SAILABILITY AT WHITEFRIARS

SAILABILITY AT WHITEFRIARS

It’s arguable that the Cotswold Water Park ranks as Europe’s largest centre for water sports with its 150 lakes spread over forty-two square miles. t started out almost by accident, in the middle of the 20th century, as a result of much excavations for aggregates in the upper Thames region. As these diggings became exhausted natural flooding occurred, extending below the water table.

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The 12 days of Christmas

The 12 days of Christmas

A conversation with friends triggered this seasonal blog post. It transpired that there some people who are confused about just what constitutes the 12 days of Christmas. Though my knowledge ran that far I thought a bit of digging around the period and the eponymous song might be interesting. I learnt a lot.

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All About Advent

All About Advent

Advent, the period of preparation for Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus, begins on the Sunday nearest to 30th November.

We know that the Advent period focuses on expectation and imagine it to serve as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the period running up to Christmas. And indeed this is so – but there’s more to it than that. Isn’t there always? As this article about Advent on Christianity.com explains:

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Moving the Clocks

Moving the Clocks

Moving the clocks – have you ever considered how and why we go through this process twice a year? One that, I won’t lie, I detest with the white hot intensity of a thousand burning suns. Yes – I loathe it that much!

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We say Autumn – you say Fall

We say Autumn – you say Fall

If you hold the belief that ‘fall’ is an American barbarism might want to think again. As this online etymology dictionary points out ‘fall’ (in simple terms) comes from the Old English ‘feallan’, past tense ‘feoll’, past participle ‘feallen’ – meaning to drop from a height; fail, decay or die.

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Trick or Treat? A Halloween history

Trick or Treat? A Halloween history

Hello once more dear listeners. Following on from my recent post about the term ‘Fall’ (autumn) here we are again with a bit more linguistic debunking – with some customs and traditions thrown in for good measure. This time regarding Halloween and Trick or Treat?

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