As I write this piece, it's now 7.44AM 15th March 2016, I had also minutes earlier confirmed THE SAD&ANGRY NEWS THAT THEMALAYSIANINSIDER HAS CEASED PUBLISHING FROM TODAY!
I am also listening to Sarah Mclaclan's "ANGEL", to remind this writer of the fragility of Life on Earth. I HAD dedicated the Anthem to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, which you can read from my olde post dated....
MY ER (esteemed readers) would know by now Desi quotes often from THe Bard's wroks; another quoter is DS ANwar IBrahim who I amd sad to note, is imprisoned in Sungai Buluh because the cruel regime CANNOT SURVIVE IF HE WAS OUTSIDE The four gray walls serving five years on false trumped up charges of SODOMY< second time around.
IF by now you can't recall what's THE IDES OF MARCH
THou art no freind of Desi
I'm tempted to add: Getr the here out of Hell!
But I won't 'cos I don't wish to make yee a friend of the CRuel REgime
(On the basis 'My enemy's enemy is NOW my friend...)
It is well claimed by writers the world over that this DATE saw the MURDER MOST FOUL
Shakespeare would have writ: the most vilest assasination of damed awe!
So I shalt waste no more time but visit mGf Miss Wikipedia for a quickstep recall:
#1. The FIRST EVENT OF SIGNIFICANCE
Ides of March
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the day in the Roman calendar. For events that occurred on 15 March, see 15 March. For the 2011 film directed by George Clooney, see The Ides of March (film). For other uses, see Ides of March (disambiguation).
Although March (Martius) was the third month of the Julian calendar, in the oldest Roman calendar it was the first month of the year. The holidays observed by the Romans from the first through the Ides often reflect their origin as new year celebrations.
IdesThe Romans did not number days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (1st of the following month). The Ides occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July, and October. The Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. On the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year.
In addition to the monthly sacrifice, the Ides of March was also the occasion of the Feast of Anna Perenna, a goddess of the year (Latin annus) whose festival originally concluded the ceremonies of the new year. The day was enthusiastically celebrated among the common people with picnics, drinking, and revelry. One source from late antiquity also places the Mamuralia on the Ides of March. This observance, which has aspects of scapegoat or ancient Greek pharmakos ritual, involved beating an old man dressed in animal skins and perhaps driving him from the city. The ritual may have been a new year festival representing the expulsion of the old year.
In the later Imperial period, the Ides began a "holy week" of festivals for Cybele and Attis. The Ides was the day of Canna intrat ("The Reed enters"), when Attis was born and exposed as an infant among the reeds of a Phrygian river. He was discovered—depending on the version of the myth—by either shepherds or the goddess Cybele, who was also known as the Magna Mater, "Great Mother". A week later, on 22 March, the day of Arbor intrat ("The Tree enters") commemorated the death of Attis under a pine tree. A college of priests called "tree bearers" (dendrophoroi) cut down a tree, suspended from it an image of Attis, and carried it to the temple of the Magna Mater with lamentations. The day was formalized as part of the official Roman calendar under Claudius. A three-day period of mourning followed, culminating with the rebirth of Attis on 25 March, the date of the vernal equinox on the Julian calendar.
Assassination of Caesar
Main article: Assassination of Julius Caesar
Caesar's death was a closing event in the crisis of the Roman Republic, and triggered the civil war that would result in the rise to sole power of his adopted heir Octavian (later known as Augustus). Writing under Augustus, Ovid portrays the murder as a sacrilege, since Caesar was also the Pontifex Maximus of Rome and a priest of Vesta. On the fourth anniversary of Caesar's death in 40 BC, after achieving a victory at the siege of Perugia, Octavian executed 300 senators and knights who had fought against him under Lucius Antonius, the brother of Mark Antony. The executions were one of a series of actions taken by Octavian to avenge Caesar's death. Suetonius and the historian Cassius Dio characterised the slaughter as a religious sacrifice, noting that it occurred on the Ides of March at the new altar to the deified Julius.
- Julius Caesar, a play by William Shakespeare
- Plutarch, The Parallel Lives, The Life of Julius Caesar
- Nicolaus of Damascus, Life of Augustus (translated by Clayton M. Hall)
DESIDERATA: To be continued TONIGHT IF Desi survives the BIG DO At De Miang Corner to celebrate the SECOND SIGNIFICANT EVENT
Some of my aMore regular ER could have guessed it -- TOday marks the 11th birthday of DESIDERATA-YL CHONG, aka selfnicked as MIdnight Voices abode.
YL Chong in the real world is a veteran, self claimed OK!, journalist of some 4decades standing, or seating or bending; now earning some peanuts pocket moolah as a freelance newsdog; dog because I am carnivorous, binging on lamp chop or beef steak or satay stick when I can afford it -- woolf, woolf!
1. One benefit as a Blogger/BUMMer Desi experienced quite early is making NEW BUDS, buds is 4friend, matey, comrade, politikuskaki&soulmatey2?
On First of May 2005, just one&halfmonths following my cyber-birth, ONE fellow Blogger picked up my Sunday write under desiderata.english to be published in her family-controlled newspaper, THE BORNEO POST. Thanks, resident-BUMMer-owner of yancorner.blogspot.com for the xxtra pocket money which I used mainly for Kapitalist BF/Lunch/Dinner on the wickedends.
2. Through BUMming around, I managed to first organise small groups of cyber mateys to meet in PJ or KL or Furong at gatherings I self publicised as G7 and later G8c Conference. Both se7en and 8great are "blessed" numbers in Desi's vocab or vocalgap. From these tehtarik sexsions (sometimes we have lambchoppin'lah!) mateys I learnt what is LOL! dick, fullat, et al, and some acceptable swearing vocabulary which I won't name examples Cos some under-16 from Melaka are fervent followers of my abode at midnightey:)....
An American Pres shared that a human on Earth at deathbed would be considered "blessed" if he/she by then had made/acquired/attained/achieved a number of FrIENDS countable on one's hand, ie. maximum of five, unless some XXpecial among thee had one XXtra or minus wan finger. YL ap.ly reports he has d normal FIVE, none Au or Ag.
I am glad to add that after more G7 meats, I graduated to counting fingers on the second hand (it's NOT artificial OK!) the number of fRiends, so Desi deems himself doubly blessed, so this churchmousey writHer can't komplen, can he/she? SShe is because some ER addressed me as Miss via email jest because I seduce them with some poetic verses -- Li'l Red Riding Hoods, beware the Big Bad Wolf in Koala Lumpuh where I stationed meself for three decades to earn bigger bucks.
Later, this "arrogant" blogger took on the challenge of organising BLOGGERS UNITED MALAYSIA evolved into BLOGGERS UNIVERSE MALAYSIA (BUM) annual gatherings to mark WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY that falls on MAY 3. At one of FIVE we -- a Committee was set up lah! -- organised, Then ex-PM Dr Mahathir MOhamad was featured, and by the following BUM gathering he had become a BLOGGER, more famous many dimes over, than Desi lah!!
May I indulge lazy BUMMers who did not attend by reproducing that day's ****programme (2follow later OK after I survive my next Kapitist BF!) at the Subang Lake View Club, hear? I began to salivate at the thought of the generousity of the Club owner, responsible for a few sheep sacrificed at the WArren Buffet's table!
And the REST and after many R&R&R, it is HIS/herSTORY! God bless all ye bloggers/BUMMers and your ERs. WHat is ER< you dare aRsEk? THou art no fRiend of DEsi if you have to a..., get the here out of Hell! YL, Desi, knottyaSsusual