18: Crushed/The Parent Trap

On April 18th 1946 actress Hayley Mills was born. Today I have two poems. Crushed   Glistening Bright Funny Beautiful Young heart stealer When a young boy’s mind turned to thoughts of love Read More

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April 2015 PAD – Day 17: The Continuity Game

On April 17th 1964, the Ford Motor Co. launched the Mustang at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. The Continuity Game   Bullitt drove it like a rocket as he chased them up and down the hilly streets … Continue reading

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Friday is POETS day – Podcast time!!

This week’s podcast is “The Improbability of Sunrise” by ME!! Enjoy! 🙂

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April 2015 PAD – Day 16: Trips to the Moon

On April 16th 1943, Albert Hoffman (a Swiss chemist) accidently consumed a compound called LSD-25 and discovered its hallucinogenic properties. It was used for years to treat schizophrenics. In the mid 1960s it was made illegal because young people were … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 15: Forty-Two

On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he stepped onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers (yeah the Dodgers used to play in Brooklyn!). … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 14: Unthinkable

On April 14th 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. On this day in 1912 the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg shortly before midnight and sank a few hours later. Over 1500 people died, 700 survived. In … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 13: The Birth of a Naturalist

April 13th 1939 saw the birth of one of the 20th Century’s greatest poets – perhaps one of the greatest of all time: Seamus Heaney   The Birth of a Naturalist   From gentle beauty in nature to the cruel … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 12: Wild Flowers for a Starman

On April 12th 1961, Major Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin became the first man in space – he spent 108 minutes in orbit. The published report at the time that he had landed in his capsule was a propaganda lie. He had … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 1: Not On My Watch!

On 11th April 1970 – Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft. Five words from that ill-fated, but ingeniously salvaged mission have entered the English language, ready to … Continue reading

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April 2015 PAD – Day 10: A War by Any Other Name

On April 10th, 1998 The Good Friday Agreement was signed, bringing peace to Northern Ireland A War by Any Other Name   They called it “The Troubles” with troops on the street, controlling their own people. It wasn’t Martial Law … Continue reading

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Friday is POETS day – Podcast time!

This week I am proud to read a poem by a wonderful poet and a great friend.  Click to listen to “Corralled” by Paula Wanken

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