12 Feb Love Makes the World Go ‘Round

Here it comes…the day when couples are expected to shower each with love and expensive gifts, while their singleton friends gather together to get drunk, defiant and depressed. Well that’s what happens in the States, but there are many different Valentine’s Day traditions happening in different countries around the world. Here’s an insight into how different cultures celebrate February 14. Italy Long before Juliet was meant to be blowing kisses at Romeo from her balcony, Italians celebrated Valentine’s Day as the Spring Festival. The young and romantic would stroll arm-in-arm through gardens, resting beneath tree arbors to enjoy poetry readings and music. Today on Valentine’s Day, Italians are more likely to be exchanging gifts and chocolate over a romantic dinner. And when we say chocolate, we don’t mean a Hershey Bar. Italians believe the bigger and better the chocolate, the stronger the love you will have. France France has given the world its most romantic city, most seductive accents, and it’s sometimes claimed, its best lovers. It’s even said that the first Valentine’s Day card originated in France when Charles, Duke of Orleans, sent love letters to his wife while imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. Today, you’re more likely to find French people wining and dining each other than exchanging heartfelt cards on February 14.   United Kingdom In the UK, Valentine’s Day is when you can discover your secret admirer, or confess your secret passions for another. Sending anonymous Valentine’s cards is a tradition...

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19 Dec December 25: Not Just Jolly

The fact that December 25 is Christmas shouldn’t come as a shock (if it does: Surprise!) As with any other day of the year, a lot happens on the 25th of December: births, deaths, marriages, intrigue, revelations…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! So this year as you gather with your family, keep in mind that on this day there is quite a bit more happening than gift giving and cookies. 5) 1776 – Washington defeats 1,400 Hessian soldiers The best part about Washington’s victorious crossing of the Delaware River was that it worked BECAUSE it was Christmas. America’s first president was well aware that the British-employed German troops would be drinking themselves silly and used their festivities against them, sneaking into town at night and beating them while they were too hungover to care. How’s that for Christmas cheer? 4) 1642 - Isaac Newton was born Being born on Christmas comes with its own unique set of angsty issues (never having a bday-only party, gifts meant to “take care of both”, Christmas-themed bday cake, etc.), but luckily Newton never let it get him down. Gravity on the other hand… 3) 1932 – King George V’s chair collapses Though there were hundreds of staff and supporters thoroughly committed to keeping the British Monarch safe from harm, no one correctly predicted the true threat: his chair. During the middle of a holiday dinner speech, George V’s seat gave way, depositing the thoroughly startled king onto the very posh...

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24 Nov Turkey Time

The Panrimo offices are full of pre-Thanksgiving cheer and we've combined this with our obvious international inclinations to bring you: PANRIMO'S CURSORY INTERNATIONAL GUIDE TO TURKEY SOUNDS First up, American English. Turkeys are well known and well eaten on the North American continent. So their cry of "Gobble gobble gobble" should come as no surprise. (Please note the historically appropriate headgear) [caption id="attachment_1234" align="alignnone" width="640"] American turkeys have a proclivity for flag waving.[/caption] Our second turkey hails from the European nation of Belgium. It should come as no surprise that Belgian turkeys quite enjoy a nice stack of waffles, washed down with Duvel. Afterwards they remark on the deliciousness with their call of "Irka kloek kloek." [caption id="attachment_1235" align="alignnone" width="640"] Clearly a turkey with a finely-honed palate.[/caption] No turkey gathering would be complete without the high-class French turkey. Easily the most refined of birds, he often coos "Glou glou" towards the rising spires of that most French of buildings, the Eiffel Tower. [caption id="attachment_1236" align="alignnone" width="640"] French turkey never leaves the coop without his beret.[/caption] Finally, we have Mexican turkey. Quite a rebel, he likes to conceal his true identity behind his Lucha Libre mask, which pairs well with his festive sombrero. His cry of "Goro goro goro" strikes fear into the heart of those hoping to eat him for Thanksgiving. [caption id="attachment_1237" align="alignnone" width="640"] Don't mess with this bird.[/caption] So now you know. Armed with your new international turkey knowledge, go forth and have an excellent holiday, Panroamers!...

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04 Jul As American as…

The 4th of July. The birthday of the United States of America, it’s a celebration of summer, sunshine, and all the best homegrown traditions. Which got us to thinking: just what exactly IS as American as apple pie? Below are 5 things that couldn’t be more ‘murica if they tried. 5. Barbeque Ribs [caption id="attachment_875" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Be right back. Salivating.[/caption] http://usbbqsupply.com/home/images/categories/barbecued-ribs.jpg The debate over who makes the best ribs will never be won. The secret sauces, the best cut of meat, cooking time and temperature: all are elements essential in perfecting this most revered cooking technique. What everyone CAN agree on is this: BBQ is an American art form. 4. Blue Jeans [caption id="attachment_876" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Should I wear my formal jeans? Or my informal jeans? Or my jorts?[/caption] http://img1.southernliving.timeinc.net/sites/default/files/image/2011/01/Travel-Awards/1101-travel-awards-best-blue-jeans-x.jpg A fashion developed for the hardworking cowboys and miners of the American Old West, since their debut in the 1870s, jeans have taken the world by storm. Perhaps no other clothing item is so instantly identifiable as being ‘American’. 3. Bruce Springsteen [caption id="attachment_877" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The man. The legend. The Boss.[/caption] http://www.showbiz411.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/springsteen.jpg Known for his hard rocking brand of Americana and patriotism, ‘The Boss’ is one of the most successful American rock stars of all time. Both at home and abroad, his songs are evocative of all the best this country has to offer. 2. Baseball [caption id="attachment_878" align="aligncenter" width="5120"] Nice catch.[/caption] http://www.massbay.edu/uploadedImages/Second_Level_Pages/Student_Life/baseball.jpg Whether you play in a local league, cheer from the ballpark stands, or just wear baseball caps while running errands, baseball...

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