Month: November 2011
MARK TWAIN’S BIRTHDAY – NOVEMBER 30th 1835
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was the sixth of seven children. His early adult life as a river pilot on the steam boats of the Mississippi certainly set the scene for his career as a writer. His pseudonym is a river term, pertaining to the depth of water needed to safely navigate a steam boat!
Twain’s first book, “The Innocents Abroad,” was published in 1869, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” in 1876, and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in 1885. Twain also wrote many short stories and letters. Twain’s writings have been, and continue to be loved by many children and adults alike.
A strange Mark Twain fact: MARK TWAIN was quoted in 1909 as saying “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’”
Bizarrely – His prediction was accurate – Twain died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut, one day after the comet’s closest approach to Earth.
Remembrance Day or Poppy Day is the memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I, to recognise the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
Many thousands of people lost fathers, sons, brothers, friends in the first and second world wars….and yet wars still rage on today with sadly ever more lives lost, soldiers and civilians alike.
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year, The Amazing People Club remembers the bravery of those who fell, and those who continue to fight and fall.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
Laurence Binyon – “For the Fallen”: