Hello and welcome to another fun-filled week on the South Coast. Here are five things you need to know about this week…
1. Monday 23rd – Fairtrade Fortnight begins
This is an annual promotional campaign to increase awareness of Fairtrade products, organised by the Fairtrade Foundation. The idea is that we all pay more attention to where our food comes from, and buy products with the Fairtrade logo; things like bananas, coffee, tea and chocolate are the main ones. When one of these products has the logo, it means the people in developing countries who worked to produce them were paid a fair price for them.
Fairtrade products used to only be available in Oxfam, but now they’re much more widely available in most supermarkets. There will be events held throughout the fortnight, the highlight of which are bound to be fairtrade food and drink tastings. Take a look at the Fairtrade Fortnight website to see what’s going on near you.
2. Wednesday 25th: Tolkien Reading Day
This has been organised by the Tolkien Society since 2003 and is intended to celebrate and promote the life and works of JRR Tolkien. Schools, museums and libraries will be hosting their own events. What I love about this is that the date 25th March was chosen as it’s the date of the downfall of Sauron, Lord of the Rings. Genius.
3. Thursday 26th: Purple Day
Purple Day is all about raising awareness of epilepsy. It started in Canada in 2008 and is organised in the UK by Epilepsy Action. The idea is that we all wear something purple in order to raise awareness of epilepsy, and use the #PurpleDay hashtag on social media. It’s about dispelling myths and helping people with epilepsy to see they’re not alone – after all, 600,000 people in the UK have epilepsy. There are events going on everywhere, including some landmarks being turned purple so keep an eye on the website.
4. Friday 27th: Isle of Wight Festival Saturday Night Headliner announced
For someone who grew up in the 90s, the lineup for this year’s Isle of Wight Festival already looks awesome: The Charlatans, James, the Prodigy, Ash, the Lightning Seeds… Awesome, right? On Friday they’re announcing who will be headlining Saturday night.
Did you know, the Isle of Wight Festival is the only festival to have led to an act of Parliament! After the 1970 festival attracted significantly more revellers than expected, the Isle of Wight Act of 1971 was brought in to forbid any gathering of more than 5000 people on the island without a special licence.
5. Sunday 29th: Clocks Spring Forward
Just so we’re clear: this isn’t the one where you get an extra hour in bed. It’s the one where you have to get up an hour earlier than you were already. Poop. This means the evenings will have more daylight, where mornings will have less. So not only are we getting up earlier, we’ll be doing it in the dark too. Bloomin’ marvellous!
In 1940 the clocks were never put back again after British Summer Time, but they were still put forward again the following spring. From 1941 to 1945 we operated on British Double Summer Time through the summer. Then, in 1945 the clocks were put back two hours. When I first read that my immediate thought was “oh wow, two extra hours in bed!”
Some people have campaigned for a return to the war years with the clocks staying on British Summer Time, then having British Double Summer Time every Summer. Apparently, the lighter evenings would mean fewer accidents. Parliament debates it every now and then. The last time was in 2012, where it was fillibustered out by (among others) Jacob Rees-Mogg (of Have I Got News For You fame), who stood up and argued quite vehemently that his constituency of North East Somerset should have its own timezone, 15 minutes behind London. He did this until the time for debating ran out, and nothing was ever changed.
Well, that’s us done for another week. Thanks for reading/listening and I’ll be back again next week with another 5 things.
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