Mother’s Day

By Silvia Montes and Sam Khan-McIntyre

Mother’s Day

Origins

Mother’s day has it its origins deep in history, falling on the middle Sunday of Lent, the Christian time of fasting.it has been celebrated on this day since the 16th century.This day was chosen because the fasting rules were relaxed, due to the biblical story of feeding the five thousand.

It is believed the celebration is influenced by the Roman Spring Festival of Cybele, the Mother Goddess.The date for this was chosen by Christians as the religion spread.

400 years ago, this was the day when people visited their mother church, it was said they had gone ‘a mothering’.This was the largest church in the area, and where they had been baptised.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/simnelcake_792

Click on this link for Simnel cake, a traditional British cake with young servants baked and took home to their mothers on this day, the only day of the year they were allowed to visit their families.

This may be a special present to bake this year to show your mother how much you love her and make her feel special with something personal

A modern 007

Vintage, a Random House division, will relaunch Ian Fleming’s back catalogue of James Bond stories. His estate has signed a 10-year book deal which will see the books in both print and e-book form.

To date, the James Bond books have  sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, with the first being released in 1953.

There are 14 books in total, including two short story collections. The entire series will be relaunched this summer.

The James Bond name also lives on through the films. Daniel Craig’s third 007 film Skyfall, is set for release in October.

Several authors, including Sebastian Faulks, John Gardner and Jeffery Deaver are among authors who have written officially-sanctioned Bond novels. Deaver is responsible for the series’ latest addition, Carte Blanche, which was released in May, 2011.

Edinburgh’s ‘worst housing estate’ plans revealed

ImagePlans have been revealed for new housing that will replace the notorious Fort housing estate in Leith. Council officials took charge of the site today from the security firm that has overseen the site, while families moved out. The last family moved out last week. The site will be demolished later this year.

The plans involve building a series of three-storey maisonettes,which will allow the site to be more open, and less liable to crime. They have been set out by award-winning Malcolm Fraser Architects.

The flats were condemned by the council at a meeting in 2006. Around 40% of them were found to have serious damp issues. The decision to replace the flats was taken on the basis that it would cost more to renovate them to the approaching 2015 Scottish Housing standards, than to start again from scratch.

Built on the site of the historic fort designed by 18th architect James Craig to defent to Port of Leith, the Fort development has often been labelled as ‘the worst estate in Edinburgh’. It was completed in 1966, and is now seen by council officials to be past its sell-by date. In a recent survey, 80% of residents who responded said they would support the flats’ demolition.

The plans can be viewed at Leith Library until Thursday 22nd March

A special day for a special mother

On Sunday mothers across the country will be receiving gifts from their children. But where did this special day come from?

 

Origins

Mother’s day has it its origins deep in history, falling on the middle Sunday of Lent, the Christian time of fasting.it has been celebrated on this day since the 16th century.This day was chosen  because the fasting rules were relaxed, due to the biblical story of feeding the five thousand.

It is believed the celebration is influenced by the Roman Spring Festival of  Cybele, the Mother Goddess.The date for this was chosen by Christians as the religion spread.

400 years ago, this was the day when people visited their mother church, it was said they had gone ‘a mothering’.This was the largest church in the area, and where they had been baptised.

www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/simnelcake_792

Click on this link for Simnel cake, a traditional British cake with young servants baked and took home to their mothers on this day, the only day of the year they were allowed to visit their families.

This may be a special present to bake this year to show your mother how much you love her and make her feel special with something personal