Happy Birthday Will

I was not a Shakespeare fan, though we had to do A Midsummer Night’s Dream for ‘O’ level which I cocked up and wrote about Romeo and Juliet instead having seen both plays at the Pavillion in Bournemouth before the exam.

If we had done McBeth with the witches, I might have been hooked, but we didn’t and a brace of Henry’s didn’t endear me much either.

To be honest, the only thing I truly remember about the Laird is his dates, thanks to our teacher who described it thus:

“He was born April 23rd in the fifteen hundreds.The first thing you learn at school is to add, then subtract, so 1 and 5 make 6, and 1 from 5 is four. Hence the year of his birth is 1564.
Now he thought in advance and didn’t want to make it difficult for students when he drew his last breath, so he died on his birthday to save any hassle. That was in the sixteen hundreds, and to make it even easier, just double it, so the year of his death is 1616.”

This teacher didn’t teach English though, but Mathematics.
Figures why I remember it, it’s numbers.
Above picture of me in July 2016. They had erected this statue to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was showing at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. I did this post when we visited at the time.

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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 an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. 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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13 Responses to Happy Birthday Will

  1. colonialist says:

    Handy numbers!
    My favourite Will is Much Ado About Nothing. It has a good story, Beatrice is delightful (especially played by Emma Thompson) and I prefer her to the Rosalind of As You Lie Kit.

  2. colonialist says:

    Did you notice that the way we say it this side of the Atlantic, his birthday is 234?

  3. Michael says:

    You know MSND is an important Shakespearean play as it provides us with the best description of how Shakespeare and his mates performed the plays. Its one of my favourite plays, though I have to admit I’ve seen some dreadful productions.

    • I think having a pretty awful teacher for it didn’t help. She was as interesting as watching paint dry, and as old as the cracked stuff underneath. Maybe I should give it another airing.

  4. colonialist says:

    This post inspired one of mine on that date ā€” thanks for the reminder and for the date arithmetic. I repeated the latter with acknowledgment. Can you identify the quote i have quoted there?
    https://colonialist.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/playing-with-shakespeare/

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