The Friday Irregular

Issue #678 - 19th August 2022

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Friday 19th August   -   Architect Andrea Palladio died, 1580. Elizabeth Stuart, the "Winter queen" of Bohemia, born, 1596. The Samlesbury witches went on trial at the Lancaster Assizes, 1612. Astronomer John Flamsteed born, 1646. The French government announced that Louis Daguerre's photographic process would be "free to the world", 1839. Academic and politician Mo Mowlam died, 2005. World Humanitarian Day.
Saturday 20th August   -   Poet Agnes Bulmer died, 1835. Charles Darwin's theory of evolution was published in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, 1858. Writer H.P. Lovecraft born, 1890. Astronomer Joan Voûte died, 1963 Actress Amy Adams born, 1974. The Voyager 2 spacecraft was launched, 1977.
Sunday 21st August   -   Japanese general Shimazu Yoshihiro born, 1535. Noblewoman and convicted serial killer Elizabeth Báthory, "Countess Dracula", died, 1614. Forces of William of Orange defeated the Jacobites at the Battle of Dunkeld, 1689. Poet and author Ruth Manning-Sanders born, 1886. Former Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa, 1911. Businessman and electronic music pioneer Robert Moog died, 2005.
Monday 22nd August   -   King Richard III of England was defeated and killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field, 1485. King Charles I of England raised his standard in Nottingham, beginning the English Civil War, 1642. Engineer and machine tool innovator Henry Maudslay born, 1771. The Devil's Island penal colony was permanently closed, 1953. Singer-songwriter Tori Amos born, 1963. Actress Colleen Dewhurst died, 1991.
Tuesday 23rd August   -   Scottish rebel leader William Wallace was hung, drawn and quartered, 1305. The Golden Horde besieged Moscow, 1382. Louis XVI, the final king of France, born, 1754. The Albert Bridge in London opened, 1873. Sailor Saskia Clark born, 1979. Artist Elizabeth Blackadder died, 2021. International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition (UNESCO).
Wednesday 24th August   -   The Visigoths began pillaging Rome, 410. Pirate and mercenary Eustace the Monk was executed, 1217. Philanthropist and politician William Wilberforce born, 1759. American Revolutionary War spy and wife of Benedict Arnold Peggy Shippen died, 1804. British troops burned the White House, the Capitol and other buildings in Washington, D.C., 1814. Actress Jennifer Lien born, 1974. International Strange Music Day.
Thursday 25th August   -   Chinese empress Yang Yan died, 274. The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment of the British Army, was formed, 1537. Artist George Stubbs born, 1724. Allied forces liberated Paris, 1944. Actress Joanne Whalley born, 1961. Astronaut Neil Armstrong died, 2012.


This week, Sen no Rikyū:
The Way of Tea is naught but this: first you boil water, then you make the tea and drink it.


A selection of quotations from films containing the word 'dead' in the title, either as a whole word or part of a word. Answers next issue or from the regular address. Last issue's voyaging quotations were from:


Strange stories from around the world, some of which might be true...

IN BRIEF: Harry Winstanley drove buses in Manchester for 52 years. His funeral procession this week included historic buses of types he drove and his coffin was carried aboard the last bus he drove. ● Bury Council are being mocked for the new roadsigns at a recently installed toucan crossing. The poles, which carry small circular notices for pedestrians near their tops are about 15' (4.5m) tall, some obscured by trees. They should be 7'6" (2.3m). ● French freediver Arnaud Jerald has set a new world record of 393' (120m) for diving without breathing apparatus and using bi-fins. He has broken the record seven times. ● A TikTok video showing a home worker apparently setting up a green screen (presumably to video-overlay an interior background for Zoom conference calls) behind him as he sat on a beach with his laptop has gone viral. ● Marathon runner Robert Pope has become the first person (at least on record) to run the width of Ireland in less than 24 hours. Starting at Galway City and ending in Dublin he took 23 hours 39 minutes to run the 134 mile (215km) route. He drank a pint of Guinness before setting off and another when he finished.

UPDATES: Nick Gardner, 82, has completed his ascent of all 282 of Scotland's Munros - mountains more than 3,000' (914m). Family and friends joined him for the final climb up Gairn Gorm, which he completed under a row of arched trekking poles. ● First it was BMW charging for extras that are already built into their cars, now General Motors is to charge a mandatory $1,500 (£1,244) three-year "add-on" subscription for new vehicles whether owners want to use the features or now.


Walrus Freya (viz. Weird World News, above, age unknown), Northern Rockhopper penguin Mrs Wolowitz (Edinburgh Zoo's oldest penguin, 35), actress Anne Heche (Another World, Donnie Brasco, Cedar Rapids, 53), drummer Frederick Waite, Jr (Musical Youth, "Pass the Dutchie", 55), actress Denise Dowse (Beverly Hills 90210 [1991-2000], Guess Who, Rocket Power, 64), author Nicholas Evans (The Horse Whisperer, The Loop, The Brave, 72), antiques expert Allan Blackburn (Antiques Road Trip, Salvage Hunters, founder of GB Antiques, 75), director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, Outbreak, The NeverEnding Story, 81), actor and comedian Duggie Brown (Coronation Street, Last of the Summer Wine, The Comedians, 82), actor Bruce Montague (Butterflies, 80,000 Suspects, Oliver! [London Palladium], 83), actress Valerie James (Without Walls, The Sid James Show, widow of actor Sid James, 93).


Dumbledore Bear, our in-house psychic predicts that the following numbers will be lucky:
9, 11, 15, 36, 51, 56
[UK National Lottery, number range 1-59]
You can get your very own prediction at


    Little Jennifer wanted a biscuit before supper. "Well, alright," her mother said, "but don't spoil your appetite or you won't want any dinner."
    Little Jennifer took the biscuit tin, opened it and started wolfing down biscuits. "Little Jennifer! What do you think you're doing?"
    Little Jennifer swallowed a mouthful of biscuit, looked up at her mother and smiled as only she could. "I'm trying to eat as many as I can before I spoil my appetite!"

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