Category Beliefs

Friday can be a good day

It was on this Friday – 11th July 1924 – that Eric Liddell won the gold medal in 400 metres at the 1924 Paris Olympics. A devout Christian, he had refused to run in the Sunday heats of the 100 metres, his best event. The schedule had been published several months earlier, and his decision […]

Candlemas in the Christian Church and in traditional beliefs

2nd February is Candlemas when the Christian Church commemorates the occasion when the Virgin Mary, in obedience to Jewish law, went to the Temple in Jerusalem both to be purified 40 days after the birth of her son, and to present her son Jesus to God as her firstborn. Throughout the centuries in Britain Candlemas […]

The last day of the year

It is the 31st December – New Year’s Eve – and many things can happen. For instance, on this day Thomas Edison gave the first public demonstration of his incandescent lamp – the forerunner of the electric light bulb! In a very different time and place – it was on this December Monday in 1945 […]