Meet the Wrights
Switching the Channels
Promising Children a Future
Generation Y. Why?
A European Holiday
British Common Sense
New Chapter: Becky
Meet the Wrights
The Old and The New - 2
Animal Welfare in the UK
A Day at the Churnet Valley Railway
A Wonderful Trip to New York City
Just do it!
Chapayevsk's Urban Legend
A Good Samaritan
Happy Birthday, Mr. King!
British poetry today
The Old Badger (2)
The System of Education in Great Britain
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!
Stockley Farm and Norton Priory
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.
The Lake District
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.
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.
Of Horses and Men
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.
The 60th anniversary of the end of the war
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.
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!.
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.
Material proofs of our memories
Last time we were speaking about memories. Today we are going to touch upon the question of material proofs of our memories, so to say. We are going to talk about souvenirs, gifts and other things which are dear to us for this or that reason. Some of those become family relics.
My visit to Great Britain
Today when we have seen off the old year many people are looking back to see what was good (or bad) in the past. Usually good things are most likely to be recollected and we are going to speak about signs of the past preserved in our mind, that is memories, or some memorable things which are sentimental proofs of something very dear to us.
Today I am going to talk to you about holidays which give us the chance to express our gratitude for many good things in life. Of course, these are Thanksgiving and Christmas (remember “giving thanks” for Christmas joys from the song by Steve Wonder?) in the first place.
Today I am going to talk to you about creative abilities and how they can be developed. Any child is born with abilities of some kind and it is only the matter of their environment (upbringing, social conditions etc) whether they are developed or not.
This time I am going to talk to you about teachers. There is a wonderful pretext for that: in Russia the first Sunday of October is marked as “Teacher’s Day” and October 5 is “International Teacher’s Day”.
Holidays in England
I would like to congratulate you on the coming September 1, Day of Knowledge, and wish you all the best in the new school year. I hope you all had a good rest and are eager to continue your studies.
I am happy to introduce our ‘new’ old author to you, Mr David A. Wright who lives in Runcorn, Cheshire, England, UK. This time you will get acquainted with his first literary piece, a story. Living rather far from his grandchildren (well, by British standards, of course!), David first started writing for them. It’s no wonder, Mr Wright is a very interesting personality with a vast life experience who got an excellent education and, of course, he has much to say to the younger ones.
The Red Mahogany Piano
Last time I was telling about the Heartwarmer4u web site and the conference in Niagara-on-the Lake (Canada) I happened to visit. I met interesting people there, each of them deserves to be mentioned, but today I am going to introduce two wonderful people: Azriela Jaffe, the editor of the Heartwarmers4u book and one of the authors, Joe Edwards (see the picture).
She’s a Walrus
Last time I mentioned the “Monday Motivating Moments” electronic magazine on positive thinking . Now, I would like to share some experience connected with the wonderful personalities I met through the Internet and then in reality!
Oily Week - Welcoming Spring
the topic of my column today is inspired by my friend David Wright who in response to my description of Maslenitsa wrote about a similar custom which exists in England.
This is the extract from his letter:
My favourite books in English
Last time I was sharing with you the Internet links concerning learning the English language. But in the pre-Internet era people read BOOKS! And today, on the eve of St.Valentine‘s Day I am going to talk about love of BOOKs! Yes, with the capital letter! For these are high quality books for all times.
You know that Internet is becoming very popular nowadays, it is part of our lives irrespective of our age, race, country we live in and our social status even though we do not use it directly! Examples are numerous: from TV programmes we watch every day to ordering the air tickets when we travel somewhere.
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