Blue moon 2009

New Year’s Eve 2009 was marked by a blue moon.

I went out and looked but it wasn’t blue at all.

Feeling a trifle cheated, I laid some Google on its ass and came up with some facts about this phenomenon.

A blue moon occurs when you have two full moons in the same calendar month – about every 2.7 years – but  that month has to be December with the full moon appearing on the 31st – New Year’s Eve. This happens every 19 years or so.

Here’s what it looked like just before midnight yesterday – 31/12/09:

Yes, I know it’s a shit photo, but I took it with my iPhone which has a shit camera.

The ‘last post’

My last post for a while – Christmas Eve is already here to kick off a few days of celebration and then, on Saturday, Lady Shark’s Meniere’s permitting, off for a week in Normandy to see the New Year in.

Also the ‘last post’, as it were, for Woolworths, Whittards (almost, anyway) and now Zavvi.

Who’s next?

Not wishing any business any ill will, but I’m afraid we’re looking at the tip of an iceberg of indeterminate size because if banks can go under, then anyone can…

I think we’re in for a very eventful 2009 but I hope that anyone reading this manages to get through it all right.

So, in the true spirit of the season – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year or whatever gets you through the night.