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Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one.

Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)

The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969

Albert Hunt 1928-2015

Albert Hunt 1928-2015

This Week In History

BBC World News: This Week In HistoryThe 1985 Mexico City Earthquake, the death of Princess Grace, UN troops in East Timor, France cans the guillotine and the first American born Saint is canonised.

Typhoon Jebi

BBC World News: Typhoon JebiThe strongest typhoon to hit Japan for quarter of a century has struck Japan's inustrial heartland. Here's a snippet of BBC World News coverage slowed by 15%.

Plastic in Japan

BBC World News: Plastic in JapanJapan's answer to household plastic waste is divide and recycle. But just how effective is this policy. The BBC investigates. Anothersnippet of BBC World News coverage slowed by 15%.


Natural Disaster Crossword

The Pretty Little DonaldA crossword in strip format. Useful to review natural disaster vocabulary. From cyclones to sinkholes. Watch out for that tornado!

Weather Song

FoxHere is a song from ages past all about the weather. It's built around the premise of phoning a friend to find out what the weather is like where they are.

Cooperative Quiz

FoxQuizes don't need to be competitive. Here is an example of a cooperative quiz based on that bastion of the British upper crust - fox hunting.

Floods in Japan

BBC World News: This Week In HistoryA Video Pack focusing on the recent devastating floods in Western Japan. Includes a clip from the BBC Newsday slowed by 15% and a PDF of the transcipt in various formats.

What Can I Say?

Wise Hat Article: Think ank (Beliefs) What Can I sayWhat do you believe? Does politics have any place in the language teacher's classroom? How about discipline? How about respect? An ELT News Think Tank article from long, long ago. Topic: Beliefs.

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