As the light lengthens, so the cold strengthens

1 February 2006

Today is St. Brigid’s day, probably because in pagan Ireland the start of Feb marked the start of spring, and Imbolc. Which means its lambing time.
I think today may also be groundhog day? But am not sure about that, besides there are plenty of weather omens related to today, even if it isn’t groundhog day:

the weather on Imbolc should be better than average, but a truly fine day was a bad sign. The prevailing wind on Imbolc would continue for the rest of the year.

The appearance of a hedgehog up and about was a sign that weather would continue to improve. If the hedgehog came out but then returned to its burrow, it was thought that wintry conditions would persist for several more weeks.

A rainy February generally was thought to predict a good summer.

I’ve just started a new blog Cunning Quotes, a collection of interesting quotes from around the blogosphere.

Of course the real event of February is the Six Nations. This weekend sees Ireland v Italy, England v Wales, and Scotlan v France. So, who to cheer for? Well the first match is easy, Ireland all the way. but the second match is a little harder. Obviously, as the “auld enemy” England are evil. But I don’t like that fells who is going out with Charlotte Church, and Wales did win last year. I may actually support England in this match.

In the Sunday match it’ll have to be Scotland. You just gotta go with the underdog, although in reality they haven’t a hope. France will wipe the floor with them[1] Then again, Scotland are at home… naw. they’ll still lose.

Both Munster and Leinster have been doing really well in the European competition, so with a bit of luck, they will continue with the provincial winning ways, and not the national losing ways.

BTW, if you read this earlier and are wondering where the rugby stuff came from, I hit publish instead of save when I was interrupted by a student looking for a book.


  1. remember me jinxing teams, let’s see if it really works

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17 Responses

  1. anne says:

    Students, I swear…
    England??? England???
    On Sunday, I'll probably be cheering for Scotland too, in fact. I wonder if that makes me a traitor or a softie.

  2. Fence says:

    I know Anne, I'm still dithering. But I really don't like yer man. Whatshisface Henson. And last years winners can't expect any support from me.

    As for you supporting Scotland? Well, I suppose France was their old ally, but still. We'll say softie because traitor is harsh

  3. Andy says:

    Go Ireland Go!! They wre quite close last year!

  4. I was wondering. Thanks.

    Oh, and I was also wandering.

  5. Fence says:

    Close Andy, but no cigar, and I needs a cigar. In some sport. Any sport.

    Wondering and wandering FM, hope you are enjoying yourself

  6. NineMoons says:

    Long as he ain't wankering, I'm happy.

    And Fence, are we talking Freudian cigars?

  7. Fence says:

    Freudian? No. Was refering to us winning something in any sport. Though I suppose Jessica Kurten did well in Dubai in showjumping.

  8. Carl V. says:

    Groundhog Day is tomorrow, celebrations will no doubt ensue! ;)

  9. Carl V. says:

    As I mentioned on Anne's blog, today is also the first day of Fenceuary…can't believe you didn't mention it.

  10. Fence says:

    Fenceuary. I likes it. Didn't spot that comment on Anne's blog, got caught up at work and haven't been by in a while

  11. NineMoons says:

    You think you're so great for having a whole month named after you? I get nine of em.

  12. Carl V. says:

    I would insist on presents for each one, NM!

  13. Kelly says:

    Fenceuary indeed. I had the whole year of 1972 named after ME. Hey, as I was reading I was all, "I didn't even know Ireland HAD dodgeball," but then you ruined it by mentioning rugby. I am SO out of my element here.

  14. Fence says:

    We have the film Dodgeball Kelly, and we used to play dodgeball at PE, but had different rules than Vince's film.

    Rugby=greatest foreign sport.

    Carl, if i were you I wouldn't encourage NM, she'll actually be expecting those presents now.

  15. NineMoons says:

    damn straight. The first eighteen seasons of Veronica Mars: the Logan Years better be wrapped in ribbons and on my doorstep in the next few days.

  16. anne says:

    47-13, looks like your jinxing days are over… But considering that I famously jinx (still), I wonder how that bodes for Scotland…

  17. Fence says:

    Yeah, but half way through the first half I started supporting Wales, purely because they were doing crap. Nothing to do with that ape-man Dallaglio

    And did you see Ireland's performance. *shudder*