With advancements everyday in the world of technology, it can be hard to see how better smartphones and tablets and video games could possibly be a bad thing. Interactive whiteboards in schools and online homework make education so much simpler while the tiny computers in our pockets make communication across the globe the norm. Fifty years ago such things were a vague dream up there with flying cars and commercial space travel, but now it can be hard to escape the wide reach of technology. We are – quite literally – living the dream. Continue reading
So… Trump is actually president, 2016 was the hottest year on record, PM lays out Brexit plan and more.
This week, Trump’s speech, more Brexit news (sorry) and Stonehenge’s congestion solution!
Welcome back! A new term and a new year… along with some new news? This week, garden villages revealed, UK EU ambassador resigns, hate crime live-streamed and more!
Paris, the love capital of the world hosts some of the most iconic buildings and architecture, the Eiffel tower being what springs to mind first, and then you may think of the great cathedral of Notre Dame, made famous by the book ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ by Victor Hugo. The gardens that surround it are filled with young aspiring musicians singing about their tales of love, to couples holding each other in their arms. Paris definitely was where George Whitman found love as he set up a small gem that is hidden from many tourists under the shadow of the Notre Dame, the famous book shop: Shakespeare and Company.
When you visit Paris or pick up a guide book one of the things you don’t look for or expect to find is a bookshop that you can sleep in. Whilst this may be common knowledge in the literary world it is not necessarily on the itinerary of the regular tourist. Huge pity because this looks like an absolute must for all those who spend hours losing themselves in bookshops.
With the recent release of David Attenborough’s new series ‘Planet Earth 2’, attention has once again turned towards the environment and how we can preserve it. For years we’ve been warned about the dangers our present lifestyles are posing to the rainforests, oceans, bees and/or polar bears. Everything we do seems to hurt some part of the natural world, so much so that some are even wondering if global warming even exists, but with a new report saying global wildlife populations have dropped by 58% since 1970, it seems like the warnings weren’t unfounded.
This week: well…
On November 14th a fellow student came to class wearing his Christmas jumper. Surely this is too early said many in the room. ‘But the Christmas adverts have started on the telly’ he said. But not everyone agrees. The early appearance of Christmas decorations in shops (often as early as August) is a cause for complaint for many who see Christmas today as a crude consumerist festival. It’s hard to disagree with this view of Christmas when the shops are trying harder and harder to push Christmas earlier and earlier.