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!

 

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!

 

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!

Málaga Fashion Week

For those of you who know me, you know that I´d rather watch paint dry than go shopping for clothes.  That being said, last Saturday, I had a blast watching the catwalk models show off the latest collections of some well-known designers. If you´re a shopaholic, it´s great to visit Málaga.