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Interesting facts

in the limelight

The limelight means the centre or focus of attention. If you are in the limelight, you receive the attention and interest from the public. In Spanish we say “Ser el centro de atención, estar de actualidad”.

You will probably agree with me that these children who burst in on their dad, Professor Robert Kelly, while being interviewed by the BBC are a clear example of this expression, taking into account that the video went viral.

These charming kids steal the limelight once more, as they will feature a cartoon trying to help their father out with his important UN jobs. You can read the news here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39724383

 

 

United Kingdom first to recognise parkour as official sport

Good news arrive from the UK for those who love parkour, also known as freerunning. For more information click here.

Irish Winter Solstice

Today marks the Winter Solstice and shortest day of the year. On this day, the ancient passage tomb at County Meath’s Newgrange in Ireland showcases a spectacular lightshow which is 5,000 years old and predates the Egyptian Pyramids.

You can find out more clicking here.

The art of death photography

Nowadays we may find this news and pictures unsettling, but photographing the deads was a way to remember our beloved ones when they passed away. Death was common among children and young people at that time, and having photos taken was an expensive service that not many people could afford. But people made the effort to pay for that last picture with their deceased so that they would remain in the memories forever… It’s part of our history and it’s part of our ancestors.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36389581

Easter Eggs: A sweet custom

It’s Easter and in some countries it’s common to see children looking for eggs that are said to be left by the Easter Bunny… But why eggs? And why bunnies? Click on the links below to find out:

St. Patrick’s Day: What do you know about the patron saint of Ireland?

Yesterday was an important day for Irish people. How much do you know about this celebration? In the following link you’ll learn a bit more about the biggest day in the Irish calendar:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/when-is-st-patricks-day-and-what-does-it-celebrate-a6934241.html

29th February: Leap Day

All of you have probably realised that this year there has been a 29th of February. Do you know the name for this year? In English it is called Leap Year and the 29th itself is called Leap Day.

But if leap means jump, why is it called “Leap Year”? According to Wikipedia:

The name “leap year” probably comes from the fact that while a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar normally advances one day of the week from one year to the next, the day of the week in the 12 months following the leap day (from March 1 through February 28 of the following year) will advance two days due to the extra day (thus “leaping over” one of the days in the week). For example, Christmas fell on Tuesday in 2001, Wednesday in 2002, and Thursday in 2003 but then “leapt” over Friday to fall on a Saturday in 2004.

The same type of problem happens in the relationship between the day and the number of seconds in the day: If you divide the larger measure of time by the smaller, you do not get a whole number. Instead, the result is an unending decimal. There is no way to perfectly fit a whole number of seconds into a day, nor is there a way to perfectly fit a whole number of days/months into a year. As leap years are used to correct calendar drift, the resulting drift in measuring the diurnal cycle is corrected by the use of leap seconds.

So now you know! Hope you had a wonderful Leap Day! 🙂