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Tales from the bar - a tour of London's 'great pubs' Image copyright Charlie Dailey Giant oak wine barrels sit above the bar of the Cittie of Yorke in Holborn - which is more reminiscent of a great hall in a Tudor mansion than than a traditional pub.

Tales from the bar - a tour of London's 'great pubs'

The jury is out as to whether or not the massive casks were ever used as genuine storage vessels - or simply part of the inn's Tudor makeover in the 1920s. Capital - We need proverbs because they reflect who we are. Proverbs.

Capital - We need proverbs because they reflect who we are

They’re old-fashioned, folksy, pithy — and everywhere. From old chestnuts like “no pain, no gain” to sports wisdom like “the best offence is a good defence”, there seems to be a proverb for everything. There’s good reason: proverbs touch on just about every aspect of life, providing a connection to truths that go beyond one person or any single moment in time. Leonard Cohen recites “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae. Interactive Learning Tool. Valerie LaRiviere: Back-to-school traditions are conducted around the world. Culture - What’s inside the Queen’s handbag? Her Majesty the Queen has never yielded to fashion’s whims.

Culture - What’s inside the Queen’s handbag?

As royal designer Sir Norman Hartnell said rather sternly to The New York Times in 1953: “The Queen and the Queen Mother do not want to be fashion setters. That is left to other people with less important work to do.” The Queen is, in other words, above fashion. Brits vs Americans: US Elections jargon quiz - BBC News. Electing a US President in Plain English. The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time.

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Jackson lottery. How William Shakespeare changed the way you talk – in pictures. NEF upper-int unit 3. Leap Year 2016: It's nearly February 29th - but why is there an extra day every four years? Why does the extra day fall in February?

Leap Year 2016: It's nearly February 29th - but why is there an extra day every four years?

All the other months in the Julian calendar have 30 or 31 days, but February lost out to the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. Under his predecessor Julius Caesar, February had 30 days and the month named after him - July - had 31. August had only 29 days. When Caesar Augustus became Emperor he added two days to 'his' month to make August the same as July. So February lost out to August in the battle of the extra days. Julius Caesar vs Pope Gregory Pope Gregory XIII (1502-1585) The Roman calendar did have 355 days with an extra 22-day month every two years, until Julius Caesar became emperor and ordered his astronomer Sosigenes to devise a better system in the 1st Century.

Sosigenes decided on a 365-day year with an extra day every four years to incorportate the extra hours, and so February 29th was born. Is February 29 a bank holiday? What is the EU and how does it work?

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NEF Intermediate. Paul Ibbotson and Michael Tomasello. The natural world is full of wondrous adaptations such as camouflage, migration and echolocation.

Paul Ibbotson and Michael Tomasello

In one sense, the quintessentially human ability to use language is no more remarkable than these other talents. However, unlike these other adaptations, language seems to have evolved just once, in one out of 8.7 million species on earth today. The hunt is on to explain the foundations of this ability and what makes us different from other animals. Grammar 1.0 The intellectual most closely associated with trying to pin down that capacity is Noam Chomsky. It was a bold claim: despite the surface variations we hear between Swahili, Japanese and Latin, they are all run on the same piece of underlying software. Four Rooms.

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Countries by Stereotype - By cysion. This Is Why You Overshop in Ikea. You feel it when you sip a hot drink or bite into a cool dessert: an ache, an acute stab of pain.

This Is Why You Overshop in Ikea

Even a sharp breath of cold air might trigger a twinge. “Any tooth sensitivity is trying to tell us something,” says Dr. Matt Messina, an Ohio-based dentist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association. NEF upper-int unit 4. Pros and Cons of Globalization. Pros and Cons of Globalization. Nef Upper-int unit 1. Conversation class lesson plans and ideas for TEFL teachers. The Catcher in the Rye. Culture - The dark side of nursery rhymes. COUNTABLE-UNCOUNTABLE. English grammar exercise. Free lesson to help you check your English language knowledge. Online. The subtle science of selling – a six-step guide. Salespeople can lure you into buying their products with simple psychological tricks.

The subtle science of selling – a six-step guide

Tiffanie Wen explores how they work. If I told you this is the most important article you’ll read this week, you probably wouldn’t believe me. But what if I could say that 75% of your friends agreed? Or if I could pull out the fact that nine out of 10 people of your age, education and income judged the article as relevant to them? * Then, perhaps, you might be more likely to read on. Many of us are probably aware that salespeople often use psychological tricks to persuade us to buy their products, even if they themselves aren’t aware of how these techniques mess with our mind. 1.

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Sweden's Easter Witches - Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Easter. Many of the things you don't know about Easter have to do with odd, intensely national Holy Week traditions.

Sweden's Easter Witches - Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Easter

So why not start off with the most unexpected one — the Easter Witch. In Sweden and parts of Finland, a mini-Halloween takes place on either the Thursday or Saturday before Easter. Little girls dress up in rags and old clothes, too-big skirts and shawls and go door to door with a copper kettle looking for treats.