Sunday, 24 May 2009


The Whitsun Bank Holiday is upon us and, fingers crossed, the weather looks like being fine and sunny. Traditionally, Whitsun used to be the start of the seaside season, but in recent years the holiday season has been brought forward and most resorts now open at Easter, allbeit with a limited number of attractions open. So, what is Whitsun all about, and why do we celebrate it?

Whitsun, or Pentecost as it is also known, is a Christian feast celebrated on the 49th day (7 weeks) after Easter Sunday. Pentecost falls on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday. Historically and symbolically related to the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot, or the day on which God gave the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. Pentecost also commemorates the descent of the holy spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus as described in the Book of Acts, Chapter 2 in the New Testament. For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described as "the church's birthday."
In the story recounted in the Acts of the Apostles, the apostles went out into Jerusalem prophesying and speaking in languages that all the visitors to Jerusalem could understand ("God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven...each one heard them speaking in his own language"). This is where the name of the Pentecostalist Church denomination comes from, since Pentecostalist worship often includes the practice of speaking in tongues.
According to legend, King Arthur always gathered all his knights at the round table for a feast and a quest on Pentecost. So ever the King had a custom that at the feast of Pentecost in especial, afore other feasts in the year, he would not go that day to meat until he had heard or seen of a great marvel.


Keep looking at above picture.
Are the girls eyes open or closed?


The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.

The art of yawning with your mouth closed.

Where de buffalo roam.

A place where success comes before work.

Wildlife Pictures No.17

Oops, wrong time for a photo-shoot! Latest image from
our Wildlife Pictures series.


Another bad day at the office! Timeteam our selection for yesterday finished well down the field. Held up early on, improved at half way, then faded over last two furlongs. Looks like my bookmaker will soon be going on holiday again. Ah well! It's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part that's expensive.

Profit/Loss -2.65 Points

Today's Smile

Thought For Today

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as much as you like.
Mark Twain