WHAT’S IN the name
Sirius is a lovely, sturdy boat which quickly became a much-loved family member, says Bridget Yates. The name in Greek means glowing, bright and throughout history this star’s glorious magnitude in the night sky has made her beloved of both farmers, signifying the start of the dog days of summer, and sailors for its reliability in navigation. The couple were enjoying lunch on one occasion when they became aware of the sound of laughter from the bank. A passer-by was helpless with laughter as he stared at their boat and declared: “Sirius! You cannot be Sirius.” Bridget reckons John McEnroe has a lot to answer for.
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