All posts by Jean Dixon

5 Tips for Home Audio Recording

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There was a time when it was necessary to use an elaborate studio for recording audio.  Modern technology has progressed so far that the days of booking a studio have almost gone.  Although recording studios are still used by large corporations the introduction of cheap audio interfaces, among other things, has meant that quality recording is now available to everybody.
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Waitangi Day

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Waitangi Day is celebrated in New Zealand on the 6th February each year.  The day celebrates the Treaty which was signed between forty Māori chiefs and the British Crown making New Zealand part of the British Empire.  The treaty guaranteed Māori people rights to their land and also the same rights as British subjects. The signing of the treaty took place in Waitangi which is located in the Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand.
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Republic Day India

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Republic Day in India is celebrated on January 26th and is a gazetted holiday. The term ‘gazetted holiday’ is used in countries such as India, Singapore and Australia which were all formerly colonized by the British.

Republic Day came into effect for the first time on 26th January 1950 to honour the day the Constitution of India came into force. Read More

Martin Luther King Day

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I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

These are the iconic words spoken by Martin Luther King, delivered on 28th August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.  The ‘I have a Dream’ speech would go down in history as one of the defining moments of the twentieth century.

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New Year – Different New Years in different countries, religion and Lunar calendar System

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The New Year is celebrated around the world in different ways and at different times.   For people living in countries that follow the Gregorian calendar the New Year begins on 1st January.  Celebrations are traditionally held the night before on New Year’s Eve.  Across continents such as the USA, Australia and Europe, celebrations will commence with people gathering to see in the New Year together.  Read More

Junkanoo Festival

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The Junkanoo Festival is celebrated every year by the island nation of The Bahamas. People in the Bahamas do not need formal occasions to party as this is a nation perfectly geared up to year round tourism. But it is during Junkanoo, that the country most livens up. The Junkanoo festival can be compared to the Carnivale in Rio de Janiero or the Mardi Gras at New Orleans. Junkanoo occurs during the morning of December 26th and again on New Year’s Day beginning at 2am and ending at dawn.
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F1 Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi

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On November 1st, 2009 the first Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi took place on the Yas Marina Circuit.  Designed chiefly by the German engineer Hermann Tilke, the 5.55-kilometre circuit saw the biggest names in motor racing compete at speeds up to 325 kilometers per hour.  This event is one of only a few to be held in Asia and one of the only two to be held in the Middle East region, with Bahrain being the other.   Read More

Newgrange Winter Solstice Festival

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Although it has been around for over five thousand years it is still a mystery why Newgrange was built.  Situated in the Boyne Valley in County Meath, Newgrange is older than Stonehenge and The Great Pyramids of Giza.  It is recognized as an Ancient Temple, with spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.  The structure itself is kidney shaped and covers an area of approximately one acre. Read More

Giant Omelette Festival

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The Giant Omelette Festival is held in seven different locations around the world however the biggest of these is the town of Abbeville in Louisiana, USA where more than five thousand eggs are used during the making of the omelette. The festival actually has its roots many miles away in a town called Bessieres in Northern France.  Read More

Chhath Puja

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Chhath Puja is a festival celebrated in certain parts of northern and eastern India as well as in Nepal and by the diaspora from these countries. Prayers are dedicated to the sun god and his wife for the life giving properties of the former. It is believed that the healing power of the sun combined with dips to the holy waters can cure ailments such as leprosy.  Read More