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Fun in the blistering sun … and it’s only April!

What a day for a picnic! Not a cloud in the sky and baking hot. And it’s only the middle of April! Here’s the Kinks and ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – enjoy! Click HERE for the lyrics to this famous song from … Continue reading

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Stop the pigeon!

When I was a kid, I used to love this cartoon. Dick Dastardly and Muttley, his long-suffering dog with the funny laugh. We used to run home from school to watch it, along with our other favourite TV shows. I … Continue reading

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Wisdom of a (different) child … (part 7)

Irie is 18 months old, and she constantly has me in stitches, which means that she is always making me laugh. She is so funny. The little dances she does, the games she plays and more recently, the things she … Continue reading

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Loads more listening activities …

I have known about Randall’s ESL Cyber listening lab for a long time, but somehow I forgot to put a link to it in the study list of useful websites on the right-hand side of this page. Anyway, better late … Continue reading

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everyday japanese products … (1)

In UK English, if you want to insult a girl or a woman, or you become angry with a female because they were rude to you, it is quite common to call them a “cow”. Often, this is preceded by … Continue reading

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sakura photo challenge

It’s been nearly two weeks since my last post, and I apologise for that! My parents came to Japan for nine days, and so, as I was off work between terms, I spent a lot of time out and about … Continue reading

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sumo sunday

For years now, I have been intending to go down to the Osaka basho at the beginning of Spring, but for one reason or another, usually either work or idleness, I have always missed it. Last year, I was invited … Continue reading

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