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Culture Vultures 15.04.21

Its 'National Haiku poetry' day on the 17th April! This is Japanese poetry ,non rhyming and story telling in just three lines (first line 5 syllables, second 7 syllables and third 5 syllables). I've had a go and would love to hear your poems (which will no doubt be much better)...

In my back garden
I gather the best flowers
I choose a nice vase

It’s also 'National Tea Day' on the 21st April.  National Tea Day is observed in the United Kingdom every year on 21st April to celebrate the drinking of tea. There are approximately 20,000 types of tea around the world. From Da Hong Pao the most expensive tea in the world to standard black teas.

How do you drink your tea? Do you have any recipes, such as how to make a good Chai tea? why not pass them on via the chat-forum page? Would be lovely to try a few different tea recipes :)

This weeks Culture Vulture suggestions:

Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution

16th April at 7.00pm. Book via link below.

In this course students will explore pivotal historical events to evaluate how far they transformed the world we live in. The course will focus on key moments in political, social and cultural history, from the Protestant Reformation to the French Revolution and Civil Rights movement.

The British Museum

19th April at 6.30pm.

The horned helmet from Waterloo and the decorated bronze shield from Battersea are staples in popular depictions of ancient Britons. These pieces are sometimes described as 'parade armour' with the suggestion that such flamboyant objects were too impractical for battle. This talk presents brand new research on highlight objects from the British Museum as well as recent archaeological finds to argue that, in fact, dressing to impress on the battlefield was all-important.

Earth Day 2021

On April 20th this begins with a global youth climate summit led by Earth Uprising, in collaboration with My Future My Voice, OneMillionOfUs and hundreds of youth climate activists. The global youth summit will consist of panels, speeches, discussions, and special messages with today’s youth climate activists including Greta Thunberg.

Book to see Greta Thunberg’s documentary I am Greta via eventbrite 12.30pm to 3.00 pm on the 20th April.

EARTHDAY.ORG will have its second Earth Day Live digital event on April 22nd.

Workshops, panel discussions, and special performances will focus on Restore Our Earth — covering natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. The leaders of tomorrow will come to push us towards a better world. From 4.00 to 5.00pm , We will share two short videos about Footstep’s work in Birmingham, UK over the past five years. Then co-hosts Kamran Shezad, BAHU Trust sustainability lead and Marilyn Hull from Birmingham Anglican Climate Action will facilitate a discussion about how lessons learned in Birmingham are applicable elsewhere.

Earth Day Fresno

On April 22 From 6.00pm to 11.30pm book to join.

This year, instead of doing an in-person event, we are celebrating Earth Day Fresno online on Zoom. We’ve decided to show some love on Earth Day. We’ll also share fun ways to support the environment , and we thought it would be nice to share some fun earth-friendly activities throughout the evening too.

Japan’s cherry blossom viewing parties - The history of chasing the fleeting beauty of sakura The full bloom of the cherry blossom happens from late March to April. It is a season of many changes in Japan – including graduation and entrance ceremonies to schools – so there are many reasons to celebrate. At this time, people take a moment to appreciate the brevity of spring and its beauty, with the blooming and falling of cherry blossom.

Saltire Society

A lovely event from Saltire Society - Listen to Margaret Bennett renowned storyteller as she journeys throughout Scotland from her fireside. A Mix of traditional stories and songs to take you further afield.

Pre Raphaelite knights Gallery tour from the Bowes Museum

Step into the world of chivalry, damsels and honour. Learn more about these magnificent paintings and their meanings.

Audio guide from The British Museum

Enjoy extracts from an audio guide about some of the British Museum’s most popular objects. From ancient flint handaxes to a penny defaced by suffragettes, listen to the audio tour while looking at the objects in the timeline below.

Rāmāyaṇa Manuscripts

From the British Library an article on one of the world's most beautiful Rāmāyaṇa manuscripts prepared for Maharana Jagat Singh, the ruler of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar in Rajasthan, in the middle of the 17th century. Plus a link on the article page to view the book. The Rāmāyaṇa – ‘Rāma’s journey’ – is one of India’s oldest stories. It was first told in the Sanskrit epic poem of Vālmīki some two and a half thousand years ago. Since then it has been retold over and over in different forms, in many languages of India and beyond.

To view the book click on this link:

Now to give you a laugh; it’s the Handlebards and a very short and hilarious version of 'As You Like it'.

Thanks for listening best wishes and see you all next week.


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