Happy birthday to me!Posted: February 7, 2015
The hospital where I was born on Tuesday 7th February, 1950 … the General Lying-In Hospital, Lambeth.
This means that I am now an Old Age Pensioner although I understand that I should really call myself a ‘Recipient of State Retirement Pension’ and not an OAP. This opens all sorts of doors for me – or so I am led to believe – including:
- Cheap haircuts on slacks days at the barbers
- Cheap seats to watch films during the afternoon
- Free prescriptions and eye-tests
- Free bus travel anywhere in England
- Access to cheap train and coach travel
Not a bad deal just for being a year older than I was yesterday.
I am not sure what I am going to do today, although I do know that Sue and I are going out for a meal in a local restaurant this evening. I will certainly think about staging a wargame at some point during the day … but I might just spend the day chilling out watching the DVD of a favourite film … or two.
And here for the historically mined amongst my regular blog readers are some ‘interesting’ facts:
Some of the famous events that took place on 7th February include:
- Edward of Caernarvon (later King Edward II of England) became the first English Prince of Wales in 1301.
- The French and Spanish forces lifted the Great Siege of Gibraltar in 1793.
- The Battle of Eylau was fought in 1807
- In 1898 Émile Zola was brought to trial for libel for publishing J’Accuse.
- The board game Monopoly was published in 1935.
Some of the famous people who share the 7th February as a birthday are:
- 1478: Sir Thomas More. lawyer, politician, and writer
- 1812: Charles Dickens, novelist
- 1873: Thomas Andrews, designer of RMS Titanic
- 1962: Eddie Izzard, comedian, actor, and producer