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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

Give Old Clothes to Beat Children’s Cancer

The Guardian has recently published an article about a praiseworthy initiative,Give up Clothes for Good. Clothing retailer TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK are urging people to clear out their wardrobes and take any unwanted quality clothes to TK Maxx, between 1 and 30 April, to raise money for research into children’s cancer.

The clothes will be sold in Cancer Research UK's 550 UK branches, or recycled. Retailers and charity organisations underline that this initiative is a good way of making use of unwanted clothes. According to the Defra Sustainable Clothing Roadmap Progress Report 2011, UK consumers throw away 2m tonnes of clothing every year, of which 1m goes straight to landfill.

Cancer Research UK last year generated as much as £5m from this activity. Every day, 4 children in the UK are told they have cancer. In the 1960s, only 1 in 4 survived, but today, almost 3 children in 4 survive. This is a great improvement, but there’s still more work to do and every little helps.

By | April 19th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Five Apps to Communicate for FREE

1) Viber

This app enables free calls and texts between its users worldwide using Wi-Fi and 3G. While the app works internationally, if you are personally abroad you could be asked to pay roaming charges, so check your calling plan’s conditions. Viber works on iPhone and the latest generations of iPod touch and iPad are partially supported.

2) Vonage Mobile

It offers free calls and texts to anyone who has the app worldwide, using Wi-Fi. It offers savings on international calls to users that don’t have the app. It claims to be 70 percent cheaper than most standard calling plans. Currently, Vonage supports iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets.

3) Fring

This app, besides free calls and texts to other Fring users worldwide, offers free group video and two-way video chat. It supports the major smartphones and tablets on any mobile operator and with any mobile internet connection.

4) WhatsApp

This app is to send free text and multimedia messages by using the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing. WhatsApp costs 62p and is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.

5) Skype

The worldwide famous Skype started its service using computers, but it has now created many mobile apps which allow you to call almost any computer and any phone worldwide.Skype supports iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Android, some Nokia and some Sony Ericsson handsets.

By | April 18th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments
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