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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

This year in the UK an extended weekend (2, 3, 4 and 5 June) will be dedicated to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen’s reign. Schools in England and Wales will be able to close on Tuesday 5 June and many of events will take place across the country to mark the 60th anniversary. On the Diamond Jubilee website, you can find a lot of news about the celebrations.

Street parties are a good idea to celebrate the Jubilee: the UK government’s digital service Directgov suggests to visit the websites The Big Lunch and The Street Party, where you can find some tips to organise the celebrations for the event.

Official medals will be awarded during the first half of the year to those in the Armed Forces, the emergency services and the prison service. One the many big events organised for the Jubilee is the Armed Forces Muster, which will take place on 19 May. Nearly 2,500 troops from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force will parade through Windsor Castle and the town before Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh. They will then muster in the Castle grounds before an audience of more than 3,000 Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans. A flypast of current and historic aircraft will close the event.

Another big event on 3 June is the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and the world over. The Queen will lead the flotilla travelling in the Royal Barge.

By | April 25th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Play One Minute Game a Day to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Last year we published a blog post called Feed your brain: tips to prevent Alzheimer’s. Now we have found an interesting game to test your reflexes. In fact, as you age, your response time tends to slow down. If you go to the website chezmaya.com, you will find a highly motivating game to re-train the nerves of your brain, eyes and hands as well as their co-ordination.

Simply click at the numbers in order from 1 to 33 as quickly as possible, in order to make them disappear. Playing it once a day may even prevent you from getting Alzheimer’s disease!

To check your results on the basis of the time taken to play the game, you can refer to the following brackets: 120 sec = old age; 90 sec= middle age; 60 sec = youth. Enjoy!

By | April 23rd, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Who was Saint George?

Saint George is the patron saint of England. The anniversary of his death (303 AD) is today, Monday, 23 April, and it is seen as England’s ‘National Day.’

Do you know Saint George’s story? According to legend, he was a soldier in the Roman army and killed a dragon to save a princess. Traditional customs see Londoner’s waving the English flag (St. George’s Cross) and wearing a red rose. Saint George’s popularly identified with England and the English ideals of honour, bravery and gallantry.

Saint George’s life is very mysterious, and the information we have is not certain. He was born in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey and later moved to Palestine. He became a Roman soldier, and because he protested against Rome’s persecution of Christians, he was imprisoned and tortured. However, throughout all of this, he stayed true to his beliefs.

George’s reputation grew with the crusades; legend says he appeared miraculously to lead the crusaders into battle. This event is recorded in stone over the south door of a church in Fordington, Dorset.

National Day celebrations include a big parade with floats, music and dancing and a special St. George’s Day service. Shakespeare’s birthday falls on the same day, and the Globe Theatre will be having its usual big celebrations.

By | April 22nd, 2012|Blog|0 Comments
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