France put a cat in space October 18, 1963. Félicette rode a Véronique rocket on a suborbital flight from the Hammaguira Blandine launch pad in Algeria to an altitude of 96 miles, and came back. Source.
The King Chulalongkorn Memorial Building, or Thailand Pavilion, is located in Utanede, Jämtland, smack in the middle of the Scandanavian peninsula. It was built to commemorate the centennial of the 1897 visit of the Thai monarch Chulalongkorn to Sweden. Source.
This is an 1821 Mexican 8 real piece, countermarked J.McK & Son Greenock. 4/6. Source.
Morton visit Queen of the South at Palmerston Park.
How awesome are Queen of the South? They sit first in the division, with 5 wins, 3 draws and 0 losses, for 18 points and a +10 gd. Stephen Dobbie has 6 goals in league play. Morton have 8. QoS held Hibernian to a scoreless draw. QoS have not lost at home since April 9th. Morton have not won at Palmerston in league action since 2011. Last weekend QoS knocked Linfield FC out of the Challenge Cup. They were eliminated from of the League Cup, however, by Rangers, 5 - 0.
Both QoS and Morton have played Dumbarton to a draw this season, so from that perspective they're equal.
Morton can finish the day anywhere from fifth to eighth.
[Queens are not very awesome today. Morton win 0 - 5. Goals by Forbes, McDonagh, Oliver, Quitongo and O'Ware. Match report. Morton end the first quarter of the season with 3 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses and a gd of +1.]
Last weekend was an international weekend, so the top divisions of European football did not play. But how many members of national squads actually play for clubs in their own leagues? Let's look at the five countries of the British Isles. Where do the players play?
Scotland: 13 in England, 5 in Scotland, 1 in Wales
Wales: 19 in England, 2 in Wales, 1 in Scotland, 1 in Spain
Northern Ireland: 20 in England, 4 in Scotland
Ireland: 24 in England, 3 in Scotland
England: 21 in England, 1 in Italy
1898-99. Today in 1898 Morton visited Kilmarnock (not at Rugby Park?) and lost 0 - 2.
After nine games Morton had three wins, one draw, and five losses, and a goal difference of -6. They had met two clubs twice (Airdrieonians and Kilmarnock), and two others (Linthouse and Abercorn) not at all.
How is the Macedonian 2. MFL like the Scottish Championship?
The 2. MFL is a winter league. Greatest travel distance, Tetovo to Strumica, is 153 km. Average stadium capacity is 4,100. The oldest club was founded in 1930, the youngest in 2010; the average age is 54.5 years. Pandev is an academy team. Its senior team is one league below it. There is a 27-game schedule. The top two Macedonian leagues are going to restructure into one league with east and west divisions for 2017-18, so there will be no promotion playoff at the top, but there should still be one at the bottom.
UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 32, second leg:
Glasgow City 1 - 2 Eskilstuna United
Bayern Munich 4 - 1 Hibs
Both Glasgow City and Hibs are out.
CAF Champions League final, first leg: Mamelodi Sundowns [3 - 0] Zamelek
Drogheda United vs UCD AFC. A win gets UCD into the playoffs. [Drogheda win 2 - 1. Cobh Ramblers also win. So UCD finish fourth and miss out on promotion. This concludes our League of Ireland coverage for this season.]
The Battle of Hastings took place 950 years ago today. For a full view of the Bayeux Tapestry look here. For the 1966 Royal Mail commemorative stamps, ranging in denomination from 4d to 1/3, see here. Watch Time Team search for the battlefield here.
I've been pining for Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei ever since it ended. But if you remember the figure of the harried manga artist who sometimes appeared in it, usually as the punchline, you'll realize that Kōji Kumeta can never stop working, and he must have been cranking out something new in weekly installments. And he has. Kakushigoto is about a harried manga artist named Goto Kakushi who has a deep-seated neurotic desire to hide the truth of his profession from his daughter. The art, the comic pacing, and satirical tone are very Zetsubou-Sensei-like, and it's hard not to see the Class 2-F high school students in little Hime's school friends and Kakushi's assistants. A Kumetan satire on the manga industry? Okay!
Poseidonius (he of the Porch), in the Histories which he compiled, collected many usages and customs of many people germane to the philosophic tenets which he held; and he writes: "The Celts place hay on the ground when they serve their meals, which they take on wooden tables raised only slightly from the ground. Their food consists of a few loaves of bread, but of large quantities of meat prepared in water or roasted over coals or on spits. This they eat in a cleanly fashion, to be sure, but with a lion-like appetite, grasping whole joints with both hands and biting them off the bone; if, however, any piece proves hard to tear away, they slice it off with a small knife, which lies at hand in its sheath in a special box. Those who dwell beside rivers or by the inner or outer sea also eat fish baked with salt, vinegar, and cummin. The last they also drop into their wine. They use no olive oil, on account of its rarity, and being unfamiliar, it seems to them unpleasant. When several dine together, they sit in a circle; but the mightiest among them, distinguished above the others for skill in war, or family connexions, or wealth, sits in the middle, like a chorus-leader. Beside him is the host, and next on either side the others according to their respective ranks. Men-at-arms, carrying oblong shields, stand close behind them, while their bodyguards, seated in a circle directly opposite, share in the feast like their masters. The attendants serve the drink in vessels resembling our spouted cups, either of clay or silver. Similar also are the platters which they have for serving food; but others use bronze platters, other still, baskets of wood or plaited wicker. The liquor drunk in the houses of the rich is wine brought from Italy and the country around Marseilles, and is unmixed; though sometimes a little water is added. But among the needier inhabitants a beer is drunk made from wheat, with honey added; the masses drink it plain. It is called corma. They sip a little, not more than a small cupful, from the same cup, but they do it rather frequently. The slave carries the drink round from left to right and from right to left; this is the way in which they are served. They make obiesance to the gods, also, turning towards the right."
Poseidonius again, describing the wealth of Lovernius, father of Bituis, who was deposed by the Romans, says that to win the favour of the mob he rode in a chariot through the fields scattering gold and silver among the myriads of Celts who followed him; he also made an enclosure twelve stades square, in which he set up vats filled with expensive wine, and prepared a quantity of food so great that for several days all who wished might enter and enjoy what was set before them, being served continuously. After he had finally set a limit to the feast, one of the native poets arrived too late; and meeting the chief, he sang his praises in a hymn extolling his greatness and lamenting his own lot in having come late. And the chief, delighted with this, called for a bag of gold and tossed it to the bard as he ran beside him. He picked it up and again sang in his honour, saying that the wheel-tracks made by the chariot on the ground on which he drove bore golden benefits for men.
All this Poseidonius recorded in the twenty-third book.
(Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae, IV. 151E-152F, trans. Gulick)
In the twenty-third book of his Histories, Poseidonius says: "The Celts sometimes have gladitorial contests during dinner. Having assembled under arms, they indulge in sham fights and practise feints with one another; sometimes they proceed even to the point of wounding each other, and then, exasperated by this, if the company does not intervene they go so far as to kill. In ancient times, he continues, we observe that when whole joints of meat were served the best man received the thigh. But if another claimed it, they stood up to fight it out in single combat to the death. Others, again, would collect silver or gold, or a number of jars of wine from the audience in the theatre, and having exacted a pledge that their award would be carried out, they would decree that the collection be distributed as presents to their dearest relatives; they then stretched themselves on their backs over their shields, and some one standing near would cut their throats with a sword."
(Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae, IV. 154A-C, trans. Gulick)
Poseidonius of Apameia says, in the twenty-third book of his Histories: 'The Celts, even when they go to war, carry round with them living-companions whom they call parasites. These persons recite their praises before men when they are gathered in large companies as well as before any individual who listens to them in private. And their entertainments are furnished by the so-called Bards; these are poets, as it happens, who recite praises in song.'
(Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae, VI. 246C-D, trans. Gulick)