Bedlam Tuesday!

Today’s Trivia: Who was the first Irish winner of a Nobel prize? The answer at the end of today’s entry.

Right! It’s Tuesday and that means Bedlam. So get yourself out of the house, shake off the early week irritations, warm up the belly and blood with a pie and a pint.

The boys of Bedlam will be in the pub tonight to provide the spirited music starting at 9 pm. They bring a nice Irish and Scottish influence to their folk stylings and they offer some rather satisfying jams. (And good banter to boot.) Many of you know them from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. But if you haven’t heard them outside that gathering, give it a listen. Grand stuff and some songs I bet you didn’t expect. See you tonight!

THURSDAY NIGHT

Thursday, February 28, 6:00 PM – It’s the Birds & the Beers Gathering! Sharon Stiteler (aka, the Birdchick) is calling all birders together again for pints and a meetup. If you have even a casual interest in birding, check it out. Great group. And I think it’s going to be a bit more high-tech this time as Sharon has suggested she’ll bring her scope. (Scroll to the end of the entry for the Birds & Beers note, and for a nice photo from their last gathering here.)

Later on, about 9 pm, Dino and the Dinosaurs will prove that sometimes it’s good to have the blues.

NEWS FROM THE ISLESOwl from the BBC

* Attention ornithologists! An owl has been rescued from a rather small pipe.

* This was a very strange (and sad) story: death by fairy cake. Literally.

* Scotland turns to yoga to battle inactivity in its youth…but how to get them to do yoga?

* And Northern Irishmen apparently use slimming mirrors

TRIVIA ANSWER

William Butler Yeats. That grand man was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. And it was only a couple years later that compatriot George Bernard Shaw was recognized too. Four other Irish have won a Nobel: writers Seamus Heaney (1995) and Samuel Beckett (1969) also won for Literature, but the Irish aren’t all about writing; Ernest Walton won for physics back in 1951; and Seán MacBride won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974.

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