Count On



Back to number 25


On to number 27


Now, let me recap

When you were out walking
for no good reason
your highheels snapped.
Your cooker packed up.
Your boyfriend dumped you.
The day after that
you caught the flu.
Your cat disappeared
without as much as a thank you.

Here's what I recommend

Twenty-six turns
before you go to bed,
(thirteen clockwise
thirteen anti-clockwise)
for twenty-six nights
will rewind the spite
unjinx the jinx
and put you back, most
certainly, in the pink.

Grace Nichols

In Our alPhaBet A is the FirsT,
And Z last, (but by No Means tHe WoRst).
ADd thEm all, TWENTY-SIX
LetterS we piCK and miX
They all Join to bringG You this QUick Verse!

A Stanton

Irish flagThere are 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland.

There are 26 district councils in Northern Ireland.

A basketball court is 26 metres long.

In most mammals the spine contains 26 small bones called vertebrae.

In 1989 of 1,484 complaints to the Press Council only 26 were upheld.

MarathonThe marathon is run over a distance of 26 miles (and 385 yards). Phew!

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet.

Accordions have at least 26 piano style keys (but sometimes as many as 34).

Turkeys incubate their eggs for an average of 26 days.

TurkeyBoxing Day falls on the 26 December each year.

Nelson Mandela spent 26 years in prison.

Iron is the element with atomic number 26. It is the most common of all metals, and very useful.