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What does Kabuki mean? How is this term used in politics?

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Kabuki  theatre is a stylized Japanese dance-drama tradition. Its origins date back to the early 17th century.  Key charecterisitics of  Kabuki  include  operatic plot lines, masks and heavy make-up. Shouting at other actors is encouraged. In the late 1960s Kabuki  became fashionable in avant-garde theatrical circles in the west, particularly in the UK.  David Bowie was an early enthusiast, learning a form of Kabuki  while working with mime artist, Lindsey Kemp. Bowie later borrowed heavily from the kabuki tradition in the creation of Ziggy Stardust. More recently,  Kabuki  has entered general English as a synonym for  theatrical. In the US, it is often used to describe politicians suspected of acting insincerely  to please their supporters and/or attract maximum media attention. Read More   free3 min read

What is figgy pudding?

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We want some figgy pudding Please bring it right here! We won’t go until we get some We won’t go until we get some We won’t go until we get some So bring it out here!

Did Dickens invent the modern Christmas?

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Christmas is, of course, the celebration of  a certain event in Bethlehem , as recorded in the gospels of Luke and Matthew. But the immediate and enduring success of Charles Dickens’  A Christmas Carol  (1843) has played key role in shaping the secular elements of the modern festival. At the time Dickens was writing, Christmas was celebrated like any other religious feast-day. Though it officially lasted twelve days ( on the first day of Christmas, my true love … ) most of the activities associated with it took place in church on the night of Christmas Eve and the morning of Christmas Day. Many employers allowed their workers a second day off for Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day in the UK). Scrooge was not unusual, however, in insisting that Bob Cratchit return to his ‘dismal cell’ early on the 26th. Read More  (5 mins Medium article)

Who was King Wenceslas? And the the Feast of Stephen?

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Where does the word Oz come from?

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"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." According to legend, the writer L Frank Baum was stuck for a name for his magical land. Looking up from his desk for inspiration, he saw a filing cabinet with two drawers.  One was labelled A-L and the other O-Z.  Baum wrote down OZ, meaning to replace this later. Christmas-related posts

When did we start saying Merry Christmas?

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"Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart ."    A Christmas Carol (1843)