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NaJoPoMo Unusual Customs and Traditions througout the world.

1st and 2nd November Soul-caking West Midlands The cakes would be delivered door-to door by children. These cakes would be exchanged for confectionery and coins

21st December Winters Solstice Brighton Burning of the clocks It is an annual paper and willow lantern parade which are carried through the streets of Brighton and when they reach the beach they burn their lanterns as a token gift for the end of the year. It is a new tradition that was started in 1994 as way of celebrating the winter festival regardless of faith or creed.

December The Mummers, Somerset It is an early form of pantomime which is very loosely based on the St George the Dragon legend. It has been performed around Europe since the Middle Ages. These plays are performed on the streets of Keynsham, between Bristol and Bath. These plays have been performed in Somerset since the late 1970s by the Bristol Morris dancers.

26th December Boxing Day Grantchester, just outside Cambridge This relatively new custom originated in the 60's and revived in 2003 Is 4 teams relay roll the empty barrels as fast as they can up and down the Coton Road before lunch on Boxing Day.

31 December Hogmanay Swinging of the the Fireballs, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire The ceremony takes place at midnight each year. It starts with a procession of the fireball dancers which make their way down Stonehaven’s High Street.

31 December Tar Barl festival Allendale, Northumberland A procession of lighted tar barrels that are carried on the heads of revellers who are called guisers. The tradition goes back to 1858. It originates from the problems carollers who could not keep their candles lighted because of the strong winds that were blowing their candles out. A suggestion of using a lighted tar barrel which its easier for the to carry them on their heads when they are moving from place to place.

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Relaxing sounds and sights from nature

Which sounds and sights from nature do you find most relaxing. I love listening to the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore and the most relaxing sight is walking through ancient woodland especially after it has snowed.

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Latest reply: Nov 19, 2014

Inspirational quotes, poems and stories

My favourite inspirational poems are If by Rudyard Kipling and Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.

My favourite inspirational story as a child was the Robert Bruce and the spider legend.

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Latest reply: Nov 14, 2014

Aspergers in Females

I am on the process of being assessed for Aspergers. I have been thinking about it for a while and only approached my GP this March for a diagnosis. If I did not have anyone with me, I would not have approached my GP. My GP is Spanish and he comes from a country where they have an excellent Autism/Aspergers diagnosis and support service.

Here are the list of some of the Aspergers traits in females:

Has a very rich and elaborate fantasy world
Do not understand the concept of small talk
Appears to be have good social skills but this is learned behaviour
by copying others
Poor social interaction and communication skills
Finds it very hard to make long term friendships
Is youthful for her age, in looks, dress, behaviour and tastes
Enjoys reading and films as a retreat, often sci-fi, fantasy
OCD and social anxiety

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Latest reply: Nov 9, 2014

Winter weather predictions

I am hoping for a better winter than last year which was literally a wash out. I have been looking at various reports from across Europe, especially the first snows of Siberia and the Scandinavian countries to see if and when we are likely to get snow. I think that the temperatures are not go down until late November/early December with the first taste of winter weather

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