October 1, 2013
In the States they make a big thing about All Hallows Eve (although the concept only really caught on there in the beginning of the C20th). Shops here over the last few years have increased the Halloween plastic tat available whilst down-playing fireworks and Guy Fawkes night. Young children can no longer buy individual small fireworks for tuppence. When I think what fun we had as children throwing bangers around. Catherine wheels and Jumping Jacks were particular favourites. Bangers inserted in the fuselage of Airfix planes produced interesting results. They want to stop the harmless fun of the UK tradition of burning effigies of Mr Fawkes and replace it with people dressing up in horror masks. Talking of horror, I notice that Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie are once again lurking around the comic racks. And Vampirella comics continue to be published but they seem to be missing that undefinable something. I always liked this Arthur Adams cover from sometime in the 1990s though.
February 1, 2012
Believe it or not, the last time we had five wednesdays in February was in 1984. There won’t be another February with five wednesdays until 2040. I wonder what the world will look like then?? Anyway, I recently needed to know what day of the week a date in 1977 fell on. No doubt there are places on the Interweb with such data. No doubt the iaddicts already have an “app” that lists every day from the Flintstones’ era up to the 21st of December 2012 on their devices. But my way used no electricity or bandwidth and had the benefit of some pretty pictures to look at too. I knew my Warren Vampirella Calendar would finally come in useful if I kept it long enough!!
PS: And then I open my diary and what do I see??????