Category Archives: Culture

Posts predominantly culture related.

There’s English and there’s English.

Language is very important to all of us, which ever one it is that we speak.  Over 20,000 people a year read my old post on 102 Words That Aren’t In English But Should Be 102 Words That Aren’t In English … Continue reading

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Tracing words back through time

Back in the mid 1990’s when I was studying at SOAS, one of the classes that I most enjoyed were those given by Professor Alexander Piatagorsky.  He is said to have been the greatest Russian philospher of all time and … Continue reading

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First Footing at New Year

First Footing is still very much alive in modern Britain. A survey shows that nearly a third of people in Britain say that First Footing continues to play a part in their New Year celebrations. The greatest number of followers … Continue reading

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My Top 12 movies of 2017

As half the planet is in the midst of not doing very much of anything but eat and watch films, here is my lowdown of my favourite 12 films of 2017 or one per month for those who want to … Continue reading

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Christmas through the ages

It seems unavoidable, the big day has almost arrived.  Whereas last year I wrote a post on debunking myths surrounding Christmas and in 2015 on the history of Father Christmas and Santa Claus  this time around I thought I would write … Continue reading

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How to make home-made wine

The last few weeks sees me do what I do every Halloween, make some home-made wine. It isn’t fully fermented wine and is technically known as Must.  However it is a fun thing to do and it produces gallons (or … Continue reading

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Did Babylonians Beat The Greeks To Trigonometry?

We’re all used to learning that it was the Ancient Greeks who invented (or inflicted for those of us who hate Maths) Trigonometry but recent evidence suggests that they may have been beaten to it those canny Babylonians. A 3,700-year-old clay … Continue reading

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