Ioannina, Greece - Sarah hands out slips of paper to her class, each with a verb in the present tense.Her 13 students must come up to the whiteboard and write the appropriate past tense for their verb, and then pronounce it. Reza, from Afghanistan, correctly writes "tried", but says, "I cried to learn." Riat, a Somali, the star of the class, laughs. She whispers everybody's answer correctly to herself, but even she doesn't understand how the leave can become "left". Nor does anyone else. "Left, right?" asks one student. Sarah is an English teacher for Second Tree, a volunteer aid group. Her students are adult refugees from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They assemble every weekday morning in a 25-square-metre schoolhouse of unfinished lumber hammered together by volunteers. It sits in the parking lot of a defunct furniture factory across the street from Katsikas refugee camp, near Ioannina in north-west Greece. These students all grew up in … [Read more...] about Some refugees are now integrated. Can Greece’s economy keep up?
Some things are worth the wait
I'd always imagined that I'd be one of those adventurous mums who took their children on holiday to far-flung places like the exotic beaches of Vietnam and the squares of Old Havana. Three years later, I sat aboard a plane to Paris after a last-minute, panic-booked short break to the universe of Mickey Mouse. This is what I learnt: 1. Choose the best time to go Whether you opt for the freezing depths of winter or the heavy downpours of May, expect to queue. But there are things you can do to avoid the busiest periods, like checking when French public holidays fall. There's a lot of them. They include Labour Day, Victory Day, Ascension Day, Bastille Day and All Saints' Day. Avoid these. Also be aware that France is divided into three regions which have different school holidays for the winter and spring breaks. You can check when these fall online . And bear in mind that in Europe, they break up for summer a lot earlier than in the UK. Disney say the quietest times to visit are mid-week … [Read more...] about 19 things I wish I knew before going to Disneyland Paris
Entertainment & Arts 15 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47931941 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel This story does not contain spoilers.Game Of Thrones returned for its eighth and final season on Monday morning … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones series eight: Worth the wait?
When a library bus returned to a primary school after being decorated, one pupil’s verdict of the eye-catching design summed it up best – ‘it was worth the wait’.The West Row Academy bus sports an amalgamation of concepts created by pupils and put together by graphic designer Tom Rowley.Amelia Back, Key Stage Two leader, said: “I’m really pleased with it and I can’t quite believe the designs are such a match to the children’s.“It looks exactly how we wanted it to look.“The children loved it and one of the Year 1 children said ‘that was worth the wait’.“It was a really lovely moment on Friday morning when the bus came back.“They couldn’t believe it had started to come together.”The bus aims to create an inspiring reading area for pupils as there is not enough space for a library in the main school building, in Beeches Road.The school bought the bus about two years ago and has been … [Read more...] about ‘It was worth the wait’ – new chapter for school library bus
Now, thanks to the efforts of Peter and Marita Collier, Drummond House is home to a successful Irish garlic business, and this year will see the farm's first full crop of Irish asparagus, a springtime delicacy that's prized for its delicate, fresh flavour. "Drummond House has been in Peter's family for 150 years," says Marita, who worked in sales and marketing before re-inventing herself as a garlic farmer. "It used to be mixed dairy and tillage, with some beef cattle, but the land had been rented out for years. Peter is an architect and he works full-time as a project manager for the DAA, I was looking to start a business from home. Farming is so uncertain that we decided to look upon it more as a business than a farm, with the hope that we could develop something sustainable for the future." With Drummond House garlic thriving - products include elephant garlic, smoked garlic and fermented black garlic, as well as garlic scapes - Marita decided that it was time for Drummond House to … [Read more...] about Crowning glory: Why Drummond House asparagus is worth the wait