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

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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
250km of Single Track Happiness

250km of Single Track Happiness

[Old Mutual joBerg2c ]

The Old Mutual joBerg2c is riding the off-roads less travelled and trails never travelled. It is racing, riding and touring across this magnificent country. It is sharing a passion for mountain biking with those who love riding.

From the creators of South Africa’s two favourite mountain bike stage races, the Berg & Bush and Sani2c, comes a ride set to capture the imagination of passionate mountain bikers across the country, if not the world. Starting in the south of Johannesburg and finishing nine days later at Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Part race part adventure, the Old Mutual joBerg2c takes competitors through the country, from the heat and dust of the big city to the cool crisp air of the sea via spectacular mountainous passes.

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Are you tough enough?

Are you tough enough?

[Santini Cycling wear]

The Mortirolo and the Stelvio are two of the most brutal yet beautiful climbs in the world: they echo with the feats of Fausto Coppi, Marco Pantani and many more. Now for the fitfh year, the Granfondo Stelvio Santini will allow you to test yourself against these legendarily tough climbs and follow in the pedal strokes of some of the greatest icons cycling has ever known.  Read more HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • The countless switchbacks
  • Do you feel the fear of failure
  • The struggle, the battle against yourself
  • Give up
  • Go on
  • Pedal stroke after pedal stroke
  • Dig  down and find freedom
  • Push yourself
  • Conquer the peak
  • An epic challenge
  • Are you tough enough

 

 

Work in a gentle way doing work you love

Work in a gentle way doing work you love

[Happen Films]

Read more about Living the Change HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • The creation of culture that is generous and abundant
  • An infrastructure of care, woven into neighborhoods
  • In the heart of Oxford
  • Go and do work in the community
  • Cover the costs
  • Pay urban gardeners to go out and mentor edible landscapes
  • We get to touch base with some of the pensioners
  • Have ears for what their knowledge base is
  • Providing a social contact for them
  • Share their knowledge around food gardening
  • We can engage in the conversations around that
  • Facilitates something that otherwise wouldn’t have been here
  • The kind of changes that need to be made in urban areas
  • Builds community
  • Affordable healthy food
  • Less reliant on unsustainable imported goods
  • Shipped from all over the world
  • The abundance of food that can be grown in an urban space
  • We’ve got huge amounts of food going here
  • Can be as self-sufficient as you want to be
  • Part of what we are working towards for ourselves
  • To live quite simply
  • Working really hard in some sort of frantic way
  • We can work in a gentle way doing work we love
  • Reduce our requirement for money
  • Then we can love life
  • Its far more fulfilling to be able to share that knowledge with people who don’t have it
  • I can see eatable areas, eatable landscapes
  • Sharing their food, sharing seeds, swapping seeds
  • This model taken into another town, and put in place
  • That would be a pretty significant success

 

 

Every generation needs to pass on something

Every generation needs to pass on something

 [Great Big Story]

In a remote village in Guizhou Province, China, generations of artisans have been making handmade suits embroidered with tin. This is the only place in the world where this type of embroidery, called Miao embroidery, is done. After 500 years of tradition, the practice is disappearing. Long Nv San Jiu, a fourth-generation tin embroiderer, says she hopes to teach others this fine craft before it is lost to history forever.

 

 

Living your dream

Living your dream

Watch the following video :

Benedicte Bemet

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

Most of the time you don’t look at this as your job

It’s your passion

Put myself in the right mental state

I moved away from my parents when I was 14

It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do

I owe all of this to them

The outcome of class can sort of determine the day sometimes

Ever since I got into the company I started numbering my pointe, I’m up to pair 123

I find sewing quite therapeutic

It’s hard it’s hard not to get too nervous

Setting yourself up for the show, just really warming up your muscles and finding your centre

I like to hum the actual music before I go on stage

It can make you so happy

There are days it can make you quite upset as well if you’re disappointed in yourself

What’s most important I guess is still coming

We had like a goal from the age of 13, you knew what you wanted to be

What’s more incredible is the fact that it actually happened

We are actually living the dream