Saying Sorry

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 19 May 2017 > Celebrate

For more than 150 years, tens of thousands of Australian Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families and communities. On 26 May, Australia recognises and commemorates this injustice on Sorry Day. Policies of “assimilating” indigenous children started early in the British colonial period in the nineteenth century. It accelerated and became more systematic from … Continue reading “Saying Sorry”

Fair Trade Celebrations

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 05 May 2017 > Celebrate

Fair Trade is in the air in May. The international “Celebrate Fairtrade” challenge runs from 12 to 14 May and is France is celebrating la Quinzaine du commerce équitable from 13 to 28 May. As it approaches its 30th anniversary, the Fairtrade movement is spreading fast, both in terms of sales to consumers, and the number of producers who … Continue reading “Fair Trade Celebrations”

Earth Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 07 April 2017 > Celebrate

This year on Earth Day, April 22, Washington D.C. will lead many other cities around the world in a March for Science. The organisers say that more than ever scientists need to be supported in the face of climate-change sceptics. As Earth Day approaches its 50th anniversary, the planet’s environment is still under threat. Since … Continue reading “Earth Day”

Unicorn Day

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On 9 April, Scotland celebrates National Unicorn Day, in honour of the country’s national animal. Unicorns may be mythical creatures but that doesn’t stop them being represented all over Scotland, and in the country’s coat of arms. This 2m willow sculpture was created specially for National Unicorn Day by artist Woody Fox, and has been … Continue reading “Unicorn Day”

April Fools

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 24 March 2017 > Celebrate

Traditionally, on April Fools Day, the media in the English-speaking world love to run hoax stories. But in these days of fake news, how easy will it be to tell the April Fools from the usual run of internet rumours on 1 April? Luckily, April Fools Day this year will be followed by International Fact-checking … Continue reading “April Fools”

Happy St Patrick’s!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 10 March 2017 > Celebrate

St Patrick’s Day, 17 March, is the Irish national day. But there are many communities of Irish origin around the world and on St Paddy’s Day, everyone is Irish! There is a large Irish community in the U.S. and the parades in Chicago and New York are famous. The Chicago River, and the Liffey in … Continue reading “Happy St Patrick’s!”

Time to Read: World Book Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 02 March 2017 > Celebrate

2 March is World Book Day, so grab a book, or bring some book-based fun into your classroom. World Book Day is a United Nations initiative but it’s especially big in the UK, where it is an occasion to encourage children in particular to read. Schools sign up for schemes where pupils are given £1 … Continue reading “Time to Read: World Book Day”

February is Black History Month

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 16 February 2017 > Celebrate

It’s changed names and format several times since 1924, but February is the month when schools, cultural institutions and the general public celebrate the African-Americans whose stories have often been left out of official history books. The celebration of black history is credited to Dr Carter G. Woodson, an African-American historian with a doctorate from … Continue reading “February is Black History Month”