Fingers crossed, I've surely reached peak superstition?
SHALL I tell you what I don't need? I don't need any more superstitions, that's what.
Like old laptops I won't get rid of in case the finders are sufficiently technologically gifted to extract all my bank details, I have gathered an unwieldy number over the years.
When I was young it was the usual ones - walking under ladders, on the cracks in pavements, Friday the 13th.
I caught the 'not passing scissors between friends' one from a friend. And I picked up the 'new shoes on a table' one from Blood Brothers.
My favourite is saluting magpies. I do this with such zeal that a drive along the waterfront becomes like the Trooping of the Colour. Even when there's more than the traditionally ill-fated single magpie, I can't resist giving a little gesture to each one (with a whispered 'good morning Mr Magpie, how are you today?' because one would be surely wasted without the other?) I know it sounds bonkers, but it reassures me and, unless I swerve with one hand off the wheel one day and send the car spinning into a wall, it does nobody any harm.
I am wondering, though, if I might have reached peak superstition.
En route to the theatre with my best friend the other evening, we were having one of those 'all seasons in five minutes' moments. First rain, then bright sun, then sleet.
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As we drove along Lime Street I noticed a double rainbow, so I pointed it out.
liverpoolecho.co.uk She shrieked. The kind of shriek that's usually reserved for when a pedestrian is about to hit the bumper. She shouted 'Don't point at the rainbow, it's unlucky.' I laughed. She was deadly serious. I pointed again, to wind her up a bit. She shrieked again, even louder. I enquired whether maybe, if she pointed at it too, it might cancel out whatever curse she thought I'd brought on us.
'I don't know,' she replied, 'but I'm not doing it anyway, just in case ' To check she wasn't making it up, before I added it to my collection, I Googled it, and sure enough, pointing at rainbows is a thing. It's one of many superstitions attached to rainbows. In Bulgaria, apparently, they say "The sun is shining, the rain is falling, a bear is getting married."
So if you overhear a woman on Old Hall Street mumbling about bear weddings, it'll be me.