The ‘How to’ guide: effective reading skills

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fullToday I wanted to look at why my students read slowly and what it can lead to. Also, I would like to suggest the ways of speeding up your reading. Firstly, let’s look at why some of my students at either a graduate or postgraduate level are still reading slowly. The reasons that I can think of is that they … Read More

The sweet shop in Bath

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There’s one confectionery shop I really like in Bath, though you can find it in other places in the UK. It’s called the Hardys Original Sweet Shop. What’s good is that the window display is really colourful and lures you in to spend some money. My niece when she was visiting me also went to the shop and got the … Read More

Burning barrel competition

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I once went a long way to see how people run with burning barrels on their backs. I had been looking for some strange events and found this one. I must say it was quite exciting to see even children run around with barrels filled with burning black tar! Well, I’m attaching a link here so you can see for … Read More

Cádiz mágica

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La provincia de Cádiz ofrece algunas de las vistas más bonitas y variadas de España. Los turistas pueden perderse en sus hermosos pueblos y ciudades, donde la gente siempre está dispuesta a ayudar y hacerte el viaje inolvidable. Cádiz te sorprenderá con su rica cultura y su amplia oferta de actividades culturales. No te puedes perder sus numerosas iglesias barrocas … Read More

The Haggis story

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The first time I remember I was told the story of Haggis, I was around 20. I was told that there was this hairy human like creature covered in fur like a yeti that lived in the mountains in Scotland. I was told that it had one leg shorter that the other and that it would limp around the mountain … Read More

Kissing the Blarney Stone

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Well, I have never really kissed the Blarney Stone, because you have to go to Ireland to do that but I am sure people who believe it can help you become more eloquent or, in other words, have the gift of the gab, can benefit from a trip to Ireland. All you need to do is go to Ireland to … Read More

Windsor Castle

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Recently, I took my student from Russia to Windsor. Unfortunately, his majesty didn’t get up on time so we got to the closing gates. Even though he hadn’t known anything about Windsor castle and who lived there, he still dared to say it’s been his dream to go there much to my annoyance. It was me who wanted to usher … Read More

Greenwich today

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I was thinking to myself what to do with myself on a Sunday but the other day a friend of mine said that his brother had asked him whether he’d ever been to Greenwich. He said he hadn’t and his brother was amazed at how it can be: you live in England but you’d never been there. So, I thought … Read More

Photos from Genoa

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My favourite restaurant in Genoa. Still going strong despite the demise of Vittorio himself and still serving a mean lobster linguine. Lobster linguine. A speciality at Da Vittorio’s. Arcadia. Via XX Settembre is lined with these magnificent arcades. It’s a joy to walk up them. Looking for lice and checking for BO. A bad hair and armpit day on mount … Read More

Tighten your belt

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Today’s Phrase If you tighten your belt you try to spend less money because you haven’t got as much to spend as you did before. Examples: Since I started working part-time I’ve had to tighten my belt. Celebrating Christmas is going to cost us a lot of money so we’re all going to have to tighten our belts.   Take note Being … Read More