October sees the prosaic numbering system, offset by 2, continue. What used to be the eighth month of the Roman year occupies a generally dreary time of year (in the northern hemisphere), as vegetaion dies off, the air gets chillier and the clock is adjusted to prepare for Winter.
Although there may be individual dates that resonate – National Cat Day is on the 29th in the USA, for example – the only event that connects with lots of people is Halloween, when we do our best to scare as many small children as possible and make them assess how much chocolate is worth waking up in the middle of the night, pursued by a ghost….
The GD usually pulled out a few stops and skeleton costumes for Halloween concerts and I was contemplating putting up a song that often became an encore on those nights, Warren Zevon’s The Werewolves Of London, but it’s rather a plod. So I’m going with their Dire Wolf instead which, after all, was inspired by The Hound Of The Baskervilles and does have its own spooky qualities:
When I awoke, the dire wolf, six hundred pounds of sin
Was grinning at my window, all I said was “Come on in”
An acoustic Dire Wolf, from October 1980
Time now for your songs celebrating Halloween – or US Cat Day, if you prefer. A (sanitised) lollipop for the best ones….
WARNING to ALL UK citizens:
Your government is about to make your personal medical history available for commercial exploitation and profit.
From 1st July NHS Digital will take your data and that of your children from your GP as it gets updated, irrespective of your wishes.
Although that data will be stripped of identifying details initially, NHS Digital will be able to re-attach it “in certain circumstances, and where there is a valid legal reason”. Whatever that means.
The ONLY way to stop this happening to your medical records is to download a form, print and sign it and then give it to your GP before 23rd June. We all have printers attached to our phones, right?! (If not, you can call NHS Digital and ask them to post you a form. It’s almost as if they hope we won’t bother……)
You can read more and download the form here: https://medconfidential.org…