Today is Ash Wednesday, a symbol in Christianity of the start of Lent, forty days and nights leading up to the death and resurrection of Christ. For Christians it is a day of fasting and abstaining, a day of preparing for what is to come, with Spring just around the corner.
Ashes are for many a sign of the past, of death and destruction, and in particularly the result of fire. One of the worlds smallest sporting trophies is in fact The Ashes. A tiny urn, just a few inches high, said to contain the ashes of a burnt set of cricket bails.