Lessons in the "ByDate" Category

Back to the Future: “Great Scott Marty, it’s 2015!”

Back to the Future: “Great Scott Marty, it’s 2015!” Movie fans will no doubt remember the cult comedy classic ‘Back to the Future II’ movie starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. In it, Marty McFly and his famous sidekick ‘Doc’ Brown go forward in time to 2015!

In the real world we are now in 2015, so just how much did the movie-makers of 1989 get right in their futuristic vision of 2015? Well, there are flying cars in 2015, including the Slovak AeroMobil 3.0 – prototype and the US Terrafugia. These cars remain for the few and rich and are still extremely limited.

NFE Christmas Quiz - 2014

Score 10 points for every correct answer – Score 5 points if half right! Play a JOKER in one round and get DOUBLE points in that round. Show it before you start the round. There are 12 rounds with 6 questions in each round.

Topics include:

  1. Current Christmas Music
  2. Santa
  3. International Xmas
  4. Christmas General
  5. Classic Christmas Music
  6. The Nativity Story
  7. A Christmas Mix
  8. Christmas Pot Luck
  9. A UK Christmas
  10. Christmas History
  11. Famous Carols
  12. Another Christmas Mix

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

25 years since the Berlin Wall fell

Today, let’s talk about the Berlin Wall. The 9th November 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of one of the most significant moments of the Cold War: The Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Last night Berliners and tourists at the Brandenburg Gate celebrated the moment the Wall came down to the strains of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. A nearby street festival at the Brandenburg Gate also helped the city to celebrate the moment.

Category: Berlin / Berlin Wall / End of Communism

Autumn

Today, let’s talk about autumn. What exactly is autumn? It is a season that follows summer and is before winter. Autumn starts in Britain on the 23rd September. It is on this day that daylight and night are the same length of time. The nights now get longer and the days shorter.

Autumn is probably the most colourful time of year. It is when the leaves change colour. Many leaves turn into vivid autumn red, yellow and brown colours that so many people love to see. Autumn is also conker season when the conkers fall from Horse Chestnut trees.

Autumn is the time of falling leaves. Many leaves are blown off the trees. Often they form a magnificent carpet of different coloured leaves on the ground. It is a sign that winter is on its way!

London – Notting Hill Carnival

Today, let’s talk about the world famous Notting Hill Carnival in London. Traditionally it is held over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The annual event attracts more than one million visitors and has over 40,000 volunteers.

The huge street carnival has been running since 1964. It allows London’s Afro-Caribbean community to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. The carnival is an amazing array of sounds, colourful sights and social solidarity.

The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest celebration of its kind in Europe. Visitors can see the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street carnival. They can also see the many vibrant costumes the dancers will wear.

Category: London / Notting Hill Carnival / Tourism

Celebrating May Day in Britain

May Day traditions in Britain include Morris dancing, the crowning of the May Queen and Maypole dancing.

Morris dancers normally perform on May Day. These are men wearing folk costumes and bell pads on their shins. They use sticks, swords and handkerchiefs that maybe wielded by the dancers during their dance.

Category: May Day / Tradition / Britain

What is Easter?

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion. In many countries Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays. Easter is a moveable date. It is held on the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox.

Easter is preceded by Lent, a forty day period of fasting, penance and prayer. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week. It includes Maundy Thursday; when various religious leaders wash people’s feet.

Category: Easter / Jesus / Tradition

Valentine’s Day!

Today let’s talk about Valentine’s Day! In case you didn’t know it is on February 14th. It is celebrated in many countries around the world. These days it is pretty commercial. Known also as St Valentine’s Day it is associated with love! Valentine’s Day symbols include heart shapes, doves and the figure of a winged cupid.

In Britain in the 18th century handwritten greeting cards were sent. Lovers also expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, and confectionary. By 1900 handwritten cards had given way to mass-produced greeting cards; all these traditions still continue. Nowadays lovers also send SMS messages and email cards. A dozen red roses remain a popular gift to send your lover.

Category: Love / Valentine’s Day / February 14

Why do we dream of a white Christmas? - 2

Why do we dream of a white Christmas? Why do we get Christmas cards with snow on them?

The culprit is the writer Charles Dickens. His childhood coincided with a decade of freakishly cold winters. Thus in his writings he describes persistently a Britain smothered in snow on Christmas Day, his inspiration coming from his childhood.

Six of Dickens’s first nine Christmases were white. One of these fell in the winter of 1813-14, when Britain’s last Frost Fair was held on a frozen River Thames in London and Dickens was nearly two years old.

Category: Christmas / Charles Dickens / Snow

Countdown to Christmas!

Today, we are going to countdown to Christmas! Look at today’s date. How many shopping days are there still to go?

Have you bought yourself an advent calendar yet? If you have what is your favourite picture on it? Perhaps it is a chocolate advent calendar?

Category: Christmas / December / Events