Christine's Desk - Lovatts

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Latest Posts

12 01, 2021

New Year New Words

  • January 12th, 2021

The arrival of the New Year provides us an excellent excuse to explore some of the newest words and concepts that have been added to the English language from our everyday vernacular – from deepfake and fan art to WFH and PPE.

Most of the words we use in the English language today are of foreign origin. Many basic words came from [more…]

2 01, 2021

New Year and New Things

  • January 2nd, 2021

What does the New Year mean to you?  Some people promise themselves they’ll lose those extra kilos, or tackle that pile of junk in the shed…

For thousands of years, it’s been traditional to see the New Year as a chance to start over. To wipe the slate clean, forgive enemies, give back the tools we’ve borrowed, and make new resolutions to [more…]

14 12, 2020

Christmas Celebrations

  • December 14th, 2020

In the wake of what has been an unprecedented year, for many of us Christmas is shaping up to look a little different than what we’re used to. With lockdown provisions still a reality for some and social distancing measures encouraged, feeling a sense of connection and harmony with the people around us has perhaps never been trickier.

In the face of [more…]

30 11, 2020

Santa Claus Abroad

  • November 30th, 2020

As the year begins to draw to a close and Christmas and New Year approach, it’s a good time to explore how people around the world celebrate.

Did you know that while all countries that celebrate Christmas have Christmas trees, they’re not always fir? Sometimes fig or palm trees are decorated and lit. Nativity scenes are popular inclusions in home decorations, people [more…]

16 11, 2020

You had me at hello…

  • November 16th, 2020

Did you know that November 21 is World Hello Day? Observed since 1973 in hundreds of countries around the globe, World Hello Day first came about as a way to encourage us all to use communication rather than force to settle conflict and discord. To participate in World Hello Day, all one needs to do is simply greet ten people. Easy!

There [more…]

1 11, 2020

November Around the Globe

  • November 1st, 2020

Did you know that before January and February were added to the Roman calendar, around 713BC, November was the ninth month of the year? This is how it got its name; novem means ‘nine’ in Latin.

As the year draws to a close, you’d be forgiven for getting excited about December and all its summery, festive glory. But November has its own [more…]