Carluccio’s

Hi I went to town today (Newcastle) because I was bored to death. I went to Pani’s as I always do, and had a cafe latte, as I always do: it was nice to see all of the familiar faces there, and read the papers, as I always do 🙂 After my coffee, I decided …

Nice Lunch.

Good afternoon! I went to bed too late last night, so I woke up too late and felt very bad: my head was hurting, and I felt very depressed. I felt so little enthusiasm for life that I deleted the “spam” from my website and lay back down again, feeling rather sorry for myself. I …

From Russia with Love.

Good morning! How are you? I’m fine, fine enough to write a blog entry so that’s good. The summer time in England totally kills my English lessons, I’m lucky if I have one a week at the moment, truly dire. That’s the bad news, the good news is that as two of my students/friends from …

The difference between learned and learnt.

This one’s just bitten me on the arse. Learned sounds like, “learn – ED” and it means to be educated. “After studying for most of his adult life, you could say he truly was a learned person”. Learnt is the past tense of the verb “to learn”. “American English” says the past tense of the …

A Four Letter Word

A four letter word means an obscenity. The saying probably comes from someone trying to describe the word that someone used, but they didn’t want to repeat the obscenity, “He seemed like a pleasant person, but he used ‘four letter words, and I didn’t like that.’”. People use that saying to say they don’t like …

Things I’m Growing.

17thJuly Hi, how y’doing? I’m growing a few things at the moment, old…..tired…… 🙂 No, I’m growing mushrooms and basil. The basil plant is something that I wanted to keep alive for as long as possible, I have got seeds from it twice, but I’ve found that the quickest way to grow the plant is …

Proverb: No Fool like an Old Fool.

This proverb just means a person who is of a certain age should know better. I told someone who is about twenty years younger than me that I liked her, and unsurprisingly she ignored me. The proverb came to mind, “there’s no fool like an old fool“. There’s also another saying though, which means “you …

Hot Potato

A hot potato is a subject which will cause controversy or “heated debate”. “The housing debate in south Africa is something of a hot potato” (because it’s a subject that causes great debate, and could risk someone’s political career if they say something which is objectionable). I imagine someone holding a hot potato and throwing …