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I was really ill on my last two birthdays, which rather cramped my style; I'm in better health this year, thank god, and therefore able better to express my appreciation for the good wishes people have been sending me over the internets, and also to add how much they cheered me up last year and the year before, though I wasn't really able to express my gratitude at the time.

Someone who celebrated their 45th birthday on the day I was born (such as the great historian of Babylonian astronomy Asger Aaboe, or Canadian governor-general Jeanne Sauvé) would have been born during the brief presidency of Warren Gamaliel Harding, and the last few months of David Lloyd George's term as British Prime Minister. Stalin had just become General Secretary of the CPSU. It seems unimaginably long ago. (Though I suspect that if I'd done a similar thought experiment at 35, 25 or even 15, I would have been similarly boggled by the passage of time.)

It's a busy day at work today so we'll be celebrating at the weekend. But thanks again, folks.

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bellinghwoman
Apr. 26th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
Ooh - Happy Birthday!
jenmarya
Apr. 26th, 2012 07:22 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday, youngster!
girfan
Apr. 26th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
steepholm
Apr. 26th, 2012 07:30 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! That thought experiment is only going to get weirder. When you're 66 you'll be able to shake hands with Queen Victoria!
mountainkiss
Apr. 26th, 2012 07:50 am (UTC)
Many (very) happy returns. I hope you have a lovely day and a great year.

I love how creative you are with your birthdays.
rmc28
Apr. 26th, 2012 08:18 am (UTC)
Many happy returns.
makyo
Apr. 26th, 2012 08:19 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!

It's good to celebrate one's birthday in interesting ways. Just over six years ago, I had a party to celebrate my 33⅓ birthday, but I've never really looked in very much detail at the various events that happened on the same day. I think I'll start doing this.
hawkwing_lb
Apr. 26th, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
Happy birthday.
shsilver
Apr. 26th, 2012 11:04 am (UTC)
I hit 45 a week ago. So far it has been a reasonably good age. Happy birthday and I look forward to finally meeting you in person this year.
uitlander
Apr. 26th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
Have a good one!
sugarimp
Apr. 26th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Nicholas!
jeriendhal
Apr. 26th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday and many more!
nickbarnes
Apr. 26th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
I enjoyed your pair of 45-year steps backward, and took a couple more:

1 step (1967): Thorpe became leader of the Liberals; Milton Keynes founded; Apollo 1 disaster; Pulsars discovered by Jocelyn Bell; first successful human heart transplant; "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"; "A Whiter Shade of Pale"; "I'm a Believer"; the Velvet Underground; "The Graduate", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinnner"; "A Fistful of Dollars", Chaplin's last film; "Dangerous Visions", "The Owl Service", "The Mersey Sound"; Siegfried Sassoon died; NHW born.

2 steps (1922): Irish Free State, Egypt UDI, Stalin became General Secretary, Mussolini took power; first insulin treatment of diabetes, Tutankhamun's tomb opened; "Ulysses", "The Velveteen Rabbit", "At The Earth's Core", "The Wasteland"; British Broadcasting *Company* formed; "Nosferatu"; Shackleton, Graham Bell, Marie Lloyd died; Thomas Kuhn, Denis Norden, Yitzhak Rabin, Judy Garland born.

3 steps (1877): Victoria proclaimed Empress of India, Rutherford B. Hayes became president; first Test match between England and Australia; the moons of Mars discovered; Cantor's continuum hypothesis; Muybridge proved that horses fly; Edison invented the phonograph; "Anna Karenina", "Black Beauty"; Cornelius Vanderbilt, Brigham Young, Crazy Horse died; G.H. Hardy, Herman Hesse born.

4 steps (1832): Reform Act, Andrew Jackson re-elected; cholera outbreak in London; Galois invents group theory; "The Lady of Shalott"; Lewis Carroll, Louisa May Alcott, Edouard Manet born; Goethe, Sir Walter Scott, Jeremy Bentham, Georges Cuvier died.
redfiona99
Apr. 26th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday
vampydirector
Apr. 26th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
A very happy birthday to you!
bibliofile
Apr. 27th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
HBD NHW!!!
mireille21
Apr. 28th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday :)
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