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terça-feira, 25 de dezembro de 2012

The Christmas Broadcast



The Christmas Broadcast (better known as The Queen's Speech) is broadcast every year at 15:00GMT on Christmas Day.


The first televised Christmas Broadcast in 1957

domingo, 23 de dezembro de 2012

Obama: Person of the Year 2012



For the second time, Time Magazine has named Barack Obama "Person of the Year."


Barack Obama: Person of the Year 2008




Queen Elizabeth Land





The British government announced that the southern part of the British Antarctic Territory has been named ‘Queen Elizabeth Land’ in honour of The Queen’s sixtieth year on the throne. 

The Foreign Secretary said: 

“As a mark of this country’s gratitude to The Queen for Her service, we are naming a part of the British Antarctic Territory in her honour as ‘Queen Elizabeth Land”. 

“This is a fitting tribute at the end of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year, and I am very proud to be able to announce it as she visits the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”



Sandringham House




The Royal Family and Sandringham

Each year, The Queen and other members of the Royal Family spend the Christmas period at Sandringham House in Norfolk, a tradition begun by The Queen's grandfather, King George V. Sandringham House in Norfolk has been the private home of four generations of Sovereigns since 1862.

http:// www.royal.gov.uk/TheRoyalResidences/SandringhamHouse/History.aspx

December 2012 Newsletter



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Christmassy Jokes

Did you hear about the dyslexic devil worshipper?
He sold his soul to Santa.

What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?
A Christmas Quacker!

What do you call Santa's little helpers?
Subordinate clauses!

Snowed under?
Let’s get festive with this seasonal collection of idioms related to the the word season and Christmas

idiom (n): an expression, word, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made


Off season
Not in the busy time of the year.
 “We don't have much to do off season.” "Things are very quiet around here off season."

Open season (on someone)
A period of time when everyone is criticizing someone. 
"It seems as if it's always open season on politicians."

The silly season 
A period of time in the summer when there is not much news, especially political news, so the newspapers have articles about events that arenot important.
 "It's the silly season again, and as usual, the papers are full of stories about the Loch Ness Monster."

Full of the joys of spring.
To feel very happy and full of youthful energy.
"The sun was shining, and even though it was October, I was full of the joys of spring."

The dead of winter.
Used to describe the middle of winter, when it is very cold and dark.
"He disappeared in the dead of winter: The river was frozen, the streets almost
deserted."

Be as pure as the driven snow
To be morally good
"How dare he criticise me for having an affair? He's not exactly as pure as the driven snow himself."

Be snowed under
To have so much work that you have problems dealing with it all (often + with) "She wants me to take some time off but I'm snowed under with “work at the moment”.

From everyone here at Clever Pants we wish you a very happy festive season, whatever you are celebrating!

See you in 2013!

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domingo, 9 de dezembro de 2012

Victorian Christmas Trees


The Royal Family at Windsor Castle in the Illustrated London News, in1848



Christmas was a special time for Queen Victoria and her family. A decorated Christmas tree was a custom introduced by Queen Charlotte, King George III´s German wife.




William Corden the Younger (1819-1900) Queen Victoria´s Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1850

Albert Chevallier Tayler (1862-1925)The Christmas Tree


sábado, 8 de dezembro de 2012

O Primeiro Postal de Natal




O costume de enviar cartões de Natal começou em Inglaterra, no ano de 1843. Sir Henry Cole, um alto-funcionário britânico, teve essa ideia de mandar imprimir postais natalícios, para poder enviar a todos os seus amigos e conhecidos as suas saudações de Natal. Assim, encomendou ao pintor John Calcott Horsley a criação do primeiro cartão de Natal, cuja cópia está à vista em cima. Dessa primeira edição foram vendidos 1000 exemplares em Londres. 

Nos nossos dias, está aos poucos a cair em desuso, sobretudo devido à cada vez maior utilização da internet para se remeter todo o tipo de mensagens. Dessa forma perde-se cada vez mais o hábito de se escrever aos familiares e amigos, mesmo nestas ocasiões tão especiais. Cada um escolherá o seu método. Eu, enquanto professora de inglês, aproveito o meu blog para enviar a todos os leitores Merry Christmas and a Very Happy 2013!





O Pai Natal



Esta personagem jovial e feliz tem as suas origens remotas em S. Nicolau, bispo de Myra, no sul da Turquia, onde viveu, há mais de 1600 anos. Tornou-se Santo, devido à sua bondade em ajudar os mais pobres dando tudo o que possuía, com atenção especial às crianças.

Na Holanda chamam-lhe Sinterklass e é especialmente querido pelos mais pequenos. Foram os emigrantes holandeses, que introduziram a sua figura nos EUA. De início era representado com as vestes de Bispo. Mas, no início da década de 1930, um anúncio da Coca-Cola decidiu apresentá-lo, alegre e redondo com um fato vermelho, as cores daquela marca, com o objetivo de levar o público a consumir mais daquele refrigerante também no inverno. O sucesso foi grande e, hoje, este velhote bonacheirão de belas barbas brancas faz as delícias das crianças em todo o mundo. Nos EUA, por influência do nome holandês chamam-no Santa Claus ou simplesmente Santa. No Reino Unido preferem chamá-lo Father Christmas 



domingo, 2 de dezembro de 2012