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Found 8 resource(s) in 'Looking at your Community', for August 2021.
Looking at Community (all) for August 2021All in the month of AUGUST Remembering Sir Walter Scott Climbing Ben Nevis The Great Flood of China The Great Calcutta Killing The secret of happiness? What do you consider to be ‘beautiful countryside’? ** Editor: We continue our column that looks at memorable dates in the month (this time, AUGUST) down the years. Here... (1850 words)
All in the month of AUGUSTIt was: 250 years ago, on 15th August 1771, that Sir Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist, poet, and playwright was born. His best-known works include Ivanhoe and Rob Roy. Also 250 years ago, on 7th August 1771, that the first recorded ascent of Ben Nevis was made. Scottish botanist James Robertson ascended Ben Nevis, the... (628 words)
Remembering Sir Walter ScottSir Walter Scott, the Scottish historical novelist, poet and playwright, was born 250 years ago, on 15th August 1771. His best-known works include Ivanhoe and Rob Roy. Often considered to be both the inventor and the greatest writer of historical novels, he was inspired by a stay with his grandparents in the Scottish borders during... (200 words)
Climbing Ben NevisThe first recorded ascent of Ben Nevis was made 250 years ago, on 7th August 1771, by Scottish botanist and artist James Robertson. At 1345 metres (4411 ft), it is the highest mountain in the British Isles. Some 100,000 people now make the climb each year. Robertson wrote: “A third part of the hill from... (194 words)
The Great Flood of ChinaJust 90 years ago, on 19th August 1931, the Yangtze River and Huai River floods peaked in China. It was one of the worst natural disasters of the 20th century: up to four million people died, and the floods lasted from July to November. The inundation followed a two-year drought and a particularly harsh winter... (199 words)
The Great Calcutta KillingSeventy-five years ago, on 16th August 1946, the Great Calcutta Killing took place in Kolkata, India. Muslim and Hindu mobs rioted across the city following the Muslim League’s demand for the creation of Pakistan. More than 4,000 people were killed and 100,000 left homeless. The riot sparked further religious violence in other provinces, leading to the... (196 words)
The secret of happiness?Scientists have been trying to work out a ‘formula’ for happiness. The result is incomprehensible to most of us, beginning as it does with Happiness (t)=w0=w1, running on for three lines, and then ending with jRPEj…… But, in plain English, the neuroscientists at University College London (UCL) have concluded that happiness depends not so much... (127 words)
What do you consider to be ‘beautiful countryside’?According to Natural England, thorny scrubs and floodplains should be seen as more beautiful than manicured fields. Tony Juniper, chair of Natural England, which is the government’s adviser for the natural environment, has said a ‘cultural revolution’ is necessary to help people appreciate the beauty of a messy countryside. He strongly supports the increasing popularity... (166 words)
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