Category Archives: holidays

la lucha continúa

In the ninth month of March, the vaccines arrived, but of course could not be broadly and evenly distributed, just as testing was not broadly and evenly distributed before. This week, new cases in the UK rose from 40,000 a … Continue reading

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faraway lights

“The Nutcracker serves up an idealized Christmas on a platter full of treats that everyone has been promised at one time or another – by our parents or by books and movies and TV specials. Christmas can be a joyful … Continue reading

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due diligence

November Bookcrossing was a Zoom with just a few people. I volunteered to arrange it, then decided I’d rather be at Punctuation, then E arranged it and I joined anyway. It was nice to see BCX people. Obviously no takeaway … Continue reading

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the right to celebrate

Although the change of pace on the holidays we grew up with feels like a natural right, the legal basis is less clear than we might like. Here in the UK, bank holidays are established by the Banking and Financial … Continue reading

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when we celebrate

In discussing the place of Juneteenth in the US holiday calendar, it is worth looking at the whole yearly round. Europeans often express amazement at the short annual leave that is given to workers in the United States: the minimum … Continue reading

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juneteenth: revisiting celebration

Space is a central focus in the #BlackLivesMatter protests working to dismantle racial orders, as well as the counterprotests. The protest actions are taking place in public spaces, already changed by the Covid pandemic. Material symbols of white supremacy such … Continue reading

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This week’s holiday: Guess.  I am amazed at the spontaneous descriptions and discussions on journals and weblogs and chat rooms.  There’s much more than last year.  This begs the question of whether journals/blogs are ‘private’ or ‘public’ texts, and whether … Continue reading

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This week’s holiday is midsummer. It happened last week, but I’m still feeling the effects. Those of you who were there know which ones.

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This week’s national independence day: Iceland. See it here and here. And I was blogged back here.

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Last week’s national day: Svenska flaggans dag. And I was there at Skansen. Didn’t manage to spot the Royals; too much sound equipment between them and me. Vicky was apparently in the United States or Finland. Carl Philip the pinup … Continue reading

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National holidays of the week: Memorial Day, as seen in Rob’s entry and forum thread and in passing comments by others. And here we have Helatorstai, an annoying church holiday that is supposed to result in a Thursday off and a Saturday working. … Continue reading

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National holiday of the week: Norwegian Independence Day. Instead of tracking it from this youth hostel, I will be tracking it through this weblog and this news archive (pictures here) and the slottscam. The reason? See below.

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