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The days get longer from today!

 
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ColinB
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:26 am    Post subject: The days get longer from today! Reply with quote

It's time to don your groovy sunshades and get into your beachwear because the days are about to get longer! Today is the Winter Solstice - the pagan festival known as "Yule" - the shortest day of the year (well, the day with the least duration of sunlight, as it were).

This year, the Winter Solstice coincides with a Lunar eclipse for the first time in 372 years. The last time this occurred was in 1638 - four years before the start of the English Civil War (16421651)!

More info via The Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/dec/20/lunar-eclipse-winter-solstice
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

woo hoo-i am sick of winter and look forward to a glourious summer.....yes i know
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a good reason to crack open a bit of the Christmas festive booze for a Solstice party Very Happy

I wouldn't think an outdoor one would be a very good idea just at present Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:

I wouldn't think an outdoor one would be a very good idea just at present Sad


but shouldnt' we be dancing around bonfires and running naked through the woods to celebrate Laughing

I thought about seeing the eclipse this morning, it couldn't be seen from our house, but it was -12degC outside so I decided not.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nod wrote:
ruddlescat wrote:

I wouldn't think an outdoor one would be a very good idea just at present Sad


but shouldnt' we be dancing around bonfires and running naked through the woods to celebrate Laughing

I thought about seeing the eclipse this morning, it couldn't be seen from our house, but it was -12degC outside so I decided not.
Go on then and don't forget to post the pictures... Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's nothing I like better on the Winter Solstice than a naked run through the woods Nod, but I have a feeling that the nuts might be a bit on the cold side (not sure about the mushrooms though Shocked )
Could be a bit crunchy in this weather I suspect
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