24 June: We drank wine and listened to dance music…..

Today in 1374 in Aachen in Germany there was a sudden outbreak of St John’s Dance.

Of what?

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St John’s Dance or Dance mania was apparently a popular affliction for the masses  in Europe between the 14th and 18th centuries. It’s main symptoms were bands of people making their way through the streets twitching and twerking long before Miley Cyrus jumped on the (by then) very old bandwagon. Oh and they hallucinated too. (The photo above is obviously nothing in the slightest to do with Germany but I was pushed for time and drinking minutes were tick tocking away.)

Today’s particularly memorable outburst is worth commemorating so be sure to drink some wine and use it as an excuse to tell the kids that cursory tale of the time you listened to dance bands for 48 hours straight in a fields,  ate a “re-hydrating tablet” and spent the next 12 hours talking to angels called Thoth before collapsing from exhaustion in a bush. (And thinking you were Aleister Crowley.)

But you’re older now and wiser. Weekends don’t have to be train wrecks anymore – they can just be gentle slow speed collisions thanks to the wonder of glorious wine.

So grab a glass and let’s do this thing!!!!!

A quote: “It is the useless things that make life worth living and that make life dangerous too – wine, life, art, beauty. Without them life is safe but not worth bothering with.” Stephen Fry.

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