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Who was Frank Palmer?

Everyone at the Reading University has heard of the Palmer building in the centre of campus but few people really know the history of the man that it was named after.

Frank Palmer was born in 1922 and he passed away in 2019 at the age of 97. He was a British linguist who was instrumental in the development of the Department of Linguistic Science at the University of Reading.

He became a member of the British Army in 1940 and at the end of World War II Palmer became a member of the teaching staff at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.» >

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The true meaning and evolution of Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s day happens every year on the 14th of February. It is a long-standing tradition within the Western world and more recently adopted by many other countries, including Japan and Israel. Despite Valentine’s popularity, in some countries, it is frowned upon or even banned to celebrate. 

 So, why do we celebrate it?   

Some people believe that Valentine’s day has Christian origins. Historically, there were three different saints with the name Valentine or Valentinus reported.» >

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