Thursday, September 18, 2008

the death report







Unusual Deaths in 1984
Tommy Cooper collapsed from a massive heart attack in front of millions of television viewers, midway through his act, on the popular ITV variety show, live from Her Majesty's. At first the audience assumed he was joking.
Jon-erik Hexum, an American television actor, died after he shot himself in the head with a prop gun during a break in filming. Hexum apparently did not realize that blanks use paper or plastic wadding to seal gun powder into the shell, and that this wadding is propelled out of the barrel of the gun with enough force to cause severe injury or death if the weapon is fired at point-blank range.

People who died on September 18 (various years)
2007 - Pepsi Tate Bassist from the glam-rock band, tigertailz
2005 - Michael Park, British Rally co-driver
2004 - Russ Meyer, American film director
2004 - Norman Cantor, Canadian historian
2003 - Bob Mitchell, British politician
2003 - Emil Fackenheim, German Holocaust survivor and philosopher
2002 - Mauro Ramos, Brazilian football player
2002 - Bob Hayes, American athlete
2001 - Ernie Coombs, Canadian entertainer
1997 - Jimmy Witherspoon, blues singer
1994 - Vitas Gerulaitis, American tennis player
1980 - Katherine Anne Porter, American novelist
1977 - Paul Bernays, Swiss mathematician
1970 - Jimi Hendrix, American musician
1967 - John Cockcroft, British physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
1964 - Sean O'Casey, Irish writer
1964 - Clive Bell, English art critic
1961 - Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish United Nations Secretary-General and distinguished economist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
1959 - Benjamin Péret, French surrealist author
1956 - Adélard Godbout, premier of Quebec
1953 - Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver
1949 - Frank Morgan, American actor
1944 - Robert G. Cole American Paratrooper of the 101st, 502nd division
1939 - Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer, painter, and photographer
1924 - Francis Herbert Bradley, British philosopher
1911 - Pyotr Stolypin, Russian politician
1905 - George MacDonald, Scottish writer and minister
1896 - Hippolyte Fizeau, French physicist
1891 - William Ferrel, American mathematician
1872 - King Charles XV / Carl IV of Sweden and Norway
1860 - Joseph Locke, English railway builder and civil engineer
1830 - William Hazlitt, English essayist
1827 - Robert Pollok, Scottish poet
1792 - August Gottlieb Spangenberg, German religious leader
1783 - Benjamin Kennicott, English churchman and Hebrew scholar
1783 - Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician
1722 - André Dacier, French classical scholar
1721 - Matthew Prior, English poet and diplomat
1675 - Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine
1663 - St Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint
1630 - Melchior Klesl, Austrian cardinal and statesman
1598 - Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japanese warlord
1180 - King Louis VII of France
887 - Pietro I Candiano, Doge of Venice (killed in battle)
96 - Domitian, Roman Emperor (b. 51)







Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bibliophilia*

Here's a hilariously naughty poem for all the book lovers out there. =)

Some like the aroma of kitchens
Others, the bouquet of fine wine.
I like the look and smell of a book
As I lovingly finger its spine.
I long to uncover its secrets
I just want to take it to bed
Most delicious of treats,
To slip into its sheets
Head down, pages spread.


*By Tony Lupton

From the website
http://www.funnypoets.com/poems/bibliophilia.htm

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tagubilin at Habilin* (Jose F. Lacaba)

*Ni-repost nang may pahintulot ng may-akda. Makikita po ang background ng tulang ito sa blog na http://kapetesapatalim.blogspot.com. Ito po ay kasama sa CD ni Bb. Armida Siguion-Reyna na pinamagatang "Pop Lola".


Mabuhay ka, kaibigan!
Mabuhay ka!
Iyan ang una't huli kong
Tagubilin at habilin:
Mabuhay ka!

Sa edad kong ito, marami akong maibibigay na payo.
Mayaman ako sa payo.

Maghugas ka ng kamay bago kumain.
Maghugas ka ng kamay pagkatapos kumain.
Pero huwag kang maghuhugas ng kamay para lang makaiwas sa sisi.
Huwag kang maghuhugas ng kamay kung may inaapi
Na kaya mong tulungan.

Paupuin sa bus ang matatanda at ang mga may kalong na sanggol.
Magpasalamat sa nagmamagandang-loob.
Matuto sa karanasan ng matatanda
Pero huwag magpatali sa kaisipang makaluma.

Huwag piliting matulog kung ayaw kang dalawin ng antok.
Huwag pag-aksayahan ng panahon ang walang utang na loob.
Huwag makipagtalo sa bobo at baka ka mapagkamalang bobo.
Huwag bubulong-bulong sa mga panahong kailangang sumigaw.

Huwag kang manalig sa bulung-bulungan.
Huwag kang papatay-patay sa ilalim ng pabitin.
Huwag kang tutulog-tulog sa pansitan.

Umawit ka kung nag-iisa sa banyo.
Umawit ka sa piling ng barkada.
Umawit ka kung nalulungkot.
Umawit ka kung masaya.

Ingat lang.

Huwag kang aawit ng “My Way” sa videoke bar at baka ka mabaril.
Huwag kang magsindi ng sigarilyo sa gasolinahan.
Dahan-dahan sa matatarik na landas.
Dahan-dahan sa malulubak na daan.

Higit sa lahat, inuulit ko:
Mabuhay ka, kaibigan!

Mabuhay ka!
Iyan ang una't huli kong
Tagubilin at habilin:
Mabuhay ka!

Maraming bagay sa mundo na nakakadismaya.
Mabuhay ka.
Maraming problema ang mundo na wala na yatang lunas.
Mabuhay ka.

Sa hirap ng panahon, sa harap ng kabiguan,
Kung minsan ay gusto mo nang mamatay.
Gusto mong maglaslas ng pulso kung sawi sa pag-ibig.
Gusto mong uminom ng lason kung wala nang makain.
Gusto mong magbigti kung napakabigat ng mga pasanin.
Gusto mong pasabugin ang bungo mo kung maraming gumugulo sa utak.

Narinig mo ang sinasabi ng awitin:
“Gising at magbangon sa pagkagupiling,
Sa pagkakatulog na lubhang mahimbing.”
Gumising ka kung hinaharana ka ng pag-ibig.
Bumangon ka kung nananawagan ang kapuspalad.

Ang sabi ng iba: “Ang matapang ay walang-takot lumaban.”
Ang sabi ko naman: Ang tunay na matapang ay lumalaban
Kahit natatakot.

Lumaban ka kung inginungodngod ang nguso mo sa putik.
Bumalikwas ka kung tinatapak-tapakan ka.
Buong-tapang mong ipaglaban ang iyong mga prinsipyo
Kahit hindi ka sigurado na agad-agad kang mananalo.

Mabuhay ka, kaibigan!
Mabuhay ka!
Iyan ang una't huli kong
Tagubilin at habilin:
Mabuhay ka!