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There is a bird in a poem by T. S. Eliot who says that mankind cannot bear very much reality; but the bird is mistaken. A man can endure the entire weight of the universe for eighty years. It is unreality that he cannot bear.

Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)

The Lathe of Heaven, 1971

This Week in History:

March 28th - April 2nd

Test yourself:

Press the buttons to reveal the answers.
1
What opened and when?
The Eiffel Tower in 1889
2
When and where was there a nuclear accident?
At Three-Mile Island, Pennsylvania in 1979
3
Which country did what in 2004?
The Republic of Ireland banned smoking in public.
4
Who died and at what age?
Pope John Paul II aged 84
5
Who was shot and when?
US President Ronald Reagan in 1981

Notes:

Three Mile Island rated 5 on International Nuclear Event Scale. Chernobyl and Fukushima both rated 7 but Three Mile Island was perhaps 100 times less serious than Fukushima. The plant is due to close in 2019 due to the high costs of operating the plant.

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