Walpurgisnacht (in German folklore), is the night from 30 April to 1 May when witches are reputed to hold a large celebration on the Brocken mountain to await the arrival of spring and hold revels with their gods. Brocken is the highest of the Harz Mountains of north central Germany. It is noted for the phenomenon of the Brocken spectre and for witches’ revels which reputedly took place there on Walpurgis night. The Brocken Spectre is a magnified shadow of an observer, typically surrounded by rainbow-like bands, thrown onto a bank of cloud in high mountain areas when the sun is low. – Oxford Phrase & Fable.
WILLIE NELSON and JANE CAMPION
DANIEL DAY LEWIS and DUKE ELLINGTON
HARPER LEE, , OSKAR SCHINDLER, SADDAM HUSSEIN and JIMMY BARNES
Harper Lee has only ever published one book. What an incredible book it is.
TUESDAY 27th APRIL – MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT and ACE FREHLEY
Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason.
Until the late 20th century, Wollstonecraft’s life, which encompassed several unconventional personal relationships, received more attention than her writing. Wollstonecraft married the philosopher William Godwin, one of the forefathers of the anarchist movement. Wollstonecraft died at the age of 38, ten days after giving birth to her second daughter, leaving behind several unfinished manuscripts. Her daughter Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, later Mary Shelley, would become an accomplished writer herself.
After Wollstonecraft’s death, her widower published a Memoir (1798) of her life, revealing her unorthodox lifestyle, which inadvertently destroyed her reputation for almost a century. However, with the emergence of the feminist movement at the turn of the twentieth century, Wollstonecraft’s advocacy of women’s equality and critiques of conventional femininity became increasingly important. Today Wollstonecraft is regarded as one of the founding feminist philosophers, and feminists often cite both her life and work as important influences.
Eugène Delacroix, Carol Burnett and Jet Li
BJORN ULVAEUS from ABBA and RENEE ZELLWEGGER
Weepy and thinking of history
EASTER SUNDAY and DIVA DAY
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, PAULA YATES, SHIRLEY MACLAINE and BARBARA STREISAND
I spat the dummy today in honour of all strong, hissy fit-inclined women.
This is my karaoke favourite:
23rd APRIL is also ST GEORGE’S DAY.
George slayed the dragon to save the king’s daughter. George explained to the king and his people that it was his Christian faith that gave him the superhuman strength to do it. George was originally a pagan.
SHIRLEY TEMPLE and SHAKESPEARE were also born on this day.
JACK NICHOLSON and GLEN CAMPBELL
I love his hair and the outfit in this clip
QUEEN ELIZABETH II and IGGY POP
I’d love to be at their joint birthday party