But enough of politics.
Yesterday was also the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Somehow I had got into my mind that 23rd April was his birthday but I now find that was 26th April. Mind you, everybody who
Well, it's quite simple really. Some time in the 1700s - about 1752 or 1723 or somewhere along the line - I do know it was in September one year - the calendar was altered and 11 days were cut out. The country went straight from 4th September (say) to 15th. Cue rioting in the streets with people demanding, "Give us back our 11 days!"
Hey, I've just checked and people do celebrate his birth on 23rd April. He was baptised on 26th!!
But there can be nobody who has had such influence on language. Today, there are in use many everyday phrases which were coined by the Stratford bard: break the ice; a wild goose chase; dead as a doornail; set my teeth on edge; the green-eyed monster; vanish into thin air. And many, many more.
Just think; I can do it all again on 4th May when it will 400 years to the day!