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I'm on the train to King's Cross right now, arriving in London in about 2 1/2 hours. It's a holiday in England today, "May Day" bank holiday. I have no idea what it's supposed to be celebrating, really (much like Labor Day in America, which is a day that's all about not working), but I'm not one to turn my nose at a free day off work. My computer is really open so I can work on my resume, which I will be doing for a good hour at least. I've got a cheese scone, a muffin, some really nice cheddar, and some water in my bag, but I'm not the least bit hungry as of yet since I've had another huge breakfast (bacon and scrambled eggs on toast plus lovely thick yogurt). My suitcase itself is overhead, and it's become very heavy, what with the beer, lemon drizzle loaf, and antique plates in it - but it was heavy beforehand anyway as I've got several books in it. As it turned out, we had great weather this weekend so I spent almost no time reading at all.

The landscape rolling by is full of sheep and horses. There are lambs everywhere. The horses seem to be of a much heavier stock than I'm used to seeing - probably better suited to the weather up here. It really is quite a bit colder than it is in London up north.

I wound up reading the "Little House on the Prairie Cookbook" this weekend and it has got me thinking: I really could make my own cheese. I'd have a hard time getting a cooling room set up, but I just bet I could do it. Maybe in the fall I'll check it out; my house gets really cold and the guest room is probably the perfect temperature for aging cheese properly.


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May. 4th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
May day is... May day, pretty much the same everywhere. Beltane.

May. 4th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
But it is not a holiday in America, even though it is May there, too! It's like Thanksgiving for the English ... the cultural resonance is zero.
May. 4th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Thanksgiving meant lots of turkey to me, when I lived in the US!

May day doesn't mean anything to me, there's very little cultural about it anymore, it's just another bank holiday. Vague memories about maypoles and the start of summer but nothing that actually has any deep meaning.
The history is widely documented and it's very old but cultural resonance is slim.
May. 5th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Aside from previous religious use, I think it's mainly a Communist celebration isn't it?

May. 5th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
May Day is all about fertility and the rites of spring, dancing around the MayPole and all that. I think a Labour govt instigated it as an actual bank holiday (it should be 1st May but the bankholiday is the nearest Monday), which is why it's regarded as a bit of a leftwing thing.
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