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    Thanksgiving Day
    “I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country: he is a Bird of bad moral character: like those among Men who live by Sharping and Robbing, he is generally poor and very often lousy. The Turkey is a much more respectable Bird and withal a true original Native of North America.”
    Benjamin Franklin



    Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot
    In 1605, Guy Fawkes and a group of conspirators attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603 and English Roman Catholics who had been persecuted under her rule had hoped that her successor, James I, who had a Roman Catholic mother, would be more tolerant of their religion.



    The System of Education in Great Britain (2)
    System of Education Primary schools
    As I have already mentioned, in England, children start school when they are 5 years old. Sometimes, children start just before their 5th birthday. This is earlier than in Russia and indeed most other countries, where children start school when they are 6 or 7.


    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.


    The System of Education in Great Britain
    Dear Reader,
    It has become a tradition in Russia to mark the Teacher’s Day on the first Sunday of October, but October 5 is the International Teacher’s Day and I am happy to introduce our guest Dr David Moon to you. He taught in different British Universities specializing in Russian history which he made the subject of his research. He learnt the Russian language to read special literature in the original and work in the archives in Russia. Dr Moon speaks Russian very well, that is he is able to travel independently, watch TV and films in Russian, he is able to appreciate a joke and laughs in the right places! Staying in Samara David worked in the Regional library, archives, visited museums, different educational establishments, met with his colleagues-historians. He also found time to visit the swimming pool regularly!



    Richmond
    If any genuine ladies and knights still survive somewhere in the world, they should definitely be found in Richmond. Its flavor of a big modern city still mingles with the remnants of the aristocratic past. There is something ineffable in the way Richmond people talk and conduct themselves. Their manners are truly refined, without being exaggerated or unnatural. It is not the usual American courtesy, which serves as a source for thousands of jokes on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, it is something inherited from the glorious past. Now this tempestuous past, along with slavery and cotton plantations, is gone with the wind, but the finesse remains.



    Multiculturalism in Canada
    Every country has its own peculiar characteristics, which make it unique and different from other countries. Russia is known to be the biggest and most unpredictable, China is the one with lots of people who are very industrious, France is the cradle of love and romance, and etc. Some people think of Canada as another state of the USA, and without doubt, there are many things that these two countries have in common. Multiculturalism is the one of these similar features. But even being so, people from different backgrounds live in Canada like no other heterogeneous societies do anywhere else in the world including the United States.



    The Scottish Parliament
    On 12 May 1999, the new Scottish Parliament met in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh. The parliament elected Sir David Steel as its Presiding Officer (or Speaker). In his opening speech, Sir David made a direct connection between the new Scottish Parliament and the last Parliament to meet in the Scottish capital in 1707. In that year, the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and the English Parliament in London voted for the Act of Union. The Act united Scotland, England (and Wales) to form a new state: the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Scotland retained its own church, education and legal systems, but ceased to exist as an independent state. From 1707 until 1999, all important decisions about Scotland were taken by the British parliament and government in London.



    Stockley Farm and Norton Priory
    Dear Reader,
    On the eve of the school year I would like to share my impressions on the educational programmes which are held at different museums and sites all year round in the county of Cheshire, UK. I visited some of them in August with my friend David Wright when I was in England. One of them is Stockley farm and the other Norton Priory.



    Ely
    I have already written about my visits to two of England’s famous old cities, Durham and Lincoln. Now I would like to give you an account of my trip to another old cathedral city which lies in the south-east of the country in the county of Cambridgeshire in the region known as East Anglia. As the regional name suggests, this was the area nearest to present-day Germany whence came the ancient invaders, the Angles. You may have heard their name linked with another Germanic tribe who were also successful invaders who originated in Saxony, the pair being known collectively as the Anglo-Saxons.



    The Lake District
    Dear Reader,
    Now that I am in England, I would like to share my impressions of a visit (thanks to my friend David Wright) of a place I have dreamed of visiting for ages. I would also like to give credit to the organisation which is responsible for preservation of this area, and many others, in a proper state.



    Dignity
    Dear Reader,
    The topic of my column today is the terror acts in London. On 7 July 2005, the whole world, was shocked by new terrorist acts, as it was by the tragedies in Moscow, New York, Madrid and Beslan before. A string of rush-hour explosions tore into three London subway trains and a double-decker bus in the worst attack on London since World War II, killing at least 49 people and injuring 700.


    Northern Convoys (2)
    In the year 2005, we expect instant news – reports of events in real time. This is especially true for reports of wars and terrorist or other disasters. There often seem to be more TV crews at the scene than there are soldiers or police, all falling over each other to be the first to bring the news to our radios and screens.


    Of Horses and Men
    Dear Reader,
    This time I am going to write about …horses. I was looking through my family album and my eyes dropped on a photo of me on horseback. Reminiscences came over me and I recollected my very first meeting with a horse. Though I was a city girl, I saw horses in the streets of my native Samara (Kuibyshev then), of course, but those were working horses for there was a mill nearby.



    Northern Convoys
    In the year 2005, we expect instant news – reports of events in real time. This is especially true for reports of wars and terrorist or other disasters. There often seem to be more TV crews at the scene than there are soldiers or police, all falling over each other to be the first to bring the news to our radios and screens.


    The 60th anniversary of the end of the war
    Dear Reader,
    On May 8-9 the whole world celebrated 60th anniversary of the end of the war. World War II.
    I am not going to tell you about it. You have heard and read a lot about it lately. I am sure you watched the Victory parade broadcast on TV from Moscow.


    Weekly Moan
    Emily Wright This is a history project work written by the eldest granddaughter of our friend and permanent author Mr. David Wright, Emily Wright, 12.


    The North We Don’t Know
    I thought three connecting flights, from Samara to Manchester, one after the other on one day would be too much, too risky and too tiring...
    They were not really. In fact, when the surprisingly smart Aeroflot airbus landed in London Heathrow and I passed through all the formalities of crossing the border I didn’t even realize how long I had been travelling.



    London Marathon
    It’s the beginning of April and London is preparing, as it does this time every year, for thousands of runners to descend on the city and pound its streets for 42 gruelling kilometres or just over 26 miles according to British measurement. The London marathon is one of the most prestigious


    Foreign languages in the UK
    Our reader from Penza asks: Which foreign languages do the British study in universities and schools and how widespread is the study of the Russian language?
    The British tend to have a poor reputation for learning foreign languages and many people are very lazy in this respect. This is the result of the expectation that most people abroad will speak English, so why bother learning another language?


    Topsy-Turvy World
    Dear Reader,
    This time I am going to share my impressions of the exhibition which took place at the new Renaissance Hotel in Samara and was dedicated to ‘International Programmes in Education’ and what recollections it triggered!.


    Globe Theatre
    Dear Reader,
    The topic for this column was inspired by a visit to the theatre with my young British colleague.
    The play was a dramatization of a story by N. V. Gogol "Starosvetskiye Estate Owners" ("Starosvetskaya Love") at Samara Drama Theatre. It has been on since 1998 but somehow I did not see it, though I read the story, of course. I was watching my young colleague, who speaks Russian and is a student of Russian at Oxford University, during the performance. He laughed in the right places and seemed to enjoy the whole thing.


    The Old and The New - 2
    The Old and The New - 2 Science today is circumscribed by so many rules and regulations designed to prevent children harming themselves or each other, that I wonder if they learn anything out of school. Our scientific self-education was a more hit-and-miss affair. There would be what we called а 'craze' - that is, a sudden interest in one subject to the exclusion of all others, that would disappear as quickly as it had arisen.


    St David's Day
    This is the Welsh flag with greetings in Welsh and English The First of March is a special day in Wales, our part of the United Kingdom. It is the day we celebrate our national patron Saint, St David. On St David's Day we think about the things that make us proud to be Welsh. Wales is famous for its beautiful mountains and countryside, for its strong industrial heritage in coal and steel production and for its people who are famous for their singing and their playing rugby football. St David lived in Wales around 500 AD and he was a . kind and good man, remembered for setting up monasteries and churches bringing Christianity to the Welsh people.


    Football
    Football There are two major football teams in Manchester, Manchester City and Manchester United and the rivalry between the two teams in the city is huge. I chose from a very early age to follow Manchester United for the simple reason that I liked the colour red and I am very happy with the choice I made, as United is one of the most successful teams in the history of the English league whereas City has won nothing for the last thirty years (something which all United fans are very happy about!).


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