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Business Tips I Learned From My Hobby

By |2021-02-15T18:00:56+01:0013. February 2021|Categories: Behind the Scenes, Creativity, FAWM|

It’s that time of year again! In February, as I’ve mentioned before, I take part in FAWM (February Album-Writing Month), which is an online challenge where musicians, composers and lyricists from around the world attempt to write 14 songs in 28 days. Not only is February a lot more fun when you're making music with like-minded [...]

Say it with… legs

By |2021-03-22T09:38:34+01:0005. February 2021|Categories: Idioms, Say it with..., Shiny English|

How many of these 'leg' idioms do you know? 'Leg it' is quite colloquial, so you might not want to use it in a business meeting. If you can think of anything other sayings about legs (in any language), feel free to share them in the comments. And click the button below for a printable [...]

What is the Circular Economy?

By |2021-02-01T08:56:06+01:0029. January 2021|Categories: Sustainability|

The world may go round and round, but the economy is still mostly going in a straight line. This week the Ellen MacArthur Foundation published a set of policy goals that aim to help us move more quickly towards the circular economy. But what is the circular economy and why do we want to move towards [...]

Say it with… feet

By |2021-03-22T09:38:11+01:0022. January 2021|Categories: Idioms, Say it with..., Shiny English|

It's idiom time again and this time I've got some expressions to do with feet. The first one, 'the game is afoot' is known to many from the Sherlock Holmes stories, but did you know it was first used by William Shakespeare in Henry IV Part I? If you know any other foot expressions - [...]

Round-Up 2020

By |2021-01-21T12:46:15+01:0014. January 2021|Categories: Behind the Scenes, CPD, Events|

2020. What can I say? As others have noted, it’s almost become difficult to recall what happened before we went into the first lockdown in mid-March, or even what has happened since. In my mind, Covid-19 looms over everything. Our family is fortunate in many ways but 2020 was not the easiest year. And that’s a [...]

Say it with… apples

By |2021-03-22T09:36:57+01:0023. October 2020|Categories: Idioms, Say it with..., Shiny English|

Still doing loads of walking, and I have to say I'm very proud that I've managed a daily average of 10,000 steps since the beginning of July! Hurrah! It'll be interesting to see whether I can keep it up as the days get colder and darker. One of the great things about doing the same [...]

Say it with… hats

By |2021-03-22T09:33:05+01:0022. September 2020|Categories: Idioms, Say it with..., Shiny English|

I love to go for walks in the woods, and one of the first paths on my favourite route is called the “Hutpfad”, or hat path. One day I’m going to find out whether there’s some local history behind that name. So as I was walking along the Hutpfad, I started thinking about phrases [...]

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