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Happiness

  The feeling of being happy: full of enjoyment and pleasure. (of a condition or situation) lucky.  feeling, showing, or causing pleasure or satisfaction. (of words or behaviour) suitable.  having … Continue reading

20/03/2014 · Leave a comment

Bookmaker

“A person who accepts and pays out amounts of money risked on a particular result, especially of horse races.” People in the UK and Ireland usually bet on all sorts of things… but this time many of them felt outraged when the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has … Continue reading

05/03/2014 · Leave a comment

Shrovetide

What is Shrovetide? Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is a game played in the Derbyshire town of Ashbourne every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Unlike a conventional football match this game … Continue reading

04/03/2014 · Leave a comment

Selfie

“A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website”. “Selfie” was named as word of the year by … Continue reading

03/03/2014 · Leave a comment