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This Week in Hippy History: 27th March – 2nd April

Week 13

Hippy HistoryGood morning you lovely lot.  Hope you are well and enjoyed the first weekend of spring. We know we did.
Now, this week is full of lots of snippets of fact for you which we hope that you find interesting.

27th March 1963 – Happy Birthday Quentin Tarantino – one of my favourite directors and screenwriters. There is none quite like him. His movies are funny and at times very very silly – I have seen all of his movies and have enjoyed every single one of them 🙂 Tarantino is the maker of Pulp Fiction, The Hateful  8, Kill Bill and Django unchained. There are others which you just need to check out!

28th March 1866 – 1st Ambulance goes into service. Goodness, what would we do without these guys. I cannot imagine how difficult it would have been in 1866 without all of the equipment and knowledge that we have now. The ambulance technicians that we have these days are amazing – trained to handle every situation and het us to the hospital alive and in one piece. Thanks to you wonderful people!!

29th March 1985 – The very small spotted green and purple weeble was discovered.  Standing at about 15cm high with its big orange eyes and it’s shy smile you can see why at first glimpse it seems cute and harmless enough…wrong, well kind of – if the weeble likes you then beware as you will be hugged and licked perhaps to death if you are not strong enough to make it stop. Once control has been gained over the weeble then it is the most faithful companion. The weebles are great hippy lovers and so if you see one around, be sure to avoid its gaze unless you think you are up to the weeble challenge. Just a little tip, the smell of grout clams them…

30th March 1856 – we love it when war ends and that day marked the end of the Crimean War . The war started on the 5th October 1853 and finally ended 30th March 1856 when Russia signed a peace treaty with Paris. Peace and love guys, peace and love.

30th March 1970 – The awesome double album Bitches Brew by jazz musician Miles Davis is released. Davis was not your conventional jazz musician and created his own sound by using the looser rhythms of rock and his own improvised rhythms.  If you have not heard of Miles Davis then you should check him out. Amazing and to be honest I am not usually a fan of Jazz however I was hooked as soon as I heard this dude. Awesome!

30th March 1945 – Happy Birthday Eric Clapton. What am amazing musician he really is as a solo artist and as part of a band. Eric is a brilliant rock and blue guitarist as well as a fantastic songwriter and singer. Rolling stones ranked Clapton #2 in the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He really is that good and has been inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame 3 times!

31st March 1889 – The beautiful Eiffel Tower officially opens in Paris. Built for the Exposition Universelle, for 41 years it retained its record for the tallest manmade structure. The tower was built 300m high and really is a sight to behold. For those of you who have been to Paris will know what I mean when I say it is beautiful but quite ugly at the same time. In the light of day, yes it is a great sight however, it is just a big metal structure but in the evening it is another story entirely. Lit up with thousands of lights it looks wonderful, like something out of a fairytale. I was in Paris for the Christmas markets a few years ago and wow, just stunning! Unfortunately I never got the chance to climb to the top but when I go back and take Simon we will 🙂

31st March 2017 – Wohoo! It’s daylight savings time. Time to put those clocks forward and gain that extra hour of daylight. Ok so we lose an hour in bed but that is nothing in comparison to the longer days ahead 🙂

1st April 2001 – And what a day this was – well done Netherlands! This day was the day that The Netherlands became the very first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. People in The Netherlands had been fighting and working toward this since the mid 1980’s namely the gay right activist Henk Krol. It took until 1998 for the government to take it seriously at which point they promised to tackle the issue. It then took until 2001 for the bill to be granted and it won by a landslide. 109 votes to 33. Thankfully the rest of the work is starting to cotton on. We are who we are and we love who we love. There is no-one on this earth that should be allowed to dictate who we love. #Equality

1st April 2002 – Another world first for The Netherlands as they became the first nation in the world to declare euthanasia legal. There are so many arguments for and against euthanasia however, I strongly believe that if a person is suffering and is of sound mind, why should they not have the right to die. Yes I know it is not quite as simple as that but why can’t it be?? I could go on this subject for a long, long time but I shall leave it with another well done to The Netherlands

2nd April 1977 – The amazing album Rumours by Fleetwood Mac went to #1 and can you believe it, it stayed at #1 for 31 weeks. It just goes to show that this really is a great album. One that I have listened to over and over again! This album contains songs such as “Dreams” & “Go Your Own Way”. Really, really brilliant band!

2nd April 1805 – Happy Day of Birth to the Danish author Hans Christian Anderson. Anderson has written 150 or so fairytales many of which we will know. The Ugly duckling, The Snow Queen, The Little Match Girl and Thumbelina are just to name a few. I think many of us have grown up on these stories and although they were written a very long time ago, I think they will be around for many more years.

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s random nuggets of information. There was quite a lot to get through 🙂
See you next week 🙂