Today at 15:58 UT/GMT is the winter solstice, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis with respect to the Sun produces the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. From now on, the days get longer.
Many of us wanted to write off 2020 as the ‘Annus horribilis’, but I’m not sure whether this year of 2021 has not been as bad, with its stop-go feel. Certainly it is starting to go horribly wrong now, with a Covid variant no-one had ever heard of three or four weeks ago causing terrifying levels of infection and sowing doubt, fear, and uncertainty at a time that should be dedicated to celebration and holiday. At least we have the vaccine which we didn’t have last year.
For me personally, my mobility continues to be compromised by a hip that is wearing out, although the acquisition of an electric bike—at the suggestion of the GP—has given me a new lease of life.
On the positive side, the anticipated disintegration of Her Majesty’s Government has been accompanied by a plethora of amusing material in social media; the following are two of my favourites:
If you want to annoy a large section of the population of the USA, replace "Boris" with "Trump"... And one of Andrew Marr's last interviews:
It's my favourite too...
Given the time of year, and in the interests of some element of balance, the following made me laugh out loud for several minutes...
Is the Virgin Mary checking her iPhone? Happy Winter Solstice everyone!
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