[LMB] Semi OT: a short precursor to Miles
rachel at compromise.fsnet.co.uk
Tue Apr 25 22:55:49 BST 2006
> I recently read that the poet and satirist Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was
> only 4'6" tall.
> At age 12, he was afflicted with what is now known as Pott's disease, "a
> tuberculous affliction of the spine that causes the collapse of vertebrae,
> saps the strength of the vertebral column, and at length deforms the whole
> body." His head and arms grew, but his head didn't. He had to wear a
> canvas jacket to support his back.
> And he was still considered the leading poet in England by 1720s.
Poetry brilliant, sex life not up to Miles' standard.
Anyone else remember the Napoeon scene in Time Bandits?
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