World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book) is a yearly event on 23 April, organised by the UNESCO, to promote reading, publishing and copyright, In the United Kingdom, the day is recognised on the first Thrusday of March. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.
The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Catalonia as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes, who dided on this date. In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copywright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakesperar and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authores.
Proverbs are brief but meaningful sayings that contain some wisdom or observation on life and people. Many are familiar and some are quite profound, but beware of always taking to heart the wisdom of a proverb! They are not necessarily correct or true! After all, they are meant to be fun as well as clever!
Let’s look at some o them. Can you find an equivalent proverb in Spanish?
All’s well that ends well. It’s the final outcome that matters, despite what happens on the way.
Appearances are deceptive. Never judge something on its appearance.
Barking dogs seldom bite. People who make the most noise are usually the ones who act least.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Judging appearance is up to the individual.
Seeing is believing. You are likely to believe what you see with your own eyes.
Too many cooks spoil the broth. Something can be ruined if too many people try to do the same job at the same time.
Take the bull by the horns. Cope with a problem head-on without fear.
Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. Don’t assume you have gained something until it has been proven.
Clothes don’t make the man. It is the person that matters, not the clothes he or she wears.
Never tell your enemy that your foot aches. Don’t expose your weaknesses to someone who can wield power over you.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Being discontented with what you have leads to believe that others are more fortunate.
People are asked to say “cheese” when having their picture taken because it turns the mouth up, making them smile. In the 19th century, the fashion was for stern, tight-mouthed expressions instead – one studio made people say “prunes” to achieve the desire effect.
Next time you have your picture taken, try to say “cheese” instead of “patata.”
Like Christmas day, Boxing Day is a public holiday in Great Britain. It was traditionally a day when people would give gifts or money in “Christmas boxes” which were given on the day after Christmas.
In the past, many poor workers were required to work on Christmas Day and took the next day off to visit their families. They were given a Christmas box as they left.
During the 18th century, Lords and Ladies would put food leftover from Christmas day in boxes and give them to people that lived on their land.
December, 16th, 1770: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was born in Bonn, Germany. He is widely considered the greatest orchestral composer who ever lived. He suffered from hearing loss begore he was 30 and by the time of his last (Ninth) symphony, he was completely deaf.
December 16th, 1775: British novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817) was born in Hampshire, England. She wrote love storis concerning the lives of gentry in rural England. Best Known for Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and Emma.
December 21st, 1846: Anaesthesia was used for the first time in Britain during the operation at University College Hospital in London performed by Robert Liston, who amputated the leg of a sevant.
December 23th, 1888: Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear during a period of depression.
December 25th, 1066: William the Conqueror was crowned KIng of England after he had invaded England from France, defeated and killed King Harold at the Battle of Hastings, the marched on London.
December 25th, 1642: Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was born in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. He was a mathematician, scientist and author, best known for his work on the theory of gravitation.
The next few days in history.
14th November, 1666: the first experimental blood transfusion took place in Britain, using two dogs.
14th November, 1994: the first paying passengers travelled on the new rail service through the Channel Tunnel linking England and France.
15th November, 1969: the largest anti-war rally in U.S. history occurred as 250,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest against the Vietnam War.
17th November, 1869: the Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red Seas.
22nd November, 1963: the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas.
24th November, 1859: Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was first published.
Bonfire Night is a celebration held in the UK to commemorate the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
Parties and events are held all over the UK on the evening around the 5th of November and generally involve lots of food, bonfires, and fireworks. Other traditions involve collecting wood for the bonfire and making a “Guy” (a model of Guy Fawkes) out of old clothes. In some places the “Guy” is paraded through the town or village while requesting a “penny for the guy”. The money raised is traditionally used to buy fireworks to be let off during the Bonfire or Fireworks Night celebrations and the Guy is burnt on top of the bonfire.