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May Day

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by Margaret Watson

May Day is always celebrated on the first Monday in May, which means that this year it will be Monday May 5th.

In my Shropshire school they had a Maypole. It is probably long gone, to make way for netball courts or climbing frames which can be used every day, but then it was only a once-a-year experience. Someone would climb up and attach ribbons in various colours to the circle at the top.  A little girl then held on to her ribbon and danced in an intricate pattern so that the ribbons crissed and crossed to form diamonds of colour. Well, that was the theory, but we were very young, totally under-rehearsed and the result was chaos, and one child nearly getting strangled in pink ribbon – but at least we enjoyed ourselves. I wonder if they ever got the ribbons untangled.



Cadbury Creme Egg

How do you eat yours?

Cadbury Creme Egg

by Lynne Hand

Cadbury Chocolate is a household name in the UK, and the Cadbury Creme Egg, a brand of chocolate egg produced by Cadbury is their best selling confectionery item between January 1st and Easter, with annual sales in excess of 200 million items and a brand value of approximately £45 million.


What The Real Irish Eat On Saint Patrick's Day


by Kevin Thomas (edited by Lynne Hand)

During my travels I have always been amazed by the perception that people have of what Irish food is.  I have had numerous conversations with people trying to tell me the foods that myself and my family eat. which is completely contrary to what I know we eat. One of the biggest misconceptions is about "Corned Beef and Cabbage", this is not a common dish in Ireland at all.  In fact it is generally confined to the small restaurants in tourist areas to cater for the hoards expecting everyone living on the island of Ireland to be tucking into this on a daily basis.  We do however have a dish similar to this, it is not eaten very regularly and certainly not on Saint Patrick's Day or any other day of celebration.  It is "Bacon and Cabbage", not the type of bacon that is fried but more like a boiled ham. So what will Irish people in (living in Ireland) eat on Saint Patrick's day?

Functions of Children's Fairy Tales

Red Riding Hood

by Ty Hulse

Fairy tales have been considered children's stories for a long time, yet the original meaning of them was very dark and fairly brutal. These where often stories of cannibalism, wicked parents, and brutal punishments, hardly the types of stories one would want to read to their children. Little Red Ridding Hood is for example a little bit of a horror story building tension before the girl is devoured, Jack in Jack and the Bean Stalk is a conniving greedy thief. Yet these problems only exist in the original telling of the stories. Children's fairy tales, are a new phenomenon and they are quite different from the stories of the past.

New Year Resolutions

New Year

by Margaret Watson

Bill Vaughan said ‘An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.’  Although people have been celebrating New Years since the ancient Babylonians, at least 4,000 years ago, I don’t suppose you have yet thought about New Year 2008 unless you are either Scottish or one of those organised people who have already got a new diary and dates filled in for the next six months.