Monday, June 30, 2008

Pagan Accountants

Whether you describe it as a credit to the progress of man or decry it as the loss of spirituality and closeness to nature; the fact is that most of us are mostly removed from the shift in season and the vagaries of weather.

I think it's a good thing. I wouldn't fancy spending the entire winter cloistered up with a herd of goats, forced to burn dung to defrost salted herring and melt icicles from my wife's beard.

What we have lost, however, is a genuine cause for celebration. Okay apart from New Years Eve, Christmas and Easter; well the latter two aren't for everybody, are they?

Where's our midwinter feast? Solstice, Equinox, chanting monks?

I'll tell you.

(drum roll)

End of financial year.

Our work is finished, now the beans must be counted and a symbolic tithe offered up to the gods of taxation in the hope that it please them and they reward their humble servants with an extra large return and a reduction in medicare levy.

There should be days off, feasting, pageantry, bonhomie and packs of shit faced accountants throwing up in taxis and getting it on with each other in massive, bacchanalian orgies on the piled heaps of the years paperwork.

File it away, a little sticky and worse for wear, and begin the new financial year with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair.


At July 1, 2008 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Kath Lockett said...

Yes, such celebrations should occur but only - and this is very important - if one is definitely 100% sure of getting a tax refund cheque in the mail!

Also, enrol your kid in a Steiner school (Trinity Gardens PS for us) and you still get to celebrate the winter solstice along with the other seasons. I must say though, that having to watch 29 excitedly clumsy eight year olds each lighting their own lantern in turn while the rest of their classmates sang a song celebrating the 'longest night of the year', it certainly did feel like it.

Hey up - my word veri is 'clankd' - how nice!


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