School memories

Today is Shakespeare’s birthday.
shakespeareIt is also St George’s Day.
st george
At grammar school, we were taught Shakespeare’s dates as follows:
He was born on April 23rd in the 1500s, and what is the first thing you learn at school?
To add. 1 and 5 make 6.
The next thing you learn is to subtract. 5 minus 1 is 4.
Therefore he was born in 1564.
He was also very considerate when he died in the 1600s.
He died on his birthday, which you can class as a double:
year of death therefore 1616.

I’ve always remembered it.

At grammar school, we were taught nothing about St George.
I vaguely recall something about a dragon, but wait, that was Sid James and Peggy Mount.

sid and peggy


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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