World Goth Day takes place on 22 May, an occasion for the pale and morbidly-inclined to emerge squinting into the sunlight to celebrate their individuality. Goths in black hoodies, band t-shirts, panda eye shadow and even Victorian funeral weeds and moderate fetish wear are a common sight in market town centres across the country these days. Most people now understand that the look is nothing to be intimidated by, not necessarily a symptom of depression and much more than "just a phase" that teenagers drawn to occultism and pagan symbols will grow out of. Wearing black is actually a clear indication of a melancholic personality type as old as the Elizabethan malcontent and Goth turns out to be a healthily inclusive tribal movement that shuns prescribed gender expectations and unrealistic physical ideals, placing an unfashionable premium on reading. All reasons its adherents, predominantly middle class and white, deserve respect rather than … [Read more...] about World Goth Day: An anatomy of melancholy from Goya and Edgar Allan Poe to Bauhaus and Tim Burton
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Today is World Sleep Day. Oh, great, you might say, if you’d known that at 8am you’d have known you had a good excuse to stay in bed. Next year, perhaps. The point of the day is to raise awareness about the importance of sleep and how lack of it can affect everything from education to our social lives. If you’re feeling weary right now, you will already know all this. So, here’s a guide to some of the best ways technology has been used to create some of the best, most comfortable bedding, for a start. Read more How to fix all of your sleep problems with science Woolroom, a company which makes bedding products using British wool, says that research shows that wool bedding can help with deep sleep, so you wake revitalised. The company makes duvets, pillows, mattresses and more. There’s no denying the comfort of the products – the pillow has just the right amount of bounce and the mattress protector is luxurious without being squashy – … [Read more...] about World Sleep Day: How tech is making bedding more comfortable to ensure a good night’s rest
PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:06 23 February 2018 A selection of books. Photo: Volk65/getty images/istockphoto Archant World Book Day is a time to celebrate stories, authors and illustrators and the occasion is marked around the globe in more than 100 countries. Books by George Orwell. Photo: Gemma Greengrass Children will be dressing up as their favourite characters and collecting book tokens, but they’re not the only ones who can get involved in the fun. To mark the occasion Courtney Pochin asked our readers to tell us a bit about the books they love and what it is that makes them so great. From these suggestions we’ve compiled a reading list of more than 20 stories which you can work your way through. Here’s a look at some of East Anglia’s favourite books... Actor Nadia Clifford , who played Jane Eyre in the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic production of Jane Eyre visited the Book Hive. Photo: Norwich Theatre Royal The Woman in … [Read more...] about 23 books our readers recommend for World Book Day 2018
Home / News / UK & World by Press Association January 4 2018, 3.07pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week People and organisations have clamoured to mark World Braille Day on social media, pushing the phrase into Twitter’s top trends. The day celebrates the birth of Louis Braille, the French schoolboy who created the system that bears his name. He was born on January 4 1809. How does Braille work? The Braille alphabet works on a six-dot code. Different combinations of raised dots indicate letters, punctuation and numbers. There are also signposting markers which tell a reader that either a capital letter or a number is coming next and advanced forms which include more sounds and contractions. How was Braille invented? Louis Braille, who lost his sight after an accident and then infection, invented the system as a teenager while at a school for blind children. He was … [Read more...] about Q&A: Why are people celebrating World Braille Day?
World Braille Day is today (4 January), marking the birthday of its inventor Louis Braille. Designed in 1824, Braille is a cipher that maps every letter in the alphabet into a raised code that can be 'read' by the blind. To mark this landmark moment and to raise awareness of its importance, a Boston-based company teamed up with National Braille Press for a completely unique fundraiser. BikeBus is the world's first vehicle that allows people to safely work out as they go sightseeing through a bicycle-powered bus. In light of World Braille Day, they are running a Bike-A-Thon where participants get to experience a cycling class while actually pedalling through Boston as the instructor on board describes each highlight in visual detail. Proceeds from the fundraiser go towards National Braille Press, a non-profit Braille publisher in the US. It raises literacy levels by releasing information in braille for blind children and adults and specialises in works written by blind authors. Seema … [Read more...] about This tour company are raising awareness for World Braille Day with a bike-a-thon