Happy Friday everyone! Not just normal Friday, it’s a Black Friday today! 🖤
It was originally introduced in USA in 1952, naming the day following Thanksgiving Day - Black Friday to begin the country's Christmas shopping season!
Since that time the tradition of introducing massive sales spread around the world and used very well by companies to make a high profit just before Christmas on one of the busiest shopping day of the year!
Have you been shopping this week with sales starting earlier this week? Christmas presents or interesting purchase for yourself?
What’s your favourite fictional setting? I visited The John Rylands Library in Manchester a few days ago and it felt as magical as walking through the stony corridors of Hogwarts △⃒⃘
Reading update: I’m still making my way through Howards End, then I’ll be moving on to Winter by Ali Smith 🌙
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the U.K., but after a conversation with two of my best friends last night I realised that I need to be more thankful for what I have in life and for the life that I lead. I'm often too busy thinking about what's happening next to really enjoy what's happening now. Here's to living & loving in the moment ❤️#thanksgiving#grateful#thesecret#london#viewfromabove#celebrate
An old postcard showing the Loughborough Carillon War Memorial Tower under construction in Queen’s Park, 1922-23. Men can be seen working on the wooden framework at the top of the tower which is surrounded by scaffolding. The two foundation stones for the tower had been ceremonially laid on 22nd January 1922, one being laid by General Lord Horne and the other by Mrs Henrietta Godber who was chosen by lot to represent the families of the fallen (her son Private Billy Godber, a stretcher bearer, was killed in France in April 1917). The memorial was formally unveiled on Sunday 22nd July 1923 by Field-Marshal Sir William Robertson in the presence of about 50,000 people and was dedicated by Bishop Woods of Peterborough. Following the unveiling there was a special carillon recital by the famous carillonneur Chevalier Jef Denyn of Malines (now Mechelen) in Belgium. This included Memorial Chimes composed for the occasion by Sir Edward Elgar. John Taylor & Sons famous Loughborough bell foundry was responsible for making the 47 bells of the Carillon and for its construction within the tower. The cost of the bells was about £7,000, towards which Taylor's contributed £2,000, and most of the bells were given as memorials either by individuals, groups, institutions or manufacturing and trading companies. The tower itself was designed by the architect Sir Walter Tapper of London and its appearance is closely modelled on the bell tower of Moulins in central France, particularly its belvedere at the top. The tower rises to a height of 151 feet and was built by the local firm of contractors William Moss & Sons. The main body of the tower is constructed of red bricks which were mostly supplied by Tuckers of Loughborough. The tower has a base of Portland Stone which is 16 feet high, upon which are the large bronze panels bearing the names of the dead. The impressive belvedere at the top is covered with copper sheeting, which has a distinctive green verdigris colouring, and has a projecting, open viewing gallery. Its curved roof is surmounted by a large octagonal domed cupola. #loughborough#loveloughborough#leicestershire#leicestermercury#myleicestershire#warmemorial