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He not only brought a lot of presents, but also changed the way he gave them to us. As every year, he brought material things, yet this time, many of them were for the whole family to share a Solowheel, a scooter…. Apart from material things Santa left a couple of experience-presents to share. The first one was a bunch of tickets for all of us to have free horse riding lessons mainly because, as he explained on the letter he left, he […]. I know that he had a daughter who was 16 in , but not much more… Unfortunately, his latest episode was posted on the 31st of January Four years later all we know is that his web and all the extraordinary information on it are gone.

What happened to Peter Carter? So far all I can do is to gather together all his podcasts and share them with you easier said than done. To preserve his legacy is the best tribute I can pay to him. Would you help me out? His super educational podcasts were free, and not also I improved my listening skills a lot, but also I learnt a lot of interesting things about: Lady Godiva, Stonehenge, Peter Rabbit, Golliwogs, how to say nothing, how much the Queen costs, the Parliament, rhubarb, the fifth of November, good manners, bank holidays, Pancake day, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll , Topaz McGonagall the worst poet ever in the English language , The Great British Donkey Race, painting the Forth Bridge….

The Staffordshire Hoard. Sep 29, Terry Herbert is 55 years old. He lives in a small town called Bloxwich, about 16 kilometers north-west of Birmingham. His hobby is metal-detecting. A metal-detector is a tool which tells you when there is metal in the ground. In July this year, Terry went metal-detecting in a field in Staffordshire owned by a friend of his, and found something completely amazing. He discovered a large number of gold and silver objects.

He told the authorities what he had found, and a team of archaeologists then explored the site carefully and found more objects. When they started to clean and examine the discovery, they realised that Terry Herbert had found over objects dating from about AD. It was the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found in England. The Anglo-Saxons were people who invaded and settled in England as the Roman Empire collapsed in about the 4th century.

They came from northern Germany and the language which they spoke — which we call Anglo-Saxon or Old English — was the ancestor of modern English. They were skilled metal craftsmen; they made delicate and intricate designs on gold and silver, and often inlaid the metal with precious stones, such as garnet, which is a dark red stone. After they arrived here, the Anglo-Saxons divided England into a number of kingdoms and spent most of the next several hundred years fighting each other, and the Danes and the Scots.

The largest and most powerful of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms was called Mercia. It covered all of central England, including the area where the Staffordshire Hoard was found. Gold inlaid with garnets, from the Staffordshire Hoard. There are gold decorations from swords and knives, from shields and helmets, from belts and buckles. So what is the hoard? Many experts think that the treasure was collected after a battle. Quite simply, the victors went around and took all the gold and precious metal from the weapons and clothes of the enemies they had killed.

Who were these victors and who were their enemies? We do not know. And afterwards, the victors hid what they had collected. Again, we do not know. Nor do we know what happened later, and why the victors did not come back and collect the treasure which they had hidden. In England, if you find gold or silver objects which are more than years old, they belong to the Queen.

Normally, however, a reward based on the value of the find is paid to the person who found it and to the owner of the land. Often a museum buys the treasure, and in this case the Museum in Birmingham together with other local museums want to acquire the Staffordshire Hoard so that it remains in the area where it was found. We English are not generally very interested in museums or art galleries. We prefer zoos, pubs, theme parks and beaches.

But there has been a lot of interest in the Staffordshire Hoard. Perhaps popular archaeology programmes on television have made people more aware of the importance of things from our history. There is a temporary exhibition of a few of the most important objects from the Staffordshire Hoard at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until the middle of October. Yesterday, together with hundreds of other people, I stood in a queue for over an hour to see the exhibition.

It is quite fascinating. Many of the objects still have dirt from the field in Staffordshire on them, because there has not been time yet to clean them. Suddenly, Anglo-Saxon England, years ago, seems much closer and more real. I cannot bear it …. Sep 23, You all know what a bear is.

It is a big, furry animal that likes eating honey. There is a picture of a bear on the website. He is from a zoo in northern Spain, where there are still some bears in the wild. If you are really interested in the big, furry sorts of bear, you may enjoy listening to Natasha telling you a story about bears — three bears actually — in another posting on Listen to English.

However, you will often hear people saying things like :. Here are some more examples :. Here are some of them:. It is not a problem for you. How would you say that? You could say :. The B-A-R-E sort of bare is an adjective, and it means uncovered, not covered with anything.

So, you can say that someone has bare arms, which means that they are wearing a short-sleeved shirt or blouse which leaves their arms uncovered. Or you can say that someone has a bare head, which means that they are not wearing a hat. You can talk about the bare earth, which means ground where there is nothing growing; or about a bare mountainside, where there are no trees, just rocks. Near where I live, there is a man who never wears any shoes.

He says that his feet smell if he wears shoes, so for the last 30 years he has walked the streets of the city with no shoes. People call him Pete the Feet, and there is an interview with him on YouTube. Pete the Feet has bare feet; he goes bare-footed. So you can try the quiz on the website and see how good you are! The Islands on the Edge of the World. Sep 15, Today we are going to visit St Kilda. St Kilda is a small group of islands in the north Atlantic, far to the west of Scotland. It is the home of tens of thousands of sea birds.

In fact, St Kilda is one of the most important places for sea birds anywhere in the world. And for thousands of years, people lived on St Kilda, but they do not live there any more, as I will explain. The traditional way of life on St Kilda was simple and hard. The people kept sheep and grew a few crops like barley. They hunted sea-birds for food. They did some fishing, but the sea around St Kilda is often very bad and fishing was dangerous. The people of St Kilda had little contact with the outside world. Once a year the representative of the landlord visited the island to collect rents.

If the islanders needed help, they would light a big fire on the top of the main island, and hope that a passing ship would see it. Sometimes, they wrote messages and put the message inside a piece of wood. They threw the wood into the sea, and several weeks later someone walking on the shore in Scotland might find it. Some big changes happened in the 19th century. A school opened on the island, where the children learned Gaelic which was their own language , and English which was a foreign language for them and arithmetic. Small numbers of tourists started to visit the islands during the summer.

The tourist boats brought things which the islanders needed, and the islanders made simple souvenirs to sell to the tourists. Some of the islanders left the islands, to go to Australia, and later another group emigrated to Canada. The number of people on St Kilda had never been more than about By the end of the 19th century, the number had fallen to less than During the First World War, the British Navy had a wireless station on St Kilda, and on one exciting day a German submarine arrived and shelled the island. The Navy base on St Kilda made communication with the outside world easy, and Navy ships were able to bring supplies to the island.

But when the war ended, the Navy base closed and life for the people of St Kilda became hard again. There were shortages of food in some years, and there was no way to get seriously ill people to hospital. By , there were only 36 people left on St Kilda. They all signed a letter to the government saying that they wanted to leave before the winter storms made it impossible for a ship to reach St Kilda. And on 29 August , they all left and went to mainland Scotland, and their houses, and the tiny church and school were empty. During the summer, a warden and volunteers carry out conservation work on the old houses.

You can visit St Kilda during the summer by boat from Scotland. The trip takes 14 hours, or longer in bad weather, and sometimes the boat cannot reach St Kilda at all. When you get there you will find no cafes or restaurants, no cars or tourist coaches, no public toilets or souvenir shops, just the ruins of the houses where the St Kilda people used to live, and sheep, and thousands and thousands of sea birds. The islands of St Kilda are still the islands on the edge of the world.

Making a comeback. Sep 7, Hello, and welcome back to Listen to English. I hope you all had a good summer break. Imagine that you are a pop singer. Your records sell really well. Your concerts are a sell-out. You earn millions of dollars, or pounds, or euros, every year. Then your fans get bored. They want something new. They stop buying your records. They stop going to your concerts. There is a new band, composed entirely of year olds, which is now top of the charts.

People have forgotten about you. Then perhaps 10 years later, people rediscover you. They thought you were dead, and are surprised and happy to find that you are still alive. You make a new record and people buy it, because it reminds them of the old days. You are invited to sing at some big music festivals.

You have made a comeback. Here is another example. Kevin, as he generally does on Saturdays, goes to a football match to watch his team, United. The first half is a disaster. The other team score two goals. The crowd is sure that United will lose. The second half starts badly — the other team score again. And then, in the last 15 minutes, United start to play proper football. They score a goal, and then another one, and finally a third goal in the last minute.

And Kevin is very happy! Here are a few of the things which the newspapers tell us have made a comeback, or are going to make a comeback:. Because of the economic recession, people think it would be good to make their own clothes, and sales of sewing machines have gone up. Sewing machines are making a comeback. Do you remember when you could buy jeans which already had holes in them?

Well, they are making a comeback, or so the newspapers say! I have no idea why bow ties are making a comeback. English cricket. After several years of despair, the English cricket team has beaten the Australians, and we are all very happy. English cricket has made a comeback. The red kite is a bird of prey, which became extinct in England over years ago. Over the last 20 years, conservationists have released red kites into the wild in several parts of England, and there are now several hundred of these beautiful birds. The red kite is making a comeback. Cider is an alcoholic drink made from apples.

For years, sales of cider have been falling, as people preferred beer or wine. Now people are interested in cider again. I went to a pub last week which sold 20 different sorts of cider. Cider is making a comeback. But the most amazing comeback is this. That was Vera Lynn. But that was a long time ago. Now a CD of some of her songs has just been re-released, and it is in the Top Twenty. Who is buying it? Are there queues of old people outside the record shops? Or do people buy the CD for their grannies? Or is it just that we English are in love with the past?

I meant to …. Jul 13, Now look at these sentences:. I meant to go to the supermarket, but I did not have any money with me. I meant to do my English homework, but my friend visited, and we talked all evening. I meant to speak to my mother, but she was not at home when I telephoned. And it is an expression we often use when we have to explain why we have not done something! Well, quite a lot of you have sent me e-mails to ask why there have been no new podcasts for the last few weeks. I have been busy.

I am the Trustee of a Charity which helps children who have emotional or family problems. Unfortunately we have run out of money, and have had to close the Charity, pay all the bills, make the staff redundant and find other organisations to help the children. This has taken a lot of time, so I have not been able to make as many podcasts as I would like.

I meant to make several new podcasts, but I did not have the time. I meant to explain to you, but I forgot. I did not mean to leave you in the dark, but I had so many other things to do. Here in England, it is nearly the school summer holidays. I am going to take a break, but I will be back with new podcasts early in September. Also in September, I want to redesign the Listen to English website, and add several new features.

You can find links on the website. I shall use Twitter and Facebook to tell you when there are new podcasts, and to send you other news. You can use the Facebook page to send messages to me and to other listeners. Royal Ascot. Jun 19, Today we go horse racing, and we meet people with lots of money and no dress-sense!

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Ascot is a small town, south-west of London, and close to the royal castle at Windsor. She decided that it was exactly the right place for horse races. So the poor folk who grazed their cows or their pigs on the land had to move, and there has been a race-course at Ascot ever since. There are race meetings at Ascot throughout the year. The greatest race meeting of the year is called Royal Ascot, and it is one of the grandest social occasions of the year, at least for people who care about grand social occasions.

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Royal Ascot is taking place this very week, from Tuesday to Saturday, and I see from the Royal Ascot website that there are still a few tickets left. Before you rush off to buy a ticket, however, here are a few things which you should know about Royal Ascot:. One, it is expensive. You cannot actually buy a ticket for the poshest area, the Royal Enclosure. To get a ticket for the Royal Enclosure, you have to know the right people.

Two, the Queen will be there, and lots of other royals and celebrities, and if you are lucky you may see some of them. Three, Ascot racecourse is very concerned that people should wear the right clothes. Morning coats and top hats are good. Jeans, t-shirts and trainers are bad — very bad. If you do not actually own a morning coat or a top hat, you can hire them from a company called Moss Brothers. In other countries, do you have to hire clothes in order to watch a horse race? Four, the hats are more important than the horses.

Ascot is famous for the extraordinary hats that the ladies wear. Many of these hats are masterpieces of structural engineering. Five, eating and drinking is almost as important as the hats. Last year, race-goers at Royal Ascot drank 60, bottles of champagne and ate 11, boxes of strawberries.

Six, the horse racing does not really matter, but if you are interested an Irish horse called Yeats won the Ascot Gold Cup yesterday. Second was another Irish horse, and third was a French horse. But I had forgotten. Our economy is in recession. People are feeling poorer. Many people have lost their jobs. Surely, this year people will not spend lots of money on champagne and silly hats?

And, yes, there are fewer people at Ascot this year than last year. Champagne sales are down. Oh, horror! Times are definitely hard! Travelling slowly is best. Jun 16, It was late afternoon when we arrived at the boatyard to find our canal boat. One of the staff took us round the boat, to show us how things worked. Then he gave me the keys.

The boat was ours, for the next week, at least. The first thing you learn about an English canal boat is that it is slow. It is, in fact, almost the slowest form of transport you can think of. Small children riding bicycles overtake you. People walking their dogs on the towpath overtake you. Perhaps you think that sailing a canal boat is easy. It must be easier than a car, you think, because it goes so slowly. Sailing a canal boat is difficult. To start with, there are no brakes.

The boat takes no notice. It keeps going forward. In a panic, I increase the engine revs [ie I made the engine go faster]. Gradually, the boat slows down, and eventually stops. It takes me about 50 meters to stop a canal boat travelling at walking pace. Then the trouble starts. You can only steer a canal boat if it is going forwards. If the canal boat stops or goes backwards, it goes where it wants to go, not where you want to go. Generally, the canal boat wants to drift in front of a boat coming the other way.

If there is no boat coming the other way, the canal boat will probably want to drift to the side of the canal where it will run aground in the mud. You then have to spend several minutes pushing the boat off the mud. Now, suppose you want to turn the boat round, to go the other way. Turning round is no problem in a car.

However, the canal boat is 15 meters long, while the canal is only 10 meters wide. You look at the map. No problem, there is a winding hole only 5 kilometers down the canal. Then you remember. The canal boat will take an hour to travel 5 kilometers. They know nothing. They should try mooring a canal boat.

First you have to stop the boat. Then you have to persuade it to move towards the bank and not towards the middle of the canal. Everyone on the canal boat, except you, the driver, has to jump onto the canal bank. You throw them ropes to tie the boat to the bank. The ropes fall in the canal.

You pull them out of the water and throw them again. A group of people watch with interest as your helpers make the boat fast. English is a crazy language! The people who built the canals liked to play tricks on canal users. A favourite trick is to put a canal bridge just before a bend in the canal. That makes it impossible to see whether another boat is coming the other way.

Another trick is to make some bits of canal so narrow that two boats cannot pass each other. When you find a narrow section, you have to stop if the boat is in a good mood , and send someone to walk along the towpath with a mobile phone, to phone you when they can see that there is no boat coming the other way. But at least there are no traffic jams on the canal, you say.

At busy times, you may have to wait an hour or more to take your boat through a set of locks. But it is not like a traffic jam on a motorway. On a motorway, you sit in your car getting more and more tense and angry. You look out of the window at other drivers who are also getting tense and angry. You swap stories about your adventures on the canal, and then help each other take the boats through the locks. In a week on the canal, I think we travelled 60 kilometers. It is good to travel slowly. You relax and notice things which otherwise you might not see, like the wild flowers on the towpath and a heron standing completely still in a field.

At night, we moored in peaceful quiet places, and in the morning the singing of the birds woke us up. We met several people who live on the canal permanently. They have a simple life, because there is no room in a canal boat for many possessions. Some of them make souvenirs which they sell to other people on the canal. Some of them stay in one place for most of the time. Others move their boat to somewhere new every day. What do you think? Canals and narrowboats. Jun 10, In the podcast about Mr Speaker, I told you that I was going on holiday. I said that I would be the captain of a ship and sail away to new and interesting places.

So, where did I go on my ship? Perhaps I sailed across the Atlantic. Perhaps I visited the islands of Greece. But, no. We have lots of canals in Britain, especially in England. Most of them were built in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Boats on the canals carried coal, iron, pottery, stone, lime, salt and many other goods needed by the new industries which grew during the Industrial Revolution.

Until the railways came, the canals were one of the most important forms of transport in the country. The centre of the canal system in England is here in Birmingham, where I live.

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We like to tell visitors that there are more canals in Birmingham than in Venice! This is true, but the canals in Venice are probably more beautiful! Originally, horses pulled the boats on the canals. The horses walked along a path at the side of the canal. It means to pull something which cannot move by itself. If your car breaks down, you may need to use another vehicle to tow the car to a garage.

In the 19th century, however, some canal boats had steam engines instead of horses, and today, most canal boats have diesel engines. Compared to the great canals of the Netherlands or Germany, English canals and canal boats are tiny. The traditional boats of the English canals are only about 2 meters wide and between 10 and 20 meters long.


A bigger boat could not fit through the bridges or the locks. Why are they so small? Well, the canals are narrow, because it was cheaper and easier to build a narrow canal than a wide canal. And the boats are small because, originally, they were towed by a single horse. Traditional English narrowboats are brightly painted in red, blue, green or yellow, or all of these colours. Often they are decorated with pictures of flowers or castles. When the railways arrived, in the middle of the nineteenth century, the canals began to decline. It was much quicker to move goods on a railway than on a canal.

And in the 20th century, road vehicles took traffic from the canals as well. Here is a typical story about the decline of the canals. There was company with a factory which made feed for animals. It was beside a canal, and the company had 11 narrowboats which brought grain and other things which it needed from a sea port.

The narrowboats took 3 or 4 days to make the journey from the factory to the sea port and back. In , the company bought a lorry. The lorry could make two return journeys each day. Naturally, the company scrapped the narrowboats and used the lorry instead. And so, everyone thought, that is the end of the old canals.

The narrowboats disappeared, many canals were abandoned, weeds grew in the water so that boats could not pass, the towpaths collapsed into the canals, the locks would not work any more.

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It was all very sad. Then, shortly after the Second World War, people started to think that the canals could have a new use, for recreation i. They saw that many canals went through beautiful, quiet countryside, where people could relax and enjoy nature. Gradually, people started to use the canals again.

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Abandoned canals were cleaned and re-opened; locks were repaired; and in one or two places new canals were built. Today, you can see large numbers of brightly-painted traditional narrowboats on our canals again. But they are carrying holiday-makers, not coal, or lime or pottery.

There will be more about canal boats in the next podcast. There is a quiz on the Listen to English website so that you can test how well you have understood what I have said. Quiz — how well did you understand the podcast. Black Jumper Day. Jun 1, A black jumper shows everyone that you are big and important! In a podcast a very long time ago, in November , I told you that most English children wear a school uniform to go to school. My daughter, who is 15 years old, goes to a girls secondary school.

She has to wear a dark green skirt or trousers, and a white blouse and a dark green jumper. She is in year 10 at school. In year 11, the girls sit their GCSE exams. After their GCSE exams, the girls leave the secondary school to go to sixth-form college, or to a further education college, to continue their studies or to learn practical skills. They like their black jumpers, not because the jumpers look beautiful, but because they show everyone that year 11 are the senior girls, the most important girls, in the school.

However, the year 11 girls do not have to come to school any more. This means that, from today, the year 10 girls are the most senior girls in the school. It is now their turn to wear the black jumpers, to show the rest of the school how big and important they are. They have looked forward to this day for weeks. They have all searched the local shops to find a black jumper in a style which they like. And today, they have all left for school, wearing their new black jumpers. That means, they have left home to go to school.

Here are some more examples. Do you understand what they mean? On Thursday, he will leave for New York. Goodbye, Mr Speaker. May 23, Who is Mr Speaker? Mr Speaker is the chairman of our House of Commons, in Parliament. In the 15th century, several Speakers made the King so angry that he had them arrested and executed. Politics was fun in those days. Since then, life for the Speaker has been more peaceful. Yes, there was a Speaker at the end of the 17th century who was sacked because he had accepted a bribe from businessmen in the city of London.

He, or she, chairs debates in the House of Commons, and makes sure that the House of Commons obeys its rules. The only real disadvantage is having to wear old-fashioned black clothes with gold embroidery, and having to listen to so many boring debates. But things have changed. MPs make a list of their expenses — we say that they make a claim — in order get this extra money. They give their claim to the finance office in Parliament. If the finance office is happy with the claim, the MP gets the money he or she has claimed.

Until very recently, information about MPs allowances was a state secret.

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But now, the newspapers have found information about the allowances, and published it. It is clear that some MPs have behaved dishonestly. One MP claimed money to pay interest on a loan to buy a flat in London — which was fine, except that he had already repaid the loan and there were no interest payments. Other MPs claimed for the cost of repairing houses, which they then sold at a profit.

One MP, who lives in a castle, claimed for the cost of cleaning the moat — that is, the water around the castle. Another MP, who has a country estate, keeps ducks on the lake on his estate. But foxes kept killing the ducks, so he claimed for the cost of building a little island for his ducks in the middle of the lake, so that the foxes could not catch them. All this has made people very angry. There are demands for big changes in the way that Parliament is run — for changes in our election system, changes in the way MPs do their jobs and the way they are paid.

And Mr Speaker? Well, the present speaker — Michael Martin is his real name — has opposed changes and many MPs think that he is not the right person to lead the House of Commons. So they have forced him to resign. He has become the first speaker for over years to be forced out of office. Next month, Members of Parliament will elect a new Speaker to wear silly clothes and listen to their boring debates. I will be on holiday next week, so there will be no podcast.

I am going to be a captain of a ship, and will sail far away to new and interesting places. I shall tell you about it when I get back. The Poet Laureate. May 8, Britain has a new Poet Laureate. We know what a poet is — it is someone who writes poetry. You may know that the ancient Greeks used to place a crown made of laurel leaves on the head of someone as a very special honour.

Laurel is a type of bush, with sweet-smelling leaves. Since about the 17th century, English kings and queens have appointed a poet as their own, special, private poet. The king paid the poet a small salary, and the poet wrote poems for special royal occasions, like births or marriages in the royal family. The poet appointed by the king became known as the poet laureate. Over the years, some very famous English poets have been appointed as poets laureate — William Wordsworth, for example, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

The latest poet laureate has recently retired, and the Queen, advised by the Prime Minister, has just appointed a new one. Neither our Queen nor our Prime Minister know very much about poetry. But they have made a very good and popular choice for the new poet laureate. Her name is Carol Ann Duffy and she is the first woman to hold the position of poet laureate. Her poetry is simple and direct, and easy to understand.

Perhaps for that reason, pupils in many English schools study her poems. Recently, indeed, there was controversy about one of her poems — it is a poem about the feelings of an angry young man who wants to kill and destroy things. The first few lines are:. Today I am going to kill something.

I have had enough of being ignored and today I am going to play God. Some people argued that reading the poem would make some young people pick up a knife and go and kill someone. One of the organisations which runs school exams in England even asked schools to destroy copies of the poem. This is ridiculous, of course.

People kill because they are very angry inside, not because they have read a poem. It is a love poem — but a rather unusual one. She is going to give her love a present — a present that represents love. And what is the present? An onion! Not a red rose or a satin heart. I give you an onion. It is a moon wrapped in brown paper. It promises light. It will blind you with tears. It will make your reflection. I am trying to be truthful. Not a cute card or kissogram.

Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,. Take it. Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring,. Its scent will cling to your fingers,. Without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Apr 29, Two weeks ago, a man called Clement Freud died. He was 84 years old. He was a remarkable man, and very well-known and liked in Britain.

He made us laugh, and I thought I would make a short podcast about him. Clement was born in Berlin in Germany. His father was an architect and his grandfather was the famous psychologist Sigmund Freud. His elder brother is the famous artist Lucian Freud. Clement went to school in London, even though at first he spoke hardly any English.

How many careers do most people have? Many people — perhaps most people — do the same sort of work for the whole of their working lives. They are a teacher, or a farmer, or an engineer, or a driver, or a civil servant. Clement Freud had five different careers. First, he worked in restaurants. He learnt about good food and good cooking. He opened his own night club.

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Second, he became a writer. He wrote books for children. He wrote books about food. We British, as you know, do not understand how to cook properly, but we love books and TV programmes about food. For many years, he wrote articles for newspapers, about food, sport and life in general. Third, Clement Freud went into advertising. He advertised dog food, in a series of TV ads in the s and s. The advertisements became classics, and most people who were alive and watched TV at that time remember them.

There is a link to one on the website, and a transcript. His co-star was a dog called Henry. Clement and Henry looked very alike — they both had long faces and a mournful expression. Fourth, Clement Freud became a politician. He surprised everyone except himself by winning a seat in Parliament for the Liberal Party. He remained an MP for 14 years. And fifth, he became a very well-known radio personality.

The rules of Just a Minute are simple. The contestants are each given a subject and immediately they have to talk about it, for a minute. Easy, you may say. Anyone could do that. However, they have to talk without hesitation, repetition or deviation. If you hesitate, or repeat, or deviate, one of the other contestants will challenge you, and if the chairman agrees with the challenge, the other contestant takes up the subject and tries to talk — without hesitation, repetition or deviation — for the rest of the minute.

It really is very difficult to speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation for a whole minute. Try it some time! You could even try it in English! Help — the hens are on the point of taking over the world. Apr 23, I am sorry it has been so long since my last podcast. Thank you to all of you who sent me e-mails to ask what had happened and when would my next podcast be. I am not ill. No, I am not dead. No, I am not bored with podcasting. No, I have not run away with a beautiful blonde model 40 years younger than me. I have simply been busy.

In the last podcast, I told you about my hens. I am watching them as I write this. They are running round the garden, eating grass and anything else they can find. Soon there will be no garden left. However, the hens are happy, and they lay an egg each every day; and the fox has stayed away. I have locked the front door. I have put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, I have cleaned my teeth. The next thing I do will be to go to bed. Or, look at the picture on the website. It is a picture of a flower.

The flower is still closed and there is snow on the ground. But you can see that very soon the flower will open. It is on the point of opening. It is on the point of flowering. Recently, some builders came to do some work on our house. Before they came, a scaffolding company came and erected scaffolding so that the builders could reach the roof.