Born on this day (in 1860) was James Ensor, artist and famous Belgian (a surprisingly large category). He lived virtually all his life in Ostend and explored his various obsessions, religious and otherwise, in some very strange paintings, though the strangeness faded away as he became older and more successful. Follow the link to see They Might Be Giants perform their characteristic tribute to 'Belgium's famous painter'.
Nige, who, like Mr Kenneth Horne, prefers to remain anonymous, was also a founder blogger of The Dabbler and a co-blogger on the Bryan Appleyard Thought Experiments blog. He is the sole blogger on this one, and his principal aim is to share various of life's pleasures. These tend to relate to books, art, poems, butterflies, birds, churches, music, walking, weather, drink, etc, with occasional references to the passing scene.