Monthly Archives: December 2012

Belgian Truffines

To keep with the daily theme of these little messages, we tried to find something relevant about Belgian chocolates for today, but then we realised that this was a silly idea: how could there be any day when fine chocolates … Continue reading

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Candy Canes

December 14 is probably something entirely dull out in the rest of the world, but in Geeveston this year it’s very important indeed: it’s the day of the Christmas Pageant!  Organised by local personalities, at least some of whom bear … Continue reading

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Jelly Spogs

On this day in 1642, Abel Tasman, the Dutch explorer, discovered New Zealand.  He made a right mess of things, as explorers usually do, and was lucky to escape with his life.  Clearly he should have quit at the peak … Continue reading

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Fudge Bon-Bons

On this day in 1949, legendary British actor Bill Nighy was born.  You probably remember him from Love Actually or Pirates of the Caribbean one of the dozens of Harry Potter movies, but his starring role was as an art critic … Continue reading

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Golliwogs

December 11 is a particularly un-memorable day.  Nobody very interesting was born, killed, married, crowned, or magically turned into a frog on this day.  It’s enough to make someone weep with sadness at the complete ordinariness of the day.  Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Mini Chocolates

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. As you see here, that can mean rights for women, the right to an education, and the right to work, among others. If you’re a human, or a labrador or a rainbow lorrikeet … Continue reading

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Kattekoppen

Anna’s Day is today, December 9th.  It’s the day that Swedish and Finnish people prepare their lutefisk, a strange and worrying delicacy involving fish, lye and possibly rat poison.  The Wall of Lollies sells nothing like it, but if you … Continue reading

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Bags of Gold

Today, the 8th of December, is the beginning this year of the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah.  The idea of giving Hanukkah gelt (Hanukkah gold) at this time dates back to the Eastern European tradition of children giving their teachers … Continue reading

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Rocket Cushion

December 7 is a good day for space fans!  It’s the day (in 1972) that Apollo 17, the last of the Apollo missions, took off for the moon.  In 1995 it’s the day that the Galileo spacecraft arrived at Jupiter.  … Continue reading

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Chocolate Lolly Pops

December the sixth is the Feast of St Nicholas, the traditional Christmas present day for many countries in Europe.  The American and British Santa Claus and Father Christmas are all versions of good old Saint Nick, so today’s lolly is … Continue reading

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