Newsletter November 2011

I Predict a Riot? Young People and the Big Society
University of Chester - 17th November 2011

Dr Andy Mycock – Course Leader of Human and Health Sciences Department in Huddersfield University.
The recent riots across England have raised important questions about the possibility of a 'broken society'. Politicians and media commentators quickly castigated those involved as 'wanton criminals'. But such simplistic analyses potentially overlook the complexity of causes of the riots, particularly those young people who took part. This lecture focuses on the position of young people in British society, exploring the underlying motivations of the rioters. It will consider how Coalition government policies such as the National Citizen Service and the concept of the Big Society have attempted to redefine the role of young people as citizens.

Chester’s Winter Watch Parade
24th November 2011

Dating from the 1400’s Chester’s Winter Watch Parade was held at Christmas. The City leaders would hand over the keys to the City to the City Watch (early police force) after processing around the City to ensure it was secure. There followed a banquet and celebration of Christmas, knowing the City was safe.
The outstanding features of the show were the Giants - enormous structures made of buckram and pasteboard and carried by two or more men. Giants were a common feature of Tudor pageantry in England and Europe, but Chester was unique in that the city paraded a whole family of Giants - the Father, the Mother and two Daughters. There were also fantastic giant Beasts including the Unicorn, the Elephant, the Camel and the Dragon. Originally the Dragon was beaten by six naked boys, but this practice was banned in the late 16th century.
The Winter Watch Parade was re-created by the Council in the 1990’s. The Winter Watch has been turned into a fun parade in the lead up to Christmas.
In addition the parade has added a spectacular fire breathing finale, with the Chester Re-enactment group joining as the Chester Watch and a group of giant skeletons, Roman Tours have also joined adding the Midsummer Watch Chariot and a skeleton Emperor.

Manchester City Ballet: “Giselle”
24th to 26th November 2011

Manchester City Ballet presents “Giselle”, on stage at The Dancehouse Theatre from 24th to 26th November. It is possibly the most famous of the Romantic ballets. A story of love so deep, that it transcends the boundaries of mortality to triumph not only over evil powers but death itself. The story is based on ancient folklore, tales of the spirits of girls who, betrayed before their wedding days, cannot rest in peace but haunt the forests seeking to revenge themselves on any unfortunate males they can ensnare. This dramatic story of love and betrayal will be brought to you by some of Manchester's most talented and exciting young dancers....definitely worth viewing!

Saying of the month: “In the sticks”

It literally means “in the country, especially the backwoods”.

“Stick” is one of the older words in English. It dates from around the 10th century and was first put into print in Old English Leechdoms, 1150, with the meaning of 'a slender branch or twig of a tree when cut or broken off'.
In the following thousand years, all manner of thin pointed objects have been called sticks - ships' masts, conductors' batons, cricket stumps, violin bows.
As befits such commonplace objects, sticks have made their way into many phrases - 'over the sticks' (horse racing over fences), 'between the sticks' (football goalposts), 'up sticks' (move one's tent').
'In the sticks' is just a reference to an area where there are lots of twigs, i.e. the countryside. It was first an American expression but is now used throughout the English-speaking world.
For a time, the phrase became specifically associated with baseball. 'The sticks' were exhibition games, played in county locations, which baseball players organised to supplement their income outside the main season.

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