Saturday, 29 June, 2013 - 14:02
by JohnM

Every country has a national anthem, a song which expresses national identity, recalls history and praises the people. A great form of patriotism, indeed.

Friday, 21 June, 2013 - 10:34

I don’t know about you, but my life often seems to be one big countdown. There is always something I am counting down to, whether it’s a holiday or the end of exams.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013 - 13:03
by JohnM

Digestives are popular biscuits in the UK – great for dunking into your tea or coffee! So, it’s easy to see why ‘chocolate digestive cakes’ are a real favourite in my family.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013 - 00:28

Often in Scotland it can feel like the only difference between summer and the rest of the year is it generally doesn’t snow (this isn't a guarantee!).

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 - 15:04
by JohnM

I lived in France for three months in a small city called Montbéliard.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 - 20:42

Father's Day is on Sunday 16th June this year in the United Kingdom and is a day dedicated to honouring fathers across the country.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 - 20:08

Summer is here in the UK and it's therefore the perfect excuse to have a picnic outside and enjoy the sun and fresh air.

Thursday, 6 June, 2013 - 10:37
by EmilyM

It is sad to know that each year thousands of teenagers experience the death of someone they love; a parent, sibling, friend or other relative.

Monday, 3 June, 2013 - 06:21

I’m definitely not a ‘country mouse’ but I grew up in a fairly quiet town not far from London. I went to University in a city called Exeter.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013 - 09:37

Last month two of my two best friends in China, a Scottish couple named Cheryl and Al, got married.

Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 - 15:24


Wednesday, 1 May, 2013 - 14:56
by JohnM

I've been learning to drive since September. So far, I've had 19 lessons and it's going well. But it's not easy.

Thursday, 18 April, 2013 - 12:13

It has suddenly hit me that this year I will sit my last ever exams. I don’t know if that has helped with the stress, or just made it worse.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013 - 18:45

A science-fiction series called 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', written by Douglas Adams, is about traveling in space and is hilarious and very entertaining.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013 - 18:15

Have you ever heard of Tandem?

Thursday, 4 April, 2013 - 18:13

I grew up on the edge of a big city in the middle of England called Birmingham. It’s an OK place. It’s not beautiful or anything like that.

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013 - 12:09

As a final year student at university, it is time for me to decide what I want to do next.

Sunday, 10 February, 2013 - 15:27

‘Dry clean only’ is probably a phrase that you have seen before. You see it on the labels of certain pieces of clothing – like smart jackets, trousers and skirts, and ties or other silk garments.

Friday, 25 January, 2013 - 10:07

In case you hadn’t noticed, after nearly four years of build-up, the United States of America has just officially sworn in (or inaugurated) its president.

Tuesday, 22 January, 2013 - 20:07

Have you heard of the scandal that happened in one of Great Britain’s biggest supermarket chains called Tesco?


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