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    Switching the Channels
    Jayne Torvill and Chris Dean Dear Readers,
    My season’s greetings to you all, lovers of English and thus ‘School English’!
    As for me, my dream came true at last and I spent both Christmas and New Year’s Day at my friend’s house in England. Here, as usual, I enjoy tranquillity and relaxation. I read, watch TV and walk in the garden. Isn’t that happiness?


    Promising Children a Future
    Dear Reader,
    My column this time is inspired by one of the TV programmes which I saw when I was in England. I was impressed by the personality of Sarah Settleton who, having lost her daughter suffering from cerebral palsy, started up The Promise foundation in Russia in memory of her daughter Ellie. The Promise focuses on training and supporting a team of Portage workers in two orphanages in the Ryazan region of Russia and another team that works with families with disabled children in their own homes in Ryazan city.


    Generation Y. Why?
    Dear Reader,
    The inspiration for my column today was a picture my friend David Wright sent me on April 1. It might be dealing with April Fools’ Day - or might not. He sent it in an email the subject of which was “Generation Y. Why?”


    A European Holiday
    A European Holiday Dear Reader,
    This time I have no problem choosing the topic for my column. I was lucky enough to spend four days holiday in Western Europe and I think that is worthy of the title: A European Holiday!


    British Common Sense
    Dear Reader,
    I am going to share with you my impressions of a book I read quite recently. I bought it during my stay in England in January this year after seeing a copy at my friend’s. It deals with something quintessentially British, that is ‘common sense’. What is it? Al Murray, the pub owner, TV personality and author of the book ‘The Pub Landlord’s book of British Common Sense’ gives a definition: “It’s the sixth sense, the others being: hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and touching.” The book is lavishly illustrated with photos and pictures, full of humour (English, of course!) and easy to read. There are funny quizzes dealing with British history and way of life.


    Happy New Year!
    Dear Reader,
    Happy New Year!
    I do hope 2008 will be happy for all people all over the world, as I am at the moment. For I am staying at my friend’s home (Mr David Wright’s bungalow) in England now and thus am trying to be absorbed into the English way of life, at least for a while.


    A Little Pretty Pocket-Book
    A Little Pretty Pocket-Book Dear Reader,
    Much has been written about the different perception of things on the part of men and women. (You know: “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”!) I started pondering about it when I was thinking over the topic of my column. I decided to choose the article “Little Pretty Pocket Book” written by D. Wright. There was a link attached to the article and I followed it. So I read extracts from the book for Little Master Tommy and Pretty Miss Polly. David has chosen the topic connected with sport and games which are introduced in the book, but what drew my attention was the question of upbringing. The Little Pretty Pocket Book is a well of everyday wisdom for girls and boys. It is extremely (in a good sense of the word) didactic which is no wonder considering the date of publication. At that time, literature was fulfilling educational purposes, not only entertaining ones (as we see sometimes see now).


    “Please and Thank You!”
    Dear Reader,
    In November the Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving day and it just reminded me of a Mary Rau Foster’s article. I would like to share it with you.


    British Made
    British Made Dear Reader,
    This time I’ll take advantage of the situation (my visit to my friend David Wright) and tell you about what is going on here, in Runcorn in Adderley Close. David usually reads a lot and his interests range from (attention, biology and language students!) ‘The Origin of Species’ by Charles Darwin, and, to continue the topic ‘The Talking Ape: How Language Evolved’ by Robbins Burling, to ‘How to Become a Lover of Latin’ by Harry Mount. He is still a regular reader of ‘Time’ and ‘The Spectator’ magazines. The latter, I must admit, he reads without needing to refer to a dictionary which is not easy for readers who are less well educated. Using his computer to surf the Internet is another of his hobbies and all David’s friends and relatives can confirm that they receive articles, jokes and pictures from him on a daily basis.


    Paradise Found
    Dear Reader,
    This time I am going to share my impressions of the place which is always dear to my heart and where I found myself after a long stop-over at Prague airport on the way here. I found myself on an island! No, it was not deserted! After a long sleep (imagine the jet-lag!) I opened my eyes and found myself in a paradise! I heard the birds’ singing. I am not an expert but to my mind it was a thrush. The singing was so sweet! There were the other birds, too. Sitting in a sun-lit room with a French window facing the garden, I noticed a magpie, a dove (do not confuse doves with pigeons) and actual pigeons, of course!


    Ten Commandments of How To Get Along With People
    Ann Landers, famous American columnist Dear Reader,
    This time I would like to share with you “Ten Commandments of How To Get Along With People”. They are practical pieces of advice written by Ann Landers. I do hope you will read them attentively and follow them in your everyday life. We all need a piece of advice sometimes, don’t we?


    Isn’t it Good That
    Dear Reader,
    Again I want to share with you an inspirational message from Mary Rau-Foster who is the editor of an E-magazine on positive thinking. Nadezhda


    Welcome, Change!
    Big Ben, London Dear Reader,
    My warmest and heartiest congratulations to you on the New Year, 2007.
    Though it was not very smooth and there were some unhappy moments, there were also happy ones which only prove the proverb ‘After rain comes fair weather.’ And one of them happened on the eve of the New Year: I came on a visit to my beloved England, where I always feel myself at home due to my best friend, David Wright, who is such a warm, kind, smart and intelligent personality (an excellent conversationalist and erudite scholar) always eager to share his knowledge with the others.


    Winnie-the-Pooh
    Winnie-the-Pooh Dear Reader,
    This year is rich with jubilees; not long ago we marked the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II and the 70th birthday of our permanent author, David Wright. But for the readers of School English, it would be interesting to know that this year is also the 80th birthday of the literary personage Winnie-the-Pooh! Created by Alan Alexander Milne, he is enjoying a long life and has become a loved character for many children (and grown-ups) all over the world. Pooh and his friends are gentle caricatures of human characters and habits of mind. The mood, as in all Milne’s books is relaxed and happy. Milne’s son Christopher Robin was born in 1920 and it was his toy animal that inspired him to write the book which became a children’s best seller for many years to come.


    “What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate”
    Dear Reader,
    This time I would like you to meet Mary Rau Foster again with her Monday Motivating moments, inspirational extracts from the web site on positive thinking. I am sure that we need some things to be pointed to just to say: “I myself thought so!”


    Manchester-Liverpool
    David A Wright with his family presenting his new book, ‘Cheshire Tales’ Dear Reader,
    I have decided to call my September column ‘Manchester- Liverpool’, after the famous tune of the same name which was used by the Soviet TV to accompany the weather forecasts. I am writing it while sitting at the computer in my friend David Wright’s study in Runcorn, UK, which is situated right between Manchester and Liverpool.


    The 70th birthday of Mr David Alec Wright
    Dear Reader,
    In the previous column we were talking about Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday and about its celebrations which take place in April and June.
    This time we’ll be celebrating another birthday. It’s the 70th birthday of our friend and permanent author, the British citizen, Mr David Alec Wright.


    Her Majesty
    Dear Reader,
    This time my column was inspired by a BBC documentary about the Queen’s 80th birthday which was shown on our Russian TV.
    Although her real birthday is on April 21, it is traditionally celebrated as an official birthday on the 3rd Saturday of June. Queen Elisabeth II is Britain’s most visible and representative figure. It’s not difficult to spot her in a crowd: immaculate tailoring, vivid colours and almost always a fabulous matching hat. She is a person to admire and respect – and an example to be followed (at least as far as hats are concerned!)


    Netherlands
    Dear Reader,
    Now that there is so much misunderstanding in the world, when it is torn by different religious, racial and cultural contradictions, I would like to touch upon the question of tolerance, ie the ability or willingness to allow or accept something that is unpleasant or that you do not like or agree with.


    Easter Eggs
    Easter Eggs Dear Readers,
    In April, Christians all over the world are celebrating Easter, one of their favourite holidays.
    Easter is probably the only religious holiday which was celebrated in the USSR even in Soviet times.


    Class Act
    Class Act Dear Readers,
    The materials we publish here now are a bit out-of-date, for the events described took place in November last year, but we savoured them till the International Theatre Day which is celebrated in March. The students who participated in the project acquired many art skills, worked in a team and were able to use their English language skills. I do hope they will never forget this precious experience of creative work and will transfer it into their native language, Russian.


    The Life Is Beautiful
    The British National Health Service Dear Readers, It happened that on St.Valentine’s Day, I had a very personal experience of an organisation which is very closely connected with the symbol of the holiday – the heart. This organisation is the Samara Cardio-Centre. I must confess I was very impressed by the standard of treatment, modern equipment and highly qualified doctors I found there. It proves the truth of the statement that health service is one of the major priorities of the Government of the Russian Federation.


    New Year – New Ways
    Dear Reader,
    Every New Year many of us begin with the decision to start a new life, to turn a new page, so to say. Not everyone will manage it, though. I would like to share with you recommendations given by Mary Rau Foster, whose articles on positive thinking are familiar to you. Please, consider advice. Sometimes, to start something new in our lives, we need some challenge, a push! For me a key ring sent to me by my friend David Wright was such a push! It has a fob made of wood removed from HMS Victory – Nelson’s flagship, during its restoration. This piece of wood is a piece of history! As we did not mention the Bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar celebrated last year in London, we will now!


    Silent night
    Dear Reader,
    December is always connected in our minds with the coming holidays: Christmas and New Year.
    And no wonder. They are the brightest celebrations of the year and everyone (young and old) is waiting for them. And everyone (even though not saying it aloud) is waiting for some miracle.


    Wodehouse
    Dear Reader,
    The topic of my column today is dedicated to P.G.Wodehouse. And it is not by chance. There were several signs, so to say. Firstly, one of our students took part in a linguistic competition which referred to an extract from one of the books by P.G. Wodehouse.


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