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What I’ve Been Writing

So, I’ve been very busy with my non-internet time in lent. (I’ve also been missing social media, the Guardian and assorted other news outlets with a crazy passion.) One of the things I’ve been up to is quite a lot of writing. Some of it is already online for your perusal, with more to come…

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On Tips and Tricks for Language Learning as your own Teacher.

Being a private tutor in foreign languages* has taught me a lot of things. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, students progress at a vastly improved rate when they do work on their own time too. Students who do homework zoom ahead compared to their peers. This doesn’t surprise me. Thinking back over my own language…

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On Lent: bye bye internet!

I am not a Christian. I don’t believe in God, and whilst I’ve been told there’s lots of evidence that a bloke called Jesus did a lot of the stuff Jesus is claimed to have done in the Bible, I don’t believe that he died for any supernatural or spiritual reason, except for perhaps ones…

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Happy Planet Tips #3

Rain Water This one’s really simple, but really useful, too. If you use water on your garden (watering plants, filling the pond, washing the car, anything), try and reduce the amount of drinking-quality water you waste. The water that comes out of our taps has been treated extensively, at great expense, both environmental and monetary.…

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On Jack Monroe: you go, girl.

For a while now, I, like most of the rest of the internet, have been following the blog agirlcalledjack.com. It follows the exploits of young and formerly single mum Jack Monroe as she feeds herself and her young son on less than £10 a week. She posts recipes, complete with cost per person, and has…