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Events for Monday 1st Feb 2016

tell us a story


National Storytelling Week, the first week of February every year; encourages all areas of the community to take part in creating and enjoying storytelling, awakening imagination and creativity.

Founded in 1993, the Society for Storytelling aims to support and promote this most ancient of traditional art forms. National Storytelling Week was conceived in the year 2000.

http://www.sfs.org.uk

February


January and February were introduced by Numa Pompilous, who extended the Roman calendar from ten to 12 months in about 713 BC. The word February comes from Februa or Februatio, which was the name for the Roman festival of ritual purification, undertaken before Spring on the 15th day of the month. February is not named after the Roman god Februus; he came along later and was himself named after the festival.

The Anglo Saxons knew February as Sol-monath, or cake-month because (according to the Venerable Bede) cakes were offered to the gods during this period although, in Old English, sol is the word for mud which, as anyone who has tried gardening in February will tell you, is much more appropriate. February was also known to the Saxons as sprout-kale from the sprouting of green vegetables such as cabbage or kale. Because February has only 28 days in non-leap years, it was known in Welsh as y mis bach, ‘the little month’. As it is halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox February 2 is celebrated as Candlemas Day, an ancient festival marking the midpoint of winter.

rainbow warriors

rainbow warriors

February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History Month and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

The idea came from School’s Out!, a campaigning organisation of LGBT people involved in education. They took their inspiration partly from the US, where LGBT History Month has been celebrated since 1994. They also make respectful acknowledgement to the example of Black History Month.

http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

take a bath


Bath Literature Festival, usually the first week/ten days of March, is a space where writers and readers can meet and exchange ideas.

http://www.bathfestivals.org.uk

imbolc


Celebrated each year on or around February 1st, this pagan festival welcomes the first stirrings of spring.

leading the way


On Feb 1, 2009 Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir became Iceland’s first female Prime Minister & the world’s first openly gay head of government.

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Events for Tuesday 2nd Feb 2016

tell us a story


National Storytelling Week, the first week of February every year; encourages all areas of the community to take part in creating and enjoying storytelling, awakening imagination and creativity.

Founded in 1993, the Society for Storytelling aims to support and promote this most ancient of traditional art forms. National Storytelling Week was conceived in the year 2000.

http://www.sfs.org.uk

deja vu?


February 2 is both Candlemas (the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple) and Groundhog Day.

February


January and February were introduced by Numa Pompilous, who extended the Roman calendar from ten to 12 months in about 713 BC. The word February comes from Februa or Februatio, which was the name for the Roman festival of ritual purification, undertaken before Spring on the 15th day of the month. February is not named after the Roman god Februus; he came along later and was himself named after the festival.

The Anglo Saxons knew February as Sol-monath, or cake-month because (according to the Venerable Bede) cakes were offered to the gods during this period although, in Old English, sol is the word for mud which, as anyone who has tried gardening in February will tell you, is much more appropriate. February was also known to the Saxons as sprout-kale from the sprouting of green vegetables such as cabbage or kale. Because February has only 28 days in non-leap years, it was known in Welsh as y mis bach, ‘the little month’. As it is halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox February 2 is celebrated as Candlemas Day, an ancient festival marking the midpoint of winter.

rainbow warriors

rainbow warriors

February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History Month and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

The idea came from School’s Out!, a campaigning organisation of LGBT people involved in education. They took their inspiration partly from the US, where LGBT History Month has been celebrated since 1994. They also make respectful acknowledgement to the example of Black History Month.

http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

take a bath


Bath Literature Festival, usually the first week/ten days of March, is a space where writers and readers can meet and exchange ideas.

http://www.bathfestivals.org.uk

2 february


World Wetlands Day commemorates the signing of the Ramsar Convention, in 1971. Every year, organisations and civilians work together to increase public awareness of wetland values.

http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-activities-wwds/main/ramsar/1-63-78_4000_0_

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Events for Wednesday 3rd Feb 2016

tell us a story


National Storytelling Week, the first week of February every year; encourages all areas of the community to take part in creating and enjoying storytelling, awakening imagination and creativity.

Founded in 1993, the Society for Storytelling aims to support and promote this most ancient of traditional art forms. National Storytelling Week was conceived in the year 2000.

http://www.sfs.org.uk

rainbow warriors

rainbow warriors

February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History Month and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

The idea came from School’s Out!, a campaigning organisation of LGBT people involved in education. They took their inspiration partly from the US, where LGBT History Month has been celebrated since 1994. They also make respectful acknowledgement to the example of Black History Month.

http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

take a bath


Bath Literature Festival, usually the first week/ten days of March, is a space where writers and readers can meet and exchange ideas.

http://www.bathfestivals.org.uk

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Events for Thursday 4th Feb 2016

tell us a story


National Storytelling Week, the first week of February every year; encourages all areas of the community to take part in creating and enjoying storytelling, awakening imagination and creativity.

Founded in 1993, the Society for Storytelling aims to support and promote this most ancient of traditional art forms. National Storytelling Week was conceived in the year 2000.

http://www.sfs.org.uk

rainbow warriors

rainbow warriors

February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History Month and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

The idea came from School’s Out!, a campaigning organisation of LGBT people involved in education. They took their inspiration partly from the US, where LGBT History Month has been celebrated since 1994. They also make respectful acknowledgement to the example of Black History Month.

http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

take a bath


Bath Literature Festival, usually the first week/ten days of March, is a space where writers and readers can meet and exchange ideas.

http://www.bathfestivals.org.uk

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Events for Friday 5th Feb 2016

tell us a story


National Storytelling Week, the first week of February every year; encourages all areas of the community to take part in creating and enjoying storytelling, awakening imagination and creativity.

Founded in 1993, the Society for Storytelling aims to support and promote this most ancient of traditional art forms. National Storytelling Week was conceived in the year 2000.

http://www.sfs.org.uk

rainbow warriors

rainbow warriors

February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History Month and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

The idea came from School’s Out!, a campaigning organisation of LGBT people involved in education. They took their inspiration partly from the US, where LGBT History Month has been celebrated since 1994. They also make respectful acknowledgement to the example of Black History Month.

http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

take a bath


Bath Literature Festival, usually the first week/ten days of March, is a space where writers and readers can meet and exchange ideas.

http://www.bathfestivals.org.uk

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Events for Saturday 6th Feb 2016

tell us a story


National Storytelling Week, the first week of February every year; encourages all areas of the community to take part in creating and enjoying storytelling, awakening imagination and creativity.

Founded in 1993, the Society for Storytelling aims to support and promote this most ancient of traditional art forms. National Storytelling Week was conceived in the year 2000.

http://www.sfs.org.uk

rainbow warriors

rainbow warriors

February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History Month and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

The idea came from School’s Out!, a campaigning organisation of LGBT people involved in education. They took their inspiration partly from the US, where LGBT History Month has been celebrated since 1994. They also make respectful acknowledgement to the example of Black History Month.

http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

take a bath


Bath Literature Festival, usually the first week/ten days of March, is a space where writers and readers can meet and exchange ideas.

http://www.bathfestivals.org.uk

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Events for Sunday 7th Feb 2016

tell us a story


National Storytelling Week, the first week of February every year; encourages all areas of the community to take part in creating and enjoying storytelling, awakening imagination and creativity.

Founded in 1993, the Society for Storytelling aims to support and promote this most ancient of traditional art forms. National Storytelling Week was conceived in the year 2000.

http://www.sfs.org.uk

rainbow warriors

rainbow warriors

February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History Month and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

The idea came from School’s Out!, a campaigning organisation of LGBT people involved in education. They took their inspiration partly from the US, where LGBT History Month has been celebrated since 1994. They also make respectful acknowledgement to the example of Black History Month.

http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

take a bath


Bath Literature Festival, usually the first week/ten days of March, is a space where writers and readers can meet and exchange ideas.

http://www.bathfestivals.org.uk

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Events for Monday 8th Feb 2016

rainbow warriors

rainbow warriors

February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History Month and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

The idea came from School’s Out!, a campaigning organisation of LGBT people involved in education. They took their inspiration partly from the US, where LGBT History Month has been celebrated since 1994. They also make respectful acknowledgement to the example of Black History Month.

http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

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10

Events for Thursday 11th Feb 2016

Go Green Week

Go Green Week

Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities. Students hold a week of activities to raise awareness every February and launch practical projects to showcase practical solutions for a low-carbon future. People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. “We’re a student-led movement that empowers young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to make change happen, at home and globally.”

http://peopleandplanet.org/gogreenweek

11 february

11 february

Sylvia Plath died in London, England on this day in 1963 (aged 30).

“Mad Girl's Love Song"

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;

I lift my lids and all is born again.

(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,

And arbitrary blackness gallops in:

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed

And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.

(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell's fires fade:

Exit seraphim and Satan's men:

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you'd return the way you said,

But I grow old and I forget your name.

(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;

At least when spring comes they roar back again.

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

(I think I made you up inside my head.)”

― Sylvia Plath

https://www.facebook.com/SylviaPlathAuthor

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Events for Friday 12th Feb 2016

Go Green Week

Go Green Week

Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities. Students hold a week of activities to raise awareness every February and launch practical projects to showcase practical solutions for a low-carbon future. People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. “We’re a student-led movement that empowers young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to make change happen, at home and globally.”

http://peopleandplanet.org/gogreenweek

12 february


Darwin Day, held on Charles Darwin’s birthday, is a celebration of science and humanity and is commemorated around the world.

http://www.darwinday.org/

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Events for Saturday 13th Feb 2016

Go Green Week

Go Green Week

Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities. Students hold a week of activities to raise awareness every February and launch practical projects to showcase practical solutions for a low-carbon future. People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. “We’re a student-led movement that empowers young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to make change happen, at home and globally.”

http://peopleandplanet.org/gogreenweek

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Events for Sunday 14th Feb 2016

Go Green Week

Go Green Week

Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities. Students hold a week of activities to raise awareness every February and launch practical projects to showcase practical solutions for a low-carbon future. People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. “We’re a student-led movement that empowers young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to make change happen, at home and globally.”

http://peopleandplanet.org/gogreenweek

get nesting

get nesting

National Nest Box Week

Check the website for info on how to make a nestbox for your garden.

http://www.bto.org.uk/nnbw/index.htm

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Events for Monday 15th Feb 2016

Go Green Week

Go Green Week

Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities. Students hold a week of activities to raise awareness every February and launch practical projects to showcase practical solutions for a low-carbon future. People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. “We’re a student-led movement that empowers young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to make change happen, at home and globally.”

http://peopleandplanet.org/gogreenweek

get nesting

get nesting

National Nest Box Week

Check the website for info on how to make a nestbox for your garden.

http://www.bto.org.uk/nnbw/index.htm

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Events for Tuesday 16th Feb 2016

Go Green Week

Go Green Week

Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities. Students hold a week of activities to raise awareness every February and launch practical projects to showcase practical solutions for a low-carbon future. People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. “We’re a student-led movement that empowers young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to make change happen, at home and globally.”

http://peopleandplanet.org/gogreenweek

get nesting

get nesting

National Nest Box Week

Check the website for info on how to make a nestbox for your garden.

http://www.bto.org.uk/nnbw/index.htm

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Events for Wednesday 17th Feb 2016

Go Green Week

Go Green Week

Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities. Students hold a week of activities to raise awareness every February and launch practical projects to showcase practical solutions for a low-carbon future. People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. “We’re a student-led movement that empowers young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to make change happen, at home and globally.”

http://peopleandplanet.org/gogreenweek

get nesting

get nesting

National Nest Box Week

Check the website for info on how to make a nestbox for your garden.

http://www.bto.org.uk/nnbw/index.htm

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Events for Thursday 18th Feb 2016

get nesting

get nesting

National Nest Box Week

Check the website for info on how to make a nestbox for your garden.

http://www.bto.org.uk/nnbw/index.htm

the devil’s in the detail


On February 18 1855 a series of mysterious hoof-like marks, known as the Devil’s Footprints, appeared overnight in the snow in Devon. These footprints extended throughout the countryside for up to 100 miles, strating in Exmouth, carrying on through Topsham and then going across the river Exe to Dawlish and Teignmouth. There have also been reports that footprints appeared in Totnes and Torquay, and there were stories of similar prints in Weymouth, Dorset and even as far away as Lincolnshire. In each of these cases the footprints would go on for miles before stopping. abruptly. Unsurprisngly there were many claims of people having seen a devil-like figure in the Devon area at the time: townspeople attempted to track down the beast responsible, but without success. Because houses, haystacks, walls and roofs which lay in the footprints’ path were travelled straight over, it has been suggested that an experimental balloon released from Devonport Dockyard had left the mysterious tracks by trailing shackles on the end of its mooring ropes.

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Events for Friday 19th Feb 2016

get nesting

get nesting

National Nest Box Week

Check the website for info on how to make a nestbox for your garden.

http://www.bto.org.uk/nnbw/index.htm

three’s a crowd?


Today is a big day for music: soul superstar Smokey Robinson, singer Seal and Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi all share a birthday today: imagine that trio!

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Events for Saturday 20th Feb 2016

get nesting

get nesting

National Nest Box Week

Check the website for info on how to make a nestbox for your garden.

http://www.bto.org.uk/nnbw/index.htm

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Events for Sunday 21st Feb 2016

get nesting

get nesting

National Nest Box Week

Check the website for info on how to make a nestbox for your garden.

http://www.bto.org.uk/nnbw/index.htm

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22

Events for Tuesday 23rd Feb 2016

loud and proud


Celebrated each year, Fairtrade Fortnight Feb 23-Mar 3 is the perfect time for shoppers to show their support for ethical trading and for farming communities in some of the world’s poorest countries. There are always plenty of ways to get involved, whether you want to set up your own event, attend a talk, fair or workshop, or just flaunt the fairtrade products in your lunchbox.

http://www.fairtrade.org.uk

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25

Events for Friday 26th Feb 2016

what’s up doc?


Tex Avery, co-creator of Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and others, was born February 26 1908.

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27

Events for Sunday 28th Feb 2016

look before you leap


2012 was a leap year, the next one will be 2016. Leap years have an extra – or ‘leap’ – day added to the month of February - creating a once-every-four-years date of 29 February. The extra day is added because the regular calendar year of 365 days is shorter than a solar year by almost six hours (well, 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 16 seconds to be exact). Leap Day has existed since 49 BC and the Julian reform of the calendar, but it wasn’t until the introduction of the Gregorian calendar (adopted in the UK in 1752) that we began to recognise February 29 as Leap Day. Non-leap years are called common years. A number of traditions have grown up around Leap Day. In Great Britain tradition would have it that women may propose marriage only on leap years. Supposedly, a 1288 law instigated by Margaret, the child queen of Scotland (Queen of the Scots by the age of three, dead before she reached her eighth birthday), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man. In Denmark, the tradition is that women may propose on the pre-Gregorian Leap Day, February 24, and that refusal must be compensated with 12 pairs of gloves. In Finland, the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman's proposal he should buy her the fabric for a skirt. In Ireland, the story goes, in the 5th century St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for a man to propose. St. Patrick said the yearning females could propose on this one day. A person born on February 29 may be called a "leapling" or a "leaper".In common years they usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28. In some situations, March 1 is used as the birthday in a non-leap year since it is the day following February 28. Technically, a leapling will have fewer birthday anniversaries than their age in years. This phenomenon is exploited when a person claims to be only a quarter of their actual age, by counting their leap-year birthday anniversaries only. In Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic the pirate apprentice discovers that he is bound to serve the pirates until his 21st birthday rather than until his 21st year.

This website for Leaplings, includes famous Leapers, more history and legal advice:

http://www.leapyearday.com

28 february


Rare Disease Day.

Hundreds of patient organisations from all around the world organise activities to raise awareness, which are based around the slogan: ‘Rare but strong together’.

http://www.rarediseaseday.org/article/about-rare-disease-day

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Events for Monday 29th Feb 2016

look before you leap


2012 was a leap year, the next one will be 2016. Leap years have an extra – or ‘leap’ – day added to the month of February - creating a once-every-four-years date of 29 February. The extra day is added because the regular calendar year of 365 days is shorter than a solar year by almost six hours (well, 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 16 seconds to be exact). Leap Day has existed since 49 BC and the Julian reform of the calendar, but it wasn’t until the introduction of the Gregorian calendar (adopted in the UK in 1752) that we began to recognise February 29 as Leap Day. Non-leap years are called common years. A number of traditions have grown up around Leap Day. In Great Britain tradition would have it that women may propose marriage only on leap years. Supposedly, a 1288 law instigated by Margaret, the child queen of Scotland (Queen of the Scots by the age of three, dead before she reached her eighth birthday), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man. In Denmark, the tradition is that women may propose on the pre-Gregorian Leap Day, February 24, and that refusal must be compensated with 12 pairs of gloves. In Finland, the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman's proposal he should buy her the fabric for a skirt. In Ireland, the story goes, in the 5th century St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for a man to propose. St. Patrick said the yearning females could propose on this one day. A person born on February 29 may be called a "leapling" or a "leaper".In common years they usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28. In some situations, March 1 is used as the birthday in a non-leap year since it is the day following February 28. Technically, a leapling will have fewer birthday anniversaries than their age in years. This phenomenon is exploited when a person claims to be only a quarter of their actual age, by counting their leap-year birthday anniversaries only. In Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic the pirate apprentice discovers that he is bound to serve the pirates until his 21st birthday rather than until his 21st year.

This website for Leaplings, includes famous Leapers, more history and legal advice:

http://www.leapyearday.com

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