Saturday, 18 March 2006

Here they come again

Just a reminder that if you happen to be passing this week through Southern Orange County, CA, you should note that although the Hirundos (Hirundae?) are due to arrive there as usual on 19th March this year, the parade in celebration of the event will take place with typical Californian perversity on the following Saturday, the 25th.
And what do the French call this species? And why does a Sussex town feature it on its crest? Well, you see…. Oh well, forget it, it’s not very interesting anyway. Don't know why I mentioned it really; I don't like birds much, silly sort of way they peck about.

4 comments:

Ruth said...

I think it's the 'hirondelles', Tony. I know, I know, it makes them sound like a girl-group from the 60s, but it really is an event to enjoy, on the correct day, of course.
It seems the fashion to change any date to suit the municipal/government calendar/coffers nowadays, which is why we now have St Patrick's Day celebrations for a week.
Help me Rhonda!

Tony said...

Yes indeed, Ruth, hirondelles. And the Sussex town that has them on its crest is Arundel, a feeble pun.
But who, pray, is this Rhonda of whom you speak? Is this some Californian or Irish catch phrase to which I am not privy?

Ruth said...

Now I think about it - and I had to sing it aloud to remember this - it was the Beach Boys who sang that song, but I guess, what I had in mind was: The Rondelles, famous girl group of the 60s.

Tony said...

Ashamed of my ignorance of this obviously classic song, I immediately looked up its lyrics. What a feast of sublety and wit is there! No wonder the song is remembered to this day.