Mulled wine: a recipe for sustainability?

19 Dec 2016

Nothing quite says ‘Christmas party’ like the smell of mulled wine drifting around an office. It’s an easy drink to make – all of the ingredients can be purchased at your local supermarket. But have you ever wondered where the ingredients come from? Like Santa Claus, many of them have travelled halfway round the world to get here, say students from the Cambridge Global Food Security strategic research initiative.

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Christmas Letters from a Second World War prison camp

22 Dec 2015

Moving letters sent by the academic John Crook while he was a prisoner at the notorious Stalag Luft VIII-B camp in World War II reveal his indomitable spirit and brave resolve to remain positive for the sake of loved ones back home.

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Xmas eve on Gjoa, 1903, taken from Roald Amundsen's book The North West  Passage, vol.1

Having a Polar Christmas

25 Dec 2012

With Christmas upon us, Cambridge historian Dr Shane McCorristine and geographer and psychologist Dr Jane S.P. Mocellin take us back to the heroic age of Polar exploration, when festive celebrations served as essential emotional, psychological and nutritional functions during winter’s darkest months.

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Ian and Tim

Queuing for the magic of King's on Christmas Eve

23 Dec 2011

Each year hundreds of people queue day and night in the cold to experience the magic of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in King's College Chapel. At the head of the queue this year is Tim Wotherspoon who lives in Cottenham and studied maths at Cambridge. He is spending five nights on a camp bed on the cobbles to ensure his seat on Christmas Eve.

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Santas

Who colour-coded Christmas?

18 Oct 2011

The conventional colours of Christmas – red and green – are not, as many might suppose, a legacy of the Victorians. Instead, they hark back to the Middle Ages and perhaps even earlier, according to Cambridge research scientist Dr Spike Bucklow.

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