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Shadow theatre, welcome to the dark side

I recently wrote about a shadow theatre project for pre-schoolers that I had been involved with. In this article, I shall speak about shadow puppetry and why it can be a wonderful tool for...

Swearing

This month, I’m going to look at swearing, so please be advised that there may be some naughty words in this text and reference to some subjects which readers might find offensive or embarrassing....

English essence. A mini-guide to the English character

The English language is one of the most basic and indispensable agents of intellectual, scientific, business and artistic progress. It enables and facilitates exchange of thought, linking people of very different cultures and professional...

Conspiracy theories

I was sitting around with Elvis (of course, you know he’s still alive) and a few of the Illuminati (oops, shouldn’t have mentioned that… that’s my days numbered!) discussing conspiracy theories. (Which we all...

Should we teach Philosophy to ESL college level students?

Would anyone want to learn it? What’s it all about anyway? Existentialism, empiricism, ontology, any idea what they mean? Kant, Heidegger and Kierkegaard; can you pronounce their names correctly? Once you’ve done that, now...

Working abroad: a few tips

This summer, some of my Polish colleagues have gone to work at summer schools in UK. As it often happens, a few, I imagine, may receive offers of work in other countries. A number...

The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is England’s second largest, and most populous, island. Roughly diamondshaped, and with a population of around 138,000, it is four miles off the coast of Hampshire and is separated from...

Norwich

One of England’s more distinctive cities is Norwich, county town of Norfolk. It has a population of around 130,000, and is the centre of an area of 280,000 people. Unlike most English cities, it’s...

Hadrian’s Wall

One of the hot topics of 2016 is the usefulness, or otherwise, of borders. The European Union has been moving towards the elimination of travel restrictions between countries, while attempting to maintain strict controls...

Leicester

It’s a curious fact of modern life that the British cities that are best known internationally aren’t always the major ones. Everyone knows London, and most people who aren’t experts on the UK could...