The forgotten May Day – Now the Forgotten Children’s Game!

The forgotten May Day – Now the Forgotten Children’s Game!

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Mayday is UK’s public holiday, celebrated in pretty much all of Asia, is also an ancient festival.   Thanks to this old event, which always fall on the first Mondays of May, we once again look forward to a long weekend.  May Day, in the UK, is celebrated with Morris dancing, the crowning of the May Queen, singing, feasts as well as dancing around the maypole!

Where did maypole dancing originate?

Mayday is not just a British celebration, since a very long time, as it has been celebrated only around the Northern Hemisphere (while the Southern Hemisphere is getting ready for winter).  It’s likely that it has its roots in pagan Anglo-Saxon customs to mark the beginning of summer.

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Historically, large community gatherings would hold fetes and dances as a way of welcoming things coming to life and saying farewell to winter. It was an opportunity to bring communities, villages and towns together, to mark the beginning of springtime fertility.

Dancing around a pole, on Mayday, is a 600-year-old activity.  Mayday, in medieval times, was celebrated by young men and women dancing around a specially-decorated tree; A slender tree was chosen, to have its branches cut off, to represent a pole; which is now known as the Maypole.

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Mayday celebrations, tolerated by the church in the middle ages, were accompanied with drinking and dancing.

Those who sought to purify catholic practices, of the Church of England, were against the Mayday Celebrations; the purists viewed Mayday’s drinking, dancing as sin and Mayday practises as idolatry. The Protestant Reformation, of the 17thCentury, lead the parliament to ban Maypoles in 1644.

The country put up Maypoles after Charles II (protestant at that time, but a pro-catholic) was restored to the throne, as a celebration and sign of loyalty to the King.

The Lost May Day – the Children’s Game

In the 19th Century, with the Victorians, Maypole became a children’s game.  Forgotten was the significance of Mayday with the general rejoicing at the return of summer and celebrating the growth of new vegetation but held on it as a “rustic delight”.

Maypole dancing involved dancers, pairs of boys and girls, steadily creating a multi-coloured pattern down a pole; and reversing their steps, the other direction, to undo the ribbons.  The dance represents, as known by many, the lengthening of the days as summer approaches.

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The Victorian era is famous for its loving feelings for the past and the emotional feelings the love of customs. The Victorians, on May 1st, held fairs and dances with lots of floral decorations.

Mayday celebrations, often, commenced with “bringing in May”.  They ‘brought in the May’ by getting up early in the morning on May Day for flower picking into the countryside. Towns, parades and other festivities, with flowers, were decorated.

This parade was led by, the most beautiful teenage girl crowned by flowers, the May Queen.  During the event, she was attended by several other girls, all wearing white, with flowers in their hair. They danced and sang, following the May Queen, for the parade.

It’s also known that this morning, women used to clean their faces with dew; preserving their beauty.

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Llanfyllin carnival and the maypole dance

Decorating towns with flowers involved filling, heavily embellished, ‘May Baskets’ with bouquets; and hanging on doors. These May Day baskets were secretly delivered to neighbours and friends doors, in true generosity, without expecting anything in return; young individuals knocking on doors, running away without being seen, was one of the much-loved May Day enjoyments.

During the Victorian era, it act was carried out in pure generosity, giving without expecting anything in return.

Celebrate Mayday, the fun way!

Then as time went on different groups adapted Mayday to their beliefs and social interests.  Today fewer celebrate Mayday, in a nonspiritual way, with fewer children Maypole dancing and little girls making flower crowns.

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Mayday surely gives a bit of cultural scene, to young children, particularly young lassies, breezing about, on this bank holiday, with daisies on their heads.

Try celebrating Mayday by getting up before dawn and going out to wash your face in dew! Gather flowers, make them into garlands and give them to your friends to wear.  You can also use this opportunity, by making up a ‘may basket’ of flowers to take to, to cheer someone up!

There is a range of Woodwork Hose, for woodworking and making May Poles, that we can provide at Masterflex Technical Hoses Ltd:

Available within days of ordering.

Medium duty Polyurethane, PU, flexible ducting, Polyurethane, PU wall thickness 0.5mm hardly Inflammable to DIN4102 B1

Description

• Polyester polyurethane ducting
• Reinforced with embedded copper coated high tensile steel wire helix
• PU thickness = 0.5mm

Properties

• Highly flexible
• Lightweight
• Abrasion-resistant
• Hardly inflammable to DIN 4102 B1
• Supplied compressed and in nets

Applications

• Extraction of sawdust and woodchips
• woodworking machines
• oil mist extraction
Also suitable for dust, fumes and powder applications in a wide range of industries.

Colour

Clear

Size Range

38mm to 400mm.

Temp Range

-40ºC to +90ºC (intermittent to +125ºC).

Options

• FDA approved hoses
• Microbe resistant hoses
• Hydrolysis resistant hoses
• Other lengths available on request

Our hoses are available to order for businesses and for non-commercial use in a variety of application: from automotive to the military.

If you’d like to learn more about Masterflex Hoses for, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or call us on 0161 626 8066

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Important Facts About Farming & Agricultural Spring Hoses, by Masterflex Technical Hoses, That You Should Know!

Important Facts About Farming & Agricultural Spring Hoses, by Masterflex Technical Hoses, That You Should Know!

By Sami

For further details of Masterflex agricultural hoses please visit: http://www.masterflex-uk.com/

SPRING: March 21 – June 20

Spring Farming Hose

Spring Farming

Spring has still had been a very exciting time for most of us, with all that snow, sledging and it has been very hectic for farmers this year!  Numerous cold blasts have been hit, recently, from the Beast from the East, Storm Emma and most recently the Mini Beast from the East. Now another blast of cold is expected across the nation and the country could remain cold and wintery up until the second half of April!  The good news for farmers is that the worst of weather conditions have gone.  Farmers, throughout the UK, have been praised for their efforts to help stranded motorists and clear roads after the “Beasts of the East”.

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Sheep Farming – Climate System Hoses Can Be Provided

Below are some more interesting facts, that British farmers, should be praised upon:

  • In the UK, there are nearly 280,000 farms.
  • 30 million football pitches are equivalent to 20 million hectares of UK’s farmland.
  • British Farms produce 60% of all food eaten in the UK.
  • 20 million eggs are supplied by British farms, to make none million loaves of bread.
  • Wheat, the most common crop grown in the UK, is planted on two million hectors of land.
  • Half a million tonnes of potatoes are produced every year, by farms, enough to cover 120,000 football pitches.
  • More sheep are produced, in the UK, than any other country in Europe.
  • 60 million pints of milk is produced, in the UK, which is enough to fill over 15 Olympic swimming pools!
  • A tractor, in a whole week, can do work of 100 men.
  • To produce one tonne of paper, two tons of timber is required.
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All the above applications require Agricultural Hoses and many of them can be provided by Masterflex Technical Hoses Ltd.

Hoses are used in farming machinery for achieving important tasks, such as drilling, spraying plants, seed preparation, clenching, liquid manuring, milking and more.

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Grass Machine Hose

Masterflex provides a number of different types of hose, that can be used for various agricultural tasks, for example:

  • Feeding & seeding systems
  • Air /stable climate system

In farming, there are many applications, such as the transportation of seeds, animal feeding, stable ventilation and cooling, pneumatic machinery, where spring hoses are required.

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Grain & Feed is one such application – at Masterflex Technical we recognise that things can get complicated for the farming community, with more diverse ways of creating earnings than traditional methods of farming. Two of our best-selling products, in agriculture, are Master Pur L Trivolution and Master Pur H Trivolution. These are just some of the types of hoses, for farming and agriculture, you may require.  We have other made to order hoses and custom hoses for both suction and delivery with properties including, water resistance, smooth bore, excellent abrasion resistance, microbe, chemical resistance, crush resistance, kink resistance and more!

If you require more information on what kind of hoses for farming / agriculture we can, then get in touch on 01616268066, email us or visit our website: http://www.masterflex-uk.com/

 

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.

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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!

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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
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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