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The history of Tea in Great Britain

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The history of Tea in Great Britain

Even though tea is the most quintessential of English drinks it was actually a late comer in the UK. Whilst it is impossible to know exactly when the first cup was brewed, legend has it that Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sat beneath a Camellia sinensis one day in 2737BC when a few leaves were stirred by the wind. As his servant boiled drinking water in a pot, the leaves fell in and so accidentally resulted in the world’s first cup of tea.  To this day, every cup of tea enjoyed around the world comes from the same plant; the...

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Slate Mining in the UK

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Slate Mining in the UK

Slate mining is the industry related to the extraction and processing of slate. IT is either quarried or reached by tunnelling in the slate mine. Common use for slate is roofing materials, flooring, grave stone and electric insulation. Slate mining happened most often in north wales, UK. Men worked 6 days a week on very poor wages and in some desperate conditions. Miners had to take a five year apprenticeship in order to become a fully qualified slate miner and even then the skills that they learn don’t actually give their pay value. They were employed contracts on a monthly...

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The history of Father Christmas

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The history of Father Christmas

Santa Claus. Kris Kringle. Father Christmas. St. Nicholas. The man behind St. Nicholas was a bishop who lived in the 4th Century in a place called Myra which as actually now known as Turkey. He was a very rich man due to his parents dying when he was very young and receiving his inheritance. He was much admired due to his kindness and piety. There are many legends for St. Nicholas but we don’t know which one is true! There was a poor man who had three daughters. He was so poor, he did not have enough money for a...

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The Giant Panda

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The Giant Panda

Giant panda are no longer endangered but they are still vulnerable. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are safe though. They became endangered when their climates where be chopped down. Panda live on a diet of bamboo only and in the next 80 years or so there will be a 35% decrease of bamboo forests due to them being destroyed through climate change. Currently there are around 1,864 panda living in the wild, since 2004 that is an increase of 17%. With the forests being destroyed this number might decrease and panda may become endangered again. Our ‘Moody Panda’ mug is...

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The Hygge Trend

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The Hygge Trend

Hygge is a quality of Danish culture. It cannot be translated using a single word. Rather, it includes many of the pleasures we link with everyday living - relaxing with friends, enjoying good food, and creating a cosy evening with a candle or two. It refers to a mental state of cosiness, warmth, and togetherness in the heart of winter. It also helps the Danes get through the long, dark and cold winters. The Danish word, pronounced "hoo-ga", is commonly translated into English as "cosiness". The origin of the word ‘hygge’ comes from a Norwegian word meaning ‘well-being’. It first...

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