Blog for December :)

By: sandiquiz, 12:15 PM GMT on November 27, 2016

December 1st

Though the exact history of the Christmas tradition of bells is unknown, there are several historical references.

Bells were rung to ward away evil spirits or scare away demons during Pagan times. In the middle ages a peal of bells was rung in the local church as a way of announcing something happy, such as a wedding or a birth. Over time bells became associated with happiness. They were rung at Chr...

Updated: 11:18 AM GMT on December 03, 2016

Sun and Moon :)

By: sandiquiz, 12:58 PM GMT on November 17, 2016

Many amateur photographers, as well as the professionals, have been looking heavenwards this week, trying to capture the 'supermoon' .

Those of us in the UK were worried that the clouds would cover the moon on Monday night, obscuring the moon, but we were lucky and the moon put in an appearance about 8:30pm.

As the moon was already at about 35% to the horizon the 'super' size was not as noticeable, but it was definitely brig...

Updated: 8:22 AM GMT on November 25, 2016

Super Moon #13

By: sandiquiz, 1:11 PM GMT on November 13, 2016

This morning for 90 minutes, C and I watched the Remembrance Sunday Service from Whitehall Cenotaph in London on the TV.

Luckily the sun was shining for the thousands who lined the streets to watch, and for all the members of the services who stood in line to place their poppy wreath at the base of the cenotaph.

The massed bands played patriotic songs, culminating in Elgar's Nimrod from "Enigma Variations", finish...

Updated: 9:04 PM GMT on November 14, 2016

11th of the 11th - #48

By: sandiquiz, 10:12 AM GMT on November 04, 2016

Remember, remember the Fifth of November
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent,
To blow up King and Parliament.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bel...

Updated: 8:28 PM GMT on November 11, 2016

Wifi down #78

By: sandiquiz, 8:15 AM GMT on October 21, 2016

Fifty years ago today, 116 children and 28 adults were killed when a roaring avalanche of coal waste slid down a mountain, burying a village school, a farm and 18 houses, in the mining village of Aberfan.

The avalanche was caused by the build-up of water in the accumulated waste and shale which was the by-products of coal mining in the valley. It gave way and roared downhill in a torrent of slurry, rocks and water demolishi...

Updated: 4:59 PM GMT on November 03, 2016

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