TOWN criers have been part of British civic life for centuries, though their role nowadays is mostly ceremonial. Though one has recently climbed to unusual prominence by being a frequent fixture at royal events – but who is he and what does the role actually entail? Here's what you need to know. What is a town crier? The tradition of the town crier dates back to the earliest times, before literacy became widespread. They were tasked with the responsibility of communicating significant events to the people of a town, including local bylaws and market days, as many couldn't read or write. In medieval England, town criers were the main way of getting information, gaining the attention of a crowd with a loud "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!" The distinctive cry for attention, meaning "hear ye", has its origins in the Anglo-Norman word for "listen". Although the spread of literacy and more recently social media have made their purpose obsolete, there are around 200 official town criers left in the … [Read more...] about What’s a town crier and why did Tony Appleton ‘announce’ the birth of Kate Middleton’s royal baby?
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Fermanagh couple’s joy at birth of grandkids a world apart on same day BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A proud Co Fermanagh woman is celebrating the arrival of two new grandchildren - born on opposite sides of the world on the same day. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/fermanagh-couples-joy-at-birth-of-grandkids-a-world-apart-on-same-day-37723359.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37723358.ece/28026/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-01-18_new_47289259_I3.JPG Email A proud Co Fermanagh woman is celebrating the arrival of two new grandchildren - born on opposite sides of the world on the same day. For Caroline Flanagan (60) and her husband Pat (61) from Derrylin, January 7, 2019 will be a joyful date they will never forget. On that day the couple's son Sean and daughter Claire both welcomed the arrival of two bouncing and healthy babies: a boy born in Perth, Australia, and a girl who arrived in Vancouver, Canada. The extraordinary … [Read more...] about Fermanagh couple’s joy at birth of grandkids a world apart on same day
World International Affairs Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif shared a Christmas message commemorating the birth of Jesus to Twitter on Monday, as the Islamic Republic continues to crack down on Christian converts. Quoting a verse from the Islamic holy book the Quran, Zarif wrote: “The angels said, ‘Mary, God gives you good tidings of a Word from Him whose name is Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary; high honored shall he be in this world and the next, near stationed to God.’ (QURAN 2:45) May the blessings of the birth of Jesus usher peace and joy to all in 2019.” Although Islam does not consider Jesus to be God as do Christians, it recognizes him as an important prophet. While Christmas is not traditionally celebrated in Islam, many Muslims around the world commemorate the holiday in remembrance of Jesus's birth. Iran is also home to an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Christians, primarily of Armenian and Assyrian descent. This Christian minority is … [Read more...] about Iran’s Foreign Minister Hails Birth of Jesus in Christmas Tweet As Islamic Republic Cracks Down on Christians
0 Have your say The Scotsman would like to congratulate Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives and a columnist for this paper, on the birth of her son Finn Paul Davidson yesterday. “Welcome to the world, little one ... Know that you are loved,” she tweeted yesterday, along with a photograph showing her, her partner Jen Wilson and the new addition to their family, who weighed in at a healthy 10lb 1.5oz.In these fraught and anxious times, it was a moment of happiness that brought best wishes from those who are otherwise implacable political opponents.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted her congratulations, adding, “I wish wee Finn a lifetime of happiness”. Richard Leonard, Scottish Labour leader, said he was “wishing you all the very best”. And Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie sent “best wishes from the Rennies”.It was almost like they were family. And, in a sense, they are. The family of … [Read more...] about Leader comment: Congratulations to Ruth Davidson on birth of son Finn
For 40 years and counting, every "Sunday Morning" broadcast opens with our Cover Story – sometimes big, even traumatic events, to be sure. But we've also brought you stories of uplift and hope about our changing world. Tracy Smith has a case in point: You could call it the cry heard round the world – the birth of Louise Brown 40 years ago, the first known baby conceived outside its mother's womb. "You were born world famous," said Smith. "A bit scary when you think back at it!" Brown laughed. "Everybody was looking and watching and waiting. And I just came out screaming!" She was the very first baby born using in vitro fertilization, or IVF. They called her the "test-tube baby," even though she was actually conceived in a petri dish. Her parents had been trying to have a baby for nine excruciating years, when they met two British doctors who'd been experimenting mixing sperm and egg outside the womb and re-implanting them. Louise was living proof it could … [Read more...] about Test tube baby Louise Brown and the birth of IVF