75th anniversary of the first commercially successful ballpoint pen going on sale in the USA

In 1931 Lázló Biró, a Hungarian-Argentinian newspaper editor frustrated by the amount of time wasted filling up fountain pens and cleaning up smudged pages, noticed that the ink used in newspaper printing dried quickly, leaving the paper dry and smudge-free. He tried using the same ink in a fountain pen but found that it would … Continue reading “75th anniversary of the first commercially successful ballpoint pen going on sale in the USA”

29 October 2020 by

Mawlid – Prophet Muhammad’s birthday 28-29 October

Prophet Muhammad’s birthday from the evening of 28 to the evening of 29 October Mawlid or Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif is the observance of the birthday of Islamic prophet Muhammad commemorated in the third month of the Islamic calendar and is considered to be an auspicious day amongst Muslims. The history of this celebration goes back to the early … Continue reading “Mawlid – Prophet Muhammad’s birthday 28-29 October”

28 October 2020 by

Black History Month

October is Black History Month and the University is celebrating the culture and histories of black communities with a comprehensive programme of events. The theme for this year is ‘The Aftermath’. For details of upcoming events, including a quiz, virtual yoga and meditation session and a bookclub, please visit https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/black-history-month/index.aspx Also take a look at … Continue reading “Black History Month”

21 October 2020 by

400th anniversary of the birth of Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch landscape painter

Aelbert Jacobsz Cuyp (20 October 1620–15 November 1691) was one of the leading Dutch Golden Age painters, producing mainly landscapes. He was the most famous of a family of painters – his grandfather and uncle worked in stained glass and his father was a portraitist. He is especially known for his large views of Dutch … Continue reading “400th anniversary of the birth of Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch landscape painter”

20 October 2020 by

Navratri 17-25 October

Navratri (meaning ‘nine nights’) is a Hindu festival celebrated every autumn. It is usually held at the end of September or the beginning of October, at harvest time. Navratri lasts for nine days and celebrates good triumphing over evil. During the festival, three goddesses are worshipped: Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The first three nights are … Continue reading “Navratri 17-25 October”

17 October 2020 by

Simchat Torah 10-11 October

Simchat Torah or Simhat Torah is a Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. The main celebrations of Simchat Torah take place in the synagogue during evening and morning services. In Orthodox, as well as many conservative congregations, this is the only time of year … Continue reading “Simchat Torah 10-11 October”

10 October 2020 by

World Mental Health Day 10 October

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme is ‘Mental Health for All’.     ‘Tea and talk’ https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/get-involved/tea-and-talk is a great way to come together, especially during these difficult times. Have a virtual cuppa with friends, family and colleagues and raise awareness for the Mental … Continue reading “World Mental Health Day 10 October”

9 October 2020 by

300th anniversary of the birth of Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Giovanni Battista (or Giambattista) Piranesi, also known as simply Piranesi, was an Italian artist famous for his etchings of Rome and of fictitious and atmospheric “prisons” – Le Carceri d’Invenzione. His father was a stonemason. Giovanni was apprenticed under his uncle, Matteo Lucchesi, who was a leading architect in Magistrato delle Acque, the state organization responsible for engineering and restoring historical buildings. In … Continue reading “300th anniversary of the birth of Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi”

4 October 2020 by