With Halloween upon us in a couple of days I thought why not delve back into the history of the ghoulish tradition. The origins of Halloween date back all the way to the Celts who lived 2,000 years ago mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the UK and Northern France. The ancient Celts… Read More Spooky season: What is the origin of Halloween in Britain?
This morning, 25th October, we all revelled in gaining an hour longer in bed thanks to Daylight Saving. But why do we still, in 2020, put the clocks forward in spring and back in autumn? Daylight Saving was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin (one of the Founding Fathers of the US) who wrote about the… Read More The history behind Daylight Saving Time
Our much-loved dressing gowns crept into Europe with the introduction of the ‘banyan’, a loose-fitting coat that was worn by men at home for the sake of modesty and comfort during the early 18th century. The ‘banyan’ was of Middle Eastern origin with the garments made of colourful fabrics, such as silk damask, printed cotton,… Read More Cosy and comforting… But what is the history behind the dressing gown?