Ariane! The Ariane 5 rocket has set off on its fiftieth flight! Not the same rocket. The rockets are disposable. But the Ariane 5 model of rocket - it's the fiftieth flight. Ariane is French for Ariadne, which is the daughter of King Minos of Crete. King Minos is a great Julian Cope track, but that's not important right now. She was the daughter of King Minos and Pasiphaë. Wikipedia says she aided Theseus in overcoming the Minotaur (actually her half-brother) but was equally the bride of the god Dionysus - and obviously I think "what's that 'equally' about?"
Oh, I see... she fell in love with Thesus, and eloped with him. Thesus wasn't some deity thing, just some guy, although a brave one. He abandoned her and she got back with Dionsyus, or something. Accounts differ. They should really get their stories straight.
Dionysus was the Greek god of wine, which is appropriate, as tonight is wine night! You're lucky you're getting anything to be honest. Hurrah for wine!
I answered a question today:
Q: "It is what it is" - my sister in California is writing an essay on this "common phrase" and is interested in our comments - what it means and why it's used. But is it common here in Scotland? I don't think I hear it very often. -CAC
A: I think it's a phrase which is quite obvious, and which can occur spontaneously/independently - I don't think that when I called my blog that I was referencing anything - in fact, I think it may have been a garbled reference to the phrase "it means what it is" in an episode of The Prisoner - but I don't recall hearing anyone saying it to me, and I have seen hits in my stats for people googling for 'it is what it is' or even 'meaning of "it is what it is"' which suggests that it is more common elsewhere. It strikes me, however, that there is an obvious irony in the fact that people Google for the meaning of the phrase.
that's all from me for now
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