Yuletide, Christmas and winter solstices

21 de desembre de 2016 at 10:32

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December 21, the winter Solstice, is a magical date for many people. It is considered to be the shortest day (and the longest night) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and during this time, before Christianity and Christmas, the pagan and Germanic tribes of northern Europe celebrated their winter festival.  They called the 12-day festival “Yule” and during it they killed animals, finished making their beer and prepared for the long, hard winter months ahead. 

The Person of the Year

14 de desembre de 2016 at 21:25

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December is the month when newspapers and the internet are full of end-of-year quizzes and lists of the top 10 most important or dramatic or surprising events that took place in the previous 11 months. Other end-of-year lists include the most famous people who died in 2016 and of course the top ten songs of the year.

Time Magazine also adds the most influential person of the year to this list and the selection for 2016 is…

Read all about it. Read all about it.

9 de desembre de 2016 at 11:18

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The way we read the news has changed a lot over the last 20 years. Although many people still choose to buy a daily newspaper at the newsagent’s every morning on their way to work, many others subscribe to an online version and are constantly updated with fresh news whenever they connect. The sound of “read all about it, read all about it” that newspaper sellers used to chant on the street corners so that people on their way to or from work would buy the newspapers they were selling is, without doubt, a thing of the past.

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!

30 de novembre de 2016 at 13:14

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Many people used Black Friday and Cyber Monday in late November to start buying presents. After all, December was only a week away and December means Christmas. Depending on where you live, you will be exchanging gifts, eating too much food and drinking in excess around the 25th of the month, unless of course you are lucky enough to live in the Netherlands where they celebrate Sinterklaas on the 6th of December.

 But, isn’t it a little early to be talking about Christmas?

Reduce, Reuse Recycle, React.  How seriously do you take recycling?

23 de novembre de 2016 at 17:11

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The advertising campaign recently launched in the press and TV in Catalonia uses the slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, React”. It wants us to make a greater effort to recycle our rubbish. It claims that in this part of Europe people recycle only 40% of the waste they generate and this, it seems, isn’t good enough.

Using Idioms and Expressions: The ball is in your court!

17 de novembre de 2016 at 17:16

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I’m not going to beat about the bush with an introduction. In fact I am going to  let the cat out of the bag immediately and let you have it straight from the horse’s mouth.

What on earth am I talking about? Well, idioms of course.

Sharing Technology to Learn a Language

10 de novembre de 2016 at 13:02

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The learning process has changed dramatically in recent years. Long gone are the days of chalk and talk when the teacher used to talk and talk and write on the board and students sat, listened and took notes. Nowadays classrooms and learning spaces are much more interactive places and technology has played a major role in this interaction making learning much more fun.

Elections Time in the US

3 de novembre de 2016 at 13:31

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And the 45th president of the United States of America is ……

By the time many of you read this post the result of the 2016 United States presidential election will be known.  You will now know if the president is a woman for the first time or whether US electors have decided to throw caution to the wind and vote for the controversial figure of Donald Trump.

Do you know however that the United States presidential elections are always in November and depending on the calendar for a particular year can be on any day between 2 – 8th November?

“Fancy a cuppa?”

31 d'octubre de 2016 at 10:09

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That’s a question you’ve probably never been asked and yet it is uttered tens of thousands of times every day in British households. It means “Would you like a cup of tea?”

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, the clocks go back.

27 d'octubre de 2016 at 11:34

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Twice a year we change the time on our clocks and watches. In spring we move them one hour forward and in autumn they go one hour back. When I was at school we were taught two phrasal verbs to help us remember what way to change the hands on the clock; in spring the clocks spring forward and in autumn they fall back. (Fall is the American way of saying autumn). Easy!