Most of us celebrated Christmas on 25 December, if we do celebrate it, of course. But Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on 7 January, and the holiday is very different to the Christmas that a lot of British people grew up with.
“You won’t hear these words from the house of the Queen” – Manchester’s future leaders give annual ‘Teens’ Speech’
Those who sat down to watch The Queen’s Speech after their Christmas dinner yesterday heard Her Majesty speak of the value of doing “small things with great love”. The speech, which aired at 3pm on BBC One, ITV, Sky 1 and Sky News, used the airtime to acknowledge Britain’s “unsung heroes, whose quiet dedication makes […]
Precious peace in the midst of chaos: Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘The Christmas Truce’
Nestled in the cosy confines of one of Manchester’s ancient armpits is 53two, a theatre in a railway arch offering an hour of festive transcendence to knackered shoppers and knackered everyone. These are grim times, and there’s a feeling in the air that this might be the last Christmas in which the West can stay […]
Party Protest group invite volunteers to break bread with Manchester’s homeless this Christmas
Christmas is a time of togetherness, and yet we often spend the build-up in our own world, wrapped up in the stress to be ready in time. As we cram into already overcrowded areas, queue seemingly endlessly and wrack our brains to find something half-decent for our loved ones, we tend to dehumanise most of […]