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Santa By Any Other Name . . .

Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas, Odin, Baba Christmas, Babbo Natale, Black Peter, Christkindl, Ded Moroz, Gwiazdor, Joulupukki, Kanakaloka, Kerstman, Mos Craciun, Pere Noel, Sion Corn, Shengdan Laoren . . . Santa  is a mythical figure with … Continue reading

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A Bird For Christmas

The turkey is a relative newcomer in the ‘festive feasting’ stakes with both the goose and the pheasant having a longer pedigree in such things. It has taken many different forms and guises since it first appeared in England during … Continue reading

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Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at 170

This struck a chord with me and goes into more detail than I would normally. A well presented article, I enjoyed reading it. Nicely done. Interesting Literature The surprising story behind Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens’s classic Christmas tale A … Continue reading

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A Dickensian Christmas

Christmas (Old English: Cri-stesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”) is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ that is a widely observed global holiday, celebrated generally on December 25th. While the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians … Continue reading

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A Christmas Cake, 1861

For this one I only have the images, no text. The four images begin with the ingredients laid out though to be fair, the method would be that of any other rich fruit cake recipe. Regard it as a sort … Continue reading

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Spitfire

The Vickers Supermarine Spitfire is rightly seen as the greatest British fighter ever built, an inspiring blend of elegance, power and speed. So successful was the plane that over 22,000 were manufactured in 19 different marques and more than 52 … Continue reading

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Tofu Or Not Tofu

Following on from ‘Veganuary And The Meatless Monday’, we come to Tofu, or bean curd, a popular food derived from soya. Like many soya foods, tofu originated in China. It is made by curdling fresh soya milk, pressing it into … Continue reading

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Ten Things You Can do With NaHCO₃

Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda or bicarbonate of soda, is a chemical compound with the formula NaHCO₃. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline, but often appears as a fine powder. It has a slightly salty, … Continue reading

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Veganuary And The Meatless Monday

Vegetarianism is  practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat (red meat, poultry, seafood, and the flesh of any other animal), and may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter. Vegetarianism may be adopted for many and various reasons, … Continue reading

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Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Want To Know About . . .

Christmas or ¡Navidad!, Noël or  Weihnachten, God Jul or Sretan Božić, Crăciun fericit or Ziemassvētkus! The languages of the world have quite a variety of names for Christmas. That’s not surprising, what with the language issues involved but it turns … Continue reading

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