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"The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again."

Mathilde Blind, April Rain
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  • whoisdeadwhoisdead Posts: 46 ✭✭
    @Yellowtail Hello Yelltail! Honestly, I don't remember what the topic was about but it was something about teenagers and the social norm. It took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to say because my English at that time wasn't as good but luckily I had the help of my friends and the guidance of my teacher. :D

    @GemmaRowlands Hello Gemma! Yeah, my hands and legs were shaking when my name was called. Even my voice too! But yes, I learned quite a lot and realised that I can be like them too if I practiced more. There's definitely a lot of room to improve, especially using English verbally like you said, in front of lots of people. Wow, you have conferences! But you always try right? Even though I have not been in a conference, I always think it's very serious and formal. Let's do our best together! :)
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 900 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2017
    On March, 17, 1830 Frédéric Chopin premiered his Piano Concerto No. 2 in Warsaw. The concert actually was his first to be composed. The number it has is due to the sequence of publishing.

    Also on this day but in 1861 the first Italian parliament proclaimed The Kingdom of Italy thus having Italy unified into a single country.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    Is it today? For some stupid reason I thought it was next week @GemmaRowlands. Unfortunately the nearest Irish pubs are quite a way away and I'm all in, having spent the day traipsing around bathroom and tile showrooms.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 11,023 mod
    @jackelliot @prateek @takafromtokyo

    On March 18, 1990 the largest art theft of all time took place. 12 paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer, worth hundreds of millions of dollars are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The paintings were never recovered.
  • YellowtailYellowtail Posts: 767 ✭✭✭✭
    @whoisdead
    I'm sure making speech in front of many people is a very good oppotuniy to improve your English skills. I had never done it in English, but I sometimes give a presentation at work, in my native language though. I think those situations that make me nervous is also good experience, because I can get confidence through it.

    @Paulette
    I wonder what the motive of those art thefts is. I think the thieves can not sell the paintings, because if they tried to do so, they would be arrested.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 815 OTT
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    Yesterday was the first time British Sign Language used in Westminster

    http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/03/british-sign-language-in-westminster.html

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  • whoisdeadwhoisdead Posts: 46 ✭✭
    @Yellowtail
    Yes, definitely a very good opportunity. What's your native language? Recently I have been giving presentations at least once a week in English because I have a subject in my course that literally requires the students to present.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 11,023 mod
    @Yellowtail said:
    "I wonder what the motive of those art thefts is. I think the thieves can not sell the paintings, because if they tried to do so, they would be arrested."

    Maybe these people just steal these artifacts to possess them. It is a kind of morbid urge I guess.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    @Yellowtail I have a Nepali friend who prefers to use English to make presentations, to Nepal which he says is almost like a second language to him in terms of making speeches. I also know quite a few Nepalis who have been well educated and have good English and they say they prefer reading the newspaper in English as it's much easier to read than in Nepali. I think this is a reflection of how hard Nepali is even for native speakers. Tt doesn't make feel so bad that I have found it so hard to learn!

    It seems the British have a long history of not wanting to pay up to Europe. On this day in 1532, the English parliament banned payments by English church to Rome. However also on this day but several hundred years later in 1891, Britain was linked to the outside world telephone.

    Oh and on this day in 1965 the Rolling Stones were fined £5 each for publicly peeing in a petrol station. It caused a big scandal.

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/rolling-stones-urinate-in-public/


  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 11,023 mod
    @prateek @takafromtokyo @jackelliot @mohit_singh

    March 19, 1932 opening of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is 1149 meters long and has an arch span of 503 meters. The top of the arch is 134 meters above sea level. Due to its location, it has become a well known symbol of Sydney because many people from Europe after World War II emigrated to Australia and that the first thing they saw when they arrived the bridge in Sydney by boat.

    It is also known as a tourist activity: namely, the Sydney Bridge climb, a climb / walk across the arch of the bridge. The trip takes about 3.5 hours. Once up after 200 steps one can look around afar Sydney. Because of the risk and the gravity of the climb should be a participant in a good physical condition. Safety training and a safety harness are required.
  • mounamouna Posts: 2,091 ✭✭✭
    March 16,2011 is a remembrance day for syrian People its à day of syrian revolution
    Today any solution is given the war continue in this country
    We can't understand where is the problem ,why People kill each other
    We hope that war Will stop in our World
  • YellowtailYellowtail Posts: 767 ✭✭✭✭
    @whoisdead
    My native language is Japanese. In Japan few people can give a presentation in English, even among hi-educated college students. So I'm sure you must be a very smart person!

    @Paulette
    I know nobody accepts any kind of theft. But I can't help imagining those thieves are genuine art lovers. They might now appreciating the paintings, without showing off them to anyone.

    @mheredge
    What makes Nepali that difficult to learn?
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 815 OTT
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    On this day Chuck Berry song

    and

    now he is sadly passed away

    http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/03/chck-berry.html

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  • prateekprateek Posts: 243 ✭✭✭
    @Paulette @takafromtokyo @Yellowtail @mheredge
    The first spacewalk nearly ended at tragedy, 50 years ago.
    On March 18, 1965, Alexey Leonov stepped outside the thin metal shell of Voskhod-2 to float in the harsh void of space. For 12 minutes and 9 seconds, Leonov opened the doors on an entire new branch of exploration as the first spacewalker. It was nearly a disaster.
    Outside, Leonov’s mission was simple: attach a camera to the airlock, document his spacewalk with a still camera on his chest, and survive. The first and last task he managed, but the middle one proved impossible. His spacesuit inflated too much to use the chest-mounted camera: he couldn’t reach the camera’s shutter-switch on his thigh.
    The first spacewalk was a frightening affair. No one knew what to expect. Medical reports recorded that Leonov’s core body temperature jumped 1.8°C in just 20 minutes, pushing him dangerously close to heatstroke. He floated within his spacesuit, or as he’s more recently described it during interviews, sloshed in sweat within his spacesuit.

    His interview is in this link
  • prateekprateek Posts: 243 ✭✭✭
    @Paulette @takafromtokyo @Yellowtail @mheredge
    The first spacewalk nearly ended at tragedy, 50 years ago.
    On March 18, 1965, Alexey Leonov stepped outside the thin metal shell of Voskhod-2 to float in the harsh void of space. For 12 minutes and 9 seconds, Leonov opened the doors on an entire new branch of exploration as the first spacewalker. It was nearly a disaster.
    Outside, Leonov’s mission was simple: attach a camera to the airlock, document his spacewalk with a still camera on his chest, and survive. The first and last task he managed, but the middle one proved impossible. His spacesuit inflated too much to use the chest-mounted camera: he couldn’t reach the camera’s shutter-switch on his thigh.
    The first spacewalk was a frightening affair. No one knew what to expect. Medical reports recorded that Leonov’s core body temperature jumped 1.8°C in just 20 minutes, pushing him dangerously close to heatstroke. He floated within his spacesuit, or as he’s more recently described it during interviews, sloshed in sweat within his spacesuit.

    His interview is in this link
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    What makes Nepali difficult @Yellowtail? Maybe for you it might not be so hard as like Japanese, it is tonal. If I don't pronounce words exactly, they can mean other things or maybe sounds incomprehensible. The Sanskrit script is not too hard to learn, but it definitely makes reading slow, even for native speakers. The actual grammar and words used by Brahmins and Chhetris, and the 'higher' caste Nepalis is also much more complex than 'village' Nepali and more complicated than Hindu, which shares the same alphabet more or less and some vocabulary than probably originated from India. I also find the sounds hard to make as there are aspirated and non-aspirated sounds that do not really occur in European languages.

    After spending a few days in Berlin last week, I couldn't resist this important piece of news. On the 19th March, 1970 the leaders of East Germany and West Germany met for the first time since the country was divided in 1949 following the end of the second world war. However it still took nearly two decades before the Wall came down and Germany reunited.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 11,023 mod
    @prateek
    you are a young active man and you can also be a great scientist ( you have a clever mind certainly for mathematics I think).

    My husband has been since childhood a fan of Einstein, there is even a life-size picture of him in his workspace and even in his dreams he is busy calculating.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 11,023 mod
    edited March 2017
    @prateek @mohit_singh @jackelliot @takafromtokyo

    On March 20, 1852 published the famous book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by the American writer Harriet Beecher Stowe. It had to be an indictment of the prevailing views on slavery in America.
    Uncle Tom's Cabin is about the life of a number of slaves in and around the plantations where they were employed. The hard living, hard work and above all the immoral behavior of the plantation owners was described in detail.

    The book became an international bestseller and actually it is the standard work on "Abolition" and was denounced in the US South, where slavery still rampant. The book also has played an important role in the abolition of slavery in America. The book is also one of the first examples the mass, here the printing press, could make known the interests of a group on a large scale.

    The book was read by many of us, I think ......
  • YellowtailYellowtail Posts: 767 ✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge
    I think Japanese is not really tonal (from my understanding about what is tonal). But anyway thank you for sharing the situation in Nepal. Certainly, it will take you much longer to learn listening and pronouncing sounds than just memorizing grammer and vocabulary. And also it's interesting to me there is difference in language between the castes.
  • mohit_singhmohit_singh Posts: 2,203 ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2017
    It's 20th march and this day reminds me of my childhood friend Sparrow as it is a world sparrow day as well. The number of these species of sparrow declined drastically in the past two decades. When I was a child(maybe 6 or 7 years), I used to feed them rice and pieces of roti with my father on daily basis. At that time they were enormous in numbers and all came early morning to my veranda. The chants together and those sounds are still fresh in my minds.
    I love this bird as they are cute and small like me(when I was a child). My father also called me Bugaria which is a common name of sparrow here in India.



  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 11,023 mod
    @mohit_singh
    I also like sparrows, they are always busy scurrying into the ground and they also can sitting on the fence cheerful chirping. It is also true that the number of them has been greatly reduced in Belgium.
  • YellowtailYellowtail Posts: 767 ✭✭✭✭
    @mohit_singh
    I feel sad to know the number of sparrows is decreasing. I also noticed I hardly hear their chirps in the morning nowadays as much as before.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    I should have looked at this yesterday @mohit_singh. I didn't realise it was World Sparrow Day. I love these little birds. Nicknamed Cockney Sparrows (they are very cosmopolitan), they can be seen almost everywhere.

    I remember this day well as we had a day of holiday to mark the occasion. On the 21st of March, 1981 was the Royal Wedding. A procession was planned for the Prince Charles and Princess Diana wedding. Standing room spaces along the parade route were offered for £90 and upwards. The royal procession started from 'Buck House' (Buckingham Palace) to St. Paul's Cathedral where the couple were wed. Not being a fan of the monarchy, almost exactly a year later I saw the royal couple in Manchester as they were leaving a newly reopened old theatre. I was on my way back with a gang of student friends who had to restrain me from muttering 'Vive la republique' or some other inane comment. Well, we had been celebrating my birthday and probably were slightly under the influence!
  • mohit_singhmohit_singh Posts: 2,203 ✭✭✭✭
    Is it your birthday today? @mheredge .

    If your answer is 'yes' then Happy Birthday dear!
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 815 OTT
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    They used to build shipyards in Belfast

    Ships like the Titanic was built here

    http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/03/ecclesiastes.html

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  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 900 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2017
    > @jackelliot said:
    >
    > They used to build shipyards in Belfast

    > Ships like the Titanic was built here

    > http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/03/ecclesiastes.html


    And still the shipyard is striving www.harland-wolff.com/ The British labour is too expenstive now, but they still repair ships.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 900 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2017
    > @mohit_singh said:
    > It's 20th march and this day reminds me of my childhood friend Sparrow as it is a world sparrow day as well. The number of these species of sparrow declined drastically in the past two decades.

    In the 196x the Socialist Chinese goverment launched a campaign known as "The Four Pests Campaign" against sparrows (among three other species) because they were thought to decrease the rice yields.

    Among other means the Maoist Chinese "took to banging pots and pans or beating drums to scare the birds from landing, forcing them to fly until they fell from the sky in exhaustion". This practice was especially ridiculed.

    "By April 1960, Chinese leaders realized that sparrows ate a large amount of insects, as well as grains. Rather than being increased, rice yields after the campaign were substantially decreased."

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Pests_Campaign
  • mohit_singhmohit_singh Posts: 2,203 ✭✭✭✭

    > @mohit_singh said:

    > It's 20th march and this day reminds me of my childhood friend Sparrow as it is a world sparrow day as well. The number of these species of sparrow declined drastically in the past two decades.



    In the 196x the Socialist Chinese goverment launched a campaign known as "The Four Pests Campaign" against sparrows (among three other species) because they were thought to decrease the rice yields.



    Among other means the Maoist Chinese "took to banging pots and pans or beating drums to scare the birds from landing, forcing them to fly until they fell from the sky in exhaustion". This practice was especially ridiculed.



    "By April 1960, Chinese leaders realized that sparrows ate a large amount of insects, as well as grains. Rather than being increased, rice yields after the campaign were substantially decreased."



    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Pests_Campaign

    this seems like a tragic story! As a human, we shouldn't do any cruelty to any species but we do it for our own survival. Sometimes, we regret it as well. and in this case, I am sure there should be some repent for Chinese leaders.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 11,023 mod
    @prateek @takafromtokyo @jackelliot @Michouxe

    March 22, 2016 - Terrorist attacks by terrorist group IS in the departure hall of Brussels Airport and a metro in Brussels Maelbeek Metro Station.
    There was 35 dead and 340 wounded.

    It was an exciting day, one of my daughters was in the metro Maelbeek when it happened, but fortunately she was not injured, but was very excited.

    The perpetrators were returned Foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian Civil War. They were linked to terror group Islamic State (IS), that is responsibility for the attacks have claimed the same day. These were the same cell who was also responsible for the attacks in Paris in November 2015.
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