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Happy! – Dec 12 (Alvaro de Bazan)

Abby Sale 12 Dec 05 - 08:58 AM
CapriUni 12 Dec 05 - 09:04 AM
Abby Sale 12 Dec 05 - 09:24 AM
alanabit 12 Dec 05 - 12:53 PM
Paul Burke 13 Dec 05 - 07:29 AM
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Subject: Happy! – Dec 12 (Alvaro de Bazan)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 12 Dec 05 - 08:58 AM


Happy Birthday!

Planner of the Spanish Armada,

Admiral Alvaro de Bazan, Marques de Santa Cruz

was born 12/12/1526
(d.Feb 9, 1588)

        The Spanish Train lanch'd forth a main
         With many a fine Bravado,
        Their (as they thought) but it prov'd not
         Invincible Armado.

                "Spanish Armado," Thomas D'Urfey (1653-1723)
                Wit and Mirth, an Antidote against Melancholy

Copyright © 2005, Abby Sale - all rights reserved
What are Happy's all about? See Clicky


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Subject: RE: Happy! – Dec 12 (Alvaro de Bazan)
From: CapriUni
Date: 12 Dec 05 - 09:04 AM

I needed a Happy! thought. Birthdays never fail.

Interesting to see the word "train" used in a context long before the invention of the locomotive.


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Subject: RE: Happy! – Dec 12 (Alvaro de Bazan)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 12 Dec 05 - 09:24 AM

CU: Interesting word when you realize how restricted its current use is. See most versions of "Bonnie Bunch of Roses." A description really of the relatinship of the cars rather than the whole Iron Horse.

Well, not Folk but just for you (don't tell anyone I did this) here's a few of the many ordinary Happys for today:

Kenya Independence: "Jamhuri" from UK= 1963 [NatHol]
Mex: Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe
UN (& thus Bahá'í) Human Rights Day

Erasmus Darwin b1731 (d4/18/1802) - grandfather of Chas. Chuck picked up most of his notions from Erasmus. Something to remember (esp comming from a feller acknowledged then & now as one of history's brightest people) paraphrased... "It is not the intelligent people that affect the world, it's the energetic ones."

Gustave Flaubert ("Mme Bovery") b1821 (d5/8/1880)
"Scream" artist Edvard Munch b1863 (d1944)

Connie Francis b1938
Frank Sinatra b1915 (d5/98)
Dione Warwick b1941
saxist Grover Washington Jr b1943 (d1999)
co-established AmExp & Wells-Fargo, Henry Wells b1805


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Subject: RE: Happy! – Dec 12 (Alvaro de Bazan)
From: alanabit
Date: 12 Dec 05 - 12:53 PM

In view of the fate of the Armada, I would not expect that name to be celebrated in Spain. It is not one of history's success stories, is it?


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Subject: RE: Happy! – Dec 12 (Alvaro de Bazan)
From: Paul Burke
Date: 13 Dec 05 - 07:29 AM

The train in that case didn't refer to anything running on tracks (I suspect that next time they'll go by bloody train, nyaaa), just anything lined up in a row... but it's also interesting (at least to me) that the first reference to a railway with tracks is less than 20 years later, a line from a coal pit near Nottingham, UK, in 1604 or 1605.


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