Bank Holidays

Historially, public holidays in Britain are called “Bank Holidays” as they are days when banks are officially closed and therefore (traditionally) other businesses would close as they could not operate.

Bank and Public Holidays in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

The expected dates of bank and public holidays in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are as follows:

2008 Bank Holidays

England and Wales 2008 Bank Holiday Dates
New Year’s Day (Bank Holiday) 1st January
Good Friday (Public Holiday) 21st March
Easter Monday (Bank Holiday) 24th March
Early May (Bank Holiday, First Monday in May) 5th May
Spring Bank Holiday (Last Monday in May) 26th May
Summer Bank Holiday (Last Monday in August) 25th August
Christmas Day (Public Holiday) 25th December
Boxing Day (Bank Holiday) 26th December
Scotland 2008 Bank Holiday Dates
New Year’s Day (Bank Holiday) 1st January
January 2nd 2nd January
Good Friday (Public Holiday) 21st March
Easter Monday (Bank Holiday) 24th March
Easter Monday is not an official holiday, but many companies still close.
Early May (Bank Holiday, First Monday in May) 5th May
Spring (Bank Holiday, Last Monday in May) 26th May
Summer Bank Holiday (Last Monday in August) 25th August
Summer Bank Holiday is not an official holiday but many banks still close.
St Andrew’s Day (30th November or if on a weekend, the following Monday) 1st December
Christmas Day Public Holiday 25th December
Boxing Day Bank Holiday 26th December
Northern Ireland 2008 Bank Holiday Dates
New Year’s Day Bank Holiday 1st January
St Patrick’s Day 17th March
Good Friday (Public Holiday) 21st March
Easter Monday (Bank Holiday) 24th March
Early May (Bank Holiday, First Monday in May) 5th May
Spring (Bank Holiday, Last Monday in May) 26th May
Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day) 14th July
Summer Bank Holiday (Last Monday in August) 25th August
Christmas Day (Public Holiday) 25th December
Boxing Day (Bank Holiday) 26th December

History of Bank Holidays

Since 1871, British Public Holidays where banks were shut have been known as Bank Holidays.

Good Friday and Christmas Day are not specified as Bank Holidays in England, Wales and Ireland because they were already recognised as common law holidays.

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NES Controller Engine Cover

I like to think I’ve been around long enough to have an opinion on both games consoles and cars, after all I remember standing in WH Smith copying down a list of poke codes out of CU Amiga and playing Ikari Warriors on the NES so much that my thumb bled.

I’ve seen video games where real world cars are faithfully recreated and I’ve even seen cars that have had games consoles painstakingly crafted into them but this is the first time I’ve seen an engine cover fashioned in the style of a NES controller…

NES controller engine cover

The guys obviously got the time and an inkling of talent to come up with this so what’s next?

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Shipwrecked 2008

With the rain hammering it down outside it’s nice to be able to dream of a far away place where the sun beats down on white sandy beaches, with blue seas lapping at the shore. Add a sprinkling of beautiful people and you’re not far off Channel 4’s Shipwrecked reality TV series which has just returned for the 3rd time under it’s “Battle of the Islands” guise.

Since getting the V+ box, I’ve found my TV viewing habits a lot more selective, so I (thankfully) miss most of what T4 has to offer however I’ve always enjoyed Shipwrecked (what’s not to like about tanned girls in bikinis?) so will be adding this outing of Shipwrecked to series record.

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