Lessons in the "2015" Category

A visit to a DIY superstore

Today, let’s talk about DIY superstores. Firstly, before you ask – ‘DIY’ means ‘Do It Yourself’!

In the UK these huge DIY superstores have generally replaced the old fashioned ironmonger stores. These days such shops are very rare to find. The odd one or two still exist. Those that do are worth their weight in gold. Many have closed because of superstores offering so much more.

What can you buy in a DIY superstore? These days practically everything! This includes paint, wood, storage boxes, glue, nails and screws, ladders, light bulbs, lights and cleaning materials.

Nazi gold ghost train possibly found in Poland

Today, let’s talk about Nazi gold. It’s a hot topic to discuss, especially since the alleged discovery in the Polish mountains of a long lost Nazi ghost train. Legend says it is full of gold and other such treasures. If the speculation is correct it would be a truly fascinating discovery. Certainly, it would make a good Indiana Jones style movie, for sure!

Seventy years since the end of the Third Reich two treasure hunters have now reported their discovery. The train is said to be hidden in a long-forgotten sealed off tunnel under the mountains near the town of Walbrzych in southern west Poland near the Czech border.

The top ‘Bucket List’ must see places to visit in the world

Recently travel website Lonely Planet revealed the top places every traveller should visit before they die. The list, compiled by travel experts and writers, includes the world’s top sights, such as the Grand Canyon and Iguazu Falls. A ‘Top 500’ list was created. Today, we’ll focus on a few of them. Ultimately, we’ll create our own definitive bucket list of places to visit.

Topping the Lonely Planet list were the stunning Temples of Angkor in Cambodia. The Great Barrier Reef off Australia came second. In third place was Machu Picchu in Peru. In fourth position was the Great Wall of China in China.

The UK Airport Shop VAT Rip-Off!

Today, let’s talk about how airport shops in the UK are ripping off many of their customers. They do it by asking to see their customers boarding passes. After processing it they get it back. What they don’t tell the customer is why they actually do this.

The answer was revealed by The Independent newspaper. It is simply an elaborate ruse by airport shops to save on their tax bills while keeping prices high.

Scotland’s Answer to Route 66

Today, we are going to talk about epic road trips. Probably the most famous one to travel along is Route 66 in America. Now there is a new route for you to consider – in Scotland.

North Coast 500 or NC500 is a brilliant new route to journey along. It takes you right around the northern coast of Scotland. It has already been named one of the top coastal routes in the world.

Windows 10

Microsoft has released details of its new operating system Windows 10 that will debut later on this year. It will replace Windows 8.1. The good thing is - it will be FREE!

Windows 10 will also be a free upgrade for the first year for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone. By offering Windows 10 free for the first year is a huge incentive to kickstart its adoption.

A visit to Cuba

Today, let’s talk about Cuba. I’m told it’s a fascinating place to see. Now is the time to visit the country before it all changes…

Why? Because on the 17th December 2014 US leader President Obama announced historic changes between the US and Cuba. This includes allowing Americans to travel to the island, overhauls to commerce and lifting internet restrictions. Cuba actually opened up to mass tourism in the early 1990’s. Since then the island has been the preserve of European, Latin Americans and Canadians.

The Green Wall of China

Today, let’s talk about ‘The Green Wall of China’. This is a huge area of land that stretches right across the northern part of China where a great wall of trees has been planted to try to stop the expansion of the Gobi Desert.

Since 1978 the Chinese government has been planting these trees to try to reverse the widespread deforestation that previously took place in China. Recent studies have suggested the project, which is actually called ‘The Three-North Shelter Forest Programme’, has been a success. They found year-on-year the increased vegetation has helped lower the levels of dust storm intensity. By 2050, 100 billion trees will be planted across a tenth of the country.

Je suis Charlie

Today’s English lesson looks at the terrible events that took place in France recently. “Je suis Charlie” – “I am Charlie” is the phrase or slogan given in support of the French cartoonists who were killed by attackers in Paris on Wednesday 7th January at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Events began at 10.30am when two masked gunmen raided the offices of the French satirical magazine. The gunmen killed 11 people including the magazine’s editor, and a policeman in a nearby street. The gunmen were identified as brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi.

Great Traditional Board Games

Today, let’s talk about great traditional board games. Perhaps the obvious one is chess? Traditionally it is played on a chess board and involves two players. Chess pieces include the King, Queen, Knights, Bishops, Rooks and Pawns, which are either black or white in colour. The winner is when one person checkmates their opponent.

Perhaps you might fancy a game of draughts? Once again it involves two people who play the game using a black and white draught board and circular black or white draught pieces.