Resolution to Begin: The Beginning

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I suppose one of the difficulties with blogging is not always having something to blog about. It can be hard to have something exciting to say every day. I don’t know about you, but I like to spend lots of time in contemplation before I say anything. Possibly this is because of early training with my siblings, especially my older siblings.

“Better to say nothing and be thought an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” (Abraham Lincoln, or so my Google search says.)

So, only say things of worth, or that are witty and clever. Try not to be stupid, or say stupid things. I’m not sure how well I succeeded with this. But I quite definitely believe that it’s better to keep quiet unless you have something to say.

Which is a bit tricky with a blog, because then I could very easily go for months between posts, and then there’s not that much point to a blog, really. I suppose it’s a matter of finding which of my thoughts are “worthy” and expanding on them. Like this one, in a way.

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But anyway. Being historically-minded, I thought, with my Resolution to write more firmly in mind, that a good starting point would be Events on This Day.

So I looked up 7th October. Quite a bit happened, apparently. Except that I have no great interest in most of it, since quite a lot happened in the 1900s. An exciting century no doubt, but I prefer older history. Then there’s events in various wars and Social things, like princes becoming kings or getting married.

A “non-event” happened in 1582: the 7th October didn’t occur in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain because of the change-over of calendar to the Gregorian system.

But the event which sparks my interest, as it were, is that of 1477 and the inauguration of Uppsala University, making it Sweden’s oldest university. One of Uppsala’s more famous students was Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), who began using Binomial Nomenclature (you know, the two-name system) for classifying plants and animals. There’s a whole row of Linnaeus cafés on a Linnaeus road opposite the Linnaeus Gardens in Uppsala.

Anyway, the only reason this interested me is because I studied at Uppsala a couple of years ago. It’s a beautiful city and I highly recommend it, should you get the chance to visit.

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Happy birthday, Uppsala University!

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