Previous Entry | Next Entry


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.



( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 26th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
Ooh - Happy Birthday!
Apr. 26th, 2012 07:22 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday, youngster!
Apr. 26th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
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!
(Deleted comment)
Apr. 26th, 2012 08:18 am (UTC)
Many happy returns.
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.
Apr. 26th, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
Happy birthday.
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.
Apr. 26th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
Have a good one!
Apr. 26th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Nicholas!
Apr. 26th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday and many more!
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.
Apr. 26th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday
Apr. 26th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
A very happy birthday to you!
Apr. 27th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday :)
( 17 comments — Leave a comment )

Latest Month

March 2023



  • nwhyte
    25 Jan 2023, 13:24
    O tempora! O mores!
  • nwhyte
    24 Jan 2023, 10:34
    Hello! Your entry got to top-25 of the most popular entries in LiveJournal!
    Learn more about LiveJournal Ratings in FAQ.
  • nwhyte
    8 Dec 2022, 12:44
    UK mailboxes aren't waterproof?! That seems like an odd design.
  • nwhyte
    29 Oct 2022, 16:28
    Now I know that "psephologist" is a word.
  • nwhyte
    9 Sep 2022, 11:19
    That would make things less awkward.
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by yoksel