Here we are, bottom of the year, it’s all good from here on in, the short northern latitude days will extend by almost three minutes of daylight from tomorrow. This is the true mid-winter holiday, recognised all over the world and just rebranded for religions, getting the details mixed up as all Marketing inevitably does, like marketing a distance swim as a big event, then wearing a wetsuit on the actual day.
For last year’s solstice greeting I brought you It’s beginning to look like Fishmen, from some of my favourite people, the HP Lovecraft Historical Society. I’m putting it in again below, because I love it, based on the Lovecraft story, The Shadow Over Innsmouth.
This year I’ll add All I want for christmas is my sanity originally from the same folk, here is a pretty good cover version. What has this to do with swimming? Nothing, except this time of the year all of their Solstice Carols are on loop in my house (favourites include Unholy Night, I’m Dreaming of a Dead City, Silent Night, Blasphemous Night, Away in a Madhouse and my absolute favourite Es Y’Golonac) and therefore they go through my head and when you read this I should be well into a six-hour swim singing these to myself, in order to try to hang onto my own sanity.
And Fishmen again. As I’ve quoted before, Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.