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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-21 12:40
Subject: A public service announcement
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This is a public service announcement

The solstice (冬至) is tomorrow (22nd December), not today.

Those of you who were kicking yourselves for not being at Stonehenge today can count yourselves lucky - there were some who turned up there this morning, a day early. Oh dearie, dearie me.
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Megabitch
User: megabitch
Date: 2006-12-21 13:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heh. To be on the safe side we light the fire on the 20th and don't let it go out until the 26th *g*
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-21 14:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're not supposed to burn the whole of Shepton Mallet down!
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PurpleTigron
User: purpletigron
Date: 2006-12-21 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you!
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-21 14:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's a common enough mistake though, for those who aren't either astronomers or (serious) Wiccans.
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PurpleTigron
User: purpletigron
Date: 2006-12-21 15:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Some analogy with the misapprehension that Dec 26 is always Boxing Day.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-21 15:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The solstice has a definition based on astronomy though, whereas the Boxing Day thing is a relatively parochial convention, and one on which not everyone is totally agreed. In my culture, December 26th always is Boxing Day, and I was quite surprised when I first encountered weirdoes who disagreed.
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PurpleTigron
User: purpletigron
Date: 2006-12-21 15:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's why I said, 'some' analogy, of course :-)

Boxing Day cannot fall on a Sunday.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-21 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, yes.

(And it's about time we had the calendar reform to ensure that Christmas is never on a Saturday.)
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PurpleTigron
User: purpletigron
Date: 2006-12-21 15:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You feel that is necessary?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-21 16:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Suitable calendar reform could lead to the solstices not only always being on the same date, but even the same day. And you could ban Friday 13th entirely, thereby removing a whole slew of excuses for superstition.

(Instead, we could give them a 13th month to winge about, mwahahaha! Yes, bring on the Positivst Calendar.)
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PurpleTigron
User: purpletigron
Date: 2006-12-21 16:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ooo! http://personal.ecu.edu/mccartyr/pos-cal.html ?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-21 16:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes.

It does have the minor hiccough of having a month named after someone who is almost unknown these days, though given that December, the one-time tenth and last month, never got a better name, it doesn't really matter.
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ewx
User: ewx
Date: 2006-12-21 17:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Proposal for calendar reform
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-21 23:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*cough*

Next time, warn me. I think I need a new keyboard.
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Mrs Cosmopilite
User: mrscosmopilite
Date: 2006-12-21 16:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wiltshire/6199671.stm

yes it did bring a smile when I read about it.
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