Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Happy birthday (joyeux anniversaire) Jules!

Today is the birthday of Jules Verne (born 1928, died 24 March 1905). Monsieur Verne's imagination was well ahead of his time and he wrote some exciting tales of adventures.

The more popular of these include:

Voyage au centre de la Terre (1864)
De la Terre à la Lune (1865)
Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers (1870) and
Le tour du monde en quatre-vingt jours (1872)

M. Verne was in quite distinguished company in Paris with Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo amongst his acquaintances.

Verne's works are translated into 148 languages, making him the most translated author in history.


Today was a warm day. I spent most of the day inside listening to the radio, and even that was boring. I did have some ham in the morning. Today is Shrove Tuesday (in France known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras), but I don't think many people ate pancake around here or had a parade. Carnival is a religious celebration celebrated in many parts of the world in association with Lent. Why can't we have a party too?

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