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The following articles are my own thoughts, yes, I do have some from time to time, so don't blame anyone else! They are written with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, but they are all based on a certain amount of truth.

Articles are normally posted every Thursday.

October 12th 2017

I get very confused as far as American holidays are concerned. There seem to be quite a few, yet the days I get off to celebrate them seem small.

Monday just gone was Columbus Day.   He was the guy that discovered a great big circle in the middle of Manhattan and we took the day off, but many didn’t.

D.B. Hebbard at Talking New Media says ‘Columbus Day is celebrated by those that want to buy a new mattress or TV on sale’ which I think is being very unfair to those that want a new sofa, sink, pair of Levi’s, cooker or Psychic Vampire Repellent – when is their sale-day to buy?

Canada has the same problem with holidays not being holidays as D.B. points out, with the Monday just gone being Thanksgiving Day, a holiday in most, but not all of Canada. I mean when are Canadians supposed to buy nouveau canapé, évier, paire de Levi's, cuisinier or Répulsif Psychique de Vampire?

We don’t seem to get many “holidays” here. There is New Year’s Day, but that is not a holiday, it is a day spent trying to get rid of the hangover caused by the over indulgence of the year changing the day before. The Scots have it right, January 2nd is a holiday there and it makes a great deal of sense. That is the day Scots take to the highlands and go Bagpipe hunting and try to shoot as many as possible – wild bagpipe, so much tastier than farmed ones I find.

I can think of more days that should be holidays, the day Henry Hudson discovered a river with his name. Plymouth day, a day devoted to those guys and gals who left Plymouth in England and landed on a rock several thousand miles away with the same name – I mean, what are the odds of that – got to be worth a day surely!