I note that today is the anniversary of the arrival, in 1513, of Vasco Núñez de Balboa at the shores of the Pacific after crossing the Isthmus of Panama, thereby becoming the first European to take a dekko at the Big Blue from its eastern side.

Whether Mr. Dennis Coot John Keats poetickally robbed Balboa of this distinction and gave it instead to stout Cortez with eagle eyes out of historickal ignorance or whether he did so just because it scans better than “stout Balboa”, I could not really say.   However, although the substitution might be hard cheese on Balboa, his spirit can at least take consolation that he didn’t wind up in this cartoon, which I have had hung on my dorm/office wall for many, many years: