I don’t know what it is about 25th March that makes people do significant things – perhaps it is the visible onset of spring which makes them say ‘Yes! Up and at ‘em!’
Today is the anniversary of the formal founding of Venice in 421, so La Serenissima is 1,591 today.
25th March is Independence Day in Greece, which marks its founding in 1821, making it just 1,400 years younger than Venice. Greeks will listen to their anthem, ‘Hymn to Liberty’ and wonder what the devil they are doing approaching starvation levels under the guidance of a Prime Minister imposed from Belgium (founded 1831).
We can all celebrate today the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957 making the bogus idea of ‘Europe’ 55 today. Doubtless the Greeks will ponder that, too.
It is Waffle Day in Sweden, when families sit by the fireside reciting European Agricultural Directives.