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Who inspires you?

May 13, 2014  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?, Language Learning Tools

Is it a famous person? an artist? an activist? a rebel? a scientist?

Is it someone closer to home?

Send us a short paragraph on who inspires you.

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Do open plan offices help you work?

May 08, 2014  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?

Open plan offices are they the way forward?

Do they make work more productive?

What levels of noise do you have in these offices?

Click on the picture below to listen to the radio programme about it.

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Melilla in flower

May 07, 2014  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?

Melilla has celebrated the power of flowers and has nicely decorated the city with flower displays .Below is a picture of how other cities celebrate.

Send us some pictures of Melilla in flower  and why you like them?

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Winter Festival

May 06, 2014  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?

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Click on the picture to find out an ice festival

Society Problems

May 06, 2014  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?

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Chocolate benefits

May 06, 2014  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?

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Can chocolate be healthy? Click here to listen to this radio programme about healthy chocolate.

 

May Day

May 05, 2014  Written by Tim Sullivan   Published in Did You Know....?

The first day of May is known as May Day. It is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. Some people say that it is a time of love and romance. It is when people celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter.

Maypole dancing

A traditional May day dance is known as Maypole Dancing. On May day, people used to cut down young trees and stick them in the ground in the village to mark the arrival of summer. People danced around them in celebration of the end of winter and the start of the fine weather that would allow planting to begin.

Maypoles were once common all over England and were kept from one year to the next. Schools would practice skipping round the pole for weeks before the final show on the village greens. The end results would be either a beautiful plaited pattern of ribbons round the pole or a tangled mess, depending on how much rehearsing had been done.

Morris Dancing

Another traditional dance seen throughout the month of May is Morris Dancing. The dancing is very lively and often accompanied by an accordion player.

Morris Dancers in Oxford

Morris dancers are usually men and wear different clothes depending on the part of the country in which they dance. They are often dressed in white with coloured baldrics (coloured belts) across their chests.

There are usually six or eight dancers arranged in two lines or in a circle facing each other. The dancers may carry white handkerchiefs that they shake, or short sticks that they bang against each other as they dance.

* What are your opinions on these traditions and celebrations ?

* How do you celebrate May Day in your country?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother´s Day

May 02, 2014  Written by Tim Sullivan   Published in Did You Know....?

 

 

Mothers Day in the UK is celebrated with great excitement but it is not celebrated on the same day as the United States or Spain. In the UK, Mother’s Day celebrations takes place on the fourth Sunday in the month of Lent. Since the Lent days are not fixed, the date for mothers Day changes every year.

History of Mother’s Day in England
The tradition of celebrating Mothers Day began much earlier in England than it started in USA. In fact England was the first country in the world to dedicate a day for mothers as early as 1600s. They called this day for mothers as Mothering Sunday. The festival has its roots in the practice when poor people in England sent their little children to work as domestic servants with the rich. At that time it was considered important by the people that these children, staying away from their families be allowed to visit their homes once in a year. The time decided for the annual visit to home was middle Sunday of the fasting period of Lent (which lasts from Ash Wednesday to Easter). For this reason, the day was called ‘Refreshment Sunday’ or ‘Mid-Lent Sunday’.

Mother’s Day Celebration in England
Mothers Day is celebrated in a big way in England. Children pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support. An atmosphere of excitement prevail on the day and marketers make all efforts to make big profits out of the euphoria. Flowers record their maximum sale as people in England love to express their gratitude for their mothers by gifting them flowers more than anything else. Most popular flowers on Mothers Day in Great Britain are roses followed by carnations and chrysanthemums. In UK, there is also a tradition of making a rich almond cake for mothers called ‘Mothering Cake’ or ‘Simnel Cake’ on Mothers Day.

 

Loch Ness Monster

April 29, 2014  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?

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