Muti-nationals don´t pay enough tax

Alice Bailey is a childhood friend. She spent most of her youth breaking rules, challenging institutions, and corrupting me into the wild word of binge drinking and underage clubbing. She is a DJ, broadcast journalist, and is currently the senior press officer for Welcome to Yorkshire.

What´s on her mind?

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Charles Standing is my brother´s godfather.  He´s a tech genius, has a heart of gold, and can play the piano and the organ better than Beethoven. He lived with my family during his university years, and spent most of the time playing dress up, and trying to hack into NASA.

Hipster room for rent in Berlin

OK, I don´t use Facebook very often, but I have decided to make an effort in order to touch base with some of my life-long mates.  Anyway, I thought, why not share the lives of my international mates with you, as there is no better way to gen up on colloquial English.

Espin is my cool, singer-songwriter cousin.  He lives in Berlin, and his last post was about a hipster room for rent. It´s hysterical!

 

Inglés Málaga: English Snack Time for Business Growth

A bite-size approach to improving English is welcomed by progressive organisations seeking to breathe new life into how they develop their employees.  In light of this, Inglés Málaga says: ‘’Take an office break, and snack on English for employee happiness and business growth.’’

Join the English Snack Time training programme for companies and employees.

Vegetable Shake: Under no circumstances

The craziest suggestion to cure your hangover is to make yourself a vegetable shake. And, although I´m a vegetarian, and I love a great spinach and celery juice, under no circumstances am I going to turn on the blender to pulp a load of greens when my head is already about to explode. It´s a ridiculous suggestion!

So, what’s your hangover cure?

Hair of the dog: hangover cure

bloody maryMy brother and elder sister have a completely unhealthy attitude to hangover cures. They swear by the hair of the dog method. This means, they wake up, and drink a bloody mary. A bloody mary is a drink made with vodka, tomato juice some Worcestershire sauce and a stick of celery to stir it with.  It´s totally disgusting!

 

B12 – hangover cure for the vitamin fanatics!

Some clients have suggested following these hangover plans:

  1. Take 1 B12 vitamin before you hit the town, and 1 when you roll home.
  2. Drink 2 glasses of milk before you go to bed.
  3. Eat a banana.
  4. Eat a British fry-up.

diet cokeCuriously, the hangover cure that works for me is to take some super strength aspirin, wash it down with a litre of diet coke, and then watch children’s TV.

The reason I know this plan works is because I spent 3 years doing it at university, and I never missed a lecture as a result of a hangover. Ok, it´s true, sometimes I didn’t get to university because I had to pass at least 5 pubs on the way, all of them seducing me inside with the promise of a pint of lager, a packet of crisps, a game of pool, and some intellectual mumbo-jumbo about philosophy with my university mates. However, alcohol related university absenses- no; I was a total saint!

Hangover cures for Sunday mornings

hangover cures worldMost of us have woken up the morning after a wild night painting the town red with a banging headache. You know it’s going to be a bad day when you can’t lift your head off the pillow without your brain screaming at you: ” Call a doctor, you are dying” Yes, you’ve got a hangover from hell, and you probably only have a vague recollection of what happened the night before.

So, with this in mind, what are the best hangover cures?

 

How long does it take to pass an official English exam?

How long does it take to pass an official English exam? This is a common question that I am asked. And, truthfully, there is no simple answer as there are a lot of factors to take into consideration, including:

  1. Your language learning background
  2. The intensity of your study
  3. Your motivation for taking an exam
  4. The amount of study/exposure you do outside of lesson times

However, Cambridge give the following hours as a conservative guideline:

 

Cambridge FCE English Exam Success: Congratulations Angela!

The latest statistics show that the pass rate for FCE Cambridge exams is decreasing, and with a failure rate of a massive 40%, it gives me such pleasure to congratulate Angela on her success.

In fact, not only was Angela preparing for her B2 Cambridge exam, but she was also organising her wedding, planning her honeymoon, studying for her civil servant exams, and working full-time. Angela is a modern-day superhero. Well done Angela, I am extremely proud of you; you are the cherry on the cake!