Three unwise men, a donkey and a pair of bobby dazzlers!

janette-bobby-dazzlersSo, the 3 Wise Men have come and gone and, obviously, all three of them need to go to the ear doctor (an Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) because I specifically requested, for the 5th year running, a 1967 Aston Martin, a pub-sized pool table, and a 1950´s juke box, and instead, they gave me a pair of socks with a note on them that said: ‘’Get running couch potato!’’socks

Truth be told, I am very keen on my socks, and, they are called ‘Bobby Dazzlers’ which sounds totally cool, wouldn´t you agree?

Ok, spill the beans, what did you get?

Black Friday: Shop till you drop!

So, encouraging people to buy more and overspend is one of the retail sector´s greatest achievements. In actual fact, people are super easy to manipulate: everyone likes to feel that they have picked up a bargain, got something for free, or better still, that they have saved money.

In fact, the power of the ‘sales’ sign can not be underestimated, and it´s a tragic shame that we aren´t as generous with our cash, when the sign says: Please help people in need.

Thankfully, I can´t stand shopping, so I avoided Black Friday and went to my local second-hand book shop and spent 30 minutes smelling hardbacks, reading the spines, and tutting in contempt about the number of cookery books that have been published.  Unfortunately for the shop owner, a wonderfully helpful and cheerful woman, I left empty-handed.

School is a back-up plan!

For millions of young people around the world, living with autism is challenging enough without also having to deal with the prejudices of others.

Australian Hamish Finlayson is using his own experience of the condition to change perceptions of autism and increase awareness among his peers. The 13-year-old builds apps and games that help players better understand what it’s like to live with autism.

Many of this youngest generation, having grown up with technology, are building their own software to help spread awareness for many issues, from anxiety and mental health to cyberbullying. Finlayson is one of these bright sparks using his coding gift for the greater good.

Improve your English listening comprehension, and your general knowledge by listening to his story.

In Kazakhstan 4 people go missing every day.

The Kazakh teen keeping people safe

Seventeen-year-old Aruzhan Koshkarova is trying to prevent people from going missing with an innovative new idea.

In Kazakhstan, walking home from school or work isn’t always safe. But Aruzhan Koshkarova, a high school student in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is trying to change that. She has developed QamCare, a GPS app that gives directions, but also warns loved ones if the user is in danger.

Improve your English listening comprehension, and your general knowledge by listening to her story.