Bastille Day 2008

Bastille Day, Frances most important national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and was seen as a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis the 16th’s Ancient Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people warned France that the king’s power was no longer absolute: they thought power should be shared by the Nation and be limited by a separation of powers.

Although the Bastille only held seven prisoners at the time of its capture, the storming of the prison was a symbol of liberty and the fight against oppression for all French citizens; like the Tricolore, the French national flag, it symbolized the Republic’s three main ideas: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity for all the people of France. It signified the end of absolute monarchy, the birth of the sovereign Nation, and, ultimately, the formation of the (First) Republic, in 1792.

Bastille Day was officially declared a national holiday on 6 July 1880 when the new Republic was firmly established. Bastille Day is very important for the French as it symbolizes the birth of the Republic. As in the US, where the signing of the Declaration of Independence heralded the start of the American Revolution, in France, the storming of the Bastille began the Great Revolution. In both countries, the national holiday thus symbolizes the beginning of a new form of government.

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Fireworks Good Advice for your Pets

Its nearly that time of year again as bonfire night approaches on the 5th November and many pet owners don’t look forward to this time of year due to the effect it has on their pets. Pets have very sensitive hearing and loud bangs and whistles can cause them pain in their ears.

I decided to put together a list of things you can do to help your pets get through this time with the least amount of stress possible.

  • Always keep your cats and dogs indoors whilst fireworks are being let off outside. Its best to close all windows and doors to make sure your pets cant escape.
  • Keep the TV or radio turned on so that some of the fireworks noises cant be heard. Its also a good idea to close the curtains.
  • Try to create a safe place for you pets to go where they can feel comfortable when fireworks are going off outside. Maybe under a bed or behind the settee or in a cupboard.
  • Make sure to take your pets outside to use the toilet or go for a walk before the fireworks start going off. This may prevent them from having an accident later on in the house if they get frightened.
  • Try not to leave your pet alone during times when fireworks are being let off. Stay calm and act normal during these times. If your pet gets frightened, try not to shout at them as this may make them even worse.

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