It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
Don't forget to check the calendar(s) for session times. Sessions are held on different platforms, so be sure to find out where the session will take place:-

Speaking Practice

LEN English sessions:-

Listening Practice 24/7

English radio playlists:-

what is antiquity


Antiquity is under threat

but is it worth as an entertainment




  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,688 mod
    @jackelliot I wasn't so sure about 'Today antiquity feeds the mafia and arms the terrorists.' When the Taliban destroyed the Buddha statues and when Aleppo was bombed, destroying its ancient sites, surely this was a consequence of terrorism. I don't see where they gained from it.

    In Nepal, there are five World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. All over the world, there are such sites and many don't even charge anything for entry. I suppose the 'business' side is that as such, various organisations donate funds to help preserve them. I certainly don't think the money charged for admittance goes far however. If people didn't visit (to be entertained), then it might raise the question whether they would still be protected and governments and other organisations be prepared to invest in their upkeep.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 754 OTT
    facts tell different

    An archaeologist discovered, relics from the ruins of Palmyra and Nimrud are now on display in British shops – and so far no-one has worked out how to stop it
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 754 OTT
    Looted Syrian antiquities for sale in Denmark: police statement

    the facts tell a story that backs my sentence

    Isis and Italian Mafia in artefacts for arms investigation
    Trading of ancient artworks involves Chinese and Russian criminals (October 2016 major investigation report)

    I often post a small sentence but it is based on hundreds of thousands of words of evidence.

    thank you for your comment it is always a pleasure to hear from a differing opinion it is what the world is made of ...
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 754 OTT

    I could edit to what you would consider ...

    perhaps a condensesd version

    especially if you consider it for more fair.

    having to pay to museums is often unfair

    free admission to art galleries and museums

    that would be good ..


  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 754 OTT

    I did an edit which I hope you prefer

    thank you for your comment

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,688 mod
    Since time immemorial treasures have been looted. This is why so many countries ban the export of things older than 50 years. After the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, a lot of care had to be taken to prevent statues and other treasures from going for a walk from the debris of the old buildings that were worst affected.

    I think museums should all be free. It can be a bit controversial if most of the visitors are from abroad and are not taxpayers of that country.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 754 OTT
    I so much agree with you
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,688 mod
    So far today, the museums I visited in Berlin were free. You had to pay only if you wanted a taped commentary. I'm not sure if this is the norm or just those particular places @jackelliot.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 754 OTT
    I enjoyed the museums in Dresden @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,688 mod
    A lot of people also recommend the architecture in Dresden. I'm just arriving in Dresden now @jackelliot.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 754 OTT
    @mheredge The best thing about Dresden is their people, folk music, the bread and so much more beyond buildings and architecture
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,688 mod
    I liked Dresden @jackelliot. I've just spent a very enjoyable day in Potsdam. Tomorrow I'm going to Musem Island and Monday I'm off to Leipzig for a couple of days.
Sign In or Register to comment.