Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Born on 19 March - Me and Who Else?

Today (assuming the time delayed posting system works) (PS: no it doesn't) is the occasion of a milestone birthday. Out of curiosity, who shares it?

Of the living, it seems that Bruce Willis and Glenn Close – two distinguished but very different members of the film industry – are the most famous individuals born on 19 March and still alive. Not that I’ve ever been tempted to boil a rabbit, of course, but the Die Hard series has always been a favourite.

Then we have Patrick McGoohan, most famous for The Prisoner and the symbolic cry “I am not a number. I am a free man!” Yes, there’s a good one. An absolute paragon of the nonconformist, maverick, free thinker who would have been a perfect character for Hatred, Ridicule & Contempt if the fictional firm of Thornbury & Summerson had been riddled with control freaks, spy cameras and a managing partner who called himself Number 2.

And just as notable here is the explorer David Livingstone, the first European to view Victoria Falls. Quite a coincidence, really. If all goes to plan I will have just seen Victoria Falls before arriving in South Africa for the day itself. A game drive and a pint - what could be better?

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