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Month: June 2017

The particular form of humour everybody talks about

Hello, dear Speak Up Londoners. We laugh. We joke. We spend time trying to make our loved ones laugh. Why? Because, as we’ve stated in the past, laughing is good for our health and our lives in general. And what is the best way to provoke a laugh? By telling a good joke of course! And what produces more jokes than a good sense of humour? Today, dear Speak Up Londoners we thought to share some interesting facts with you!

 

Let’s start with the basics then! What is a joke? Well, a joke is something that someone says in order to generate a laugh in public and it is characterized by a particularly funny final sentence – called the punchline.

 

There are different kinds of jokes, differentiated by theme or structure. Jokes are a display of humour, and as such, they vary deeply in the forms they can have. One particular kind of humour, popular all over the world is British humour.
You have surely heard of it – plus, living in Britain might have given you the chance to hear it. This particularly colourful kind of humour is based on a set of unwritten rules and practices. For instance, some of these practices include the use of devices such as puns, intellectual jokes and innuendos.

 

If you are not very familiar with these terms we are glad to unveil them for you: puns are plays on words, stemming from terms having multiple meanings or similar sounds. Puns being strictly related with language, their use is specific to the language that generated it. Of course, no need to say, we find them hilarious!

Innuendos, instead, are insinuations regarding a person, aimed to denigrate that person without being rude, through words that taken on their own are innocent.

 

Among the other defining characteristics for British humour – again, one of our favourite source of jokes – is the theme of self-deprecation and the almost absolute absence of taboos.

 

Now that we’ve given you a short explanation regarding the most popular form of humour, it’s up to you to become a master at it… or just enjoy it when someone uses it with you! =D =D =D

 

Maria Chiara Strano

 

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The particular form of humour everybody talks about

 Hello, dear Speak Up Londoners. We laugh. We joke. We spend time trying to make our loved ones laugh. Why? Because, as we’ve stated in the past, laughing is good for our health and our lives in general. And what is the best way to provoke a laugh? By telling a good joke of course! And what produces more jokes than a good sense of humour? Today, dear Speak Up Londoners we thought to share some interesting facts with you!

 

Let’s start with the basics then! What is a joke? Well, a joke is something that someone says in order to generate a laugh in public and it is characterized by a particularly funny final sentence – called the punchline.

 

There are different kinds of jokes, differentiated by theme or structure. Jokes are a display of humour, and as such, they vary deeply in the forms they can have. One particular kind of humour, popular all over the world is British humour.
You have surely heard of it – plus, living in Britain might have given you the chance to hear it. This particularly colourful kind of humour is based on a set of unwritten rules and practices. For instance, some of these practices include the use of devices such as puns, intellectual jokes and innuendos.

 

If you are not very familiar with these terms we are glad to unveil them for you: puns are plays on words, stemming from terms having multiple meanings or similar sounds. Puns being strictly related with language, their use is specific to the language that generated it. Of course, no need to say, we find them hilarious!

Innuendos, instead, are insinuations regarding a person, aimed to denigrate that person without being rude, through words that taken on their own are innocent.

 

Among the other defining characteristics for British humour – again, one of our favourite source of jokes – is the theme of self-deprecation and the almost absolute absence of taboos.

 

Now that we’ve given you a short explanation regarding the most popular form of humour, it’s up to you to become a master at it… or just enjoy it when someone uses it with you! =D =D =D

Typewriter: a path to the future.

Today if we need to send an important document, we turn on our computers, we open Word and we start typing down all the information we need to share with the world. It is natural; it is part of our life. We are so used to it that we don’t even wonder how this kind of activity was carried out before computers. Well, to be fair we know it. In the past people used to write. A lot. Which is why one invention made a huge difference in people’s lives, before the arrival of computers: typewriters.

 

Typewriters were one of the major inventions of the 19th century, changing people’s lives completely in and outside the work environment. Indeed not only did typewriters make communications more formalised by partially replacing handwriting, but they also had the effect of shaping the society we live in.

 

Indeed, after the invention of typewriters, they became essential for administration work in offices. But who were the people that usually typewrote? Women. As a matter of fact, these machines worked as revolutionary devices since they paved the way to monetary independence for women.

 

For instance, in the “Manual of the Typewriter” written by John Harrison in 1888, this particular device was said to perfectly match women’s thin fingers, not requiring any additional skills than the ones utilized in playing the piano. Although nowadays this kind of statement might sound sexist; it is also true that seeing women using typewriters as a socially acceptable practice was a clear sign that society was changing, as was the role of women in it. Typewriters – along with other inventions like bicycles – were important means for that to happen, guaranteeing freedom of movement and of gaining, therefore, independence.

 

Therefore, typewriters twice represented a revolution in history: first for their role in technological advancement, and then for their pioneering role in gender equality achievements, and as such they mean so much more than mere writing devices. In conclusion, Speak Up London friends, be aware of how simple, sometimes obsolete objects, have had the power to shape the world and the lives of millions of people who have lived in it.

 

Maria Chiara Strano

 

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Nature: the kind of green that heals us.

Hey there, Speak Up Londoners. Do you remember the time when with our blog articles we tried to improve the quality of our readers’ lives by sharing informative bits with them? Of course you remember, we do it every week! Today we will be talking about nature and its beneficial impact on our wellbeing.

 

Although the cities we live in are mainly made of concrete, our inner us will always try to connect with the nature in the outside world, because – hold on for the revelation – nature is good for us.

 

Let’s make one of our beloved lists to discover how much your body and mind can benefit from staying in contact with the sometimes forgotten mother nature.

 

  1. According to some researchers, being in contact with nature helps you improve your physical health in multiple ways:
  • It reduces blood pressure
  • It reduces heart rate
  • It reduces muscle tension
  1. If the previous point is not enough to delineate the great gift nature is, we would like to add that nature also has positive consequences for the mind. Among these there are indeed the decrease in negative feelings (like anger) and the increase in positive moods among the people who experience it.
  2. Living a life in connection with nature seems to be correlated with an increase in life satisfaction and happiness.

 

If on the one hand it is true that appreciating nature is good because of its positive effects on people, on the other hand this practice is also beneficial the other way round. By acknowledging the treasure that nature represents for us, we will pay more attention, and make a bigger effort, to safeguard it.

 

Therefore, dear and loyal readers, while you are around Hyde Park, Green Park or even just in your backyard taking pictures of grass and flowers in this London summer, remember that that little corner of green is a lot more than just a great pic for Instagram!

 

Maria Chiara Strano

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Iced Tea: taste and health on the rocks.

We are in London. The city that has witnessed the performances of the best bands in the whole world. The city of great museums. The city of the Queen. And what else? London, being the capital of the UK, must be one of the busiest cities for having tea at 5pm. If not, it doesn’t matter, we just needed an effective introduction for our article =D.

 

Well, today’s topic isn’t the traditional afternoon tea, but its young, summery version: iced tea. Before going on and enumerating all the benefits of tea, it is essential to say that iced tea isn’t the healthiest beverage in the world. However, in comparison with the carbonated alternatives, it surely represents a healthier option.

 

Tea is generally considered healthier than iced tea. The obvious reason is that iced tea is more likely to be full of sweeteners that balance out the benefits of tea. Though, if you prefer a cold drink rather than a mug of steaming tea, an unsweetened, decaf version of it, might help you maintain the benefits of tea and dramatically reduce its downsides. Let’s not dawdle and let’s get on with the list! Are you interested in knowing some of its benefits? Keep reading!

 

  • Tea is full of antioxidants, which mean drinking tea might be beneficial for your skin.
  • It increases your level of alertness.
  • It can help you lose weight if unsweetened – and in moderation.
  • Among the reasons why it differs from other beverages is the fact that tea lacks sodium.

 

What we listed above are just few of the reasons why iced tea and tea are so popular with the population. Moreover, whether or not people are aware of tea’s positive effects, what is undeniable is that its particular taste can satisfy its drinkers’ deepest needs, and on request, can be steaming and cosy during winter or on the rocks and refreshing during the hottest months of the year. Therefore people, fill your cups, drink tea with moderation, and enjoy its positive effects.

Maria Chiara Strano

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Doughnuts: their names and origins.

Some people like going to the beach, other people like going to the mountains. Some people love rock music, others love pop music. Do you know, though, what is the one thing that unites us all? Everybody loves doughnuts.

Yes, we are aware that they are not exactly in line with our dietary requirements, but let’s try to focus on the interesting facts. Indeed, you might not know that in some parts of the UK, you might encounter several different names for these delicious fried rings.

For instance, do you know what people call them in some parts of Scotland? Their particular name is “doughrings”, while the term doughnuts identify only the nut-shaped variety. Moreover, the rope-shaped doughnuts are called “yum-yum”. And if you think this is not enough, in some other parts of Scotland you can even find fudge doughnuts.

Moreover, Northern Ireland has another term for doughnuts. Have you ever heard of “gravy rings”? It is an archaic phrase that means “hot cooking oil”.

Despite the numerous names for doughnuts, what is really uncertain is the doughnut’s origins. Indeed, who created doughnuts and when are widely disputed. According to one popular legend they were invented by a Dutch settler in the U.S. Other theories see the American Hanson Gregory as the inventor of the sweetest of the dough. Whatever is the origin of the recipe of this dough, it is very clear that they have become part of the “dessert cuisine”.

Even though love towards the doughnut might be reason enough to justify a doughnut day, the main reason why a doughnut day exists (apart from the fact they they’re really good) comes from something that happened during World War I. Given the scarcity of baked goods, The Salvation Army volunteers thought to give donuts to soldiers. And as you can imagine, they appreciated the gesture =D! It is said that those women were called “doughnut dollies” by the servicemen.

We hope our article regarding doughnuts gave you some more general knowledge and a healthy appetite. Remember not to eat too many doughnuts.