High Days and Holidays

April fool!

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By Rohini Sunderam - - - April! Such a pretty name, such a pretty month. The flowers were out in all their colourful splendour. The air was fragrant with the freshness of spring. But why, oh why had she been born on the 1st of April! She was April Fool to everyone.  Why couldn’t her mother have faked that birth date, made it April 2nd, 31st March anything, but April 1st, the nicknames had dogged her all her life. April fool was the obvious one. Fool! Hey, Fool. Fooly-poo, if they were trying to be friendly or affectionate. She hated...

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Working on April The First - A cautionary tale.

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By Chris Graham - - - Justin, a young, successful, marketing executive, was spending an unexpectedly springlike April the first doing a bit of property maintenance on his beautiful Georgian house in the suburbs. The house had a nice wooden porch on it but the paint was getting a bit weathered so he’d sanded it all down and was getting ready to give it a coat of paint.            He was checking that the primer was dry when he saw a young chav walking up his garden path. Musing on why these kids couldn’t wear their ridiculous baseball caps the...

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Red Nose Day

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By Robert Cubitt - - - Will you be giving any money to Comic Relief (a.k.a. Red Nose Day) on 24th March? I will. I think this is a marvellous charity, with comedians and other celebrities giving up their time to raise money for people in need around the world. A large proportion of the money raised is spent on children, because they are ones who suffer the most during any crisis. Already we have seen various well-known people going out to Africa to show us how the money we donate is spent, and also showing us how much more...

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Erin & The Blarney Stone

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By Rohini Sunderam - - - It was a legend that had its roots in the mists of time, she was told. She'd read about it since she was a child. “Whoever kisses the Blarney Stone will be granted the gift of eloquence and flattery, the ability to deceive without offending.” “It’s just nonsense!” her mother said. “Oooh now it’s d’truth!” her grandmother had countered, knitting needles clacking, peering over the top of her half-moon glasses. “A load of blarney, no doubt,” Erin thought, but she wanted to test it nonetheless. Could that magical, stone, charmed by a witch when...

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My Saint Patrick’s Day

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By Benjamin Kellogg - - - Three distinct types of green have started to emerge in my area.  There is the light green displayed by buds of grass and tree leaves emerging from melting snow.  A slightly lighter shade of green may be spotted on the artificial “grass” for Easter baskets being sold at local stores.  The third hue, an unnaturally thick, dark emerald green accompanied by a distinct three-leafed shamrock shape, can only herald the arrival of one particular day, Saint Patrick’s Day. The March 17 holiday honoring the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland (who I...

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