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Guy Fawkes Night (also known as Bonfire Night) is a firework festival in Britain. It remembers the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605. On that night some people plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the King inside. In the evening people light large fires called ‘bonfires’, burn figures called ‘Guys’, eat food like baked potatoes and watch fireworks displays.
The CCL team will be at Midsummer Common in Cambridge tonight to watch the fireworks. Come along if you’re in the city! If you aren’t, then here are some useful resources for finding out more about the festival.
…and here is a fun video explainer
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all our Chinese friends from everyone at CCL.
If you aren’t sure what Mid-Autumn Festival is, here is a pack of resources from The British Council and The Times Educational Supplement.
CCL was proud to participate in and sponsor the 2018 Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival which was held on Jesus Green on 17th June.
The event was held to celebrate cultural diversity in Cambridge and raise funds for East Anglia Children’s Hospices. A number of distinguished guests attended the event, including a representative from the Queen, The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Dr. Andrew Harter, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Mr. Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire, Mayor of Cambridge, Mr. Nigel Gawthrope, and ex-mayor of Cambridge, Mr. George Pippas.
The event attracted thousands of attendees, with 16 teams in the dragon boat race, nearly 20 performances and 15 food stalls. CCL was proud to support this event and raise funds for E.A.C.H. It is worth mentioning Cambridge University dragon boat team won the Oxford University dragon boat team.
More media coverage of this event can be seen on http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2018-06-18/dragon-boat-race-helps-raise-cash-for-hospice-charity/
Every May the village of Brockworth in Gloucestershire, England has a “cheese roll” at the very steep Cooper’s Hill. A giant wheel of the local Double Gloucester cheese is rolled down the hill, and people have to chase after it. The first to the bottom of the hill is the winner. This might sound like a nice, fun event, but very often people are injured, and an ambulance has to be there in order to deal with any casualties.
The champion cheese-roller is local man Chris Anderson, who is usually a soldier, and who does the cheese roll to raise money for a charity. Have a look as he wins the competition again.
After 170 years the first Football Rules have returned to Cambridge. A stone statue was unveiled on Parker’s Piece by the Mayor of Cambridge, commemorating the 1848 University rules, subsequently adapted by the FA and FIFA. Five more sections of the statue are in Brazil, Egypt, India Kenya and China to support the charity Street Child United.
- The Laws of the University Foot Ball Club
- This club shall be called the University Foot Ball Club.
- At the commencement of the play, the ball shall be kicked off from the middle of the ground: after every goal there shall be a kick-off in the same way.
- After goal, the losing side shall kick off; the sides changing goals, unless a previous arrangement be made to the contrary.
- The ball is out when it has passed the line of the flag-posts on either side of the ground, in which case it shall be thrown in straight.
- The ball is behind when it has passed the goal on either side of it.
- When the ball is behind it shall be brought forward at the place where it left the ground, not more than ten paces, and kicked off.
- Goal is when the ball is kicked through the flag-posts and under the string.
- When a player catches the ball directly from the foot, he may kick it as he can without running with it. In no other case may the ball be touched with the hands, except to stop it.
- If the ball has passed a player, and has come from the direction of his own goal, he may not touch it till the other side have kicked it, unless there are more than three of the other side before him. No player is allowed to loiter between the ball and the adversaries’ goal.
- In no case is holding a player, pushing with the hands, or tripping up allowed. Any player may prevent another from getting to the ball by any means consistent with the above rules.
- Every match shall be decided by a majority of goals.
- H. Snow, J. C. Harkness; Eton.
- J. Hales, E. Smith; Rugby.
- G. Perry, F. G. Sykes; University.
- W. H. Stone, W. J. Hope-Edwardes; Harrow.
- E. L. Horner, H. M. Luckock; Shrewsbury.
Thanks to everyone who entered our video competition, and the 50 people who voted over the weekend. We now have a winner! Everyone please give a warm round of applause to…..
Mikhail wins a free two-week English summer camp in Cambridge in 2018 (visa and flight tickets not included)
In second place we have Angela!
Angela wins the tuition fees of a two-week English summer camp in Cambridge in 2018!
Congratulations Mikhail and Angela! We look forward to seeing you both this summer. And thanks to everyone who participated in the competition.
Here are the two finalists of our CCL video contest. Please watch both videos and vote for who you think should be the winner! Results will be announced next week.
Entry 1 From Angela Wang
Entry 2: From Mikhail Ondar
Who should be the winner of our video contest?
- Angela Wang (88%, 44 Votes)
- Mikhail Ondar (12%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 50
One of the many things that make England slightly unusual is that we don’t have a ‘National Day’ or an ‘Independence Day’. The closest thing we have is the day of our patron saint, St George, though it isn’t a national holiday, and many people may not even be aware of it.
The real Saint George was a Greek Roman soldier who lived in what is now Turkey about 1700 years ago. The Saint George more familiar to English people is a mythological version – a brave knight who killed an evil child-eating dragon. The national flag of England is the St George’s Cross, shown above. It is one of the three flags that make up the British flag, commonly known as the Union Jack.
Today is also United Nations English Language Day. The 23rd of April was chosen because it is the date “traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare”. Other dates were selected for the celebration of the UN’s other five official languages.