Leap Year 2016: Why does February have 29 days every four years?

Leap Year 2016: Why does February have 29 days every four years? (The Telegraph UK.)

When is it, why does it happen and everything else you need to know about the leap year in 2016
Why do we have leap years?
A leap year, where an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, is down to the solar system’s disparity with the Gregorian calendar.
A complete orbit of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete, but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days.
So leap seconds – and leap years – are added as means of keeping our clocks (and calendars) in sync with the Earth and its seasons.
Why does the extra day fall in February?
All the other months in the Julian calendar have 30 or 31 days, but February lost out to the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus.
Under his predecessor Julius Caesar, February had 30 days and the month named after him – July – had 31. August had only 29 days.
When Caesar Augustus became Emperor he added two days to ‘his’ month to make August the same as July.
So February lost out to August in the battle of the extra days. Click this link to read more.
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Best of the Best. NSW Tales.

Best photographs taken by Facebook fans uploaded on the visitnsw.com website.

Photos feature the Shoalhaven and other beautiful spots around NSW.

With the popularity of our featured photographer’s posts we thought it was time to bring you the best of the best when it comes to photography in NSW and what better way than a collection of Facebook fan photos from the year!
VisitNSW Facebook fans are encouraged to submit their favourite photos to the page and the best is selected to become the Cover Image for the week.
So what are you waiting for? Get snapping and post yours to the Visit NSW wall! Courtesy of visitnsw.com



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“…even though I thought, I knew what Depression was in theory, in practice; I really did not know what it meant for me. The most important thing to understand is that: You are never alone, get Help!”

“Thanks heaps for your help, I feel calmer and a lot less like harming myself now.”

“Wanted to say thank you – someone helped me today and I’m very grateful.”

“I never knew it would bring so much relief to talk to someone who cared.”

“I do like the chat thing. I’m sometimes better at writing stuff rather than saying stuff. I appreciate that I can just talk to you and trust you with stuff that I can’t talk to with my friends.”

“Thank you for that information and thank you for talking to me. I actually feel a bit better getting it out of my system and saying how I really feel.”




Photos of the winning teams

Photos of the winning teams from the Wray Owen Funerals Mixed Twilight Triples Tournament at Shoalhaven Heads Bowling club.

The Wray Owen sponsored event was held on Monday, 8th Feb and Monday, 15th Feb. It was
4 games of 11 ends over the two nights. The weather was warm on both nights and everyone had a great time.
We asked the Men’s Bowling Club President, Bill Silverside and the Ladies Club Treasurer, Larraine Parry to Present the prizes on behalf of Ian Strathie of Wray Owen Funerals.

Winners with 4 wins + 27 K Trigg’s team from Shoalhaven Heads
L-R: Bill Silversides, Craig Morton, Karen Trigg, John Jacka, Larraine Parry.

Mixed Twilight Winners

Runners-up with 3 wins + 35 S Helson’s Team from Bomaderry
L-R: Judy Croft, Bill Silversides, Larraine Parry, Steve Helson and Rod Loosemore.

Mixed Twilight Runner-up


The Last Post

Hear the Last Post – click this link. https://www.awm.gov.au/si…/default/files/media/last_post.mp3

In military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call that signifies the end of the day’s activities. It is also sounded at military funerals to indicate that the soldier has gone to his final rest and at commemorative services such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.
The Last Post is one of a number of bugle calls in military tradition that mark the phases of the day. While Reveille signals the start of a soldier’s day, the Last Post signals its end.
The call is believed to have originally been part of a more elaborate routine, known in the British Army as “tattoo”, that began in the 17th century. In the evening, a duty officer had to do the rounds of his unit’s position, checking that the sentry posts were manned and rounding up the off-duty soldiers and packing them off to their beds or billets. The officer would be accompanied by one or more musicians. The “first post” was sounded when he started his rounds and, as the party went from post to post, a drum was played. The drum beats told off-duty soldiers it was time to rest; if the soldiers were in a town, the beats told them it was time to leave the pubs. (The word “tattoo” comes from the Dutch for “turn off the taps” of beer kegs; Americans call this “taps” or “drum taps”.) Another bugle call was sounded when the officer’s party completed its rounds, reaching the “last post” – this signalled that the night sentries were alert at their posts and gave one last warning to the other soldiers.
The Last Post was eventually incorporated into funeral and memorial services as a final farewell, and symbolises the duty of the dead is over and they can rest in peace.
Photo: The battalion bugler of the 27th playing the Last Post at sun-down (Frank Hurley).
Article courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.