Some interesting facts about December 13th:
December 13th is the feast day of St Lucy, patron saint of the blind. Legend has it that Lucy “was admired by an undesirable suitor for her beautiful eyes. To stay chaste she plucked out her own eyes, a great sacrifice for which God gave her a pair of even more beautiful eyes”. She could off course have simply told the suitor to get knotted, but sainthood does not lie that way. I must stress that God doesn’t always provide this bodily-parts upgrade service, so please bear this in mind if you are not, for instance, happy with your nose.
Dick Van Dyke was born on this day in 1925, and remarkably that’s his real name, and not one that he chose to pursue a career in porn films. Other people born on this day include Lester Bangs (1948) and Randy Owen (1949). There seems to be a theme here.
On December 13th 1642 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman became the first European to reach New Zealand. Oddly very little Dutch heritage survives in New Zealand (isn’t that right, Laafjiekeit?) though I believe being tackled by an All Black feels like being beaten with a pair of clogs.
Christopher Plummer was born on December 13th 1929. He is principally remembered for playing Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Von Trapp is regarded fondly as one of the great romantic heroes of film but let’s face it, he’s basically a guy who got off with a nun.
On this day in 1989 the last issue of Gnistan (The Spark), the organ of the Solidariterspartiet, was published in Sweden. Well, Wikipedia seems to think that’s worth mentioning.
And finally: on December 13th 1957 an astonishingly beautiful baby boy was born who would grow up to become a mega-dad, a blogging legend and a stud-muffin.
Happy Birthday to me.