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  • Gardening in Winter

    29 December 2020

    Gardening in Winter Soon the days will get longer and the sun will shine and we'll all emerge from our hibernation and be out again digging, or not digging, encouraging growth and sharing triumphs and possibly failures My garden is still water logged...

  • Happy is to be Stoic,

    09 January 2017

    A declaration of the dignity of the individual mind. A philosophy that saw self-possession as the key to an existence lived "in accordance with nature", Stoicism called for restraint of animal instincts and severing of emotional ties. An unsympathetic...

  • A Kestrel for a Knave 

    24 February 2017

    A Kestrel for a Knave Barry Hines wrote the book in 1968. It is was based in a mining area. It told the story of Billy Casper. A young boy that found a kestrel. He trained the Kestrel and called his bird "Kes". This is a book that is entertaining and...

  • Norway and the FM radio

    06 January 2017

    It seems that FM radio will be history in Norway Fm is short for Frequency modulation, FM was from 1933 but it seems that it will be the end in Norway in 2017. It the USA over 90% of Americans still listen to AM/FM radio at least once a week. However...

  • The biggest downvote in Duolingo still continued to over 700

    20 January 2017

    Luis the CEO of Duolingo was downvoted. The largest downvote ever. Why did this happen? What was this story in Duolingo. Was this now to be the end of Duoligo as we knew it? and the answer is yes. Changes are going to be happening, Many are leaving this...

  • A Swedish Poem

    27 January 2017

    ............................A Swedish Poem by Cody737 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

  • The Language of Donald Trump

    21 January 2017

    One reason for Trump's victory is that he communicated in very easy conversational and the sort of bar room language that seemed very different from Obama's intelligent and far more thoughtful use of language. Part of that was to show the US had an intelligent...

  • T2 Trainspotting. The review from Scotland

    22 January 2017

    Viewed and enjoyed Same characters Same problems The world has changed but have they evolved A good companion to the first film If not, then go see it before judging this All in all it is a good film but I do prefer the original however when I see Renton...

  • Pleasure in those Duolingo Bots.

    26 January 2017

    What would be the best way to use Bots? Are they seriously really for real? Are they the people really talk? Do people have conversations like that? Is this time well spent? Bots and Robots Were have all the people gone. we are now left talking to tablets.....

  • A fart is a gas

    27 January 2017

    gas is really impossible and it can do lots of things because A fart can get a rocket into space and you know what why it can get rockets in to space because they threw the hole and a little bucket and they get the hole to not be a hole then they tried...

  • In a Finnish Sauna with a saunavasta or a saunavihta.

    28 January 2017

    Finns are obsessed with sauna. An important part of our obsession is saunavasta, a bunch of birch branches. The best saunavasta are made during Midsummer by breaking a branch from seven different birches with your left hand. The most enthusiastic sauna...

  • :) Let's talk about the Finnish Tango. Dancing in Finland.

    30 January 2017

    The Finns generally appreciate their own personal space The Finns like to be able to wave their arms around themselves without being able to touch anybody. To Invade a Finn's personal space is considered quite extremely rude. However there is one lovely...

  • Scottish Football Fans support Bethlemen

    30 January 2017

    ................................................................................................................................................ Medical aid Palestine and the Lajee Centre receive £175,000 from Scottish Football Fans Medical Aid Palestine...

  • Runeberg Day

    05 February 2017

    5 February is Runeberg Day celebrating the birth of the great Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg. He is best known for writing a poem that eventually was used as lyrics for the Finnish National Anthem, Our Land (Maamme in Finnish, Vårt land in the original...

  • What you should ask your Doctor.

    09 February 2017

    When the Doctor wants to prescribe you medicine............. .... ask the Doctor if there are alternatives. Further ask the Doctor what is specifically beneficial about that medicine and whether there are any drawbacks that could possibly hurt you. Then...

  • Hot water bottles to warm the bed in Winter.

    10 February 2017

    Hot water bottles are brilliant. Not only did it warm the sheets It also cooked my jam sandwich For when i was young. I would put my jam sandwich into small pieces onto the hot water bottle And there with my head under the sheets I would imagine that...

  • Monday is Norse not French.

    12 February 2017

    Our days in Scotland come from the Norse. Monday the first day of the week. The most important day. A day for working and looking for food. A day for flying and enjoying the air English under the French rule forgot our Lundi The Norse Lundi (Puffin) started...

  • Entertaining animals being funny

    14 February 2017

    What do you call a cold dog sitting on a bunny? A chili dog on a bun. ———- Why do fish live in salt water? Because pepper makes them sneeze! ———- Where do mice park their boats? At the hickory dickory dock. ———- Where did the sheep go on vacation? The...

  • The Ninja's entertain us with Jokes

    15 February 2017

    How do you ask a ninja to leave? You should say Ninjago! What do ninjas order at restaurants? Swordfish Why was the ninja kicked out of Hollywood? Because she was throwing stars! Why did the bad guy cross the road? To get away from a ninja! How did the...

  • The story of Esther Esperanza Francisca María

    19 February 2017

    Stories told by people are lovely This is a lovely story. For it is the story of life A life living with happiness. Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv2u9tJtcjI I do hope that you enjoy it For it is the only video that I watched this week...

  • Music in the air

    20 February 2017

    A lovely start to the day All is good as a breeze Time to wake up, to smile walking out, alive with birds in song ................................................................................................................ J'espère que le soleil brille...

  • Library as a social and educational space for refugees

    22 February 2017

    Library as a social and educational space for refugees, disabled and dis-enfranchised Local and national politicians view Libraries to cut during an austerity period Yet closing libraries cost more money to the state rather than saving money Removing...

  • A must experience for visiting Turkey

    24 February 2017

    I had a great lovely experience in Turkey I had flown into Istanbul by Turkish Airlines. I stayed overnight in Istanbul. I travelled by taxi from the airport to the hotel However I did not travel by the Dolmus. I observed them as I wandered about at night. These...

  • Music helps through troubles.

    06 March 2017

    Van Cliburn in 1958 went to Russia and won a classical music competition playing the piano. Van Cliburn was from a wee small place in Shreveport, Louisiana , United States of America. Incredibly then he become a diplomat during the Cold War between those...

  • European attitudes towards the Maori in 1874.

    07 March 2017

    This is from a Missionary from Manchester that shows the thinkings of an Englishman towards the natives of the New Zealand in the late nineteenth century. "Civilisation in New Zealand be implied habits of cleanliness, decency of demeanour, the acquirement...