Friday, 10 October 2014

WHO HAS WON THE 2014 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE?



Click here  and here to read articles about the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize which today has been awarded to Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzay  "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people."

Thursday, 9 October 2014

DO YOU PREFER PRINT BOOKS OR EBOOKS?


If you are a book-lover and, like me, you enjoy reading both print books and ebooks, click here.
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Sunday, 5 October 2014

HAPPY TEACHERS' DAY!


Click here to discover why World Teachers' Day is internationally recognized and celebrated world-wide.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

OCTOBER




October
And the trees are stripped bare
Of all they wear
What do I care

October
And kingdoms rise
And kingdoms fall
But you go on ... and on ...

Thursday, 25 September 2014

NORTHANGER ABBEY





Northanger Abbey was Jane Austen's first novel; it was written between 1798 and 1803, but  it was published in 1818, after her death. The novel is concerned with the adventures of a seventeen-year-old girl who first discovers  the polite society of Bath, a popular English resort town, with all its balls, dances, shows, fashion, and its gossip, then  Northanger Abbey, the magnificent home of one of the book's wealthiest families. Her travels are full of mischance with new friends and love interests.
Jane Austen was one of the first British female novelists, and became the most celebrated in her time. Her novels  became popular for their penetrating portrayal of the British upper classes using ironic wit to expose their follies as well as for its enjoyable, seemingly romantic plots. Yet she published her novels anonymously, because at the time she wrote, women who became public figures often lost respectability.
Northanger Abbey is a  satire of the Gothic novels that were hugely popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  It contains two elaborate parodies of The Mysteries of Udolpho, a novel by Gothic writer Anne Radcliffe, who was greatly  admired when  Jane Austen wrote her novels. It also satirizes the conduct books of the 1700s, books that informed children and young people how to behave in society. Apart from its historically specific references, the novel is pretty universal. It looks at things like love, friendship, and growing up. Like Jane Austen's later novels, Northanger Abbey humorously focuses on human behavior. This timeless element is a reason why her novels are all still so widely read today.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Sunday, 21 September 2014

REVISING ROMANTICISM


The Romantic period was largely a reaction against the ideology of the Enlightenment period that dominated much of European philosophy, politics, and art from the mid-17th century until the close of the 18th century.  Whereas Enlightenment thinkers valued logic, reason, and rationality, Romantics valued emotion, passion, and individuality. Chris Baldick provides the following description: “Rejecting the ordered rationality of the Enlightenment as mechanical, impersonal, and artificial, the Romantics turned to the emotional directness of personal experience and to the boundlessness of individual imagination and aspiration.” Read here.


Friday, 19 September 2014

SCOTLAND SAYS NO TO INDEPENDENCE


In the end common sense has prevailed. Certainly the UK as a whole and Scotland itself have a better future together. 
David Cameron has announced that the government would honour the promises made during the referendum campaign to prepare legislation for further devolution to Scotland before the general election. All three main UK parties are broadly agreed on further powers for Scotland.
Read here to discover why the Scottish referendum has left a significant legacy. 



Thursday, 18 September 2014

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM




Today the people of Scotland are voting in a referendum on independence. If they vote Yes, the consequences could be dramatic for Scotland, Britain and Europe.
Anyway, with significant numbers of people still undecided, the result remains impossible to predict.
Although Scotland and England have shared a monarch since 1603, it wasn't until 1707 that they had a political and economic union. Continue reading here.

Click here for an animated explanation of the issues at stake.