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Christmas Shopping. The Easy Way.

By Nov 12, 2018 0 comment
With the autumn weather still lingering, it’s hard to feel festive. The thought of Christmas shopping, minced pies and (endlessly) hearing Do They Know It’s Christmas just feels, well, wrong. It’s mid-November, however, which means that in just over a month we’ll all be overindulging in Christmas dinner, Quality Streets and arguing over which films […]
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Dia de los Muertos

By Oct 29, 2018 0 comment
In just 3 days time – on November 1 – it will be Dia De Los Muertos, Day Of The Dead – that colourful and joyful Mexican holiday in which family and friends who have died are remembered and celebrated. Homemade altars with food, drink, candles and flowers – these are items that the spirits will […]
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1989.

1989. The world wide web was first conceived in Switzerland by Tim Berners-Lee. The Berlin Wall opened. We were torn between When Harry met Sally and Dead Poet’s Society. Or perhaps Madonna’s Like A Prayer and FYC’s’ She Drives Me Crazy. Bart Simpson first said ‘eat my shorts’. Jaguar was bought by Ford. And Tales From […]
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Father’s Day!

By Jun 18, 2018 0 comment
I’m not one for autobiographical blogs, but since my boy is the inspiration for so many designs at Tales From The Earth, I’ll indulge myself for this one day dedicated to Dads everywhere. It’s my Proud Dad post. Valentino can recite the names of fifty dinosaurs and practically every shark. His favourite animal is the Balloon […]
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Mother’s Day

By Feb 26, 2018 0 comment
To begin with, there’s a hint in the spelling. It’s Mother’s Day, not Mothers’ Day. When Anna Jarvis first campaigned in 1908 to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States, she specifically made ‘Mother’ singular possessive. Her intention was not to honour mothers and motherhood in general, but rather for each family […]
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Valentine’s Day

How St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred on or around February 14 in 270 AD, became the patron saint of lovers remains a mystery. The ancient Romans celebrated the Feast Of Lupercalia – a spring festival – on February 15. Young men randomly chose the name of a girl to escort to the […]
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The Art of Relaxation

Relaxation is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as the state of being free from tension and anxiety, a period of recreation or rest, especially after a period of work. Christmas holidays – the one time of year that we’re supposed to relax and enjoy ourselves – are for many a time of increased stress: […]
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Make Time for Christmas

By Dec 06, 2017 0 comment
One reason that da Vinci studied so many areas was that he was as distractible as he was talented. It took him 20 years to paint Mona and he only completed the Last Supper after his patron threatened to withdraw funding. Even the Pope, Leo X, moaned about the Tuscan: ‘This man will never accomplish […]
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