What February brings?

February 05, 2014  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?

February is the shortest month in the year. Why does it have 28 and sometimes 29 days?  Do you know?     Send me the answers.

When do leap years happen? They occur every Four years

Why do we need leap years? A year is meant to represent how long it takes for the earth to go around a full circuit of the sun.It takes 365 days and there is some time left over(6 hours to be exact)descarga. If we didn´t fix the Calender, This time will add up and add up and make a year longer than it currently is.

Many people have there birthdays on the 29 of February. How often do they celebrate their birthday?

Christmas pudding

December 18, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?

 

 

download

Many families have special recipes and these are handed down  from generation to generation.Christmas  pudding is served on Christmas day as a dessert.This pudding is dried fruit with spices and a lot of alcohol.

It is a common practice to put a clean coin into the pudding and the lucky person who gets it should keep it with them for the following year and It will bring wealth.

What family recipes do you have and what special occasions do you use them for?

Christmas Stockings

December 16, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?

It is an empty sock or sock shaped bag that is hung on Christmas Eve to be filled with presents, Candy fruit or coins.

christmas-Stockings

 

There is a fable regarding the Christmas stocking but no-one knows the exact origin of when christmas stockings first    started being used.

Once upon a time, A man lived with his three daughters. He was old and was afraid of when he would die and what would  happen to his lovely daughters so He wanted to get some money together and get them all happily married. Saint Nicholas  wanted to help this man but he wouldn´t accept charity so he decided to help in secret. That Night, He threw three bags of  money through an open window and they landed in a stocking.

When they woke up the next morning they found the money in the stocking and were overjoyed. They all got married and lived happily ever after.

People started hanging stocking up in hope of waking up to a bag of gold coins. What will you get in your stocking this year?

The largest Christmas stocking was made in Tuscany in Italy. It was 51 m 35 cm in length and 21 m 63 cm wide. It was made in 2011 by a volunteer emergency service organization. It was a charity event and It raised money for the aged .

Christmas Carols

December 16, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?

Singing Christmas songs has been a tradition in England since Medieval times when minstrels travelled from castle to castle, today

descarga

they would be carollers.

Poor people would go around to houses and sing songs in return for a drink of hot ale with sugar, eggs, spices and roast apples called lambswool.

Generally now, carollers go to the houses to collect for charity .Choirs and people practise for the entire month of December. This is why karaoke is so popular in December so people can practise their favourite songs.

What are your favourite Christmas karaoke songs?

Poinsettia

December 12, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?

untitled

 

It is a popular plant around Christmas.It is used mainly in Christmas

floral displays.

This plant is known usually for it bright red leaves which are often mistaken as  flowers. Did you know that to make the leaves turn red you must put the plant in complete darkness for 12 hours for at least five days in a row?

Also, if you want  deep red leaves, you must put them in the brightest part of the house with as much sunlight as possible for the remaining 12 hours for five days in a row.

Another important pieces of information is it is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic.

The Metric System

December 10, 2013  Written by Tim Sullivan   Published in Did You Know....?, On This Day

Did you know or were you exactly the same as me when I found out that today?? ‘That´s right TODAY!!!!! was the day that  France became the first country to adopt the metric system as it´s system for weights and measures.

imgres

 

What method does your country use?

Nobel Prize

December 10, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?, On This Day

images

The Nobel  prizes will be given today. The chosen will be selected by by the Norwegian Committee appointed by the Parliament of Norway. This prize first created by a Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel give prizes in five categories- Chemistry, physics, medicine, literature and since 1901 the peace prize.

Since 1991, this prize has been given out in Oslo city hall every December 10th.

Who will they be given out to today?

Physics-  Franois Englert and Peter W.Higgs for a theoretical discovery regarding sub atomic particles.

Chemistry- Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for developing multiscale models for complex chemical systems.

Medicine- for the discovery of machinery regulating vesicle traffic in cells.

Literature-Alice Munro –master of a contemporary short story.

Peace- The organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW).

Snowglobes

December 09, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?, How Very English of You

tumblr_meec2ugKT31qhoe3vo1_500_large

It is a glass sphere with a miniature statue or scene inside. The inside is filled with water and white particles to represent snow. You shake up the globe and it looks like the snow is falling on the scene.

Candy canes

December 09, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?, How Very English of You

Did you know?

download

Candy Canes were originally made to keep kids quiet during the church service when the choirmaster said they were too noisy during service. He asked the candy maker to make some sweet sticks for them and to ensure he could permit children to eat them during a religious event he put a crook on the top to represent shepherds stick.

This all happened in Cologne in Germany. This tradition spread throughout the world and was first mentioned in a published book in 1844.

Tom Sawyer

December 05, 2013  Written by Tim Sullivan   Published in Did You Know....?

Did you know that “Tom Sawyer” was the first novel to be written on a typewriter?

imgres

 

 

Can anyone tell me what the writter´s real name was and where did he find the name “Mark Twain”?

British Centre Of Melilla

British Centre es una escuela de prestigio situada en una de las zonas más modernas de Melilla, la Explanada San Lorenzo y el puerto deportivo.

Localización

C/ Ayul Lalchandani s/n Explanada San Lorenzo 52004 Melilla Apartado de Correos 409 Tel/ Fax : 952 673 694

Test your English

Ofrecemos pruebas de nivel de manera gratuíta y sin compromiso alguno con nosotros. Consiste en 2 partes, una escrita y otra oral.
logo british centre