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Celebrate Edward FitzGerald’s birthday – and eat toasted cheese!

March 31, 2016

efgyoungcutToday, 31st March 2016, is the 207th anniversary of the birthday of Edward FitzGerald who introduced much of the world to the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, and left us the heritage of his great poems, his letters and other writings.  One of his great pleasures in life was to eat toasted cheese – indeed he signed off one of his letters as ‘Philocaseotoastus’ which those of you classically inclined will realise translates as ‘lover of toasted cheese’!  We celebrated today with a lunch of this delicacy, already a favourite of ours, and we shall raise a glass to FitzGerald’s memory this evening.  We hope others will mark his anniversary in a suitable way.

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