Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Between Scylla and Charybdis

John,

The plan for Friday and Saturday is as follows:

Friday night: watch Wales v France in the Charles Holden (Andy and Ollie have booked a table)
Saturday morning: Virgin Active Gym
Saturday lunchtime and early afternoon: seven course tasting menu and The Dairy in Clapham
Saturday late afternoon: watch England v Ireland in the Standard strategically supporting Ireland as Welsh people in an Irish pub

Wait a minute, look what I've found!

They actually want me to bring my brother for free and this weekend is the last chance. So you could replace Saturday  morning in the gym with an hour and a half of yoga in a room heated to 40 °C (104 °F) with a humidity of 40%.

While you decide:
Scylla and Charybdis were mythical sea monsters noted by Homer; Greek mythology sited them on opposite sides of the Strait of Messina between Sicily and the Italian mainland. Scylla was rationalized as a rock shoal (described as a six-headed sea monster) on the Italian side of the strait and Charybdis was a whirlpool off the coast of Sicily. They were regarded as a sea hazard located close enough to each other that they posed an inescapable threat to passing sailors; avoiding Charybdis meant passing too close to Scylla and vice versa. According to Homer, Odysseus was forced to choose which monster to confront while passing through the strait; he opted to pass by Scylla and lose only a few sailors, rather than risk the loss of his entire ship in the whirlpool. Because of such stories, having to navigate between the two hazards eventually entered idiomatic use. Another equivalent English seafaring phrase is, "Between a rock and a hard place".
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