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National Zoo and Aquarium Month

Hi everyone. After listening to the news, I bet there are a lot of people with mixed feelings about the lockdown slowly easing, or that it will soon be coming to an end if you’re like me and you’re concerned about venturing out, especially when there is still no vaccine available, don’t panic you are not on your own, it affects more people than you know, especially when it as been a few months since you have been outside your house, other than your garden. The best way to deal with your anxieties is to talk to someone. Don’t forget the guidelines that are set, for a reason, follow them and keep safe.

This month is National Zoo and Aquarium Month and the time couldn’t be more perfect to start planning a day trip to the zoos and aquariums as they re-opened this month, or why not make a donation to your favorite.

Why not launch into summer by visiting a zoo or aquarium near you, but make sure you book your ticket online otherwise you will not be allowed inside as they won’t be handling any money for obvious reasons. All around the country they are getting ready for when visitors start coming to the parks and making sure it’s safe for everyone. The parks offer all year long programs regarding wildlife and educational fun for all the children.

What The Zoo and Aquarium Offer:

There are several ways that you can explore your favourite zoos and aquariums.

  • There are around 700 million people that visit zoos and aquariums each year, which makes it the third-largest globally.
  • Did you know that National Zoo and Aquarium Month was first proclaimed in 1982 by President Ronald Regan?
  • Zoos offer passes that can be used at any other aquariums and wildlife parks around the country.
  • Your children will learn all about the vanishing habitat.
  • There are interesting facts for kids on creepy crawlies and other such animals, that they will find very informative.
  • There is an assortment of awesome animals that your children will love to see.
  • They will come away with home learning packs to keep the little rascals busy during school holidays.
  • There are 141 zoos and aquariums around the UK, so I think you have a few places to choose from
  • Teenagers will get to learn all about the rainforest and the endangered animal, as well as the environment that surrounds them.
  • You can check out the rehabilitation program and you can learn about how zoologists and veterinarians help injured animals before returning them back into the wild.
  • Find out which zoos have nurseries? There are several wildlife programs that pair up to create conservative breeding programs to help keep a sustainable population. Why not ask the next time you visit the zoo, to see if they participate in Species Survival Plans.
  • If you want to, you can sponsor one of your favorite animals! There are many programs that offer a way to help support the beautiful wildlife we love so much, especially those that are endangered.
  • On the subject of endangered species, you will get to learn about the reduced population and you will find out which ones are making a comeback.

Thank you for stopping by and I will see you all next week!

Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

Hi everyone, hope you are keeping safe after the disastrous week, we’ve all been having with storm Ciara causing chaos and destruction up and down the country. My heart goes out to all those that have lost there homes and place of business.

Valentine’s Day as come around once again. It is day that is for everyone, not just for those that are already in a romantic entanglement. You never know what the day may bring, for you could be about to embark on a new romance, or you might find the answer behind the mystery valentine card that you received. Love can come all year round, but this day is full of romance, mystery and finding out who is your secret admirer, it gives some the courage to say how they feel, and you never know you might find your true love along the way,

February 14 may be the most romantic day of the year, but there is much more to this holiday than just that. When the Roman Emperor Claudius II had outlawed marriage in 270 AD, but Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women. It had to be all done in secret, so that the Emperor never found out. Even though it was traditional that men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as this was a sign of good luck and a start to a “blooming” relationship. Today we continue to celebrate love on February 14, the day that Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, to the more modern chocolate and teddy bears.

Here are a few facts about Valentine’s Day that will enlighten you to what this day really means.

Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • In the 1300s, it officially became a holiday associated with love and romance.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • The first valentine was sent in the 15th century. The oldest record of a valentine being sent, was a poem written by a French medieval duke named Charles to his wife in 1415. Charles penned this sweet note to his lover while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London at just 21 years old. One of the lines in the poem? “I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine.”
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
  • The heart is associated with Valentine’s Day as it is considered the source of all human emotions.
  • Not until the 1840s did we get the first mass-produced valentines. People started exchanging cards and handwritten letters to both lovers and friends during the 17th century, but it was in the 1840s that the first Valentine’s Day cards were mass-produced in the U.S., sold by Esther A. Howland. Known as the “Mother of the American Valentine,” Howland is credited with commercializing Valentine’s Day cards in America, and she is remembered for her elaborate, crafty cards made with lace and ribbons.
  • The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years. In addition to creating arguably the richest, creamiest, and sweetest chocolate on the market, Richard Cadbury also introduced the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in 1868,
  • The heart shape wasn’t always a romantic symbol. According to Time, the heart was once widely believed to be humans’ center of memory, where feelings of love were recorded. However, we have French and Italian artists from the 14th century to thank for the symbol that we know and love today, as they were the first ones to start using this motif in their work.
  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
  • Cupid’s bow and arrow aren’t just for show. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, Medium reports. According to CNN, he’s often depicted with a bow and arrows to pierce hearts and cast a spell of love.
  • Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year for sending cards. Christmas is the first most popular…
  • Approximately 27 percent of those who buy flowers on Valentine’s Day are women. Only 73% are men.
  • 13220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.
  • Every Valentine’s Day, the city of Verona, Italy receives thousands of letters addressed to Juliet, from the character from Romeo and Juliet. Volunteers from the Juliet club respond to each letter and awards the “Cara Giulietta” (“Dear Juliet”) prize to the author of the most romantic letter.
  • In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
  • In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  • Red rose is a favorite flower of Venus. For this reason, red rose is also the symbol of Valentine’s Day. All over the world, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Groundhog Day was originally observed on February 14.
  • The symbol of the ribbon, which often adorns modern-day Valentines, is rooted in the Middle Ages. When knights competed in tournaments, their sweethearts often gave them ribbons for good luck.
  • The name Valentine is derived from a Latin word meaning valor.
  • The popular medieval folk belief that birds choose their mates on February 14 made doves a favorite symbol for Valentine cards. The dove was sacred to Venus and other love deities and was known for choosing a lifelong mate.
  • A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.
  • On Valentine’s Day, many people buy flowers. Different colored roses have different meanings. Red means love, yellow means friendship, and pink means friendship or sweetheart. Red carnations mean admiration, white carnations mean pure love, red chrysanthemums mean love, forget-me-nots mean true love, primrose means young love, and larkspur means an open heart.

5 Flowers Searched The Most For Valentine’s Day

There are five flowers that are searched the most for valentine’s Day, but before you go out and spend your money on the flowers make sure you know what the intended person likes, as you don’t want any awkward moments on a day that is full of romance.

Valentine’s Roses

There is no surprise that roses came top of the list for being the number one searchable flower. Roses are associated with romance, passion and beauty so its no surprise that their are over 51% of people who tend to buy red roses for Valentine’s Day. There are 150 different ones for you to choose from, that is bound to fit your valentine’s taste.

Carnations

Carnations are right behind roses in the popularity contest, it is likely down to their affordable price, and feminine style. It is a good pick for any new relationship that as just started, or at their early stages. Carnations have multiple choices of different colours for you to choose from, so you are certain to find one to fit your valentine’s style.

Valentine’s Lilies

Whether it is red, pink, white or orange, lilies they are an ideal choice for a more elegant and sophisticated recipient, you cannot go wrong with lilies as they have a variety of colours to choose from, Casa Blanca lilies are for a more dramatic effect, that surely please someone with a refined taste.

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is also known by two other names, Peruvian Lily and Lily of the Incas, it is a popular flower choice for this holiday. The buds are a fitting selection to have in a bouquet as they compliment the other flower buds nicely, particularly red and pink roses and the lavender waxflower. They are one of the longest lasting cuts of flowers, that have multiple blooms per stem. They signify devotion, which makes them a good choice for that special person in your life.

Valentine’s Tulips

Tulips are still an excellent choice of flower to give to a special valentine, even though they appear to have a simpler appearance to them.  You have a multitude of colors to choose from, that would fit in with your valentine’s taste, also red tulips are away of signifying your declaration of love, making this the perfect choice for this holiday.

Thank you for stopping by. See you next week!

Celebrate National Women’s History Month

It is coming to the end of National Women’s History month, but I can’t let it pass by without saying something about why we celebrate this time of year. There as been so many remarkable women throughout the history that have changed our society that we live in today. If it wasn’t for the bravery of some exceptional women, none of us women would be free today.

Jane Austen 1775 -1817

Jane Austen was a literary figure that has had more influence on British culture than anyone else, including herself
would have ever known.

Jane started writing from an early age, she was only a teenager when she started putting pen to paper. She went on to write six major novels which revealed what it was really like to live in the 1700’s and early 1800’s. Her novels gave us an insight of what it was like to live during those times, something we would not of been able to do if it wasn’t for the likes of her novels. Four of which were released within just four years of each other

Whilst she was alive she had submitted her work anonymously, so she never got the credit or recognition she so deserved.. it was only when Jane died that it came to light, that she had wrote them herself. It as now been just over two hundred years since her death, and now there are millions of people that carry her around in their pocket every single day, because her face is now on the new £10 note it is a way of marking, on what a massive impact her work still as today.

Mary Seacole 1805 – 1881

Mary Seacole was in her late forties when she travelled from her home in Jamaica to Britain to offer her services as a nurse during the Crimean War (1853-!856). Despite her being turned down on numerous occasions. Mary was a woman on a mission as she refused to give up, she was a woman who was mixed race with a Jamaican mother and Scottish father, she has had to deal with prejudice and impediment her whole entire life.

Mary Seacole funded her own way across to the Crimea where she established the British Hotel near Balaclava. Nineteenth century soldiers had no support from welfare and Mary’s hotel provided them with support, and a comfortable retreat away from battle. They were given accommodations for them to convalesce the wounded and sick. Mary would nurse the wounded soldiers whilst still on the battlefield earning the title Mother Seacole.

Susan B Anthony 1820 – 1906

Susan B Anthony was born into a family that were Quakers and activists, against the anti-slavery movement. Susan was bought up in a strict Quaker climate, so it was only right that she followed in their footsteps, but she did something her parents couldn’t do and that was she changed the history for women all around the world.

Susan B Anthony was an American activist for civil rights. She campaigned relentlessly against slavery and for women to have the same right as men to vote. Susan was the co-founder of the Women’s Temperance Movement which campaigned to tighten up the law on alcohol. she played a significant part in equal rights for women, and in the passing of the nineteenth amendment (1920) which gave women the vote.

Emily Hobhouse 1860 – 1926

Emily Hobhouse was a campaigner for the British welfare during the time of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa. She has raised many funds for the Boer women and children whom were displaced by the war and they were housed by the British in overcrowded camps.

After Emily visited the camps she then submitted a report to the British government highlighting all the horrendous and terrible conditions they were submitted too, which then resulted in an official inquiry. Emily was one of the first women in history to successfully ever challenge the British government, and went on to raise social awareness for the plight of civilian populations caught up in conflict.

Bessie Coleman 1892 – 1926

In 1921, Bessie Coleman was the first American woman to get her international pilot’s licence, despite their being racial discrimination preventing her to go to the American flying schools.

Bessie travelled all the way to France to earn her license, she then returned to America where racial gender bias prevented from becoming a commercial pilot. Stunt flying was her only option and she staged the first public flight by an African-American woman in the US. It was third of September 1922, when Bessie Coleman had drawn in huge crowds to her shows, refusing to perform before segregated audiences and raising money to found a school to train black aviators.

I would like to thank all the women that changed this world we now live in for the better.

See you all next week!

Paris Museum

The First Floating Museum

In May this year, Paris will welcome its very first floating museum that as transparent walls throughout the centre. This will be the only one in the world that will feature something like this. It as took just under two years create a museum to float on water. The centre will be situated on the banks of the River Seine at the foot of the Pont des Invalides. It will have a direct view of the Grand Palais as it overlooks the River Seine.

The centre will be called Fluctuart, and it will dedicate itself to urban art, and will showcase graffiti and street art. The museum will consist of a three floor structure. and it will be open all year round, with Free entry to all visitors. The street art will include newcomers, pioneers, and world famous star artists. The art world as been buzzing with the upcoming urban centre.

There are several projects in the pipeline, the museum being only one of the projects that will reside on the River Seine, whilst others would be done near by.

The Architect

Over Two years ago there was a competition set to find the right architect to carry out a project that could revitalise the River Seine. They were hoping for someone to share there vision of the future of Paris. It was there that they came across Seine Designs Gerard Ronzatti who is the project architect, and with his team showed their designs of the floating museum and they went on to win the competition.

My Thoughts:

You never know it might set a trend on who can make the best, or biggest floating museum. I love anything that is different and this certainly fits into that bracket, Gerard Ronzatti and his team have certainly got a different outlook,


Gerard Ronzatti as the experience and brilliance to create something so different to what as been done before, and it was no surprise that he and his team won the competition. I just can’t wait to see it up and running in person and see if it meets all my expectations.

Price: Free entry, open all year round

Address:Fluctuart,2 Pont du Gros Caillou,75007 ParisFrance

https://fluctuart.fr/