Procol Harum’s single “Whiter Shade of Pale” was released in 1967 and was one of the first “symphonic rock” songs I heard. The other is the Moody Blue’s “Nights in White Satin“. I particularly like the sound of the Hammond organ.
There is a lot of discussion of how the music was influenced by J. S. Bach and you can read more on Wikipedia about this.
So let’s hear the original song, follow the lyrics then watch a more recent live version.
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I made this film this afternoon. Two minute video with music. Enjoy!
Rawson Street in Epping.
Here is a list from the British English coach with 33 tips for speaking better English. Read the article for full details.
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How many of these abbreviations do you use in your messaging? Which abbreviations are not on my list? TNX M8!
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I was recently teaching English (as a second language) to a class of Pre-Intermediate level (B4) students when I encountered a short listening task. It was a news story titled “Bear Eats Oatmeal” which immediately made me think of the children’s story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.
I asked the students if they were familiar with the children’s story but only the young man from Switzerland knew the tale. The Japanese girls did not know about Goldilocks. I decided to use the Internet to enhance this learning experience!
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I teach English in Australia to adult students from other countries. I work in language schools in the city and I occasionally teach individual students in person or on video calls.
I have been thinking about the ultimate goal of this teaching and this is to help people to communicate in English for their daily life and their future.
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I wrote a Python script to extract information about my blog articles: title, category and date published.
Here is the list for your browsing pleasure. Scroll through the categories and click the headline to read that article.
I have written 325 articles since December 2006.
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