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St. Lucy’s Day

In antiquity St Lucy’s Day, the 13th December, was considered to be the shortest day of the year (in the Julian Calendar). John Donne’s poem depicts that most gloomy of all days in his poem King James I once described John Donne’s poetry as like the Grace of God, “it passeth all understanding”. I think […]

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Yuletide

Yuletide, as the cliche goes, is lost in the mists of time. The term “Yule” is said to refer to the month of December amongst the Germanic peoples of Northern Europe and Scandinavia. It possibly refers to the “wild hunt” of gods hunting in the northern skies of Europe, possibly inspired by the northern lights. […]

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Happy All Saint’s day!

On All Saint’s Day in medieval times beggars would approach households offering to pray for their dead relatives in exchange for food or a treat. This practice was suppressed by the protestant Queen Elizabeth I but it survived in rural areas from whence it was taken to the New World. Over the years asking for […]

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Red letter day for Black Cabs as credit card AND contactless payments become mandatory.

31st October 2016 Not only is it Halloween today, it’s also D-day for the London black cab trade: with effect from today, every one of the 22,500 London black cabs are obliged to have the facility for customers to pay using contactless cards. Some might say it was a long time coming given the increasing […]

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