Wednesday 18 January 2017

Before we say anything foolish tomorrow, let's take a day out to reflect

Published 31/03/2014 | 02:30

Today is sandwiched in between Mother's Day and Fool's Day. In a Bally somewhere in Ireland, there lives a man who was very foolish on Mother's Day.

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In Bali, in Indonesia, today marks the beginning of Tte Caka New Year, a day of complete silence, the purpose of which is to give people time to reflect. Televisions are turned off and the streets are empty. There's a lot to be said for it.

His missus was expecting a bunch of flowers for Mother's Day. Even a cluster of the humble daffodils bound together with an elastic band from a bucket in the supermarket would have done her. There's a lot to be said in praise of daffodils. We don't really appreciate daffodils. It's just that there are so many of them there and they are so easy to grow.

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