Along the Pentland Road, 25 May 2017

Friday, 3 November 2017

Friday 3 November

The clocks went back on Sunday, and the sun is now setting at 4.30pm. At solstice time, in 6 weeks from now, sunset will occur at 3.35pm. We are now into the short days leading up to Christmas; Hallowe'en has been and gone, and Guy Fawkes (an English phenomenon) will be celebrated this weekend. On 5 November 1605, Guy Fawkes had planned to blow up Parliament in London; but it all went horribly wrong and he met his end on 31 January 1606. A fireworks display commemorates this event. Looking across the North Sea, St Nicholas will put in an appearance around November 18th, with a reigniting of the debate whether Black Peter should be black, and (more to the point) whether St Nicholas European style should be superceded by St Nicholas American style (Father Christmas).

2 comments:

  1. Our clocks fall back an hour this weekend and yet another reminder how time is flying by. Hope you enjoy the fireworks. We don't celebrate that holiday here.

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  2. Gosh, but it seems so wrong for it to be dark at 3 or 4! Even after we roll back tonight, it won't get dark before 6. I find it rather cool y'all celebrate an event that took place so long ago. But then, we are an extremely young nation.

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