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"No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -

- Thomas Hood (brother of the better known Robin) A somewhat negative appraisal from one who was born & also died (tho 45 years later)) in the so-calld Merry month of May. Mmm.

 1st & 2nd - Los Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), Mexico.....................

1st - World VEGAN Day (How not to die so quicky yourself & kill innocent animals & protect the environment. )

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3rd - Laika, the first dog in space, launched aboard Sputnik 2 by Soviet Union (1957)

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    5th - Guy Fawkes/ bonfire.gif (3108 bytes) Night  (RR on a Bygone Nov)

     7th - Albert Camus,7 November 1913 - 4 January 1960) was a French-Algerian philosopher, author, dramatist, and journalist. He was the recipient of the 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 44, the second-youngest recipient in history. His works include The Stranger, The Plague, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Fall, and The Rebel. Libertarian Socialist.


8th -  First Folio first published 8th November 1623?


     9th - Fall of Berlin Wall (1989) berlinwall238.jpg (13030 bytes)


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Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas, died 9th November 1953, aged 39. .


   11th - Remembrance Day, Poppy2.jpg (5051 bytes)

forget what else! (O yes, American writer, Kurt Vonnegut Jr's B-day) 1922

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Vonnegut Self Portrait

(Breakfast of Champions)


" Life is no way to treat an animal, not even a mouse."

Kurt Vonnegut,

(A Man Without a Country), 2006



                        12th - Neil Young, Canadian singer-songwriter, born (1945). As the man says:

KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD! (NB to hear embedded sound enable audio in your browser)

                                 - Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' released (1984)

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                       14th - Claude Monet's birthday (1840) - founder of French Impressionism, which was named after an 1872 painting of his called "Impression, Sunrise"


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15th - Columbus notes Indian use of Tobacco (1492)

 16th - LSD first synthesised 1938. Terence McKenna born 1946. Alan Watts died 1973, age 58.

17th - Rodin, sculptor (The Thinker, The Kiss etc), died, aged 77, in 1917.

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18th -  death of  Anglo-Irish Writer Laurence Sterne, famous for The Life & Opinions of  Tristam Shandy.

Illustration from Tristram Shandy - Siege of Namur, the Belgian town my father is named after

20th - Buenaventura Durruti, died 1936, aged 40. Spanish anarcho-syndicalist militant involved with the CNT and FAI in the periods before and during the Spanish Civil War. Durruti played an influential role during the Spanish Revolution and is remembered as a hero in the anarchist movement.


                       21st - Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock (1620)

Quentin Crisp died 21st Nov. 1999. English writer, raconteur, actor, artist's model, gay icon.

"You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave."

"An autobiography is obituary in serial form with the last installment missing."

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                       26th - Alice in Wonderland published (1865),

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                       28th - Birthday of Wm. Blake (1757)

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                                                        Blake's Visions

                       30th - Birthday of Jonathan Swift (1667)

                               - Oscar Wilde, Irish writer, died 1900.



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