Wednesday: Hili dialogue

April 27, 2022 • 5:56 am

On his cruise ship, PCC(E) is busy lecturing. Meanwhile, in Dobrzyn, Hili is tempted:

Kulka: There is pâté in the fridge.
Hili: Let’s go home.

Kulka: W lodówce jest pasztet.
Hili: Wracamy do domu.

(Photo: Paulina R.)


13 thoughts on “Wednesday: Hili dialogue

    1. Agree. I thought that too the other day when they were pictured together. Sure look like cute siblings.

  1. On this day:
    711 – Islamic conquest of Hispania: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus).

    1667 – Blind and impoverished, John Milton sells Paradise Lost to a printer for £10, so that it could be entered into the Stationers’ Register.

    1861 – American President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.

    1906 – The State Duma of the Russian Empire meets for the first time. – Democracy in Russia didn’t last long…

    1945 – World War II: Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.

    1981 – Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.

    1992 – Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.

    2011 – The 2011 Super Outbreak devastates parts of the Southeastern United States, especially the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. 205 tornadoes touched down on April 27 alone, killing more than 300 and injuring hundreds more.

    1. 1992 – Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.

      I wanted to use that for my MS Teams backdrop today but I couldn’t find a suitable photo of Boothroyd in the Commons Chamber. I settled for the first flight of the A380 instead.

        1. I needed an image with a wider perspective. If I had used that one, either she would have been behind me or would have appeared to be in the call with me, which is a bit creepy for the other people on the call.

  2. Whoops….

    Born on this day:
    1759 – Mary Wollstonecraft, English philosopher, historian, and novelist (d. 1797)

    1791 – Samuel Morse, American painter and inventor, co-invented the Morse code (d. 1872)

    1820 – Herbert Spencer, English biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and philosopher (d. 1903)

    1822 – Ulysses S. Grant, American general and politician, 18th President of the United States (d. 1885)

    1891 – Sergei Prokofiev, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1953)

    1913 – Irving Adler, American mathematician, author, and academic (d. 2012)

    1932 – Casey Kasem, American disc jockey, music historian, radio celebrity, and voice actor; co-created American Top 40 (d. 2014)

    1963 – Russell T Davies, Welsh screenwriter and producer

    1969 – Darcey Bussell, English ballerina

    Those who took their last breath:
    1882 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and philosopher (b. 1803)

    1937 – Antonio Gramsci, Italian sociologist, linguist, and politician (b. 1891)

    1965 – Edward R. Murrow, American journalist (b. 1908)

    1. Great summary as usual, Jez; many thanks.

      In addition, The Times informs us that Eric Schmidt (chairman of Alphabet, ex-Google) is 67 and the actress Anouk Aimee (La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, Pret a Porter) is 90.

  3. 1861 – American President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.

    Oh, now that’s a twist on the normal beatification of St Lincoln. I’m surprised that neither side in the rabid wolf pit that typifies American politics hasn’t made more of this. Surely it’s the ideal anti-democratic/ pro-authoritarian stick for one side or the other to beat each other with.

    1981 – Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.

    As a commercial product maybe. But yer man Engelbart was showing one off in 1968, and the upside down version (trackball) goes back to the “tidying up the loose ends” after radar was developed in WW2.

  4. Of possible interest to PCC, this week’s Times Literary Supplement has a review entitled “Batman is Bunk”:

    An excerpt:

    “Angus Bateman, the British geneticist and botanist…in 1948 formulated Bateman’s Principle, which embedded itself in every biology textbook. Bateman, observing fruit flies, determined that females will ‘be choosy and reticent to make sure that they conceive with the best-quality males’. This was obedient Darwinism: the more partners males have, the greater the number of offspring; females produce the same number of offspring no matter how many partners they have. As Richard Dawkins, who was [Lucy] Cooke’s tutor at Oxford, summed it up: ‘The word excess has no meaning for a male’. Cooke quotes biologist Zuleyma Tang-Martinez’s gentle riposte: ‘History has not been kind to this pronouncement’. Try speaking of ‘excess’ to the lioness and female chimpanzee who mate hundreds of times a day during oestrus with multiple males, leaving the poor guys panting on the ground. ‘A wild female chimpanzee engages in six thousand matings with more than a dozen males during her lifetime’, de Waal writes; yet she produces only five or six offspring. Impossible! What was evolution thinking?”

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