Tag Archives: Wales

Saint of the Day for Monday, May 4th, 2015 : St. Florian


today’s holiday: World Bog Snorkelling Championship


World Bog Snorkelling Championship

Peat bogs are areas of wetlands that are plentiful around the United Kingdom, so in the 1980s folks in the small town of Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, decided to make annual, if wacky, use of one. They clear a 60-yard path through the black, smelly waters of the Waen Rhydd peat bog outside town. Competitors must traverse the trench twice using any but standard swim strokes. Snorkels and flippers are required wear. A newer event takes place in the same bog in July—the World Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling Championship. More… Discuss

today’s holiday: Festival Interceltique


Festival Interceltique

Created in 1971, the Festival Interceltique (Interceltic Festival) brings together traditional and contemporary expressions of Celtic culture and arts. Approximately 4,500 singers, instrumentalists, visual artists, dancers, professors, and filmmakers from the traditionally Celtic lands take part in the event, including Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Galicia (Spain), Asturias (Spain), and Brittany (France). The festival takes place in Lorient, a town in Brittany, from the first Friday in August until the second Sunday in August. About 350,000 spectators attend the festival annually. More… Discuss

10-Year Cancer Survival Up in England and Wales


10-Year Cancer Survival Up in England and Wales

Better diagnostic tools as well as treatments are helping cancer patients live longer in England and Wales. Half of people now being diagnosed with cancer there will survive for at least a decade, double the rate of the early 1970s. However, for some cancers, like pancreatic cancer and lung cancer, survival rates remain extremely low. London-based Cancer Research UK lauded the progress but said that further inroads need to be made and set a goal of 75 percent 10-year survival within two decades. More… Discuss

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Image of Bl. Edward Jones

Bl. Edward Jones

Blessed Edward Jones and Anthony Middleton, Martyrs Edward Jones from Wales and Anthony Middleton from Yorkshire were both educated at the Douai College in Rheims. They became priests and were sent … continue reading

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ARTICLE: SAINT PAUL’S CATHEDRAL


Saint Paul’s Cathedral

London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the finest churches built in the English baroque style. The original church dates back to the 7th century, but a series of fires led to architect Sir Christopher Wren redesigning the building in the 17th century. More recently, the cathedral hosted the globally televised 1981 wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. The cathedral’s prominent form on the skyline is also used frequently in films set in London. What are some examples? More… Discuss

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Word: NATTER


natter 

Definition: (verb) Talk socially without exchanging too much information.
Synonyms: chew the fatchitchatclaverconfabchatjawshoot the breezeconfabulategossipchafferchattervisit
Usage: My teenage daughter can natter on the phone for hours.Discuss.