My private email list for writing
As you have probably observed, I have almost stopped writing on my blog. I want to restart the writing habit at a much higher frequency, like twice a week. I decided to start a small mailing list of interested readers who can give me feedback on my writing. I will use this feedback to polish…
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac plus a cover
It is always a joy to hear a cover version of a classic song. In this case, the song is Dreams by Fleetwood Mac of 1977. The song is covered by a young Mexican trio named Vázquez Sounds and released in 2016.
How not to answer an IELTS speaking test!
Some very humorous responses to the questions in the first part of the IELTS speaking test. Read on to watch the video and read the transcript.
Flame Trees – song by Cold Chisel
Flame Trees” is a song by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel from their 1984 album Twentieth Century. It is one of their best known songs, and was written by drummer Steve Prestwich and organist Don Walker. According to the band’s official website, Walker’s inspiration for the lyrics was a combination of his memories of…
The Australian Food Challenge
A saw a list of Australian foods titled “Australian Food Challenge” asking how many items you have tried. I made a PowerPoint showing these foods. But first of all, which of these have you tried? Read on to see the list.
Days observed in Australia
Australia has many public holidays and I wrote about these in an earlier blog post. There are many other days observed each year including religious holidays but these are not public holidays. Chinese New Year – Valentines Day – St Patrick’s Day – Harmony Day – Mother’s Day – Father’s Day – Halloween – Melbourne…
A New English Language (humour!)
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would be known…
Irregular English Verb list
A big challenge for people learning English is remembering the many common irregular verbs. Native speakers probably don’t think about how verb tenses are made. Irregular verbs can be confusing! Swim, Swam, Swum – Read, Read, Read – Go, Went, Gone. The purpose of this post is to share an A4 sized chart I…
Happy Australia Day!
Monday the 26th January 2015 is Australia Day – the official national day of Australia. This year we are enjoying a long weekend – with warm summer weather. Australia Day also marks the end of the summer holidays for school students as they return to a new school year in the coming few days. No…
Impromptu Speech Contests – organisation
This article is a handout for an educational session I gave at my Toastmasters club on the Impromptu Speaking (Table Topics) contests. In this article I talk about the organisation of the contest and in a later article I help you do your best as a contestant.