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The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is made up of four countries: England, North Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is also known as Great Britain.

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The largest city within the United Kingdom is London, but each country has its own capital city.

England – London

North Ireland – Belfast

Scotland – Edinburgh

Wales – Cardiff

This is the flag of the United Kingdom:

United Kingdom

The ruler of the United Kingdom is Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II

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A recipe by Ms Roselle Grech:

Ingredients:

500 grams penne

300 grams fresh mushrooms – thinly sliced

2 large carrots – finely chopped

2 large onions – finely chopped

6 fresh garlic stalks – thinly chopped

fresh parsley – finely chopped

4 slices of smoked ham – cut in very small pieces

1 bottle sugo di pomodoro (tomato juice)

1 tablespoon sugar

half a teaspoon Mixed Spice

1 cup fresh cream

Method:

1. Heat some olive oil and stir fry all the vegetables and smoked ham until soft.

2. Add one bottle of sugo, sugar and mixed spice. Leave to simmer on a very low heat for about 8 to 10 minutes. When cool, add the fresh cream.

3. Boil the penne but leave al dente. Cool under running water and drizzle some vegetable oil so that the pasta does not stick.

4. Mix with the warm sauce and stir for a few minutes on a low flame until piping hot.

5. Serve with grated cheese.

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Martin was born in the year 316, in Pannonia, which is nowadays a part of Hungary. From the early age of 10, Martin was attracted towards Christianity. He used to go to a nearby church to learn about Christ. Martin’s father was a soldier and at the tender age of fifteen, Martin was made a soldier too. Even though he did his job well, Martin tried to live the Christian religion, day and night.

One very cold day, while Martin was riding his horse, he met a shivering and half-naked beggar. Moved with compassion, he divided his coat into two parts and gave one part to the poor man. The part kept by himself became the famous ‘St. Martin’s cloak’.

That night Martin dreamt that Jesus was wearing the half-cloak Martin had given away. Martin heard Jesus say to the angels: “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised, he has clothed me.” A little while after this, Martin received baptism and was never afraid to show his faith in Christ. Soon after, he was freed from Military service. Martin left to a deserted region and led a solitary life. 

His example was soon followed, and a great number of monks gathered around him. A new monastery was formed. They led a quiet and simple life absorbed in prayers. Martin impressed his superiors and was later made the bishop of a city called Tours, in France. Through simplicity Martin succeeded in sowing Christianity all around him. Instead of living in a bishop’s palace Martin chose to live in a cell inside a small church. He used to preach about Christ, visit homes and spread the word of God. He died at the age of 80. We celebrate his feast on the 11th of November. Saint Martin is known as the patron saint of soldiers, well-known for his charity towards the poor.

Bil-Malti għandna xi taqbiliet li kienu jintqalu fl-antik fil-jum tal-festa ta’ San Martin.

 

Ġewż, lewż, qastan, tin

Kemm inħobbu ’ l San Martin.

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Għada jasal San Martin,

Jien se niekol lewż u tin;

Dejjem jiġi temp sabiħ,

La tħoss bard u lanqas ksieħ!

 

Dan għaliex f’dan iż-żmien tal-Ħarifa, f’Malta kienu jiġu impurtati mill-Italja għażla ta’ tin, qastan, ġewż u ġellewż. Peress li dak iż-żmien ma kellhomx friġġ,  dan l-ikel seta’ jżomm. Lit-tfal kienu jagħtuhom borża taċ-craret mimlija lewż, ġellewż, ħobża żgħira u xi frotta. Is-subien kienu jużaw il-ġellewż bħala boċċi biex jilagħbu bihom u l-bniet bħala żibeġ. Imbagħad aktar tard kienu jieklu dak kollu li kien ikollhom fil-borża.

Kienet ukoll tintlagħab logħba jisimha ‘Il-Logħba tal-Borża’. Xi ħadd kbir kien jorbot biċċa ħabel irqiq ma’ borża taċ-ċarruta li kien ikun fiha ġellewż, tin jew ikel li ma jitfarrakx u ma jweġġax. It-tfal joqogħdu dawra tond u hu jdawwar il-borża tond qrib wiċċ l-art,  it-tfal jibdew jaqbżuha biex ma tolqtilhomx saqajhom. Ma’ min taħbat joħroġ mil-logħba u min jibqa’ l-aħħar jirbaħ il-kontenut tal-borża.

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Bertie’s trivia

Question: What do you call a baby cat who has swallowed a ball of wool?

Answer: A mitten.

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We laughed until our sides ached!

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