The wonderful and weird hobbies: Gongoozling

wierd hobbiesImagine you have seen this announcement in a national lifestyle magazine:

‘Some hobbies are physical, some challenge our mental capabilities but some are just bonkers. We recently interviewed 1000 people about their hobbies and we think: Planking, Cosplay and Gongoozling are three of the most wacky and insane hobbies we’ve ever heard of’

To win a 4 day City Break to a European destination of your choice, please write about the strangest hobby you have ever heard of.  Keep it short; no more than 150 words please.

To give you some inspiration here is one of the aforementioned hobbies that  we think is just plain wacky:Water hobby





However, if you need more ideas, why not check out the hobby and interests section?

Hobbies past and present

scottish dancingMy mother was very keen on exposing me and my siblings to lots of different hobbies and experiences. Unfortunately, her idea of having fun, for example: boiled egg painting, playing the violin, stamp collecting and learning Scottish dancing (by the way, you can tell from this photo that not only did I feel like a complete moron but I obviously didn’t know what the hell I was doing) was not the same as mine. Indeed, none of my mother’s ideas were close to my top two million favourite pastimes.

Yep, we  are like chalk and cheese.

So, after years of doing what she wanted me to do I decided to put my foot down and I begged her to allow me to take up disco dancing. She said that despite the fact that disco dancing was vulgar she would allow me to do it if I paid for the classes. So, first I learnt how to make jewellery and then I sold it and then I started my life-long love affair with disco.

So, what 3 hobbies did you do when you were a kid and what 3 hobbies do you do now if you have time? Write your list and post it quick.

Could you be the next top film scriptwriter?

paramount picturesParamount Pictures is an international film and television production studio. It is consistently ranked as one of the top-grossing film studios in the world and it is well-known for movie blockbusters such as Grease, Friday the 13th and Mission Impossible.

The studio has employed most of the best script writers in the world but it is sick to the back teeth of their whingeing behaviour.  The studio has decided to put its foot down and open an academy to develop new talent.

Do you think you have the right skills and personality? If you want to apply for the academy, write a postcard to the talent manager answering the following questions:

  1. If you were granted three wishes, what wishes would you ask for?
  2. If you had to choose one thing that represented your personality, what would it be and why?
  3. If you had to change into an animal, what animal would you choose and why?
  4. If you had to write a script about a famous person, who would you write about and why?

Soulmate or pain in the backside?

Dating Profile C20Finding your soulmate is never easy.  In addition, your soul mate today might be a pain in your ass tomorrow.

Do people we get on well with have the same personality traits as ourselves? Or, is it more likely that opposites attract?

Free is a UK based online dating company, that tries to help match people together for friendship or for a romantic relationship.   If you want to improve your vocabulary, their website is great place to spend 10 minutes:

Also, if you want to improve your writing technique, imagine you have joined an online dating company.  Write a profile about yourself in less than 100 words. Are you like Cinderella2020?


Bonfire Night! Gunpowder, Treason and Plot

The 5th of November is Bonfire Night or  Guy Fawkes Night.

Guy Fawkes was a catholic who led a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and bring down England’s protestant monarchy. He was caught, imprisoned in the Tower of London, and tortured for four days under personal orders from King James I.

Interestingly over time, Guy Fawkes has become a symbol of equality and social justice.  In fact, in recent history, a lot of people have worn masks of him during social, economic or political protests.

If you are a culture vulture and you want to know the origin of this British custom please click here.


WRITING SAMPLES: Free sample letter templates

Writing letters is never easy although it’s easier if you use existing templates for ideas and the format.  Why not try out the WriteExpress website to help you?  There are a lot of different samples including: writing to an insurance company to make a claim, writing a complaint letter, writing to apply for a job and writing an enquiry letter.

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Holiday Review: Thailand

ThailandWhatever your tastes Thailand can satisfy your holiday hunger!

Fancy a holiday? Not sure where to go?  Look no further – the answer is Thailand.

It is widely reported that Thailand is the country to go to whatever your tastes, and for me Thailand definitely didn’t disappoint. In fact, I’ve been 3 times and spent over 6 months there exploring the well-known hotspots and some of the places off the beaten track.   It is such a varied country, full of so many different destinations, the problem often lies in choosing one in particular to visit: from the bustling, frenzied capital of Bangkok, where you can see amazing sights such as the Grand Palace, the Floating Market and sparkling Old City, to the sleepy beaches of the islands, where your troubles can be washed away with every warm wave.

Many people  go to Thailand to paint the town red at the famous beach parties, the most notorious of which is most likely the Full Moon Party, held every month on the island of Koh Phangan. Phuket is another location that is notorious for its party lifestyle, the go go bars, the cabaret shows and the clubs; it definitely has something for everyone!

Furthermore,  Thailand’s islands are not only great for those who need a break after a week of debauchery, but they are also superb for families, couples and friends whose holiday heaven consists of lazy days by the sea and chilled-out dinners by the beach. Koh Samui is one of the most laid back islands and with so much choice when it comes to resorts and beaches, the perfect one is just waiting for you to hop on.

Last but not least, the beaches you will come across in Thailand are great for the adventurous, with water sports on tap, such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and diving. If you are an adrenaline junkie and looking for something to really get your heart pumping, then see if you can handle skydiving near Pattaya, white water rafting in Phuket, waterfall abseiling in Chiang Mai and even elephant riding through the jungle in Kanchanaburi.

Despite the fact that the flights to Thailand cost an arm and a leg, Thailand is really worth it!  If you are looking for a varied holiday, then I suggest that you book your flights immediately.  With so much to do and so many amazing sights to see, once you have been you will want to keep going back again and again and again!

Food glorious food: Restaurant reviews El Tapy

El TapyI can’t bear cooking, but I am really keen on eating and stuffing my face. I also like sharing information about must-do restaurants in Málaga.

Has anyone tried the top-notch food at El Tapy in the historical centre of Malaga? Well, if not, if I were in your shoes, I would make a plan to go there with your mates; you will definitely not regret it!

The service is second-to-none and the waiters are hot!  As a vegetarian, I have to say I’m bored, bored, bored of Spanish omelettes, honeyed aubergines and a few tomatoes and onions mixed together with enough olive oil to sink a ship.  So I was over the moon to have lots of vegetarian options when I ate at El Tapy the other week.

shoestring budgetMoreover, if you are on a shoestring budget, this is the perfect place as it’s as cheap as chips, especially if you order the ‘daily offer’.  In addition, I had a blast chatting to the owner.

So, how do you write a restaurant review? If you are an Inglés Malaga client, you can check out my sample review in the Downloads section, but it you are not, perhaps you could follow these guidelines: How to Write a Restaurant Review

Finally, in Málaga:

  1. Which restaurants would you recommend to a group of young tourists on a budget?
  2. Which restaurants would you recommend to people who can’t stand children?
  3. Which restaurants are family-friendly?

WRITING: Restaurant Reviews

sea view restaurantImagine you have seen this announcement in a magazine.

Have you eaten at a local restaurant recently? If so, why not write a review for our Food section, telling other readers what the restaurant and the food was like?

Write your review in less than 200 words. All published reviews will receive a free meal for two at the restaurant.

Need inspiration? Check out the Downloads section for a sample review I wrote, or perhaps you could follow these guidelines: How to Write a Restaurant Review