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December 20, 2010

Act III, Scene iii

On this, the darkest solstice since the Tudors were in power*, I realize, yes, that is "Pomp & Circumstance" on Radio France. Alex Taylor has been busy winding up our French cousins since he took the helm at Musique matin, asking his guests what they had for breakfast. This will send them round the twist croissant.

Well played, sir.

Minor quibble for Alex: Teresa Stratas is from Toronto, so far as I know, the "s" at the end of Stratas is not silent (though in contemporary Greek, personal names will drop the "s" as a form of endearment).

* A very special selenelion.

It's the first time in almost 500 years that a lunar eclipse has coincided with the winter solstice - the longest day of the year - on 21 December.

There is also a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a selenelion, which occurs when the sun and the eclipsed moon can be seen at the same time. This is also known as a horizontal eclipse, because both sun and moon appear above the horizon at nearly opposite points in the sky.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 20, 2010 08:03 AM