International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural andpolitical achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women’s Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for over a century – and is growing annually from strength to strength.

International Women’s Day timeline journey.

1908 – 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

1909 – The first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

1910-1911 – More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants.

1914 – Further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women’s solidarity. For example, in London in the United Kingdom there was a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square in support of women’s suffrage on 8 March 1914. Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested in front of Charing Cross station on her way to speak in Trafalgar Square.

1917 – On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for “bread and peace” in response to the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers in World War 1. Opposed by political leaders, the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.

1996 – The UN commenced the adoption of an annual theme in 1996 – which was “Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future”. This theme was followed in 1997 with “Women at the Peace table”, and in 1998 with “Women and Human Rights”, and in 1999 with “World Free of Violence Against Women”, and so on each year until the current. More recent themes have included, for example, “Empower Rural Women, End Poverty & Hunger” and “A Promise is a Promise – Time for Action to End Violence Against Women”.

2016 and beyond – The world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation may feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally!
Make everyday International Women’s Day.
Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

Pancakes all day!

Pancakes all day!

Get your pans ready for Tuesday 13th February.

Pancake Day has been celebrated by Britons for centuries.  Known also as Shrove Tuesday, its exact date, rather confusingly, changes every year, because it is determined by when Easter falls. But it is always the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), and always falls in February or March. Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.

The most famous pancake race, at Olney in Buckinghamshire, has been held since 1445. The contestants, traditionally women, carry a frying pan and race over a 415-yard course to the finishing line. The rules are strict: contestants have to toss their pancake at both the start and the finish, as well as wear an apron and a scarf. Traditionally, when men want to participate, they must dress up as a housewife (usually an apron and a bandanna). The race is followed by a church service.

How to make the perfect pancakes.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

Do you have a favourite topping or maybe take turns on flipping the mixture?

Here at Masterflex, jam, sugar, lemon juice or maple syrup are some of the more popular choices to have with pancakes.

 Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER

Monday – Thursday: 8 – 5pm.  Friday 8-2.30pm

Email: sales@masterflex-uk.com  or www.masterflex-uk.com

Will you be rooting for Team GB at the 2018 Olympics?

imagesThe Winter Olympic are due to kick off later this evening in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  More than 2,000 athletes from 92 countries across the world are set to take part in some spectral events in the attempt to win medals and pride for their Country.

Will Team GB be able to Ski Jump to victory or maybe they will be able to stake rings around their components not to mention the cool runnings of the Bobsleigh team.

Masterflex will be cheering on Team GB.  I’m sure they will do us proud.

Come on team GB – let the games begin!

Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER
Tel: 0161 626 8066     Fax: 0161 626 9066

Monday – Thursday: 8 – 5pm – Friday 8- 2.30 pm

Email:sales@masterflex-uk.com  or www.masterflex-uk.com

Munich – 60 years on – remembering the “Busby Babes”

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On 6th February 1958, the aircraft carrying the Manchester United football team, its staff, journalists and supporters crashed, killing 23 of the 44 passengers.

United had just beaten Red Star Belgrade and where on their way home from Belgrade when they stopped at Munich Riem Airport for re-fueling.  With a blizzard blowing and vision poor, the aircraft attempted to take off 3 times, but a layer of slush prevented the aircraft from taking off and it crashed into a fence and hit a house.  Twenty passengers died on board, and three died later in hospital. Forever remembering the Busby Babes 60 years on.

Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
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Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER
Tel: 0161 626 8066     Fax: 0161 626 9066

Monday – Thursday: 8 – 5pm – Friday 8- 2.30 pm

Email:sales@masterflex-uk.com  or www.masterflex-uk.com

 

Happy birthday Karl!

Happy birthday Karl!

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One of our skilled production operatives is celebrating his birthday here at Masterflex today.

Karl Summerscales (also known as Taz) has turned 33 today.

He has worked at Masterflex for 10 years.

On a daily basis you can hear Karl singing to the radio, whilst setting the equipment up ready for the hoses to be made.

He enjoyed an eventful night out in Manchester with his friends over the weekend but is now hard at work making the hoses.

Give Masterflex a call, place an order and Karl maybe the one who manufactures your product.

Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER
Tel: 0161 626 8066     Fax: 0161 626 9066

Monday – Thursday: 8 – 5pm – Friday 8- 2.30 pm

Email:sales@masterflex-uk.com  or www.masterflex-uk.com

Last check before Christmas

Last check before Christmas

Have you made sure everything is ready for Christmas?

Here at Masterflex, we have been checking stock levels, making sure that everything is accounted for ready for 2018.

From the largest hoses to the smallest cuffs, nothing has been left unturned.

Each section of Flamex, Master PUR and Carflex has all been counted and added to the database.

 If you would like a quote on any item we produce whether it’s for Woodworking, Construction, Air Conditioning and Ventilation, Automotive or Asbestos removal.

For more information on our product range contact Masterflex UK

Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER
Tel: 0161 626 8066     Fax: 0161 626 9066

Monday – Thursday: 8 – 5pm

Friday: 8.00am – 2.30pm

Email: sales@masterflex-uk.com or www.masterflex-uk.com

Providing hoses for automotives!

images (2)On the 27th September 1908 the first production of the Model T (also know as the Tin Lizzie), left the factory. This automobile, invented by Henry Ford, was to change our lives forever!!!

Did you know that Masterflex manufactures hoses to suit many automotive applications ranging from street cleaning, agricultural machinery to formula 1?

We also manufacture hoses to suit a wide range of applications for use in the Chemical and Industrial Markets.  The products used in the Hose Industry, vary from polyurethane ducting (eg Streetmaster LF) to high temperature ducting (eg HT1100).

Should you require any further information on any of the hoses that we manufacture, please do not hesitate to contact our helpful Sales Team on 0161 626 8066 or email Sales@masterflex-uk.co.uk

You can also check out our website at Masterflex.com.