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Culture Vultures 12.10.20

Today is another important day in this years calendar it Human Rights Day. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly. This day is observed to protect the fundamental human rights of all people and their basic human freedom. This weeks Chat Cafe question: "If you could change one of the words to a verse from the '12 Days of Christmas' what would you change them to?"

My answer is something like , 5 Mince Pies to replace "5 gold rings", hmmm yum!

This week links for the Vlog:

Hanukkah- A short overview

During the time of Alexander the Great, Jewish culture began to blend with the Greek culture. Jews who accepted Greek culture at the expense of their religion became known as Hellenists. Alexander and the Jews had a mostly peaceful relationship; the Jews were loyal to his rule. However Antiochus1V took over from Alexander he forced Greek culture on the devout Jewish people by placing Hellenistic priests in the Temple. He also desecrated the Temple by sacrificing pigs at the altar, and prohibiting Jews from practicing their faith.

A rebel force of Jews formed around the year 166 BCE. They revolted against Antiochus’ government and took back the Temple. So that they could rededicate the Temple, oil was needed for the menorah. But there was only enough undefiled oil to last one night. Miraculously, it lasted eight days. Hanukkah is the eight-day Festival of Lights commemorating this miracle of the oil.

Celebrating Hanukkah the Songs of Light Sunday 13 September from 9pm to 10.30pm

Book tickets free via Eventbrite:

A peak at the past here’s a copy of the Cheshire Observer ,December 12th 1908:

And also Welsh news such as Ox roasting in the street, royal visits and tardiness:

An interview by Annie Riley from the National Trust with historian Melanie

Backe-Hanson regarding the TV program A House Through Time:

A fascinating video from Crannog. Iron Age Scotland and standing stones time travel to ancient Scottish history:

Cities of the gods, from The Met museum which was shot on location in Mexico and Honduras to accompany the exhibition at the met which told the sweeping story of the civilisation that flourished in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean before European colonisation:

Cities of the Gods, 1970 | From the Vaults

Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels, the story and history of Joseph Williamson and his tunnels:

Ancient Egypt The Ankh, The DJed and other Ancient symbols and their meanings:

The Art Society Evelyn De Morgan, Challenging the status quo with mythical women:

Some fascinating information on Vincent Van Gogh including art works letters and his early life from the Van Gogh Museum:

Saturday 12 December from 19.00 to 22.00 for Springboard Zoom Social

BlackFest collaborates with Big Condo and Make it Write, to bring creatives together for a big celebration of the Rich Liverpool arts scene and it’s talent. Enjoy a night of poetry, script writing, a quiz and fab entertainment. For more information check out:

And Book free via eventbrite:

And finally for this week a lovely animation about the theatre and hope:

Thanks for listening

Best wishes to all and see you next week


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