2010 June 21, 9:28pm
On the day of Winter Solstice, Earth’s south pole is tilted away from the Sun. The Sun rises north of east, sets north of west and reaches 281/2° above the horizon at noon. This is, usually, the shortest day of the year. see Museum Victoria @ http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/infosheets/planets/the-sun-and-the-seasons/
Although Aussie by signature, my roots and birth are of the Sassenach nature. And I imagine my ancestors painted in Woad
And of course this brings back memories of my Guiding Days when we would sing to the tune of Men of Harlech. The National Anthen of The Ancient Britons
What's the use of wearing braces?
Spats and hats and boots with laces?
Vests and pants you buy in places
Down on Brompton Road?
What's the use of shirts of cotton?
Studs that always get forgotten?
These affairs are simply rotten,
Better far is woad.
Woad's the stuff to show men.
Woad to scare your foemen.
Boil it to a brilliant hue
And rub it on your back and your abdomen.
Ancient Briton ne'er did hit on
Anything as good as woad to fit on
Neck or knees or where you sit on.
Tailors you be blowed!
Romans came across the Channel
All dressed up in tin and flannel
Half a pint of woad per man'll
Clothe us more than these.
Saxons you can waste your stitches
Building beds for bugs in britches
We have woad to clothe us which is
Not a nest for fleas.
Romans keep your armours.
Saxons your pyjamas.
Hairy coats were made for goats,
Gorillas, yaks, retriever dogs and llamas.
March on Snowdon with your woad on,
Never mind if you get rained or snowedon
Never want a button sewed on.
Better far is WOAD