Happy Burns Night
A Red, Red Rose
Read by the wonderful Alan Cumming
Today’s Writing Music
I can’t get enough of this recording of the Prokofiev.
Looks like a good day for writing.
I awoke to this. The road hasn’t been plowed. It’s a sign telling me to work on the next Highland Passage novel.
This Day in History
January 24, 76 AD, Roman Emperor Publius Aelius Hadrianus Augustus, known for his wall, was born on this day in history. But the History Channel’s lead story is: January 24, 1935, First Canned Beer Goes on Sale. Haha [amusement added].
According to Wikipedia:
In 122 he initiated the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. The wall was built, “to separate Romans from barbarians,” according to the Historia Augusta (Augustan Histories).
Happy Birthday, Edith Wharton!
BBC News – Lower Bockhampton Kingston Maurward housing development plans dropped
Plans for a housing development near the old home of Dorset author Thomas Hardy have been dropped.
Kingston Maurward College wanted to build 70 houses on parkland at Lower Bockhampton, near Dorchester.
It said “several important issues” were raised during the consultation and it was withdrawing the plans.
The Open Spaces Society, which had campaigned against the development, said Hardy would have “breathed a sigh of relief”.
The author was born at Higher Bockhampton in 1840, and wrote Far from the Madding Crowd there.