Dragons, Fairies And Greek Gods - Why Should You Bother Sharing Old Stories With Your Kids?

Lari Don | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Parents
Lari Don

These tales carry warnings, messages about how human beings can live together and encouragement to overcome obstacles. That's why wise old women told them. But children listened because these tales are exciting. They're dramatic and vivid, they give us everything we want and need from stories.

The Dark And Sinister Meaning Behind 'Pinch And A Punch' And 'White Rabbits'

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK

It’s the first of August which means two things. Firstly, it SHOULD be sunny. Secondly, there’s a good chance someone you know has taken the oppor...

Of Storks and Fire Dancers

Ellis Shuman | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

On the feast day of Saint Constantine and Elena, tourists gather in the villages of southeastern Bulgaria to watch the centuries-old tradition of fire...

Wind Charming - Folklore for Today

Bob Chaundy | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

A group of artists in Bedfordshire are working hard to create a piece of unique, contemporary folklore that they hope will survive down the generations. It's called Wind Charming, and the tradition, now in its second year, sees local people take to the Dunstable Downs on the last Sunday in August to "charm" the wind.

Nine Haunted Castles for Halloween | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Has this Halloween inspired you to check in to some spooky accommodation? Europe is home to a number of historic castles converted to luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants. Autumn and Winter presents the perfect time of year to discover some local history and check in to these unique hotels.

Are You Prejudiced Towards Roma and Travellers, Or Are You Right? A Five-Step Checklist

Peter McGuire | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter McGuire

Did you instantly believe that the Roma had abducted any of the three children taken from their families in Ireland or Greece this month? Pause a moment. Have a look at yourself. Why did you believe it?

Do Roma 'Gypsies' Really Abduct Children?

Peter McGuire | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK
Peter McGuire

Old and contemporary European folklore is full of stories about Roma, Europe's most vilified minority, abducting children. In Ireland, the Travellers, an indigenous ethnic minority, sometimes represent the abducting bogey. Where did this myth come from, and why do people still believe it?

Robin Hood Was 'Freedom Fighter Attacking The French'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Robin Hood did not rob from the rich to feed the poor in Sherwood Forest, he was a freedom fighter attacking French invaders in Kent, a historian has ...

Planet Appetite: 3rd Annual Parade of a Thousand Polleras in Las Tablas, Panama, is Spectacular

Rupert Parker | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The Pollera is the women's national costume in Panama and, for this year's parade of "Mil Polleras", over 11,000 dressed up to take part. Even the President was there.

Once in a Blue Moon

Rita Pal | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Tech
Rita Pal

The blue moon appears on Friday 31 August 2012. "The moon will turn full Friday, the second time since its first full appearance Aug 2 this year.

Elves and Other Folk

Viki Imrie | Posted 06.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Viki Imrie

Some important things to remember when visiting Iceland: never throw a stone in case you hit an elf, don't knit on the doorstep or you might lengthen the winter and don't be seduced by a small man trying to teach you magic.

Did an Ancient Curse Sink the Titanic - A Century Later Some People Still Think So

Endeavour Press | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
Endeavour Press

My favourite concerns the presence of a mysterious mummy aboard the ship that was said to have cursed the White Star liner before it left Southampton. Crazy? Perhaps, but at the time the story was written up in respectable papers such as The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Mum's Gone to Iceland, Because It's Crap Over Here

Charli Morgan | Posted 12.02.2012 | UK
Charli Morgan

Icelandic Christmases stand out like a good deed in a naughty world and ever since I've returned from there, I'm droopy with the realisation that Blighty's is anaemic, commercial and sucky in comparison.