Bitesized Blighty: April 13, 2017

Immy Ransom,  Ligia Vela-Reid

  • In the UK Good Friday (Easter Friday or Holy Friday) is a national government holiday, so all schools and most businesses close. Aside from it’s obvious religious connotations, this holiday also brings a range of traditions from weird to wonderful. A great example of this is the historical egg-rolling competition which occurs once a year on Good Friday, yet its origin is pretty unclear: presumably it had something to do with a connection to eggs, because they symbolise new life, but what’s less clear is where the rolling came from. There are also numerous “bizarre” superstitions linked to the holiday.
  • On Tuesday the M62 was in chaos after a pig escaped from a vehicle, and proceeded to scamper around the motorway for over an hour. It was finally detained near Tingley, but the incident resulted in severe block ups: 3.5miles (5.6km) eastbound and 1.8miles (3km) westbound and consequently caused major delays. The pig has now been reunited with its owners; in the words of Arthur Hoggett… “That’ll do pig, that’ll do.”
  • Unsurprisingly, there has been a tenacious concern about the fate of the UK’s economy since the Brexit vote, but everyone was somewhat reassured on Monday when the Telegraph announced that the UK’s economy is finally gaining some momentum. Figures show that following the decrease leading up to June last year, in August 2016 the cost-of-living index was steadily increasing again, implying that the prices of goods and services are on the rise and the economy is improving. 

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