Same old, same old

2 02 2011
It’s Groundhog Day – 2 February –  a day of weather forecasting and celebrating the end of winter. According to folklore (and Wikipedia) if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from hibernation on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly “see its shadow” and retreat back into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. (The idea of the same day repeating over and over derives from the 1993 film in which Bill Murray plays a weatherman who is sent to report on the celebrations in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and finds himself repeating the same day over and over.)  Check out the “forecast” in today’s Washing ton Post.
So, there you go. 
But back to the same old, same old…

“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” 

George Bernard Shaw

I had this deja vu experience listening to Radio 4 last week just after I had written a previous post.

The opening words of the 27/01/11 edition of From our own correspondent were –

“Progress, prosperity, greed and corruption.”


“Kate Adie’s been reading about the Tower of Babel,” was my first thought.  Of course she was actually introducing a report from Delhi – bang up to date 21 Century stuff. 

We’re so much more civilised since Babel, aren’t we?




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