Monday, 23 March 2009

Two Soups

At the moment I’m just a little bit incapacitated. Somehow I’ve done something to my back. The only thing I can think of that may have caused it, was scrubbing the kitchen floor on Friday instead of mopping it. Well I'll not be doing that again in a hurry.

I haven’t had a problem with my back for years and thought I was rid of it. Wrong! Just hope it clears up for my swimming lesson on Thursday.

Well my walking has to be seen to be believed. I’m a little better today but on Saturday and Sunday I was walking ever so slowly and bent over. You’d think I was a hundred. I had to laugh though because I reminded myself of a sketch from one of the fantastic Victoria Wood TV series.
If you’ve seen Julie Walters as the elderly waitress in the Two Soups sketch, you’ll know exactly what I mean. If you haven’t just take a look:


Friday, 20 March 2009

What Day Does Spring Start?

Well according to tradition spring starts on the night of 20/21 March. However the Meteorological Office classes the first day of spring as 1 March and a bit of a row has erupted now over the official date.

Some disgruntled MPs are questioning who has had the authority to change the date. Stuart Bell, Labour MP for Middlesbrough says:

"Spring starts on March 20/21 and if the Met Office are not aware of this simple fact, it reflects a casual approach to facts, which is all too inherent today."

“Historically spring starts on the day of the vernal equinox, which usually occurs on the night of 20/21 March. Vernal comes originally from the Latin word for bloom and refers to the fact that, in the northern hemisphere, this equinox marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

An equinox is a time when the nights are as long as the days and the vernal equinox is recognised the world over as the start of the new astrological cycle.

But does that necessarily make it the start of spring? After all, summer is commonly decreed to start on 21 June - the Summer Solstice - yet the following day is known as MID-summer's day.

And since when has the prevailing weather had anything to do with it? Parts of the country may be ankle-deep in snow but cast your mind back three months and the talk was why, in mid-December, the weather felt like spring.

The Met Office, meanwhile, has little time for celestial patterns and historical precedent. It picked 1 March for simplicity's sake, choosing to slot the four seasons neatly into the 12 months... June, July and August are the summer months; September, October and November autumn, and so on.“

Mmmm, a very pragmatic approach!

Extract from BBC website

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Skywatch Friday - 20 March 2009

Kalithea Bay, Rhodes.

Yes, I know there aren't any clouds. That's because I've hardly ever seen any when we go on holiday there.

I'm looking forward to our next holiday there this year. Blue skies and lovely warm weather, I'm in countdown mode.


Tuesday, 17 March 2009

My Second Swimming Lesson

I’ve been so caught up in Comic Relief postings I forgot to say anything about my swimming progress. Well I needn’t bother really as there wasn't much to report. I didn’t do as well as the first week.

I did the crawl leg kick holding the float in front of me OK like last week. Next came putting my face in and out of the water as I did the leg kick. Now that was quite a bit harder to manage, but I did it.

Next came combining three actions, the leg kick, the face in the water and finally taking one hand off the float and drawing it under the water and back then up to the float and doing the same with the other arm. Needless to say I just couldn’t co ordinate the three things. If I got the arms to work and the face in and out of the water, the legs gradually stopped. Talk about mutli tasking!The swimming instructor says it’s what usually happens, that people can do the first two but the legs just stop.

Well I was worn out after four widths of this, well it is 25 metres across. In the meantime I’m too embarrassed to try it in the pool until the next lesson. Never mind I’ll be back again next week. I didn’t think it would be easy!

I'm not expecting to be able to do this....


....or this....

....but it would be nice to be able to do a bit of this if I ever go to the Caribbean or Mauritius!

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