London - (Filibuster Biz): In Westminster tonight members of the House of Lords have hunkered down for the first all-nighter in a decade.
They have been told the talking will not stop until the deed is done - which at the current pace is unlikely to be before Thursday morning.
At present calculation tonight's sitting is unlikely to bear much fruit much before Wednesday night's 21.21GMT Cancer full moon.
Astrologically it's a notoriously tricky bastard - much like Labour leader in the Lords, Lord Falconer of Thoroton.
He's the Roundhead chappie filibustering his way through Coalition proposals for an alternative voting referendum and constituency boundary changes.
"Cheeky Charlie doesn't frighten the government front benches," one Tory grandee reassured the public tonight.
"Besides, given the precession of the equinoxes - and, er, cosmic stuff! - we can't fail to ram it home once the Sun's in Aquarius on Thursday morning."
Noble Lords have come prepared to sit and talk and do a bit of in-between nodding off for at least three consecutive days.
Knitting, crochet and specialist crystal beadwork are allowed - but only out of camerashot, whips reminded Peers today.
That should keep the octogenarians among them sedated following a
media scare tactic earlier today that saw a website warn that 'Ministers have until mid-February.... in the alternative vote (AV)'.
No all-nighter has ever stretched a full four weeks, despite the rolling out of the country's top windbags, primed by intravenous Glenmorangie, Smirnoff or even Gordon's.
Thursday's solar ingress into Aquarius takes place at 10.18GMT on the 75th anniversary of King George V's death.
Stargazers the world over are united in not having a clue about the karmic implications of such portents.
Only the Spoof's Astrology Co-Respondents knows the secret of this week's portentuous skies.