23 May: drinking wine by an open window.

Prague – as discussed previously in this blog – is a fantastic city for numerous reasons – architecture, history, absinthe and, lesser known, the strange habit of their citizens throughout history of throwing themselves (or others) out of windows when they’re upset or angry about stuff. The technical term is Defenestration.

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This site now has a theme tune. Go to YouTube and search The National All The Wine. Listen and read.

And today in 1618 marked the Second Defenestration of Prague that kicked off the Thirty Years War. The two regents thrown out of the window actually survived and the were thought to have done so because they were either 1) saved by angels or 2) because they fell in a dung heap. (As a site which champions drunkenness and reason we are heavily inclined to think it was number 2.)

But all this of course is coincidental: the important thing here is that it happened and can be used as an excuse to get drunk and /or throw someone out of a window, (Members of management are generally good choices.) Such concrete historical references (and use of specialist wording) will enable you to slip under The Pisshead Radar and appear to be some cultured historian.

So let’s make the most of it …..

A quote: “The harsh, useful things of the world, from pulling teeth to digging potatoes, are best done by men who are as starkly sober as so many convicts in the death-house, but the lovely and useless things, the charming and exhilarating things, are best done by men with, as the phrase is, a few sheets in the wind. ” ~H.L. Mencken, Prejudices, Fourth Series, 1924

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