Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
nwhyte

45

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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