School children enjoy their free milk in 1937. #NationalMilkDay

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Primary school teachers will love this 1937 film clip from Pathe News. The sound quality is poor but the film is a wonderful record of the introduction of free school milk for school children. The man seated at the desk as the film opens is the head teacher. The head teacher tells a child to…… Continue reading School children enjoy their free milk in 1937. #NationalMilkDay

Auld Lang Syne #HappyNewYear

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I’ve lived the whole of my sixty plus years never knowing what “auld lang syne” really meant. I’ve got the gist of the words but not their literal meaning. So here, courtesy of Wikipedia, is the explanation. Auld Lang Syne is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune…… Continue reading Auld Lang Syne #HappyNewYear

Rare archive film of Santa Claus

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Early film footage of Santa Claus is rare. But here are three very old clips from Pathe News featuring Santa and assorted hangers-on and helpers. 1914 / 18 Santa takes presents to children in Hackney during WW1. https://youtu.be/mNiPNBTzhGI 1921 Santa flies from Ingatestone to Croydon and delivers presents. https://youtu.be/_YH4425fuWs 1928 Santa takes presents to sick…… Continue reading Rare archive film of Santa Claus

Red vs. green and how to celebrate National Eat a Red Apple Day.

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Put a red apple in your lunch instead of a green one. Is there a nutritional difference between red and green apples? Science Student Brandon Lobo researched journals on fruits and the human body as part of his Biology course. In 10 Health Benefits of Green Apples he makes a strong case for the benefits of…… Continue reading Red vs. green and how to celebrate National Eat a Red Apple Day.

7 Easter stories you might have missed

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Easter Greetings! In the News My early morning cup of tea and stumble round the Internet has turned up some interesting stories for Easter. The Mirror is offering Top facts about the Easter bunny and the origin of chocolate eggs and hot cross buns and The Guardian has Giles Fraser explaining why “it’s complicated”. Is there really…… Continue reading 7 Easter stories you might have missed

Everything you ever wanted to know about the spaghetti harvest

I started the day reading on Facebook that an ex-UKIP MP had defected to the Labour Party. Three “Never”s and one “Would you believe it?” was quickly followed by “April Fool”. Good spoof! Which set me thinking about the famous spaghetti harvest April Fool’s joke. I remembered the spaghetti harvest on a BBC news magazine…… Continue reading Everything you ever wanted to know about the spaghetti harvest