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Interesting facts to impress your friends with


It’s supposed to be summer so can someone please tell us what happened to “Flaming June?” Someone said to us the other day, “What do you expect? Summer doesn’t start until 21st June.  Does it?   We thought it was the 1st June. To win the argument we did some investigating ourselves and discovered that there’s not a straightforward answer… There are three methods:  meteorological, astronomical and phenological, to help us decide. 

Meteorologists say it’s to do with the weather & they say Summer starts 1 June. Astronomers say it’s to do with the planets & equinox’s and they say Summer starts between 20 & 22 June. Phenological is a new one on us however, this is to do with plants & animals and we are not sure we really understand it to be honest!  So it seems that it’s up to you to decide when summer begins. If you want a little more information have a look at the BBC’s “When do the seasons begin and end?” article which we found very interesting.

In any case and whichever method you subscribe to the Summer has now officially begun so we thought we’d give you some more interesting facts you can amaze your friends with at the pub on those long summer evenings: –

Have you ever wondered why the Queen has 2 Birthday’s?  According to “Her Majesty the Queen celebrates two birthdays every year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.”

“Official celebrations to mark a sovereign’s birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer. King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.”

Did you know that The War of the Roses started in St Albans outside the door of the Old Boot pub in Market Place?

About 2,500,000 Mill & Boon books were acquired during the construction of the M6 Toll road. The novels were pulped at a recycling firm in south Wales and used in the preparation of the top layer of the West Midlands motorway.

The most popular tube journey is Leicester Square to Covent Garden Tube station even though it is quicker by foot  Being the shortest also makes it the most expensive!

We know that 2016 marks 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death but did you know that he has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with introducing almost 3,000 words to the English language!

This is our favourite fact “The Statue of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) in Parliament Square has a mild electric current running through it to stop pigeons perchingor snow forming on Churchill’s bald head.”

Our final fact is this: if you choose your swimwear carefully and make sure it fits properly there is no reason that you can’t swim after breast surgery. Check out the new collection of Anita Care swimwear for post-surgical swimming here and don’t forget that there is a new fitting suite in Milton Keynes if you live nearby!

Have fun showing off to you friends with these facts and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.