episode #61 month of July

July is the seventh month of the year (between June and August) in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. July was originally the month of Quintilis in the Roman calendar. It was the fifth month of the year until January and February were added in 450 BCE.

Historical names

Roman: Quintilis 

Saxon: Litha 

Germanic: Heu-mond (Hay month) because the grass dries out due to a lack of rain and can be made into hay.

July is associated with the hottest days around the Northern hemisphere, The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sticky days of summer. The English name is a translation of the Latin dies caniculares (lit. the puppy days). They were historically the period following a rising of the star system Sirius (known as the Dog Star). 

July’s full Moon si called the full Buck Moon because the antlers of male deer (bucks) are in full-growth mode at this time. Bucks shed and regrow their antlers each year, producing a larger and more impressive set as the years go by.

We are going to celebrate the 159th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground a story written by Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, using the pseudonym Lewis Carroll and a book later known as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Community radio midnight show Through the Bohemian Looking Glass is aired every night at midnight (GMT). A new episode is aired every Friday midnight on Wirral Wave radio or AirTime. Later on SoundCloud for some time.

Suggestions, opinions and comments welcomed at veronika(at)wirralwave(dot)co(dot)uk.