Marking the 450th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s Birth
Every year at the end of April, a celebration of the life and works of the great playwright William Shakespeare takes place in the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Shakespeare was born there in 1564 and cultural celebrations in Stratford’s streets, with entertainers, street performers and traditional Morris dancers, go back hundreds of years.
From his plays to his sonnets, Shakespeare’s extensive works have produced a legacy of characters, ideas, histories and, of course, words—it is thought he contributed more than 2,000 to the English language. His plays are a staple on many school curriculums, and continue to be reinterpreted on stage, rewritten in fiction and retold on screen.
The man himself is still very much a mystery and few details exist about his private life. Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway with whom he bore three children, before relocating to London to pursue his acting and writing career. He died at the age of 52 on April 23, 1616—a date which fell very near to his birthday in the same month (the exact date is unknown).
This year marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and, on Saturday, a special procession will take place in Stratford, ending with celebrants laying flowers on Shakespeare’s grave in the Holy Trinity Church. The world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company will also host a full program of shows.
Happy birthday, Shakespeare! Read what the Globe Theater has in store to celebrate.
10 Planetary Facts for Earth Day 2014
Astronomer Phil Plait has put together some fun facts about our planet in honor of today’s Earth Day, such as, “What does the Earth have that no other planet we know of has? A lot of water on the surface - nearly a third of the planet.”
Read more at Slate - and Happy Earth Day!
Happy Earth Day, in honor of our blue planet, not green. Also a good day for everyone to remember, that science and technology achievements produce higher environmental protection, not vice versa, so more wealth imply more innovation and makes possible a greater investment in cleaner energies. Therefore, something that a lot of people tend to ignore, economic growth and ecological improvement go together, not confronted.
Also a great day to begin to read The Rational Optimist, by Matt Ridley who inspired my previous words.