All posts tagged: Laura May Bailey

QUIZ: How much do you know about the history of Valentine’s Day?

Written by Laura May Bailey. These days, the 14th of February is associated with cheesy cards, chocolates, and love songs. But it hasn’t always been this way. Valentine’s Day has a rich history dating back to Roman times and touching on mythology, imprisonment and even, gruesomely, animal sacrifice. How much do you know about the history of this unofficial holiday? 1. How many Saint Valentines does the Catholic Church recognise? a. Three b. Two c. Five d. Four 2. In the third century, Emperor Claudius II of Rome outlawed marriage for young men. A priest named Valentine continued to perform marriages for young couples in secret, until he was discovered and killed. Why did Claudius II outlaw marriage? a. Due to a disagreement between Claudius II and a religious leader b. To control the population of Rome c. To encourage young men to become soldiers d. To prevent his son marrying a woman he disliked 3. Some people argue that Valentine’s Day is the Christianised version of a Roman celebration, Lupercalia, which was traditionally celebrated …

The Walk for Peace

Written by Laura May Bailey Last Sunday at 11 o’clock, as people across the UK and Commonwealth grew silent, they also gathered in distanced groups at the Arch of Remembrance in Victoria Park to pay tribute and remember all those who have lost their lives in war.  The 11th of November 2020 marked 102 years since the end of the First World War, a milestone that felt even more poignant this year. Many of the men and women who lived through the Second World War are forced to stay at home, and perhaps, not even see family or friends, for their own safety. With many Armistice Day events migrating online, people feel more disconnected than ever. Looking to the past can provide comfort and inspiration.  The History of Victoria Park Before it was the large open park we know today, Victoria Park was a racecourse, a football field, and even one of the first roller skating rinks in Britain. During the Second World War, the park was a vital war resource, used for allotments by …