20 March 2009

Spring Equinox

Spring has sprung!

Today is the Spring Equinox, when the sun rises exactly in the east and sets precisely west and lasts for 12 hours, exactly half a day.

Here's a list of other names the Spring Equinox is known as:

  • Spring Meridian
  • Prime Meridian
  • First point of Aries Meridian
  • Pisces Meridian
  • March Meridian
  • Vernal Meridian
  • Midnight Meridian

05 March 2009

Saint Piran's Day and a list of other Patron Saints

St Piran is the Patron Saint of Cornwall (and tin miners) and March 5th is St Piran's Day.

As a Cornishman I thought I would make the day and my first list for a while with a list of 20 other Patron Saints (and what they're patrons of):

  • St Adjutor - Swimmers
  • St Agatha - Nurses, volcanoes and bell makers
  • St Albinus of Angers -against pirate attack
  • At Anthony - Pig herders and gravediggers
  • St Apollonia - Dentists and toothache
  • St Bartholomew - Plasterers
  • St Blaise - Veterinarians, wool combers, town criers and weavers
  • St Dismas - Undertakers, thieves
  • St Fiacre - Cab drivers and haemorrhoids (it's all that sitting down!)
  • St George Scouts and England
  • St Hippolytus - Prison Officers
  • St Isidore of Seville - computer scientists, computer programmers, computer technicians, computer users, schoolchildren, students
  • St Joseph of Cupertino - Air travelers, aviators, astronauts, test takers
  • St Jude - Lost causes
  • St Martin of Porres - Hairdressers
  • St Michael - Police officers
  • St Natalia of Nicomedia - plague, epilepsy
  • St Saint Pio of Pietrelcina - Stress relief and New year blues
  • St Symphorian - syphilis, eye troubles
  • St Vitus - Comedians and dancers