10 January 2020

10 January 2020


10 January 12020 is Margaret Thatcher Day in the Falkland Islands. (Can anyone tell me what obscure historical event this commemorates?) It is also Cut Your Energy Costs Day, Majority Rule Day (Bahamas), and the Fête du Vodoun (Benin). And it’s my grandfather’s birthday, or anyway the day he celebrated as his birthday. I recall his being listed as born a day off in his baptismal record, but I don’t remember now which way—nor is it important. I have more confidence in the person himself getting the day right than some anonymous official, civil or religious. He’d be 120 years old today, if he hadn’t died decades ago while going out to milk his cows.
Nothing much is being reported in the news, as far as I can tell. It looks as though a Ukrainian airliner that crashed may have been shot down by the Iranians—presumably by accident. Another point scored for Donald Trump! Iraq is pointedly offering the United States its hat and coat as it suggests that it not slam the door on its way out. America pretends not to hear while it leans back in an armchair and demands another beer. Murdoch and Friends continue to insist that nothing unusual is going on in Australia—and anyway, it’s all the fault of Islamic arsonists (you know how they just love to set fires). And so it goes, one day at a time.
And the moon is full in Cancer today, while the sun and Mercury are in conjunction in Capricorn. This makes it an especially good time to get organized and out the door—opportunities are waiting for exploitation by someone with the right down-to-earth take on the events of the moment. With Venus in Aquarius matters of the heart are likely to take unexpected turns—that person you’ve been ignoring might turn out to be the love of your life. Watch it! But as Jupiter is also in Capricorn it’s best to limit your outlook to what is immediately practical—not a good moment for those expansive dreams you’ve been harboring in the cellars of your psyche. Focus—that’s the key.
On this day in history George Harrison quit the Beatles, walking out of the Get Back sessions with the offhand comment, See you round the clubs. Lennon suggested bringing in Eric Clapton to replace him, and aimless discordant jamming became the order of the day.

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