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Holiday Colours on Your 2010-2011 Course Menu…

Magda, enjoying the view from the castle in Alicante (Spain)As you are starting a new course menu at the beginning of this new academic year, new hobbies and/or even a new job, let the colours of your holiday shine through!

It’s gonna be a long winter in Poland, so I’ve heard, so you are going to need as much sun as you can possibly get.

My winter will hopefully turn out quite sunny, and I’ll be happy to send through to you warm light beams all the way from Asia (the continent, not the short for ‘Joanna’).

Lovely photo, isn’t it? I would like to thank my former student, Magda, for the magnificent blue of the sea and of the spirit in this photo, that makes you want to say: ‘There’s the spirit of pure blue holiday joy!’

By the way, what colours would your holiday translate into?

In case you’re missing some colour names in your specialised colour vocabulary, take a look at the picture below, taken from the doghousediaries, and adapted by xkcd, both of these highly recommended and fun-guaranteed sites for lovers of comics.

Enjoy some good and healthy

‘Ha, ha, ha!’-s

along with

these colours!


Filed under: ■ Colour Vocabulary, ■ Comics & Doodles, ■ Good Old Student Life, ■ Ha, ha, ha!, ■ Site Scout

EU in 60 days

Forget the ponies and peonies, forget the yodelling and singing,

it’s time for…

doodles, Lari’s doodles!!!

On June  30th, at 9.14 pm, my friend Lari Numminen, who some of my students may remember from the meeting I organised with him during a class in (as long ago as) October 2006, was announcing to the world the following (quoted from Facebook):

Greetings world,

I have two pet projects for my travels over the next two months:

1.) Try to insult every nation in Europe through my irreverent and xenophobic twitter at


2.) Secretly take pictures of interesting looking people all across the continent. First victims here:

The Portuguese - by Lari NumminenMy friend’s project brings to mind Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days and other similar, modern-day Discoveryland adventures. As you can imagine, it’s not easy to visit each and every one of the EU’s 27 countries in two months. You’re likely to get juuust a little tired by the middle of your trip and change your status to “What is the cure for a month of overwalking? Buying a segway? Unicycle? New spacehopper maybe?” – like Lari did.

Most of us store memories visually through photos or vids one click away, through anything, in other words, that takes as little time as possible. Apart from taking photos like a true professional, my Finnish friend likes to doodle. The Swedes - by Lari NumminenI’m not sure how fast he is at this. I imagine it’s the original idea that sets the hand in motion. And then, by the end of the 60 days, there they are: 27 doodles starting with The Portuguese and ending with The Swedes.

Lari’s personal favourite is The Germans. Mine, The English.

What’s your favourite?

Filed under: ■ Comics & Doodles, ■ EU, ■ Meet my friends, ■ Nationalities and Stereotypes

… a few tea bags shy…

Aunt Mary is a few tea bags shy of a full pot and uncle Jack is a few sandwiches short of a picnic. What kind of family is this?

Lunch, tea time?

Lunch, tea time?

Filed under: 1►TO DO, ■ Comics & Doodles, ■ Ha, ha, ha!

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