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Chinese New Year - Year of the Rooster
28th January 2017

 
Kung Hey Fat Choy! 
Chinese New Year begins 28th January 2017 - Year of the Rooster
. The date of the Chinese New Year changes every year because the Chinese use the Lunar calendar for their festivals. The Lunar calendar is based on the time the moon takes to go around the Earth. The Western calendar is based on the time it takes for the Earth to go around the Sun. 
The first day of each Chinese year will always fall sometime between January 21 and February 21 inclusive, and takes place at sunset on the day of the second, sometimes rarely on the third, New Moon following the winter solstice (21 or 22 December).
The Chinese New Year celebrations last for two weeks and end with Teng Chieh, the lantern festival, on the full moon about 15 days later.
The dragon is an important part of the new year celebrations and is paraded through the streets. It represents wisdom, strength, benevolence, and good fortune.
 
     


Armed Forces Day 24th June 2017
Armed Forces Day, formally called Veteran's Day, is an opportunity for us to commemorate those who serve in the Armed Forces and their families and raise public awareness of the contribution made by those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces.
The first Veterans Day was in 2006 and change to Armed Forces Day in 2009 to raise awareness and appreciation for those on active duty.
The UK Armed Forces in work all over the world among many things they promote peace and defend our country from terrorism.

Events are held up and down the country to celebrate in support of our nation from Organised Events to Barbecues and Street Parties.

 

International Talk Like a Pirate Day -
19th September 2017

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is held every year on the 19th September and is celebrated in 40 countries world wide. Each year people join in the fun by talking and dressing up as pirates. Many organise events to raise money for charities so why not try and talk like a pirate all day and get people to sponsor you?
Here are some words and phrases to get you started!

All hands on deck! – A cry that calls for immediate action. 
Ahoy! – meaning "Hello!" 
Ahoy Matey!  Ahoy me Hearties! - Hello My Friend/s
Arrr! – A pirate’s most commonly used word that has no definition.
Avast! – Stop and give attention.
Aye! - "Yes!" 
Batten down the hatches - put everything away on the ship and tie everything down because a storm is brewing
Belay - To immediately cease or stop. 
Bilge rat – A rat that lives in the dirtiest, smelliest and lowest part of a ship. This is not a nice name to call somebody.
Booty - Anything of value that a pirate can plunder. 
Cat’o’Nine Tails – A whip made up of nine knotted ropes.
Crow’s Nest – A lookout point at the top of the tallest mast on a ship.
Cutlass – A curved sword, favored by many sailors. 
Davy Jones' Locker –  mythical place at the bottom of the ocean where the evil spirit of Davy Jones brings sailor and pirates to die.
Grog – A pirate’s beverage of choice. 
Head - the pirate ship's toilet
Heave Ho - give it some muscle and push it
Hoist the Colors! –To raise the Pirate flag before attacking.  
Hornswaggle -To cheat or to lie. 
Jack Tar – Sailor
Lad - A name for a young gentleman. 
Lass - A name for a young woman, usually more polite. 
Lubber or landlubber-A name give to those who prefer land over the sea.
Motherload -A term for a very large amount of booty or treasure.
Pieces of eight - coins or found in pirate stashes
Salt or Old Salt-The name given to veteran Sailors. Also used to enhance the flavor of food. 
Savvy? - Meaning to understand or “okay”. 
Smartly -To do or to perform something quickly. 
Scurvy -A common condition of sailors who go too long without eating fruits and vegetables.
Shiver me timbers! -"Well, I'll be" or "What a surprise!" 
Splice the mainbrace! - give the crew a drink!
Swag-The common term for riches and/or gold.
Ye - you
Yer - Your
Yo Ho Ho - cheerful exhortation to demand attention.
10 Pirate Facts:

1) Pirates believed that wearing pierced earrings would improve their eyesight.
2) Pirates believed that having women on board their ship was bad luck.
3) On the Caribbean island of St Thomas you will find a place called ‘Black Beard’s Castle’. It is believed that this is where the famous pirate spent many hours on look out for approaching ships.
4) Blackbeard's peg leg was a medical necessity, he lost his leg to diabetes, but all the other pirates got wooden legs as a fashion choice.

5) Although pirates have been around since the 15th century, most pirating happened between 1690 and 1720.
6) Pirates may have thrown men overboard, but no one was ever known to have “walked the plank”.
7) Every pirate ship had it’s own Code of Conduct specified by the Pirate Captain. While stealing was the pirate’s job, stealing amongst shipmates meant you were severely punished.
8) Hardly any pirate booty was "treasure". Most was food, water, alcohol, weapons and clothing.
9) Pirate maps where "X marks the spot" evolved from the movies and not true for real pirates, they would simply memorize where they left their treasure and communicate it to others through dance.
10) Blackbeards real name was - Edward Teach