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Saturday, September 02, 2017

September 3 - Happy Birthday To Me... And Andy G!

I woke up this morning to a personalised Google Doodle, with birthday candles, so thought I might as well post about it. This is my official birthday, the one on my birth certificate but I believe my real birthday is September 4, because I was definitely born on a Friday and the year I was born September 3 was a Thursday. September 4 has a lot more interesting and positive stuff about it than the 3rd, and I've posted about that too(and September 5, the birthday of the delightful Kate Constable, YA author, who, I think, shares a birthday with historical romance novelist Frank Yerby, or maybe Joan Aiken...?).

However, here I am, and I will be shouting myself at least one session at the MWF later today, to celebrate. If nothing else, I'll enjoy the Harry Potter day. Friday was the day when, according to The Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter saw his son Albus off to Hogwarts, so they're having fun with a Harry Potter theme today.

BUT there's Kiwi SF author Cherry Wilder and I also share a natal day with Andy Griffiths! Yes, THAT Andy Griffiths, author of so much fiction that has delighted young children and even teenagers in Australia and other countries. I think his novel The Day My Bum Went Psycho had to be retitled The Day My Butt Went Psycho in the U.S. because over there "bum" means "tramp", not "backside" as it does here.  Oh, well. Happy birthday, Andy! Lots of cake and other delicious stuff for you.

I hadn't heard of most of the "famous people" with whom I share a birthday, or if I had, I hadn't read any of their work. The guy who invented the safety match was born On This Day, but he never made any money out if it because it was too damned expensive for most people. Interesting, really. I have always thought it was women who invented most of the ordinary everyday things which we take for granted but wouldn't consider doing without. A man invents this and can't sell it!

Apart from Andy G, most of the writers were people I was unfamiliar with, and the "famous birthdays" web site included some bloggers, for goodness' sake! Anyone on the list 25 years old or less was a blogger. And not even a book or political blogger, generally a lifestyle blogger! That seems to be how you get famous these days. ;-)

Not a lot of positive stuff happened on September 3 - battles, massacres and such for the most part. But Viking 2 reached Mars On This Day.

It was also the birthday of the world's first daily newspaper - September 3, 1833. That was the New York Sun, which operated until 1950. There is an on line paper of that name now. 

Here in Australia it is National Flag Day, commemorating the first time our flag flew, back in 1901,when Australia became a federation. They ran a flag competition and the one we have now is the design that won.

I see that in the U.S. it is National Welsh Rarebit Day, so enjoy your cheese toasties, my American friends! 

It's the birthday of San Marino, the world's oldest republic. The founder was St Marinus. Happy birthday, San Marino! 


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue - happy birthday ... and lots more fun with family and friends - just enjoy ... cheers Hilary

Sue Bursztynski said...

Thanks, Hilary! It was a nice day. I spent time with my nephew Mark and his family at the Harry Potter event at the festival(Eden, the Potter fan, was sorted into Ravenclaw) and then, after lunch, went to see the LoveOzYA panel with several Aussie YA writers. I then bought the anthology, because one if my students requested it fir the library, and got myself a copy as well. And I bought a new historical novel by Thomas Keneally and his daughter Meg and got that signed, I think it's historical crime fiction, a genre I love and very unusual so for the author of Schindler's Ark! ;-) So, yes, a great day in which I spoiled myself. I'll be posting about it,

miki said...

Happy Birthday!!! ( and will say again tomorrow so both day are covered^^) wishing you all the best!

Sue Purkiss said...

Happy birthday, Sue!

A latte beckons said...

If your birthday is really 4th September, Sue, then it's you who shares a birthday with Joan Aiken! (And also with Easton Wood, captain of the Western Bulldogs, though I don't suppose you care about that one... :-))

Happy birthday!

Sue Bursztynski said...

Thanks, Kate! Well, I work in the western suburbs, so nice to know I share a birthday with a Bulldog!

Ann Bennett said...

Happy Birthday, It is still September 4th in the States. Cheers.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Thanks, Ann! Never too late!