When I started the car after taking the mutt for his walk along the seashore this afternoon, the news came on the wireless. It told me that Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, thinks it's time a fixed date was set for Easter and reckoned it would be possible to achieve this within five to ten years. Five to ten years? I reckon I could sort it out in five to ten seconds. OK, maybe minutes if it needs a study of the most likely weekends when it's going to be sunny. It fascinates me how it's been simple to set the date of Christmas as an annual event to celebrate the birth of Christ, when the probability is that nobody knows exactly when he was born, but the celebration of his resurrection a couple of days after he was crucified, will be far more simple to date, since the Romans were good at keeping records and were so fascinated by the calendar they decided to change it to make it more workable. As an atheist, I have to say I'm extremely grateful for Christianity for giving us two decent breaks from our yearly toil and although the Christian messages they are hoping to impart are lost on me, I'm mindful that without having those two dates in our calendar, our bosses would be cracking their whips all year long. So how about having a vote on it? Would you prefer it if you couldn't tell from one year to the next when Easter will be, or would you prefer it to be set on a fixed date? Would you prefer it if Christmas was also a moveable feast, or would that make it imposssible for you to budget for?