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#11706 - 12/07/00 04:11 PM Re: Deconstructing the Millennium  
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I celebrate the New Year on the new moon before the first full moon after the vernal equinox. The largest cycle I recognize is the cycle
that goes from one occurrence of the new moon and the vernal equinox during the same evening/day period to the next occurrence of
the new moon and the vernal equinox during the same evening/day period.


yes, but if, for example, if said new moon fell on dec. 21 at 1.20am, would you celebrate on the 20th or the 21st? we had our wedding on the full moon in july. however our wedding date was not on the date that the calendar called the full moon. the full moon was exact at 1. something that night, you see, so technically the full moon fell on july 16, but if we'd been married that night, it would not have been the same night that the moon was actually full. (and there is no way anyone would have agreed to waiting until 1am to hold a wedding!)


#11707 - 12/07/00 05:57 PM Re: Deconstructing the Millennium  
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Whoa! We'll be hearing about leylines and dancing naked around ancient stone circles soon ... I look forward to it.



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#11708 - 12/07/00 06:57 PM Re: Deconstructing the Millennium  
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dancing naked around ancient stone circles

aah. This is why dear xara's not furnished the photographs so long promised


#11709 - 12/07/00 07:01 PM Re: Celebrating the New Year  
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xara asked: yes, but if, for example, if said new moon fell on dec. 21 at 1.20am, would you celebrate on the 20th or the 21st?

For religious purposes I reckon the day to start and end at sunset. The period from sunset to sunrise is the eve and the period from sunrise to sunset is the day. In xara's example the period of celebration (eve/day) would be from sunset the 21st to sunset the 22nd. Note that while the instant of equinox/solstice and the instant of new/full moon are the same throughout the world, the instant of sunset is very local. This means that the point at which the New Year starts sweeping across the Earth would change from year to year and not be fixed by arbitrary Greenwich based lines of longitude. Moreover, it would sweep across the Earth and not jump by time zones.


#11710 - 12/07/00 07:18 PM Re: Constructing the Millennium  
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>If y'all hurry up and get it over with types had just waited a year

Celebrating is one of my hobbies. I celebrate the opening of a door, if I get chance - if you are taking the orders - mine's a large one!

I have taken the precaution of hedging my bets (a little like my attitude to religion). I celebrated the dawn of 2000 in the "Old World" and will celebrate the dawn of 2001 in the "New World" and will have wine to match! This will give me an extra five hours in the Year 2000 and I will dedicate these five hours (spread over the whole year, you understand) to fine friends and fine wine. As many of my friends are female this could be construed as wine, women and song but I wouldn't say that. As I said, hedging my bets, I will call the whole period "my Millennium celebrations"!


#11711 - 12/07/00 07:25 PM Re: Constructing the Millennium  
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"my Millennium celebrations"

if you really want to hedge, just make it your "millennium celebrations"; the next 1000 could start right now.


#11712 - 12/07/00 08:07 PM Re: Unweaving the Millennium  
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In reply to Shanks:

A hit, a very palpable hit! Or, since brevity is the soul of wit, "D'Oh!"

Whatever my vices, one thing of which I have never been accused is being a clear thinker.

I shall remain in the 20th Century, while cheerfully conceding to those more advanced souls already in the 21st.


#11713 - 12/08/00 11:33 AM Re: Unweaving the Millennium  
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friends are female...

Thought that made it whine, women and so long...


#11714 - 12/18/00 11:36 AM Re: Anu - say it ain't so!  
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I think if you check a Latin dictionary (and do check; I can't vouch for my memory), you'll find 'opera' is a feminine singular as well as the more familiar neuter plural. Meaning much the same, IIRC.


#11715 - 12/18/00 12:18 PM Re: Anu - say it ain't so!  
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'opera' is a feminine singular

A fine contralto, to be sure

(and welcome to the board NicholasW)


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