Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Wordy Wednesday - Sunless
Apparently today was a special day for astronomers in Asia, since they endured the longest eclipse of this century.
In China, they believe that this is a time of misfortune and disaster, since by tradition the sun is swallowed up by a huge invisible dragon. I'm not sure how they explain its return. Maybe it shines out of the dragon somehow.
In India people rushed to the Gangees where by being immersed in its unique waters they believe they can be freed from the circle of life and death. At least one woman drowned, sadly.
These areas of the world were without sun for all of 6 minutes and 39 seconds.
I'm afraid that I'm not really impressed. In Britain, the sun was eclipsed for most of the day.
I shouldn't complain. There are floods in Germany and fires in Spain, whilst New Zealand was moved closer to Australia last week by a massive earthquake. I hope that wherever you are you're managing to avoid the worst of the summer weather...