Posted in Fun

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 now retired 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 humongous tortoise? A course on evolution, so Darwin – Galápagos – giant tortoises 😊

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Posted in Literature

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 sinking of a ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, 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”

Historical Coffee Poetry…

Writing a blog on the history of coffee!! :)

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In all honesty and fairness, I set out to write a blog on the history of coffee. A bit ambitious perhaps, but I will decide how to best approach it and look for that soon! I have been reading alot of books on coffee including two rare copies that I have from William Ukers (printed in the 1890’s). The guy was a huge coffee historian and buff

For now, their is a poem that I came across written in 1587 by Sheik Ansari Djezeri Hanball Abd-al-Kadir. Yes, that is the guys whole name! You really can’t make this stuff up. In any case maybe such long name instilled a way with words upon the young Sheik. Enjoy!

Oh Coffee, you dispel the worries of the Great, you point the way to those who have wandered from the path of knowledge. Coffee is the drink of the friends of…

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