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‘On my birthday’ meme

March 31, 2012

A very important date!

I was tagged by the lovely geekmummy for the “on my birthday” meme. The idea is that you search for your date of birth on Wikipedia, and share the most interesting stuff by answering a selection of questions.

When is your birthday? October 21st

Pick three people who share your birthday and share what you know about them.

1772Samuel Taylor Coleridge, British poet (d. 1834)
1929Ursula K. Le Guin, American author
1956Carrie Fisher, American actress and writer

I know very little about Coleridge.

Ursula K. Le Guin wrote The Wizard of Earthsea. When I was about 12 I had a school project to write a short scene in the style of a radio play and I attempted to adapt a scene from this book. Fortunately it was not recorded for posterity!

Carrie Fisher was in one of my favourite ever films. No, not Star Wars. I’m thinking of When Harry Met Sally.

Is anyone listed as being born on the same day as you (ie the same year)? If so, what do you know about them?

Louis Koo, Hong Kong actor – I know nothing whatsoever about him!

List three people who died on your birthday and tell us what you know about them.

I had heard of these three names before, but I wouldn’t describe myself as an expert on any of them. They all have interesting Wikipedia entries. I was surprised to find out the Jack Kerouac typed On the Road on a scroll a paper rather than separate sheets. I could never do something like that. All my writing, apart from the occasional letter, is written on a computer screen these days and I’ve got very used to being able to outline a framework and fill it in. and typewriters have no cut paste or delete keys!

List three notable events that took place on your birthday.

In the comic novel Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the Earth was born on this day in 4004 BC, within a quarter of an hour of 9 in the morning. This was supposedly because God liked to get things over with early.

I’m re-reading Good Omens at the moment because this is the book I’ve chosen to give out as a World Book Night giver. It’s 20 years since I last read it, so I’m enjoying it as much as I would a completely new book. All the jokes seem fresh and funny.

1990 – Apple Day first celebrated, in Covent Garden, London – initiated by Common Ground

Trafalgar Day — celebrated throughout much of the British Empire in the 19th and early 20th Century.

Tell us about a holiday that falls on your birthday.

I would really like Trafalgar day to be made a bank holiday! (purely because it would increase the chances of getting a day off on my birthday)

I also quite like the idea of celebrating Apple Day on my birthday. At work, people take cake and other treats in on their birthday, so one year I took apples and apple cake.

So who am I tagging?

I’d like to tag the following:

But it’s up to you whether you want to do this or not.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2012 7:55 am

    I did this exact meme on my blog yesterday too and tagged Amanda and Penny 🙂 how spooky! Does that make you a Libran (as I am too!)? Have a great day! xx

    • April 1, 2012 9:42 am

      Yes I suppose that’s the thing with memes – suddenly everyone does them at the same time.

      I am a Libran like you, yes. Hope we get to meet up at some point, either locally or at BlogCamp or Cybher or some such.

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