Our #kitchen walls were #painted white, and it was time for either a #re-paint or some tiles. We stopped at the tile store and picked up 3 boxes of green #ceramic tiles, a tub of paste/grout and some of the required #tools. I then set to work. Starting from the bottom up everything was going nicely until I had to cut a few tiles to go around the cupboard edge. I got my pencil and marked where it needed to be cut and off to the garage I went. I took my #hacksaw, which barely
When #learning a language, what is it one really hopes to achieve? The ability to #communicate to locals when #abroad and #holidaying, or is it something more profound? Perhaps language fulfils the need for acceptance into a different #social group, so as not to seem an outsider. Language is a demonstration of #power, of #knowledge, and in many cases, of respect. Whilst language plays a pivotal role in the #understanding of and access into a #culture, it does not define it. I
As one of the World’s most widely used #languages, #English, first termed so by Alfred the Great in the ninth century, is continually transforming, with factors such as #technology, socio-#economic, multiculturalism and youth subculture influencing and shaping the vocabulary we use today; and for language purists, how we abuse it. The Etymology of the English language in the UK can be traced to various invasions. Most successfully to the Viking invasion through the period 79
The #democratisation brought by cheap flights (welcomed by all of us who otherwise couldn't afford to know the world) is being unfairly demonised by the residents of popular destinations that have to deal with the 'nuisance' of thousands of #travellers. I believe that everyone should be a well-travelled person, as it is one of the best ways of knowing other #cultures, learning from them, and to understand that the world is bigger and sometimes better than our own four walls.
Life is full of pursuits: the pursuit of love, happiness, money and career keep us busy throughout decades. We never stop; we feel impelled to achieve various goals and when we accomplish one we are already thinking of another! Stress is 'killing' us bit by bit each day and we don't seem to care (or are too busy to notice it)... Running is the way most people live today - we run to be on time; we run to make our appointments possible; we run through the meals and then we run
The beauty behind #language is not lost on anyone and emphasises how important it is to break down communication barriers between communities. It may seem like excruciating effort, and as a tiring and daunting new commitment. But is it worth it? Of course! Throughout the last couple of decades, I have been fortunate enough to witness #London- one of the most beautiful cities in the world- turn into a multicultural society, filled with many different traditions and cultures,