Saturday, 8 October 2011

That Was Friday

It was a spectacularly busy day for me yesterday so towards the end of the day I decided to chill out and relax by listening to the radio. There was some guy talking about how unlucky Friday is for some people, not just Friday the thirteenth, but Friday in general. He mentioned the case of some superstitious sailors that he'd heard of many years ago.....

The reluctance of sailors to set sail on a Friday reached such epic proportions, that in the 1800's the British government took strong measures to prove once and for all that it was just superstition. The Royal Navy commissioned a ship called 'HMS Friday', her keel was laid on a Friday, she was launched on a Friday, and she set sail on her maiden voyage on a Friday, under the command of a Captain James Friday. The ship, and her crew, were never seen or heard from again. (Whatever you do, don't mention this to today's government. They'd use this as a way of cutting back the Royal Navy even more and rename all ships 'HMS Friday').

And now we're in to Saturday. A day where a lot of us don't need to get up early to go to work, a day where we can unwind and do whatever takes our fancy. We could stay at home and do nothing, go out and do a bit of shopping, catch up with all those odd jobs around the house that you've been meaning to do, or, if you're that way inclined, go and watch a bit of footy at the local football ground. A lot of people find time on a Saturday to visit family and friends and that sounds like a great idea to me. Watch out, here I come.....

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