September 25, 2022

First with the Alderney News

“Mad dogs and Englishmen”

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A comment often heard back home in Australia. Mostly used when seeing Brits out enjoying the sunshine whilst the rest of us hide in any shade we can find.

The origin of the expression is from Rudyard Kipling who once described the delirium produced by the sun in India, observing that only “mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun”.

I find this reference can perhaps also be used in conjunction with the annual ‘lunacy’ that takes place at midday on Alderney for New Years Day given that here….IT IS THE DEAD OF WINTER !!

I congratulate all you brave and crazy souls…but it is way too cold for this antipodean.

A post swim warming beverage was provided by the teams at the Alderney Sailing Club and The Divers Bar where I am led to believe the coffee machine was in great demand.

Prior to the swim was another example of the craziness that unites this amazing community. The annual fire brigade dunking and hose down at Marais Square.

I am not sure who enjoyed it more. The participants, the onlookers or the our fab team of firefighters getting a little revenge .

Well done to all involved.

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