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Academic English Learning Resources

http://www.ucd.ie/englishanddrama/undergraduatestudies/onlineresources/

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Better English?

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/sep/03/the-sense-of-style-the-thinking-persons-guide-to-writing-in-the-21st-century-steven-pinker-review

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How to own a Hilux and how to remember stuff

I’m a sucker for anything that makes fun of gender stereotyping (there really are no women in this ad.!) and there are so many in the latest Toyota spot I had to watch it over and over to catch them all. Love the ending too.

And an excellent description of the differences between short-term memory, working memory and long-term memory, with teaching hints for all three:

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/oct14/vol72/num02/Which-Strategy-Works-Best%C2%A2.aspx

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How do horses clean up after themselves?

With a hoover.

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Oh exquisite Fish’n’Chips, are you the best in the world?

Burger Stop chips
I love fish’n’chips, so much so that it’s my Death Row meal. If I have to die then let it be after one last paper-wrapped feast of deep fried heaven. Fish of the day and half a scoop, no need to be greedy, all a man or a lady needs especially so if it’s by the sea.
Last night was one such night, sitting on the sea wall in Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand. A balmy late Spring evening, expectant seagulls gathering for the glorious unwrapping and wow, Burger Stop delivers once again. The chips are crisp, dry and just the right size, like childrens’ building blocks only made of potato.
The fish oh the fish, bright white elephant meat, firm filling for crisp golden batter worthy of the colours in any picture postcard sunset. All for $5.20 (NZ).
What can I say? Is there any point going anywhere else, are these the best fish’n’chips in the world? There’s a place on Bower Avenue where the lady sings what sounds like Chinese Opera in the most beautiful voice, a shop in Kaikoura that should have Michelin Stars for it’s Blue Cod Bites, and a lovely wee place in Hokitika, the setting for Booker Man prizewinner Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries.
I grew up eating fish’n’chips, I’ve had them on Brighton Pier, they used to be wrapped in newspaper, I’ve tried a lot around the world but I’m sure the greatest are here.
German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Mies van der Roe?) is credited as coining the phrase “God is in the details” and at Burger Stop (36 Nayland Street, Sumner) you will find God in a last, subtle, almost unnoticeable touch, just after the wrapping and prior to the presentation to the customer. It is a nick with a knife in the paper, letting out a little of the heat, but really I think it’s for the incredible smell to get you there faster for your tea by the sea.

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How will you change the world?

Wall 4

Wall 2

Wall 1

Wall 5

Wall 3

End of year graffiti walls at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Murals by third year Fine Arts students have started popping up on some of the construction hoardings around the Registry building. The painting is by Emma Tuohy and Cameron Ralston; the front of the building features a vinyl design by Kelsey O’Hagan. Thanks to Hawkins Construction, Deco NZ Ltd and Computaleta Christchurch for supporting the students and supplying materials. Hopefully you’ll see more of this popping up around campus soon!
(photos : Stephen Trinder)

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You just got passed by a girl

You just got passed by a girl

You just got passed by a girl


Car sticker in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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