Why Today Is Important: 24th June

This is a special day for my readers in Peru, and for anyone who has Incan ancestry! For today, is Inti Raymi! Inti was the ancient god of the sun, worshipped during the Inca Empire, and today was famously his day to feast with the goddess of the earth, Pachamama. Now, traditionally it was heldContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 24th June”

Why Today is Important: 11th May

The 11th May marks the beginning of Lag BaOmer, a Jewish festival that historically marks a brief reprieve in the Omer, a period of mourning in Judaism. According to tradition, a long time ago a plague killed thousands of students of the Rabbi Akiva, a significant figure in Judaism. The plague ended on Lag BaOmer,Continue reading “Why Today is Important: 11th May”

Matariki

One of the more beautiful New Year celebrations I’ve been fortunate enough to research, Matariki is both the name of the Maori New Year festival, and the star system seen above, known as Pleiades, or The Seven Sisters. When translated, Matariki means: the eyes of God. The story goes that the paternal sky god, Ranginui,Continue reading “Matariki”

Milk and Obesity in China

The coronavirus has given me a break from university work, and I have enjoyed having some time to sort out my head in the midst of all this COVID chaos. The only problem is, I now have to get two essays done before the 18th. And one of the essays is proving…strange, to say theContinue reading “Milk and Obesity in China”

Why Today Is Important: 1st May

Today is May Day! And before the term was commonly associated with danger, anyone who heard “May Day” would think of people in bright clothes dancing around a pole with countless ribbons. They’d think of springtime, a new year, and a resounded end to the frost and death of winter. Since Ancient Rome, May DayContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 1st May”

Book Preview!

Hey everyone, sorry I’ve not been posting much lately – a lot of things have been happening all at once, so it’s been difficult to find time to write about the news as well. On the plus side, I’ve finished writing my book! It’s a small book, but hell, it’s a book! The Garden JournalContinue reading “Book Preview!”

Are We About To Die Out?

Everyone dies. Most of us hope to die in our sleep of old age, after living a long, productive life. And it seems we’ve been successful! More and more people are dying from old age, having had a kid or two and found jobs that work for them. The problem is that we’re not reallyContinue reading “Are We About To Die Out?”

The Garden Journal

When I was a kid, I was raised to love the land. My family would go on walks whenever we could, and mum and dad would point out all the plants you can use: cleavers, comfrey, gorse…plants that are often mislabelled as weeds, pests and useless are actually remarkably good for us. Meanwhile, plants liveContinue reading “The Garden Journal”

Cultural Tips: Dating in China

Extract from The Way We Communicate, Volume 2, by Xu Zhenya Find a good excuse before talking with a female stranger, especially with good-looking ones. Most Chinese still think it improper for girls to talk with strangers on the street, though helping a stranger would be acceptable and considered a good deed. One should comeContinue reading “Cultural Tips: Dating in China”

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