OpenLearn – free courses from the Open University

“OpenLearn aims to break the barriers to education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources and inviting all to sample courses that our registered students take – for free!”

What more could you want, credibility and no fee :)
They have a huge range of courses covering almost every subject area I can think of. They are to be fair sometimes taken from previous versions of full price courses; yet for all that they are still really useful. A free certificate of participation appears to come with most of them too.

And the humungous tortoise? A course on evolution, so Darwin – Galapagos – giant tortoises 😊

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Gunter Grass: Crabwalk – walking sideways into a story

Gunter Grass, author, Nobel prize winner was not someone on my to-read list.
But I was on holiday in a rented cottage and need something to read. Someone had left a copy of Crabwalk.

His fictional story revolves around the actual sinking of a ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, sunk in 1945 with the loss of over nine-thousand lives. The worst single ship loss in history. Grass somehow tells the single story from the perspective of three people who Continue reading “Gunter Grass: Crabwalk – walking sideways into a story”