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Wintery myths and legends

We know that spring will soon be here, but in the past people couldn’t be so sure. So what did folk around the world think caused the cold conditions and long nights?

Everything you've ever wanted to know about the northern lights

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the northern lights

It’s an amazing sight that many of us have on our bucket lists (alongside such experiences as sky diving with dolphins or something) but what exactly are the northern and southern lights? And do the northern lights constantly tease the southern ones about wearing a coat? Allow me to answer one of those questions.

Brunost: Norway's brown cheese that looks like waxy fudge

Brunost: Norway’s brown cheese that looks like waxy fudge

I went to northern Norway recently to see the northern lights. I saw them. It was nice. Whatever! But the real highlight of the trip was the cheese. The brown cheese. It doesn’t sound appealing, does it? If you continue reading, I’m not sure I’m going to make it sound any better.

Slang and sayings from around the world

Slang and sayings from around the world

Isn’t slang a wonderful thing? You can ask someone if their “bags o’ mystery” are “bang up to the elephant”, and that’s a lot more fun that asking if their sausages are perfect.

British words which originated elsewhere

British words that originated elsewhere

The history of the English language is understandably a tad murky. With waves of immigration dating back to prehistory, it’s not surprising our wonderful language has taken a lot of influence from around the world. Here are some words that you probably use every day, without even thinking about how far they’ve travelled.

Not just for Christmas: 7 facts about reindeer

Everyone knows reindeer are the archetypal Christmas animal, but does anyone really know anything about them? Apart from the fact that they have antlers and pull sleighs, that is. Well, here are some facts about this very festive animal (along with plenty of adorable photos).

Wedding cakes from around the world

Let’s be honest, apart from seeing two people who love each other say their vows, the best part of the big day is the food, and more importantly, the cake. You’ve spent hours standing around and taking part in the pleasantries, you deserve to indulge in some marzipan goodness.