Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Charles Dickens birthday : 7th February

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the most prolific writers of all time and possibly the most famous author of Victorian Britain.  
Dickens was born in Portsmouth and left school young, when his father was thrown in to debtors prison and he needed to financially support the family. 
 Many of Dicken's stories covered the realities of poverty and life for the working classes and reflected his own early life.
Most of his novels were published in serial form meaning that they were accessible to the lower classes of society who would pay a contribution to hear them read.  
Many of the most famous literary characters come from Dicken's stories; Scrooge, Fagin, Miss Havisham, Mr Micawber and many more.
Charles Dickens was born on 7th February, and that's a good excuse to celebrate his birthday by finding out a little about him and enjoying some of his stories!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

First day of winter - 21st December

What exactly is the winter solstice?

The December solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. This year the solstice occurs on Wednesday December 21st at 10:44 GMT (Universal time).
The winter solstice happens every year when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, when the North Pole is tilted farthest – 23.5 degrees – away from the Sun, delivering the fewest hours of sunlight of the year.
The Sun is directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere during the December solstice and is closer to the horizon than at any other time in the year, meaning shorter days and longer nights.