150th anniversary of the birth of Ernest Shackleton

15 February marks 150 years since the birth of Ernest Shackleton, the Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer who attempted to reach the South Pole. He is most associated with four expeditions exploring Antarctica, particularly the Trans-Antarctic (Endurance) Expedition (1914–16) that he led, which, although unsuccessful, became famous as a tale of remarkable perseverance and survival. Born in County Kildare … Continue reading “150th anniversary of the birth of Ernest Shackleton”

15 February 2024 by

Bagpuss is 50!

Bagpuss, the most magical, saggy, old, cloth cat in the whole wide world, is 50. The children’s show first aired on 12 February 1974. Made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate, Bagpuss lived in a shop that was a home for lost property. Only 13 episodes were ever made, the programme and it has remained … Continue reading “Bagpuss is 50!”

13 February 2024 by

La Chandeleur: Celebrating French Tradition

La Chandeleur, celebrated on February 2nd, holds a special place in French culture. While it’s often associated with crêpes, its origins trace back to some ancient pagan rituals and Christian traditions. Historically, it marked the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, symbolising a transition from the winter season to spring. Nowadays, La … Continue reading “La Chandeleur: Celebrating French Tradition”

2 February 2024 by

Time to Talk Day: Breaking the Silence on Mental Health

Time to Talk Day, on February 1st, shines a light on mental health and its presence in our society. In a world where stigma and silence often prevent conversation regarding mental health, this day encourages open dialogue, empathy, and support. This day serves as a reminder that talking about mental health isn’t just beneficial; it’s … Continue reading “Time to Talk Day: Breaking the Silence on Mental Health”

1 February 2024 by