St Georges day!

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Its all about traditions and history here in the UK.

St George was actually born in Eastern Turkey, legend has it he slayed dragons, mystical only though I’m sure, either way a great story and one that has lasted through time itself….

Have a great St Georges day!

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Interesting fact :-

Shakespeare was born on 23rd April  1564, baptised on the 26th and died on 23rd April 1616.

Mandy x

Why do we gossip?

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Photograph by “Adhar Bahrudin”

We all love a good “gossip” if we are perfectly honest, its not perhaps the kindest thing to participate in and usually we all feel incredibly guilty whilst doing it!!!
So what is the reasoning behind it all….

Anthropologists actually believe that early man and throughout time gossip has been a tool to help humans bond and feel like they fit in.

“Guess what”  I said,
“No really, oh shocking, I can’t believe that, who would of thought it”  gasped my friend

Does this sound familiar, the exchange of gossip at someone else’s expense…

Media gossip….

Possibly nowadays its not as simple as in the school playground, office or at the garden gate type chit chat.

It has all taken to a new level, there are gossip magazine, reality TV shows where bitching is watched by millions just for higher ratings and the fundamental pleasure and entertainment of us the viewers or readers…

Social media platforms….

The higher platform of gossip in our fast moving 21st century digital technology fueled society is social media…
Think of twitter, Facebook, stories are like lightening crossing around the world, if a gossip type story gets momentum its very powerful and damaging to those involved….

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Bonding but damaging!!!

So bonding groups but isolating those not joining in or worse ostracising and even demonizing the victims of their contempt…
If you have ever fallen foul to such hurtful accusations, you’ll understand such feelings of damage.
It may seem trivial to us when engaged in such idle gossip but really our actions can have powerful repercussions on other peoples self esteem.

People seem to thrive on others downfalls…

So sad that there isn’t more compassion and less comparison in today society.
Let’s try and find different ways to feel acceptance and less emphasise on feeding off other’s misfortunes…
Karma has a nasty way of catching up with you and so next time you hear a gossip communication taking place, try and put yourself in that persons shoes…..
Compassion, empathy, understanding, non judgement.
All ways to gain acceptance without  gossip…

Whether it be in the school playground, in the office workplace,on social media or more public gossip. Let’s try and withstand that feeling of fitting in so less gossip and more acceptance of those around us…..

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Photograph by ” Joanne liu ”

Do you think gossip is harmful?

Mandy.x

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Those New Year traditions…..

Those feelings we all had last night, the dramatic build up,the suspense.
Whatever or however you celebrated the coming in of the new year, we will all have different memories stored from the year gone before us.
Some wonderful, some dreadfully painful or sad……
Either way we can not hold back time, on we go!!

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I personally have fantastic fond memories of many a  New Years Eve celebrating with my family when I was young at the working men’s club so to speak.
Back in the day of pork scratchings, snowballs and babycham……
The beer mats with my lemonade and salt and vinegar crisps spring to mind.

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The long dresses that all the women wore, men with their flares, large knotted ties and collars, not forgetting the hair and moustaches……
“Those were the days…..”

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                       Old traditions

We had a tradition in our household of putting money outside on New Years Eve, usually a few coins each next to the back door and bringing it in on New Years Day.

Coal was something else that friends put outside to then bring in, in the New Year.

These traditions have died out for me but their origins do go back many years.
The link below is all about British traditions from  “learn england” in the New year have a read its really interesting :-
>  >  >  http://bit.ly/1xwOlfM < <

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Happy New Year everyone.

I’d like to wish each one of you a wonderful New Year 2017, peace. love and light to you all.
Remember we are all special………..

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What New Year memories or traditions do you have?

Mandy.x

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