Take a fantastic voyage with Photoshop

Take a fantastic voyage with Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 

Come along on our fantastic voyage thanks to the magic of imagination (and a little help from Photoshop). While Adobe Creative Cloud products will point your imagination in the right direction, it is up to you to complete the journey. Unleash your creativity and transform your everyday routine into a magical odyssey, using the mystical powers of Photoshop. At Adobe we believe the world is your canvas; it is fit for all the remixing, compositing, blending, and reimagining that the creative mind desires. Nothing is off-limits for interpretation, not even reality. Start creating, today.

Stand by me

Stand by me

Nivea UK

Every act of care matters and right now is more important than ever. The smallest act of care can make the biggest difference. It can make someone’s day and helps them to face challenges that would otherwise be impossible.

As a global business NIVEA have put a €50 million fund to help support communities impacted by Covid-19. They are also now producing 1 million litres of disinfectant and 500 million skin and hand care products, which will be donated to hospitals and NGOs globally.

#SharetheCare

Lyrics

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No, I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me

So darlin’, darlin’
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh, stand, stand by me
Stand by me

Stand by me, oh, stand by me

Darlin’, darlin’
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh, stand now, stand by me
Stand by me
Whenever you’re in trouble, won’t you stand by me?
Oh, stand by me
Won’t you stand now?
Oh, stand, stand by me, stand by me
Stand by me

 

In it together

In it together

Green Renaissance

The last few weeks have been a roller coaster of intense emotions. All of us, all over the world, have had to start to change the way we do things. Many have cut back on travel plans, some are avoiding crowded spaces, and most have dropped handshakes and hugs for elbow bumps and foot shakes.

As hard as it might be for some of us right now, it seems that what we need is more empathy, understanding, and compassion for one another. Most of us are some version of scared – this is a change and a big change. Like with any change, we don’t know what will happen and how it will turn out. But what we do know for sure, is that we can’t really do too much without each other.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

The conductor is not just a time beater
It has different elements to it
We are going to make music
It’s not a shouting match
Taking the rubbish out
It’s a calling
Infectious energy
Your fellow musicians
A positive vibe
We need positive vibes these days
Ode to Joy
Everybody knows the tune
I could not imagine the world without music
I would like to be a fly on the wall
There you go
Nature is such a powerful force
Belting down with rain
An amazing show of power
The purpose of life
To live life that is full of interesting things
Not stuck in a rut
Read about new things
Be interested
Have you heart open for new ideas
Seeking perfection

 

Cherish the little things that are magical out there

Cherish the little things that are magical out there

  [soul pancake]

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
  • For me and my mom
  • The choices she made
  • She has taught me to love nature
  • Cherish all the little things that are magical out there
  • Eyes wide open
  • Deep breaths
  • An open heart
  • Rustling leaves
  • Calms my frantic thoughts
  • Make shift fishing rod
  • The circle of life
  • Everything on this planet flows in cycles
  • Create something new in its place
  • Feel this connection deeply and profoundly
  • Full of life and beauty
  • Try as we might we will never create like nature does
  • Both are vital to my creativity
  • What passions have your parents instilled in you?
  • Every other Monday

 

I’m here because I want to be better

I’m here because I want to be better

 

 

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

You worked out with him
How did that come about ?
You’ve got to be simple
You’ve got to work on your craft
Think outside the box
You should always be a kid
You always want to learn
You ask questions
I was there 3 hours before him
I look up to Kobe Bryant
I’m here because I want to be better
A book that will be a best seller
That’s not going to be true to myself
Because at the end of the day you will not always remember everything they tell you
When you write it down you can always go back to it

2019 Person Of The Year

2019 Person Of The Year

Follow Greta on Instagram HERE 

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

  • You are changing the world
  • The world is waking up
  • I’m just one of many faces
  • Our leaders need to start acting acordingly
  • Negative tipping points
  • People will realiase what power we actually have
  • The general awareness has been increasing
  • We need to spread that awareness
  • I don’t really care about social codes
  • We need to work together
  • To tell my grandchildren that we did everything we could
  • We did it for them, for the generations to come

 

 

Try something new for 30 days

Try something new for 30 days

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Why do people make changes in their lives ?

In your opinion, what kinds of changes are difficult to make?

What kinds of changes are easy to make?

Design a 30 day challenge for yourself – here are some ideas :

Health – Run three times a week

Creativity – Take piano lessons

Relationships – Talk to all my neighbours

Choose an idea / one of your own and answer the questions below to plan it :

When will you begin?

How much time do you need each day?

What time of day is best for you to do the activity?

Who can help you with your challenge?

How will you share your challenge with other people?

Present your challenge in class

Explore more :  Learn about other people who have changed their lives  HERE.  Share what you have learned in class

source :  TED Talks
the youngest Olympian in history

the youngest Olympian in history

 

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • skateboarding will be making its first appearance as an Olympic sport
  • has her sight set on goal
  • she trains in the US
  • youngest ever summer Olympian
  • it makes me feel happy and free
  • that carefree attitude is the key to her success
  • She’s been skating and surfing since she could walk
  • Picking up tips from her father
  • she trains regularly
  • her Olympic dream
  • just have fun and get out there
  • she’s already a precocious talent
  • the youngest Olympian in history
  • she’ll have to qualify against the world’s best women

 

 

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Meet South Africa

Meet South Africa

South African Tourism

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

 

  • What is Mbhaco you may ask
  • A Xhosa Bride
  • He needed to find inspiration elsewhere
  • Where was this elsewhere
  • If any inspiration needed finding it would be here
  • Cows with horns that stab the rain
  • Perhaps rubbing shoulders with kings and queens
  • Consult the elders
  • It was further than a short walk away
  • He wasn’t one to give up
  • He looked to the mountains
  • The valley of a thousand hills
  • Ballroom dancing
  • So inspired
One life is not enough

One life is not enough

Green Renaissance

‘If you are not a reader, you have only one life. But if you are a reader, you have a million lives.’ Rakel believes that one life is not enough. The span of years and hours and seconds that makes up her life, do not give her the time to experience all that she would like to. But the power of a good story opens the door to endless travel and adventure. Rakel Helmsdal is a writer, a puppeteer and an artist. Journey into her world!

Visit Rakel HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn :

  • One life is not enough
  • Hundreds and thousands of things
  • Go exploring
  • A new adventure
  • If you are a reader you have a million lives
  • You lose yourself in it
  • It makes me richer
  • Understand the world more
  • Something that touches you
  • I can’t help telling stories
  • I have to tell them
  • It’s larger than themselves
  • The errors you made
  • Life is not perfect
  • According to plan
  • The world needs creative people
  • Its so terribly important
  • Do what you love
  • Keep your feet on the ground
  • Dream while I’m still awake
  • Get lost
  • It’s your adventure
  • I want to make people dream
  • That’s what I love the most

 

How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

 [John  Lewis]

This year’s story is about the power of a gift. And how that gift inspired, changed and influenced the course of a little boy’s life. That little boy just happens to be Elton John. The film begins in present day and works backwards chronologically through Elton’s life right until the moment on Christmas morning when he received the special gift that changed his life.

Your Song Lyrics

It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live

If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one’s for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

Writer(s): JOHN ELTON, TAUPIN BERNARD J P 
What is the power of trees?

What is the power of trees?

New research shows that trees communicate with one another and share nutrients through their roots! They need each other. In urban areas, trees also help us with health, economic and social benefits. They are part of our culture. We need them. So, how can we return the favor?

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • Great great great grandson
  • Run around in the woods
  • Make rope swings
  • Inland rain forest
  • We spent all of our summers in the bush
  • Trees in urban environments are essential
  • As equal partners
  • People recover more quickly from surgery in hospitals
  • The workplace
  • There is evidence of these benefits
  • Every trees was connected to every other tree
  • Everything was connected to everything else
  • We would bury then in the trees
  • They literally live in the trees
  • Trees can recognize their kin
  • The air is cleaner
  • Constant contact with trees
  • It comes down to economics
  • Kids are doing better in school
  • A more urbanized nation
  • The value of having nature in the city
  • The cycle of life
  • We are just a strand in this web
  • We don’t own the earth we are part of the earth
  • Maintain that connection

 

Life is an adventure

Life is an adventure

 [bindlebros.com]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • People call me Dusty for short
  • We want to strip the world down to the basics
  • Take away the clutter of modern life
  • You’ve still got to carry your stuff
  • Just a stick and a sack
  • As high quality and as adventure prone as this
  • What are bindles? Bindles are bandanas on a stick
  • No one makes bindles with the same care
  • Craftsmanship and attention to detail
  • Locally sourced from naturally farmed branches
  • Handmade bindles
  • Would you guys care to take a walk around the block with a bindle just to see if it feels right?
  • Bindles are really meant for your hopes and your dreams
  • Take care, be safe
  • What will we do if the company doesn’t succeed?
  • Life is an adventure; you’ve got to have a bindle to put your memories in.
Would you care to be my eyes

Would you care to be my eyes

[Be my eyes]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Deal with everyday challenges
  • Play music
  • Go to school
  • Go to work
  • The simplest things can be difficult
  • Through your smart phone
  • A live video connection
  • You can help just be installing the app
  • If you’re in the middle of something
  • Someone else will step in
  • Would you care to be my eyes
  • Find it in the App Store

A new app called Be My Eyes  allows you to donate tiny portions of time to help blind people around the world perform quick, everyday tasks. Now you can volunteer for a good cause while in the queue at the supermarket, says Matthew Sparkes (The Telegraph)

Read more HERE

Where do you store your winter food supply ?

Where do you store your winter food supply ?

LabofOrnithology

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • One of the most interesting birds that I have every photographed is Acorn Woodpecker
  • I found a population of woodpeckers in a Suburban Park, in Southern California
  • Thousands and thousands of holes in it
  • They are among the busiest birds
  • This is where they store their winter food supply
  • It’s a tree that has been used over the generations, multi generations
  • We don’t drill them all at once
  • Each winter they drill a few more
  • And add some more acorns to them
  • That makes Acorn Woodpeckers pretty special in the bird world
  • They’ve got glossy blue-black back
  • They’ve got red and pale yellow and black markings around their heads and faces
  • Their eyes really stand out
  • You can tell the males from the females
  • They’re highly social birds
  • They live in social groups year round, up to a dozen individuals or more
  • Dramatic and very wonderful wing-spread display
  • I really like to go watch them and photograph them
The Louvre

The Louvre

Paris Tourisme

How well do you really know the most famous museum in the world?

Visit the Louvre Museum

In the heart of the former home of the King’s of France, stands the famous glass pyramids of Pei (extremely controversial in 1988). A few feet away, the artist Anselm Kiefer is installed in the northern staircase of la Cour carrée, for contemporary art also has a place inside the museum. A full program of temporary exhibitions, film projections and concerts makes the Louvre a fascinating place to be.

READ MORE

Growing portraits with grass

Growing portraits with grass

[Great big story]

“Grass is something that most of us take for granted. We walk all over it, we lay on it and sometimes mow it down. Few appreciate grass the way Dan Harvey and Heather Ackroyd do. And yet their art can stop you in your tracks. By manipulating the natural processes that fuel life itself, these British artists blur the line between science, nature and art, all while drawing attention to climate change.” Read more about the artists HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Grass is something we take for granted
  • We walk all over it
  • We don’t give it much thought
  • The magic of seeing them in print
  • Come to life and grow
  • Blur the lines between science, nature and art
  • Mega flooding scenarios
  • Severe weather events are happening
  • Time and time again
  • Increasingly more frequently
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Climate change
  • It was within our sight
  • Photosynthesis
  • We work with the seed
  • Germinate their seeds for about two weeks
  • The image develops over the period of weeks
  • We grow the grass vertically
  • The studio space
  • We turn it into a darkroom
  • The only light that the grass receives
  • Projected negative image
  • It produces more of the chlorophyll, more of the green pigment
  • The equivalent to a black and white photograph
  • But in tones of green to yellow
  • We can work really really large-scale
  • The resolution phenomenal
  • It’s part of a process of discovery
  • The mediums you work with
  • Part of our palette and materials that we play with
  • They can last indefinitely
  • When you can put the lights out
  • Someone who cares passionately about what they’re doing
  • I’m still a bit taken aback by all this grass

#English Language Schools, #Learn English, #Learn English Online

congratulations

congratulations

kikki.K

Make your big day even more beautiful and meaningful. Discover some wedding styling tips. Shop the Always & Forever Collection HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• How to style your wedding
• Personalized name tags
• Make every detail beautiful
• Let’s celebrate
• Always & forever
• Celebrate in style
• A photo booth area
• Pop the bubbly
• Guest book
• Wishing well
• Congratulations
• Advice to the happy couple
• Ceremony
• Reception

Clap clap

Clap clap

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Learn The Little Garden Song

Little Garden Song Lyrics

I put a little seed of hope in the ground…
And grew a little love today…
And if everyone I knew went and planted just one too,
We could grow a better future – what do you say?

What we’ll grow…
What we’ll grow…
Can you imagine what we’ll grow?
We’re gonna plant hope here and there,
We’re gonna plant it everywhere, oh!
Can you imagine what we’ll grow!

What we’ll grow…
What we’ll grow…
Can you imagine what we’ll grow?
More than enough for us to share,
No more hunger anywhere…
Can you imagine what we’ll grow?

Change the world with kindness

Change the world with kindness

 [random acts of kindness]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I’m 6 and 3/4
  • I just turned 7
  • Doing a charity project
  • Raise food for the food bank
  • We all want life to be good for people
  • It feels great,  just because it feels great  to help a lot of people
  • Children are basically good people
  • They become better people
  • We pass it on
  • If you be kind to somebody, they’ll be kind to you back
  • To show a good example

When was the last time you were kind to someone?

More Good Deeds
Books on wheels

Books on wheels

[AJ+]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • At about 3 books a week I probably read over 50 books
  • Sit around with nothing to do
  • Just stare off into space
  • A leisure time activity
  • There are a lot of misconceptions about people who are living outside
  • Interested in literature
  • They haven’t been to college
  • There are many assumptions that people make
  • Part of the Street Books’ mission
  • To restore the dignity of people who have been cast aside
  • To put at the margin of things
  • Patrons are often grateful for the opportunity
  • Get the books, get the stories
  • We have short stories, long stories, true stories, love stories, war stories

Street Books is a bicycle-powered traveling library that serves homeless people in Portland, Oregon. Librarians bike to select locations where people can borrow books without having to show ID or proof of address Read more @ Street Books

Is your world powered by coffee?

Is your world powered by coffee?

[London Evening Standard]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Made out of coffee grounds
  • Solid Bio-fuel
  • It is used as a log
  • Put it in your stove, barbecue, chimney
  • Wood burning stove
  • Waste coffee grounds
  • Collect them from all across London
  • I think its crucial to use waste
  • There is no such thing as waste
  • It’s simply a resource but in the wrong place
  • The coffee log product is literally half the price of conventional fuels
  • Much much cheaper than coal and much much cheaper than wood
  • It saves them a lot of money
  • Doing something good for the environment
  • Turn it into a fuel
  • Heat their coffee shop

 

Bio-bean® is the first company in the world to industrialise the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. We work within the existing energy and waste infrastructure, developing sustainable products and solutions to displace conventional fuels and chemicals.

About Coffee Logs :

Coffee Logs are a clean, cheap, local and sustainable alternative to dirty, imported fuels and can be used in a wide range of different appliances such as wood burning stoves, chimneys, BBQs, pizza ovens, smokers or just on an open fire.   Read more HERE

 

 

 

Every Sunday

Every Sunday

[Great big story]

“Every Sunday, for the past 24 years, Marjorie Eliot and Rudel Drears open the doors of their Harlem apartment to anyone in the mood for jazz. Initially beginning the apartment sessions as a way to honor her son’s passing, Marjorie’s concerts soon gained popularity and began attracting visitors from all corners of the world. Today, Marjorie’s matinees have become iconic, continuing to restore, renew and unite people all through the magic of music”.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

Go through the door

Enter the security code

Take the elevator to the third floor

Make your way into a packed apartment

Try to find a seat

Like no other

Open the doors to their apartment

People come and listen to jazz music

If you’re not on time finding a seat can be a little tricky

It’s jam packed

My brother passed away

To honor him with concerts on Sundays

It’s just a healing feeling

That’s pretty cool

Something they won’t forget

We feel renewed

Putting out good energy

2018. live in the moment

2018. live in the moment

kikki.K

Get more inspiration HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• Gratitude helps us live in the present
• See the beauty in everything
• Enjoy the little things each and everyday
• A bucket list
• Take a moment to celebrate all your accomplishments
• Let it inspire you to be thankful
• Embrace new opportunities
• The people who inspire you
• Make a plan to spend time with them and thank them
• Do more of what makes you happy
• Write down 3 things you are grateful for everyday
• A daily gratitude practice
• Find the positive
• When you look around this life is pretty amazing

 

Faith47

Faith47

FaithXLVII

Faith47 is an internationally-acclaimed visual artist from South Africa who has been applauded for her ability to resonate with people around the world. Through her work, Faith47 attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search.  Learn more about Faith47 HERE

What’s your strength?

What’s your strength?

soul pancake

How do we persevere against unfathomable odds? Poet Mosley Wotta delves within himself to answer life’s biggest questions, finding rhyme and symphony in the most unlikely places. In the first installment of spoken word with Mosley Wotta, let him motivate you to look beyond yourself.

“It’s what you do in the dark, that puts you in the light”

“It’s what you do in the dark, that puts you in the light”

 

[Under Armour]

“Michael Fred Phelps II is known principally as the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 Olympic medals spanning over three Olympic Games. He has actually competed at four Olympics; however, he did not medal at his first Games in Sydney, Australia. He is recognized for his formidable butterfly, though he also specializes in individual medleys and the 100 and 200-meter freestyle.”   Read more @  Swimswam

 

“There are reasons why I swam every holiday, every Christmas, every birthday,” added Phelps, explaining why he was the most dedicated of swimmers. “I was trying to be as prepared as I could, and I tried to see what I could really do and what my potential was. I just really did kind of whatever it took.”  Read more @  Olympic Org

 

Rio 2016: Michael Phelps’ last challenge
They all love jazz

They all love jazz

[Great big story]

“Florida dairy farmer Ed Henderson has been playing the trombone since elementary school. And these days his audience, well, fits the scenery. Turns out, cows love jazz music! What began as a one-off backyard practice session, has turned into a regular gig that Henderson says entertains and pleases his audience of 6,800 or so cows. Hey, whatever works! “

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • They have one big thing in common
  • They all love Jazz
  • A small town
  • A dairy farmer
  • Home to about 6800 cows
  • Elementary School
  • A back yard
  • A full audience
  • Creatures of habit
  • An ability to understand what’s threatening and what’s pleasing
  • Music is definitely pleasing
  • At the end of the day we are all having a good time
  • From day one
  • Playing the trombone
  • Our interaction with these animals

 

Have you got a Little Free Library in your garden?

Have you got a Little Free Library in your garden?

[PBA 30]
Vocabulary to learn after watching the video
  • You can find just about anything you need online
  • The experience of going through a book that has some value
  • The little free library concept is very simple
  • A nationwide thing
  • Put the libraries out in their yards
  • You don’t have to sign anything out
  • No late fees
  • A repurposed newspaper box
  • Reading is very important
  • You can also read for leisure
  • I was able to take some photos and replicate as best I could the actual look of the Plaza
  • They take you through step by step instructions
  • It’s a great ice breaker and it’s a very easy way to meet people who have recently moved in the neighborhood
  • It’s a way to connect people
  • Contributing to the literacy of their whole community

Little Free Libraries are community-run and supported book sharing outposts that are popping up across the nation in mass numbers. The best map for finding these resources in the bay area is one created by an unaffiliated individual who lists all libraries, “official” or not. For more information about the movement, visit LittleFreeLibrary.org.”  

Read more @ Bittersweet Blog

‘Tis the season to be jolly #21

‘Tis the season to be jolly #21

[PTX official]

Pentatonix (abbreviated PTX) is an American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee.

Characterized by their pop-style arrangements with vocal harmonies, basslines, riffing, percussion and beatboxing, they are widely known for their covers, mostly of modern pop works or Christmas songs, sometimes in the form of medleys, along with original material.          Visit PTX HERE

 

 

“Little Drummer Boy”

Come they told me
Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

A new born King to see
Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Our finest gifts we bring
Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Read more

‘Tis the season to be jolly #15

‘Tis the season to be jolly #15

London

The UK capital has switched on the Christmas lights and London’s Hyde Park has been transformed into a winter wonderland. There are decorations and gifts galore in all the stores.

Stockholm

Above all, Christmas in Stockholm means candlelight and hearty food. As it gets dark here early, the city puts on an impressive light show. Typically Swedish: glögg, spicy gingerbread and Yule goats.

Germany

Stollen, spiced mulled wine and gingerbread: For many in Germany, these items symbolize Christmas time. But how did these treats come to represent the holidays? Experts say the answer dates back to the 14th century.

Gift giving

Gift giving is a big part of Christmas. The Viadrina Museum in Frankfurt an der Oder is now devoting an entire exhibition to this custom. Presents from decades past are on display.

Ornaments for the Christmas tree

In the 19th century, a glassblower from Lauscha decided to use glass to make ornaments for the Christmas tree. They soon became a huge success around the world and are still made by hand in Lauscha today.

Christmas Light Display

Rolf Vogt of Lower Saxony doesn’t skimp when it comes to his Christmas lights. He’s spent over 150,000 euros to cover his house in Calle with over half a million colored lights on 4.3 kilometers of cables.

Nuremberg

The southern German town of Nuremberg has been known for its gingerbread since the Middle Ages. It’s a Christmas specialty that can be enjoyed at the local festive “Christkindlesmarkt”.

Russia

It’s Christmas time in Russia, and one Christmas tradition has people braving the cold for hours on end. Competitive fishing at Christmas even managed to survive seventy years of Soviet rule. Who will catch the elusive “Christmas fish” this year?

Amsterdam

During the advent season Amsterdam’s canals are illuminated by beautiful lights. Other season’s traditions include drinking eggnog, eating delicious Pepernoten cookies and going ice-skating in front of the Rijksmuseum.

Prague

Zurich

During advent in Zurich, the city lights up like a Christmas tree. It’s a magical place, with its market, circus, and of course, cheese fondue. And what better way to digest than a stroll through the brightly-lit city?

 

Inspire Me # 20

Inspire Me # 20

 

Google

Discover 100 Chinese treasures from the Palace Museum on Google Arts & Culture

Housed in the Forbidden City, the Palace Museum is one of the most visited art museums in the world.  From jade sculptures to dragon seals, immerse yourself in a collection that captures 6,000 years of China’s culture and history    HERE

 

Love what you do

Love what you do

[nickfouquet.com || freepeople]

 Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching video :

  • I haven’t really looked back
  • It’s been like such a cool adventure
  • It’s going really well
  • I get to meet great people
  • It’s definitely a labor of love
  • That’s what people appreciate when they come, I get something custom-made
  • Something that no one else will have on the street
  • I couldn’t create a duplicate of a hat even if I tried
Vocabulary chunks in this video are also suitable for those taking  the CaMLA ECPE Speaking Test  @ HAU

Job Profile  –  Hat Designer 

“As a hat designer or milliner you’ll be using your creative skills to design hats. You may create unique hand-made hats or design hats to be mass-produced for designer shops or department stores.

You’ll need practical millinery skills and creative flair to produce fashionable designs that will appeal to your customers. Good marketing and promotion skills can be useful, especially if you wish to run your own business.

Skills, interests and qualities

To be a hat designer, you’ll need:

  • creativity
  • a good eye for colour and shape
  • an understanding of the properties of materials and how they can be used
  • practical hat-making skills
  • an understanding of production processes
  • the ability to spot and develop trends
  • a willingness to accept feedback
  • commercial awareness
  • business and marketing skills (if self-employed).
 [National Career Service ]
More Vocabulary Chunks for the CaMLA ECPE Exam
Trees can fly

Trees can fly

  [Hoshincu]

How to make Air Bonsai :

  [Hoshincu]

“A Japanese firm called Hoshinchu is producing kits for customers to produce their own floating versions of tiny house plants called Air Bonsai.

The tiny trees contain spongy balls of moss that contain magnets that sit above a porcelain base that similarly contain magnets which repel those found in the moss. 

How do the trees float :

The Air Bonsai kit is made up of two parts – an ‘energy base’ and the ‘little star’ which floats a few centimetres above the base.

The ‘stars’ are spongy balls of moss 2.3-inches (6cm) across containing magnets weighing around 250 grams

The porcelain base contains magnets and a rotating mechanism and is connected to the mains by an AC adapter.

The magnets repel each other to create the illusion of levitation. 

To plant the trees, customers poke a hole in the ball and add the cutting of the plant or a seedling. 

The website shows a number of bonsai trees which have been grown for a number of years spinning off the ground.

An additional pot is available in the form of a lava stone, instead of the moss ball.”

[Daily Mail UK]
Inspire me #19 – I am Batumi

Inspire me #19 – I am Batumi

 

[visit batumi]

Batumi is one of the most distinguished tourist destinations on the Black Sea. Batumi’s juxtaposition of ancient and modern architecture, its historical port, serene botanical garden, Seaside Boulevard, European squares and streets – not to mention its world-class hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars – make up the face of modern Georgia.  READ MORE

 

 

What stands between you and where you want to be?

What stands between you and where you want to be?

 

   [soulpancake]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • There are pressures all the time
  • Follow their dreams
  • They think it’s corny
  • The fruit comes off the vine
  • People try to discourage me
  • I wanted to quit
  • The energy you put into it
  • There are always things to look forward to it
  • Take the risk
  • You have beautiful experiences along the way
  • Run a business
  • I am creating the world I want to live in
  • Making art and reaching people
  • Setting a goal
  • Success is when you’re happy with yourself
  • Don’t accept the no, ever
Follow the SUN

Follow the SUN

[Xavier Rudd]

Xavier Rudd (born 29 May 1978) is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Several of Rudd’s songs incorporate socially conscious themes, such as spirituality, humanity, environmentalism and the rights of Aboriginal peoples.

Visit Xavier HERE

Follow, follow the sun
And which way the wind blows
When this day is done
Breathe, breathe in the air
Set your intentions
Dream with care
Tomorrow is a new day for everyone,
Brand new moon, brand new sun
So follow, follow the sun,
The direction of the bird,
The direction of love
Breathe, breathe in the air,
Cherish this moment,
Cherish this breath
Tomorrow is a new day for everyone,
Brand new moon, brand new sun
When you feel life coming down on you,
Like a heavy weight
When you feel this crazy society,
Adding to the strain
Take a stroll to the nearest waters
And remember your place
Many moons have risen and fallen long, long before you came
So which way is the wind blowin’,
And what does your heart say?
So follow, follow the sun,
And which way the wind blows
When this day is done

Xavier Rudd
Follow the Sun © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Inspire me #18 – Colors of Ajara

Inspire me #18 – Colors of Ajara

 

[jwt metro]

One of the most beautiful regions in Georgia, Ajara is situated in southwest Georgia on the Black Sea coastline. Ajara operates as an autonomous republic in Georgia and has its own flag and coat of arms. Turkey borders Ajara to the south.

Ajara is home to the picturesque beaches of Batumi, Sarpi, Kobuleti and etc. During the summertime, the beaches are often crowded with tourists enjoying their holidays. Ajara’s visitors especially admire the region’s pristine and unaltered nature. The region is particularly intriguing for eco tourists.  READ MORE

Free Map and Brochure of Ajara – HERE

 

Sometimes you have to fall before you fly

Sometimes you have to fall before you fly

 

[Jean-Baptiste Chandelier]
Secret Nation – Tonight
Days run, nights fall away
Street lights guiding me
They show me the way
 Ooh ooh ooh
Take my hand I’ll lead you home
Escape our fame and walk alone
Turn down the lights tonight
The moon’s our guide
We dance, we sing, we live
We love tonight
Let’s run from the dawn
Before it knows we are gone
We dance, we sing, we live
We love tonight
Let’s get lost, ignore the signs
On streets of black and white
Let’s color in these lights
Ooh ooh ooh
A heart run wild
Knows no end
A love untied
Will rise again
Turn down the lights tonight
The moon’s our guide
We dance, we sing, we live
We love tonight
Let’s run from the dawn
Before it knows we are gone
We dance, we sing, we live
We love tonight
Turn down the lights tonight
The moon’s our guide
We dance, we sing, we live
We love tonight
Let’s run from the dawn
Before it knows we are gone
We dance, we sing, we live
We love tonight

 

 

A fleeting moment

A fleeting moment


Temporary.jpeg

“It is amazing what one ray of sunshine can do for a man!” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in full Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky, Dostoyevsky also spelled Dostoevsky (born November 11 [October 30, Old Style], 1821, Moscow, Russia—died February 9 [January 28, Old Style], 1881, St. Petersburg), Russian novelist and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the darkest recesses of the human heart, together with his unsurpassed moments of illumination, had an immense influence on 20th-century fiction.  Read MORE

‘Tis the season to be jolly #1

‘Tis the season to be jolly #1

[MS]

When you’ve got an extra-special present to give, make sure the wrapping does it justice by going for bold with classic tartan paper and an impressive foliage finish made by building the present its own mini wreath

Life just tastes better with chocolate

Life just tastes better with chocolate

  [Andrew Whitlatch]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A chocolate maker
  • I’m originally from South Africa
  • Family  get togethers
  • I moved to the states to get into finance
  • A celebration of chocolate
  • It is believed that chocolate is a superfood
  • Nutritional value of this superfood
  • We do chocolate bars, and we do truffles
  • We make the best chocolate in the world
  • Anything is possible
  • Everyone there loves what they do
  • It almost freaks me out  a little bit how much people  like being there

Visit Fine & Raw HERE

Come fly with me

Come fly with me

  

Green Renaissance

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • How they gain their altitude 
  • Non-motorised flight
  • You can learn a lot from watching their behaviour
  • Hanging under a paraglide
  • They don’t recognise you as a human
  • Vultures are just amazing characters
  • They will come and join you, they will follow you around
  • And that’s pretty unique
  • That makes it a really cool experience
  • That’s just the most incredible thing that I’ve done, nothing comes close

“Walter Neser works at the Vulture Conservation program in Magaliesberg, South Africa. He flies with the endangered Cape Vulture in an attempt to learn more about their behavior from the air.

South African vultures are in serious trouble, especially the Cape Vulture, which is critically endangered, with only 2900 breeding pairs remaining. Reasons for their decline are varied, but include problems such as pylon injuries, malicious poisonings, muti killings (medicine murder) and insufficient food sources.”  Green Renaissance

Find out more @  Vulpro Kid’s Corner &  Vulpro

 

 

Turn your 100 years on this planet into 1000

Turn your 100 years on this planet into 1000

[Kenny Laubbacher]
Vocabulary to learn after watching the video
  • I don’t know where all that time went
  • I just blinked and I was eighty
  • Building a routine in my 30s
  • Do  something radically different
  • It scares the crap out of me
  • Change my brain chemistry
  • The routine is the enemy of time
  • It makes it fly by
  • Your brain is awake and turned on
  • Every passing second
  • The muscle is activated
  • Your brain figured  out the pattern of how the world works
  • Travel wakes up your brain
  • Every hill I cross over
  • I want to be aware of every day I’m alive
  • I want to make it to 85 and be exhausted
  • Alive and awake every singe day
  • That is the duty of being adult
  • You choose adventure for  your own  life
  • Getting out of your routine
  • A bike trip
  • I don’t want the calendar to be my boss
  • A mind and a soul that is wide awake
  • It turns your 100 years on this planet into 1000

 

 

32 nights – 50 000 stars – 560 clouds

32 nights – 50 000 stars – 560 clouds

[Great Big Story]

For most of his life, artist Myneandyours lived and worked in his native London. But after 28 years there, he felt the pull to help create a culture, rather than simply be a part of one already well established. So, Myneandyours took his creative talents to Dubai. For the past four years, he’s been on a mission to transform the city’s streets by creating large-scale, immersive art in some of the most unlikely spaces.

Follow Myne&yours on Instagram HERE

Visit Myne&yours HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• Going under the name Myne&yours
• Being inspired by our experiences
• I’m giving back so it becomes yours
• I grew up in London
• I have Arab roots
• I wanted an identity
• It was very much a doodle
• You can use a symbol to make people think
• To create something crazy
• An immersive environment
• A car park
• When I first proposed the idea to them
• The universe and space
• Very quickly into the project
• The further we went along
• Once you go tiny bit beneath the surface
• A huge creative community
• A great group of like minded people doing amazing things
• I had no idea

Close your eyes and really listen

Close your eyes and really listen

:Matador Network

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • Are you really seeing?
  • Are you really listening?
  • Do you really feel your surroundings
  • Do you talk to people?
  • Try to understand other ways of living
  • Let your preconceptions go
  • Experience things the way they are
  • Without judgement
  • Put your phone down
  • Look around you
  • Breathe in
  • Touch something close to you
  • Travel slowly
  • Travel with intention
  • Travel fearlessly
Tiny home road trips

Tiny home road trips

 [Seeker Stories]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • A professional snowboarder
  • He hits the road
  • In his self-made Travelling Tiny Home searching for the perfect snow
  • It took about 3 weeks
  • Some stuff I already had
  • A water tank, a sink, a hot water heater, a furnace a fire-place, a skylight
  • The toilet is an outdoor thing
  • So it’s good you’re a dude
  • A lake front property
  • It’s like having real estate that is priceless
  • You never get homesick with this
  • A snowboarding pioneer
  • You’ve really moved this sport forward
  • You left the professional life
  • Off the grid cabin
  • Tiny mobile house
  • When you build something with your hands it has some energy of yourself in it
  • Being able to head right into the heart of a snowstorm
  • The more you put yourself into something the more you remember it, the more you feel it
  • He is chasing storms
  • Taking self-portraits
  • These stunts that you do are absolutely mind-blowing
  • You set up these shots yourself
  • Were the risks worth it?
  • These are very special moments
  • You are testing how you function under pressure
  • He has set up an outdoor gallery of his photography
  • I wanted to bring art into the woods for that outdoor experience
  • The feeling is overwhelming
  • On the edge of a cliff
  • On a mountain peak
  • Feeling small, vulnerable

 

 

 

40 Million songs on your wrist

40 Million songs on your wrist

[Apple]

Get yours @ Apple

Freedom calls
Answer a call from your surfboard. Ask Siri to send a message. Stream your favorite songs on your run. And do it all while leaving your phone behind. Introducing Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular. Now you have the freedom to go with just your watch.

 

Designed by nature

Designed by nature

[Great Big Story]

In the forestry hills of Big Sur, California, Jayson Fann weaves, bends and shapes eucalyptus and willow branches into incredible human-sized nests. Each of these “earthly temples” weighs in at over 100,000 pounds, often requiring heavy-duty equipment to aid in transportation and construction. Now, Fann is using his nests as an educational tool, helping students discover their ability to shape and create their environment, all the while strengthening their connection with nature.

Visit Jayson HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• A nest is a place where you have a sense of protection and strength
• An Earth Temple
• A Nature Temple
• Not one branch is the same
• To bring out the best of those shapes with each other
• I’m a nest builder
• An intuitive process of just gathering branches
• Building forts
• As big as one hundred thousand pounds of wood
• Gathering all the wood
• A chainsaw to cut wood
• A machete to cut off all the excess leaves
• I asses what kind of shapes I have
• Creating the foundation and the infrastructure
• I can weave in and around
• The trunk of the tree, all the way down to the very smallest twig and branch
• Transporting them across the country
• I use cranes and forklifts and different kinds of equipment
• All over the country
• An educational setting
• An educator
• Out into nature, interacting with nature
• The nest is something that can almost have grown out of the ground

 

 

When you need to snap out of it

When you need to snap out of it

[Kit Kat Australia  & New Zealand]

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• This won’t fit
• Not the way it looks in the instructions
• This is ridiculous
• Where are the words
• It’s like they want you to fail
• Hello, what’s this
• Have you tried turning it clockwise
• Let’s give it a go then
• When you need to snap out of it
• Have a break have a KitKat
• This is called a help line

You don’t need eyes to see beauty

You don’t need eyes to see beauty

 

[Volkswagen UK]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

• I would lose all my sight
• It hit me like a hammer
• That would mimic how sighted people see
• The world I envision
• Built from all the other senses
• This car is very sculptural
• The lines are quite exquisite
• They reappear and disappear
• You don’t need eyes to see beauty
• Beauty in every sense

 

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #8

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #8

 

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #8

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #8

 

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #7

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #7

 

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Inspire me #14 – Classic Stories for your ears

Inspire me #14 – Classic Stories for your ears

 

[Guilherme Martins]

Saraiva  is Brazil’s largest retail bookstore, a centennial brand.  To promote their on-demand audiobooks they redesigned renowned vinyl record covers, featuring characters from classic literature books. 

Get the on-demand content HERE

I thought #2… What they don’t see is the mountain

I thought #2… What they don’t see is the mountain

[DV]

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.  READ MORE

I thought … At the end you will get your turn

I thought … At the end you will get your turn

[DV]

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.  READ MORE

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #6

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #6

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Make a difference

Make a difference

[Great big story]

“In Bishopville, South Carolina, Pearl Fryar is a local gardening legend. When he first moved to the small town in the 1980s, he was almost unable to build his house because neighbors feared that as an African American, he wouldn’t keep up his yard. Determined to dispel that stereotype, Fryar went on to win “Yard of the Month” from the local garden club. Since then, he’s created a world-renowned topiary garden with more than 300 plants, most of which were rescued from the compost pile of a local nursery.”

Visit Pearl’s garden HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

• A man named Pearl

• The local garden club

• I wouldn’t keep up the yard

• A stereotype

• The person who made that statement

• You can’t judge people by one person

• Throwaways from a recycling bin

• A local nursery

• It’s all pretty well done organically

• He opened it up to the public

• People come from all over the world to see it

• So simple and make an impact

• The garden is about love

• Love, peace and goodwill

#Μάθε Αγγλικά, #Learn English
Love what you do

Love what you do

free people

 Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching video :

  • I haven’t really looked back
  • It’s been like such a cool adventure
  • It’s going really well
  • I get to meet great people
  • It’s definitely a labor of love
  • That’s what people appreciate when they come, I get something custom-made
  • Something that no one else will have on the street
  • I couldn’t create a duplicate of a hat even if I tried
Sounds of the city

Sounds of the city

[Rosapark Agency]

To encourage people to use the train to go and explore nearby cities, Thalys created three interactive billboards. Each billboard represented a city, and each was host to more than 1000 unique sounds from that city. Pedestrians were invited to plug-in with their personal headphones and start exploring. Headphones are often used to block out a city. With Thalys Sounds of the City, they were an opportunity to rediscover one.

Explore a Thalys trip HERE

English for Adults, Learn English with videos, English collocations with videos

Green with happiness

Green with happiness

[Great big story]

“Everything in Elizabeth Sweetheart’s life is green. From her bright green hair, to her self-dyed green overalls, the New York City artist has earned her moniker, “the Green Lady.” Elizabeth was inspired to wear green after an emotional trip to Florida with her father. Today, she continues to uphold the tradition because of the joy it brings those around her.”

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • It is pretty green
  • I’m quite green
  • A green kitchen countertop
  • Green knobs
  • The front door
  • I wanted to be an artist
  • I started wearing green when my dad invited me to visit Florida
  • We hadn’t really connected
  • Aqua green
  • Deep rich green
  • A lucky day
  • The way I dress makes other people smile
  • Can I have a selfie with you
  • As you get older you realize color is so much fun
  • It’s so positive
  • I’ll change to my next favorite thing

 

 

#English Language Schools,  #Learn English, #Learn English Online

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #5

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #5

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

That’s smart

That’s smart

[News Corp Australia]

 

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • If cities were smarter, then life in cities would be better
  • IBM create ads with a purpose
  • A simple curve
  • We gave advertising a new function
  • Smart ideas
  • With a message that inspires
  • Move your ideas forward
  • Join the conversation

 

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #4

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #4

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Look Up #8

Look Up #8

Lab of Ornithology

 

Birds-of-Paradise sport some of the strangest feathers in the bird world. The male King-of-Saxony takes the cake with stiff ornamental feathers (up to twice the male’s body length) sprouting from the top of his head. He also has a piercing call that sounds anything but bird-like. Filmed by Tim Laman near Tari Gap in November of 2010.  Explore the Birds of Paradise Project HERE

Free lesson plans HERE

Free Teaching Resources HERE

A map of New Guinea

New Guinea

 

 

What makes you happy?

What makes you happy?

  [soul pancake]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Happiness and joy are very close to each other
  • This is my roof top
  • When I need to escape and feel happy
  • My happy place
  • To have a good time with good friends
  • Just a happy moment
  • Being with my grandma
  • When I asked my girlfriend to marry me
  • Real happiness
  • Spending quality time with my family

 

We teach them to strengthen their dreams

We teach them to strengthen their dreams

[Nokia  Mobile]

 

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • We have 42 tribes
  • One thing that we have in common is dance
  • Dance classes
  • They realize their strength
  • Their heart is at ease
  • Make a huge difference in their society
  • United for a better future
  • I’m listed as the world’s oldest hockey player
  • Get the community together
  • Senior centers
  • I’m interested in dealing with younger people
  • It kind of opens up the world for you
  • I’m an inspiration for them to keep going
  • A man’s machine
  • You’re supposed to be in the kitchen
  • Create an equal platform
  • Women motorcyclists
  • This is our passion
  • United for women’s power

 

#Learn English Online  #Free English Lessons  #English Videos for learners
Where there’s a will, there’s a way #3

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #3

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Join the Treevolution

Join the Treevolution

 [Green Pop Treevolution]

In March 2017, Greenpop will be hosting their 7th annual Reforest Fest in the ancient Platbos Forest Reserve. But this isn’t just your ordinary festival! It is a chance to (re)connect with yourself, your fellow humans and with nature, help plant thousands of trees, dance to amazing live music, learn from eco-workshops, eat delicious food and much more. Last year, Greenpop planted 8.000 trees and this year they aim to plant another 8.000 trees ! Join them for a weekend of positive action and celebration ! Read more HERE

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Leaves under your feet
  • The dappled light through the trees
  • That you’re not just simply here on this earth
  • To go to work
  • To answer phone calls
  • To accept a more purposeful call
  • The wilderness
  • Just be in nature
  • Dance beneath the moonlight
  • Under a blanket of stars
  • Expand your mind
  • Use your imagination
  • Create something beautiful
  • Be part of replanting a forest
  • Growing a legacy
  • Reconnect with nature
  • Magic happens
  • Get back to your roots
  • Re-grow the southern most forest in Africa

platbos-indigenous-forest

Platbos.co.za
Inspire me #11

Inspire me #11

[Banff and Lake Louise Tourism]

“For the past decade, Simon Beck has been decorating the Alps with his stunning mathematical drawings, created by running in snowshoes across freshly laid snow. Each image takes him up to 11 hours to make and covers an area about 100m x 100m, requiring him to travel up to 25 miles as he marks out the pattern. He has inspired a clothing range and has diversified into beach art. Below is a selection of his images of his creations. I spoke to him to mark the launch of his book Simon Beck: Snow Art  “read more HERE

[the guardian]

 

Inspire me #10

Inspire me #10

[Chris Notap]

Make a bird house the easy way. Use an old kettle!  They make a great bird house nesting spot for birds. Just rotate the kettle so the spout is pointing upwards then find a tree or post where you can mount the bird house. One screw and washer through the spout and into the bottom is all you need to hold it. Already this season there has been 3 sparrow families that have raised their young in this bird house. Small birds search for any small space as a home and will nest wherever they can if the opening size is right and a kettle opening is perfect for nest-building for a bird house.

 

“Poetic Dogs”

“Poetic Dogs”

   [DW English]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • It’s not easy turn stray dogs into photo models
  • His photo series “Poetic Dogs”
  • Animal shelters
  • A four-legged look-alike
  • He treats the dogs sensitively
  • It houses more than 200 dogs
  • He had a difficult life
  • He’s a tough character
  • He sells his photos as posters
  • The head of the kennel welcomes the initiative
  • A pet store
  •  To cause a stir
  • Still life pictures
  • Take something from the past and re-use it
  • The animal shelters are full of photogenic  models

 

 

Inspire me #9

Inspire me #9

[Tech Insider]

KAZbrella Online shop here 

Drip free. The KAZbrella opens inside out – Think of it like a flower opening. This leaves the wet side of the canopy contained on the inside when closed. The KAZbrella is dry to handle. It won’t drip on the floor or soak anything it touches.

Opens/Closes in confined spaces. Getting into your car, you can close the KAZbrella into the smallest gap of a car door, whilst remaining dry. Now you can even put the KAZbrella on your car seat without soaking it!

Easy to open and close in a crowd. KAZbrella opens up and over the user avoiding poking in the eye! Perfect in a crowd.

Strong in the wind. As the KAZbrella is double spoked, it is extremely strong. In the unlikely event that the KAZbrella is blown inside out, it’s not a problem. A click of the button and the KAZbrella will restore back to its open shape.   [Read more]

Call someone you’ve lost touch with

Call someone you’ve lost touch with

 [Soul Pancake]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Tell them what they mean to you
  • Really helping me get on the right path to Med School
  • I was just calling to say hi
  • I love you and I miss you
  • I want to be able to talk to you more often
  • Thank you for your dedication and commitment
  • Awesome
  • Even though our paths have diverged
  • I’ll try and keep in touch more
  • Holiday season
  • Make the whole relationship loving
  • To reconnect with someone
  • I thought of a million things that could have, might have happened
  • It takes lots of guts and courage to do something like this
Inspire me #8

Inspire me #8

[Tesco]

Did you know ?

Napkin’ derives from the word ‘nape’, the Old French word for a tablecloth or towel, that originally comes from the Latin word for map, ‘mappa’, and ‘kin’ is the word for ‘little’ in Middle English.

Early napkins are believed to have originated as slices of a type of bread, used by those from ancient Greece; ancient Chinese used paper; while ancient Romans are said to have used cloth, that eventually became popular by the 1500s

[tenrandomfacts]

Sometimes the perfect surprise isn’t the one you get, it’s the one you give

Sometimes the perfect surprise isn’t the one you get, it’s the one you give

[three.ie]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • The perfect surprise
  • They soon became the best of friends
  • The weather grew warmer
  • Act strangely
  • Feel better
  • She began to search for a way to make her friend happy
  • Anna knew the answer right away
  • Up and up they drove
  • They could drive no further
  • At long last the time came to say goodbye

 

Inspire Me # 3

Inspire Me # 3

 

Google

Introducing Google Earth VR, our next step to help the world see the world. With Earth VR, you can fly over a city, stand at the edge of a mountain, and even soar into space. Google Earth VR is available now on Steam for the HTC Vive.

Learn more at Google Earth VR

Have passion Take chances

Have passion Take chances

[Sprite]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • I started painting murals at the age of 17
  • Everywhere I go it’s been a blessing
  • Visual aspects
  • That is what I love so much about South Africa
  • I’m an artist I didn’t really fall into the bracket of a street artist or a graffiti artist
  • You’ve just got to keep on going
  • A mural has a lifespan
  • It could last for 10 years
  • Create a style that will be acceptable to the community
  • Getting beaten up on the streets
  • People are misunderstood about why they do graffiti
  • We have a passion and we take chances
  • I could create a beautiful piece
  • Just remember your roots
  • And giving back is what it’s all about
  • At the end of the day when you leave, you give back, that’s all
  • You can’t take anything with you,
  • Push the scene, push the culture, push the positivity
  • Let it inspire you
Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek

Jabuba Films TM /Orquesta de Cámara de Siero

“Ah, if you could just dance all that you’ve just said, then I could understand!”

– Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis

LESSON PLAN for teachers HERE

One day I’ll fly away

One day I’ll fly away

 

 [John  Lewis]

One Day I’ll Fly Away

I follow the night
Can’t stand the light

One day I’ll fly away
Leave all this to yesterday
What more can your love do for me
When will love be through with me
Why live life from dream to dream
And dread the day when dreaming ends

One day I’ll fly away!
Leave all this to yesterday!
Why live life from dream to dream?
And dread the day when dreaming ends

The music is One Day I’ll Fly Away performed by Vaults, the original song was by Randy Crawford.  Find the track HERE
 
Look Up #2

Look Up #2

Lab of Ornithology

 

The feathers on this hummingbird’s throat are surprising. One minute they’re bright red, the next, black. This is known as iridescence, a common, showy feature of many birds’ plumages, from hummingbirds to starlings to jays to ducks. Iridescence doesn’t exist as a pigment—it is a structural color created by light striking the feathers. In each iridescent feather, keratin, melanin, and air are arranged in such a way that the appearance of the feather changes at different viewing angles.

 [All about birds]

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #2

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #2

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

A place of miracles

A place of miracles

singita.com
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :
  • Singita’s philosophy is to protect large tracks of land for future generations
  • To preserve and to protect them
  • Nature has evolved over millions and millions of years
  • One of the golden rules in conservation management is that you can’t reverse a process in one day
  • You are seeing business today being run with a much shorter time frame
  • With less strategic thinking than ever before
  • We have built this business block by block
  • To ensure that nature is left to itself, that man does not interfere
  • We have to intervene very quickly, to ensure that areas are protected for the long-term
  • It so incredibly authentic to come to Africa
  • People say to me that they go home looking at life very differently
  • It impacts on you on a spiritual basis, on a physical basis, on a sensory basis
  • There is a  sense of well-being
  • We will only take on new projects if they are as good, if not better, than our existing product offering
  • We look for these painstakingly
  • They are rare they are difficult to find
  • We are building a legacy
  • And that legacy we hope will endure for a long time
A map of the region :

Map of Singita

For further information visit Singita HERE
Look Up

Look Up

Lab of Ornithology

 

The Wire-tailed Manakin’s dance may be one of the most impressive in the bird world, but it can’t be performed on just any dance floor. Like many other species with elaborate displays, the male very carefully selects his dance site relative to the sites of other males in the area. Together these sites are known as an exploded lek. Each male picks a location that is easily visible to females and then carefully maintains it, clearing away anything that might obscure the view or get in the way of his performance. 

 [All about birds]

 

Let your imagination run wild

Let your imagination run wild

DW English

Vocabulary to learn after watching video :

  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
  • Food Artist
  • She lets her imagination run wild on her breakfast plate
  • You’re not supposed to play with your food
  • Upload the images using the photo platform instagram
  • She rapidly became popular
  • The main advantage is that you get instant feedback
  • She places great importance on using the best quality products
  • She usually eats the dishes herself
  • Ida gathers inspiration in the museums
  • My love for food and my love for art
  • Great works of art on toast
  • Her collection already includes 23 plates
  • Ida’s online success quickly led to job offers
  • A Norwegian publisher suggested a joint book project
  • It should be fun not perfect
  • It is due for release in English
  • Ida has begun giving workshops
  • She has quit her day job and is now self-employed
  • I’m going to be doing Food Art fulltime for a year or so at least
  • Going with the flow

Get inspired  by visiting Ida’s instagram account HERE

It’s the closest thing to becoming BATMAN

It’s the closest thing to becoming BATMAN

[Tech Insider]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Future of motorcycles
  • It comes with augmented reality wrap around glasses
  • Display information
  • It is equipped with a zero-emission engine
  • Sensors detect impeding dangers and collisions
  • It adapts to varying road conditions
  • Broad wheels
  • An active assistance system
  • It self balances when in motion
  • Made of carbon fiber
Make something that does something

Make something that does something

[Little Bits]

 

WHAT IS  LITTLEBITS?


LittleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small.

We set out to reinvent screen time. We succeeded. Announcing the new Gizmos & Gadgets Kit 2nd Edition, available now. It’s the first kit with Bluetooth wireless technology, allowing kids to build inventions AND control them with a smart device. Turn kids’ screen-time addiction into a passion for hands-on inventing, problem-solving and creativity.

Read More HERE

Visit their online shop HERE

 

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Music changes people – People change the world

Music changes people – People change the world

 [Human Kind] Visit their site @ Pianos for Peace

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  • Getting warmed up
  • 29 Spontaneous concerts
  • Even if you say you can’t
  • World renowned concert pianist
  • He is the man behind Pianos for Peace
  • A public chance for personal expression
  • From all these different directions
  • His lunchtime concert
  • Ditch their bikes
  • The language of music creates much-needed unity
  • I have to study and stuff like that
  • Easy like Sunday morning
  • Became a conversation
  • Tap out some notes
  • Gives us all a bit of humanity
  • Always striving
  • Music changes people and people change the world
  • Leaving room for only harmony
A place where the sidewalk ends

A place where the sidewalk ends

[Alex Soloviev] 

Where the Sidewalk Ends

                       by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends

And before the street begins,

And there the grass grows soft and white,

And there the sun burns crimson bright,

And there the moon-bird rests from his flight

To cool in the peppermint wind.Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black

And the dark street winds and bends.

Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow

We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And watch where the chalk-white arrows go

To the place where the sidewalk ends.Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,

For the children, they mark, and the children, they know

The place where the sidewalk ends.

[famous poets and poems]
Read an analylsis of the poem here

 

Age is just a number

Age is just a number

[The Great Big Story]
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video
  • A retirement community
  • Part of the artist in residence program
  • They live rent free in exchange for performing recitals and concerts
  • I get a lot of mixed reactions
  • A wonderful idea
  • I had not been a part of this community
  • I walked over and introduced myself
  • Tiffany and I became friends
  • Fashionable shoes
  • Age difference
  • A college dorm
  • From different places, from different backgrounds
Trust yourself completely

Trust yourself completely

 

[Nowness]

Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for a 50-meter dive under ice. She discovered her love for the sport through cold-water treatment while recovering from a downhill biking accident that almost took her leg. British director and photographer Ian Derry captures her taking a plunge under the Arctic ice..”  Read more HERE

 

Rio 2016: Michael Phelps’ last challenge