Monthly Archives: December 2017

HISTORY TIDBIT: GILBERT & SULLIVAN

Though you wouldn’t know it from my own culinary skills, I come from a long line of professional cooks. One of my great aunts once worked in the kitchens of Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert & Sullivan fame. I don’t know which specific house ( I think he lived in more than one over the years) […]

HISTORY SHARE: TAY BRIDGE DISASTER

This occurred near to where, nine and a half years later, my grandfather, and thirty-five years later, my father, would be born, so I expect my paternal great-grandparents, both Duke & Stewart, remembered it well. http://taybridgedisaster.co.uk/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHT_Gz2fJuM http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/gems/the-tay-bridge-disaster  

HISTORY SHARE: ORIGINS OF BOXING DAY

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/26/why-is-it-called-boxing-day    

MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

HISTORY SHARE: MINCE PIES

Though perhaps not well-known in some parts of the world, great quantities of these will probably go down over the holidays in Great Britain and Commonwealth countries. (Just not down me, as I don’t happen to like them.) https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-12-18/britains-strange-addiction-medieval-christmas-treat  

HISTORY SHARE: CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IN JAMAICA

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/christmas-traditions-in-jamaica_118607?profile=1373

TRIVIA TRAIL: FIRST AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS

Question: When was Christmas first celebrated in Australia? Answer: English colonists celebrated their first Christmas in Australia in 1788. Presumably a lot hotter one than they were used to, as the average temperature there at this time of year is 100º F (38º C).  And I doubt the convicts among them felt much like celebrating. […]

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