Today is Shakespeare’s birthday.
It is also St George’s Day.
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.