Special & Awareness Days – August 2017

Here is a list of Special and Awareness Days that are marked for August. I hope this post helps inspire your blog posts.

MONTH

  • Happiness Happens Month
  • Romance Awareness Month
  • Anti-Frizz Month
  • Family History Month
  • National Road Victim Month

 

WEEKS

1st – 7th – World Breast Feeding Week

14th – 20th – National Allotment Week / Afternoon Tea Week

DAYS

  1. World Lung Cancer Day/World Wide Web Day/Yorkshire Day
  2. Colouring Book Day
  3. White Wine Day/Clean Your Floors Day
  4. Coast Guard Day/International Beer Day
  5. Sandcastle Day / Marilyn Monroe Died in 1962
  6. Friendship Day/International Sailor Moon Day/Doll Day/Sisters Day
  7. Lighthouse Day
  8. International Cat Day/Bowling Day/Odie Day
  9. Book Lovers Day
  10. World Lion Day/Lazy Day
  11. Son and Daughter Day/Play in the Sand Day
  12. World Elephant Day
  13. International Left-Handers Day
  14. Relaxation Day
  15. Roller-coaster Day/Rum Day/Ecological Debt Day/Elvis Presley Died 40 years ago Today
  16. Thrift Shop Day
  17. Serendipity Day
  18. World Honey Bee Day/Humanitarian Day/Potato Day
  19. World Mosquito Day
  20. Vesuvius Day
  21. Kiss and Make Up Day
  22. Dog Day
  23. International Bat Night
  24. Bow Tie Day
  25. Frankenstein Day/Grief Awareness Day/International Day of the Disappeared
  26. Burger Day / Princess Diana died 20 Years ago 

Special & Awareness Days – June 2017

Below is a list of Special and Awareness Days that may or may not inspire your blogging activity for the month of June.

J U N E

Birthstone : Pearl

Flowers : Rose and Honeysuckle

MONTH

Great Outdoors Moth

Candy Month

Camping Month

Dairy Month

Iced Tea Month

Rose Month

WEEKS

5th – 11th – Child Safety Week  / National Gardening Week

10th – 17th – Bike Week

12th – 18th – Carers Week / Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week

16th – 22nd – International Picnic Week

DAYS

  1. International Children’s Day / World Milk Day /Dare Day
  2. Repeat Day
  3. Cancer Survivors Day / Hug Your Cat Day
  4. World Environment Day
  5. Running Day
  6. World Oceans Day
  7. Wear it, Beat it British Heart Foundation Day / Donald Duck Day
  8. World Doll Day
  9. Superman Day / Red Rose Day
  10. Sewing Machine Day
  11. Magna Carta Day / Beer Day
  12. National Fudge Day
  13. Big Lunch Day / International Picnic Day
  14. Garfield Day
  15. World Refugee Day
  16. World Humanist Day / World Music Day / Selfie Day
  17. Public Service Day / Let It Go day
  18. MIDSUMMER’S DAY / National Kissing Day / Fairy Day
  19. Global Beatles Day
  20. Forgiveness Day
  21. Sunglasses Day
  22. Hug Holiday
  23. Social Media Day / Wallace and Gromits Wrong Trousers Day

Awareness & Special Days – April

Argh… It’s April tomorrow! Where has the time gone?  A quarter of the year has passed by already.

So, here is my monthly list of of things that are happening in April. These are things I come across on the internet that I find interesting.

MONTH

A – Z April Challenge – My theme “Disney Sidekicks”

National Pet Month

Stress Awareness Month

IBS Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

WEEKS

10th – 16th – Parkinson’s Awareness Week / National Gardening Week

17th – 23rd – Male Cancer Awareness Week

24th – 30th – European Immunisation Week / Family Safety Week / National Stationery Week

DAYS

  1. April Fools Day
  2. Hans Christian Anderson Day / International Children’s Book Day / World Autism Awareness Day
  3.  Find a Rainbow Day
  4.  –
  5.  Star Trek First Contact Day / Pizza day
  6.  New Beers Eve
  7.  World Health Day / Walk to Work Day
  8. Draw A Bird Day
  9. National Siblings Day
  10. Nissan 14 Memorial of Jesus Christ
  11. Titanic Remembrance Day
  12. World Voice Day
  13. World Haemophilia Day
  14. National Wear a Flower Day
  15. National Skipping Day
  16. National Mother Earth Day
  17. The London Marathon / World Book Night / Shakespeare’s Anniversary Day
  18. World Malaria Day / World Penguin Day
  19. World Intellectual Property Day
  20. Tour de Yorkshire
  21. International Dance Day / International Astronomy Day
  22. International Jazz Day

Hope you all have a good April and if you are completing the A – Z April Challenge, Have a happy blogging month

lu

 

National Storytelling Week

Once Upon a Time… 

…there was a little girl who loved to listen to anyone who could tell her an amazing tale. The more fanciful the tale the more intrigued the child became. Fairies, dragons, trolls and giants all tickled her ears and lit up her imagination. Sadly though as the child grew taller people were less likely to tell her stories and the light of imagination that once shone so brightly was now beginning to dim.  

Saturday 28 January 2017 – marks the start of National Storytelling Week organised by the Society for Storytelling.

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The art of Storytelling is an ancient tradition that has been preserved for centuries. Throughout the world the ability to tell oral stories has passed on traditions and  preserved cultural heritage down through the generations.

2017 is the 17th Annual National Storytelling Week here in England and Wales. There are events taking place up and down the country.

Is the art of the storyteller a tradition that is dying out?

I don’t think I am qualified to answer that question but I do think the art of telling stories has evolved. The evolution began with the invention of the printing press in the mid-fifteenth century which then evolved into the moving pictures. Stories then became accessible to wider audiences and different ways of communicating stories have emerged.

Personally, I find magic in someone that can hold an audience with just the power of their voice while communicating a story or an experience. I don’t think anything can beat those times while growing up when one of my parents or an elderly relative would tell me and my brother a story from their past or maybe a fairy tale. While at Primary School we often had storytellers visit the school during assembly or if we were we lucky for a few hours in the afternoon. To be able to capture the awe we had while listening to their tales is something every child should experience, but should the privilege of being able to listen to stories be restricted to children? Of course not.

If you want more information on events taking place this week or National Storytelling Week take a wander over to the <<<Official Site – Click Here>>> 

Have you got a story worth telling? Why don’t you post it this week on your blog. If you do remember to send me your link I ‘d love to read it.

Happy Storytelling

lu

How Can Life Go ON?

Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Our lives can change in an instant. Time and unforeseen occurrences can befall us all. 99.9% of the time we don’t worry about it. We wake every morning and go about our own familiar routine. Life in the first world for most of us is relatively easy. We have a voice, we have an opinion and we allowed to air them. We are allowed to choose our own lifestyle and can worship or practice whatever religion we feel compelled too, or not!  Most of us simply exist and we are quite happy to do this.

Now imagine this…

One day there is an announcement by the government, it’s breaking news, everyone is talking about it. Everyone who is “different” has to sign a register.  By “different” of course anyone who does not conform to that government. Anyone who is foreign, has different colour skin, has a disability, is not a member of the state church or maybe anyone that believes in God, anyone who leads an alternative lifestyle or just anyone who does not fit in?  What would your reaction be? Would you have to sign the register?

We remember the Holocaust and we think of all the people who died because one man decided that those people should not belong in the world. He called it Ethnic Cleansing.

This years theme is: How can life go on?

Three people spring into my head when I think about this theme.

Victim

Perpetrator

Survivor

For the VICTIM of course life does not go on. They are the fodder. They die for no reason just on the whim of those in power. It is the family and friends of the victim that have to go on.

The PERPETRATOR now here is mixed bag. Of course it begins with the one who gives the order, but what about those who follow the orders? They follow the orders because if they don’t they become the victim. It doesn’t make it right but that’s what a lot of people do they go along with who ever holds the power. Simply because they are selfish and they are looking at saving their own skin. When that person loses power, who will protect them then?

Auschwitz Children

The SURVIVOR who was once the victim. They have to pick up their lives after their ordeal. They are the ones who have to voice their experiences, they have to tell whoever will listen what they were forced to experience. Forced to live back in a society that only a short time since refused to acknowledge their existence. To live side by side next to those who once spit at them in the streets, who turned them into the authorities when all they were trying to do was protect their families. People who they once trusted, who used to smile at them in the street, who turned into enemies under the influence of a tyrannical leader and then wanted to see them exterminated.

How can you go back and live with those people?

How Can Life Go ON?

Life goes on and it does carry on but anyone that lives through a traumatic experience is never the same again.

For those of us who read the experiences of those in the Holocaust, Darfur, Bosnia, Rwanda and Cambodia, we all should take heed. Ethnic Cleansing has occurred on more than one occasion and unfortunately it could happen again. Who will you be? Victim, Perpetrator, Survivor? Hopefully, you will be a voice. The voice of one who refuses to participate in the annihilation of another human being.

Life can only go on… once we find a way to live in peace with each other. Once we all realise that no matter the colour of our skin, our ethnic background etc… that we are all basically the same and that everyone has the right to live in this world.