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Creative Arts book of the week 23/11/15

Setting the scene: perspectives on twentieth-century theatre architecture, edited by Alistair Fair Browsing the new book display, this interesting cover caught my eye. I love theatres as buildings and as places for performance. As a seasoned traveller who loves the classical

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!  Today marks the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Goat.   We hope our international students enjoy the occasion and celebrate in style. The Chinese zodiac comprises twelve animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster,

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Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil has emerged from his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob and, unfortunately, seen his shadow. This means we are in for another 6 weeks of winter – which may be no surprise as we shiver through the current cold weather.

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Pancake Day

Get your eggs, flour, milk and lemons ready because today is Pancake Day! Also known as Shrove Tuesday, this festival marks the last day before Lent where people traditionally give something up until Easter. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/lent_1.shtml Also, in Eastern Europe and many

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农历新年

Today marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Dragon. In China, New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. Here are some articles about Chinese New Year: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_(zodiac) And some recipies for Chinese dishes! http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/cuisines/chinese

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Hallowe’en

Today is Hallowe’en or perhaps more properly All Hallow’s Eve. Traditional the time when the veil between this world and next is at its thinnest and the dead walk amongst us, these day’s it has taken on the modern associations

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Yorkshire Day

Today, our friends in the North are celebrating Yorkshire Day. This is a festival that promotes the county of Yorkshire and its achievements throughout history: http://www.yorkshireridings.org/

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Eid

Today marks the beginning of the four-day Eid holiday in Islam. Here is some more information from the BBC Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/holydays/eiduladha.shtml عيد سعيد للجميع

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中秋節

As you can see from the title, today is Zhongqiujie, or the Chinese Moon Festival. This is held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar and is held at a similar time as the Autumnal

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Glass-bottomed hot air balloon

Standing on the glass floor in Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower is one thing, but a glass floor in a balloon basket is a very different prospect. The maiden flight took place on 12 August and this site has some good pictures

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