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Madness in May

Ron Ferguson reflects on the history of May Day and the arrival of Pentecost.

AH, the merrie month of May is upon us – with a “Hey and a Ho and a Hey Nonny No!” as we children used to sing badly out of tune in Cowdenbeath every May Day. And the Morris dancing that the miners of West Fife engaged in, hopping on one leg round the Maypole while humming sweet praises to the mine owners amid the colourful, streaming ribbons, was also a treat. (Spoiler alert: not everything in this column will prove to be one hundred per cent accurate. As a post-modern New Testament scholar whose sensational five-volume treatise on The Use of the Subjunctive in Q – “A tour de force of fantastic scholarship” – Fake News Telegraph – took the European academies by storm, I don’t feel obliged to traffic solely in facts. So that’s that little matter sorted.)

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