Good morning to those of you on the western end of the Atlantic, good evening to those of you on the western end of the Pacific. Today is the day King Richard II appointed Geoffrey Chaucer to the position of chief clerk of the king’s works in Westminster. Yes, that Chaucer, the one who wrote:
Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
It seems that even in 1389 writers needed a day job to make ends meet.
Over in Dobrzyń the furry queen of Poland is engaging in some perplexing activities.
Hili: When the days are chilly I prefer to sleep in clothes.
A: But why in mine?
Hili: W chłodne dni wolę spać w ubraniu.
Ja: Ale dlaczego w moim?
Małgorzata explains: The temperature plummeted. It’s between 15 and 20C now.