27 March 2017


As the job market becomes redundant with candidates, companies are finding it difficult to hire the right employee for the right job. With the vast interview advice and CV resources available online, job seekers are able to design a very attractive CV and prepare & rehearse answers to questions in the interview. With the growing cost of a poor hire, it is imperative to select a candidate that will prove to be beneficial in the long term. The Dutch brewing company Heineken took interviewing candidates to the next level in order to hire the right employee.
On May 25th, 2013, Heineken needed to hire an intern for its Event & Sponsorship Marketing team to prepare for the Champions League final. Heineken received a staggering 1,734 applications for this position. They faced the question how to choose a right talent amongst 1,734 candidates, who not only have good knowledge but also suitable behaviour, thinking style and interests to do the job. Finally Heineken decided not to follow a very strict hiring policy and selected the man who could handle such a responsibility and to take an unconventional route.   READ MORE

History of Daylight Saving Time — DST

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used to save energy and make better use of daylight. It was first used in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada.
DST normally adds 1 hour to standard time with the purpose of making better use of daylight and conserving energy. This means that the sunrise and sunset are one hour later, on the clock, than the day before.
DST Changes — Dates and Local Times

First Used in Canada in 1908
In July, 1908, Port Arthur which today is known as Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada became the first location to use DST. Other locations in Canada were also early to introduce Daylight Saving bylaws.

On April 23, 1914, Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada implemented DST. The cities of Winnipeg and Brandon in Manitoba followed on April 24, 1916. According to the April 3, 1916, edition of the Manitoba Free Press, Daylight Saving Time in Regina “proved so popular that bylaw now brings it into effect automatically”.
DST Statistics — Past and Present Use

Germany First Country to Use DST
Germany became the first country to introduce DST when clocks were turned ahead 1 hour on April 30, 1916. The rationale was to minimize the use of artificial lighting in order to save fuel for the war effort during World War I.

The idea was quickly followed by the United Kingdom and many other countries, including France. Many countries reverted back to standard time after World War I, and it wasn’t until the next World War that DST made its return in most of Europe.


How polite are you?
In what situations are you polite?
Can you think about a situation in which you have been rude or 'not so polite'?
Can you think about a situation when someone has been rude to you?
How important is it to be polite and have good manners?

Do people in Spain generally queue up and respect the line?
How would you define good table manners?
When might a child be told to be on his/her best behaviour?
What is the cause of the aggressive behaviour of football hooligans?
Can you name a public figure whose remarks often cause offence?
Do you dislike it when other people use rude language?

Discuss the following topics in the light of rudeness/good manners:
  • drivers
  • rudeness to certain type of employee
  • the effects of city life
  • saying 'please' and 'thank you'
  • the right and wrong way to greet people
  • mobile phone abuse
  • kissing and cuddling in public
To gain further insight into the topic, you can watch this NBCNews video clip where we are given some tips on how to deal with rude people.

HT http://mythatsenglish.blogspot.com.es

20 March 2017


  • Are you able to divide your time effectively between work and leisure?
  • What negative effects, if any, does your work have on you? What can you do about it?
  • If you could choose, would you change your job? Would you just change some of the conditions but keep the same type of job?
  • Rate the following in order of importance for you (not important; important; very important):
    • decent salary
    • higher salary
    • shorter working day
    • flexible working hours
    • friendly workmates
    • pleasant atmosphere at work
  • Are people willing to move further away from home nowadays in order to find work? Would you? Have any of your friends done this?
  • Would you be prepared to leave the country in order to look for work? If you HAD to leave the country where would you go to work?

More listening actiivites from the California Distance Learning Project, an adult education site. Choose a story and then click listen at the bottom of the page. 


Ageing is one of the most profitable fears of our time 
Age is an issue of mind over matter. (Mark Twain)
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. (Mark Twain)
Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. (Author unknown)
Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. (Bob Hope)
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. (Victor Hugo)
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. (Chili Davis)
Youth is a disease from which we all recover. (Dorothy Fulheim)
Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. (Caryn Leschen)

Which of these anti-aging treatments would you be willing to try? Money is no object:
  • Snail slime cream  anti-ageing treatment that helps to reduce acne and skin rashes as well as smoothing wrinkles
  • Emu oil –Used for centuries for its healing powers, emu oil leaves you with a glowing complexion
  • Bee sting venom –The venom from the sting is tranferred into a gel and then rubbed on the face as part of an intensive facial.
In the future, how likely do you think it is that medical science will keep people alive for much longer than today?
Would you like to live for 100 years? Why (not)?

What are your opinions of these statements? Talk about your own experiences:
-How old someone feels depends entirely on their health.
-TV ads represent older people in realistic ways.
-It’s easier for people under 40 to get a job than those over 40.
-The longer you live, the more eccentric you become.
-Companies which sell anti-ageing products don’t want people to feel good about themselves.

Are you happy with the age you are?
What is your perfect age? Why?
And what is the most challenging stage of life? 
'Age is just a number. You are as young as you feel.' Do you agree?
What problems do generation gaps bring about?
What advantages/disadvantages are there to being young/old today compared to in the past? 
What age range do you consider to be in the prime of life?
Would you exchange maturity and wisdom for the bloom of youth?
Medical science has enabled more people than ever to live to a ripe old age. Do you think this is always desirable? And what are the disadvantages?

To illustrate the issue, you can watch this Speakout video where passers-by answer these three questions:
In what ways do you feel different today than you did ten years ago?
What’s the best time of life do you think?
In what ways has ageing affected your life?
HT  http://mythatsenglish.blogspot.com.es

15 March 2017


Phrasal verbs are very common and are a really good way to make yourself sound more natural when speaking informal English.  CLICK HERE  and you'll find some exercises from the BBC.


13 March 2017

Top 5 Fundraising Ideas

Kelly from FundingFactory introduces you to the Top 5 ways to raise money for your school or non-profit in the very first "Funding Five" countdown.

  1. How do loyalty programmes work?
  2. What example of fundraising event/gala does Kelly mention?
  3. Why are competitions a good idea?
  4. How does the Annual Art Auction Kelly mentions work?
  5. Collecting for Cash: What kind of items can be gathered?

9 March 2017


Idiomic? Never heard that word before….

Don’t look ‘idiomic’ up in the dictionary. It won’t be there. Iddy just made it up. It’s part idiom, part comic, and besides, idiomatic.com was already spoken for.
Idiomic hopes to explore the world of idioms with a bit of humour, a bihttp://idiomic.com/idiomic/t of colour, and a bit of useless information.
In each post, our host, Iddy, will try his best to understand each idiom, illustrated in lavish technicolor. Below his attempts we will explore the phrase with a definition, an example, and finally, an attempt to find its origin.
Iddy’s not a linguist, so he’s approaching this on a purely amateur level. He invites you to correct any errors he’s made or theories you may have heard.
He’s also happy to take suggestions of idioms to explore, so please, drop him a line. After all, it’s lonely being a big green ball.

How to use our site

There are four possible routes for you to explore….
  1. On the homepage there is a selection of Iddy’s idioms. Select one to explore further…
  2. Check out Iddy’s blog for a different selection…
  3. Use the search link in the top menu to look for a specific idiom…
  4. Feeling adventurous? Hit the random post link in the top menu. Who knows what you’ll get!

8 March 2017

Our A-Z of fundraising ideas

Find ideas to fundraise for CAFOD with our amazing A-Z of fundraising ideas! Fight poverty by taking on a challenge, auctioning your unwanted stuff or using your unique talents.
This list of easy fundraising ideas includes some of our favourite ways to raise money for charity and can be adapted to use with schools, teenagers, parishes, individuals or at work.
Every penny you raise helps people around the world. CAFOD works with the world's poorest people, so you can be sure that your fundraising efforts are making the biggest possible difference to people in need.

This month's fun fundraising idea
Give it up for Lent! Cut out chocolate or say no to espresso - whatever you do, you'll make a difference. Save the money you're not spending or get sponsored by friends: order a CAFOD money box and set up your JustGiving page today.



To stay fit and healthy, organise an aerobics-athon. It’ll make you feel good about supporting us.
Arts and crafts fair
Put your creative talents into action and sell your works of art at a craft fair.
Organise your own fundraising auction. Why not auction off your talents for the day or donate a percentage of funds raised through a CAFOD EBay auction?


Bake off!
One of our most popular fundraising event ideas! Download our How to hold a cake sale guide then get your friends, colleagues, parish or group to bake cakes, pies and biscuits, and see who can produce the tastiest sponge. Sell what's left after the judges have done their tasting. You could even auction the winning entries!
Raising money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Girls at St Erconwald's Church, Walton-On-Thames at their bake sale. How will you raise money to support CAFOD's work?
Bad Tie day
Look in your dad’s wardrobe for those outdated ties and dazzle your friends. Pay to display the outrageous tie. Your friends could pay to have the offending tie removed.
Bag packing at local supermarket
Ask your local supermarket if you can hold a bag packing day for CAFOD. It’s a great way to provide a service to the local community while supporting us too. Get in touch with your local office to order CAFOD fundraising collection tins and t-shirts.
Battle of the bands
Challenge those budding musicians to a battle of the bands and put on a concert to raise money. You could also raise money with a “pay to leave” policy.
Beat the goalie
Challenge your friends to a beat the goalie competition. Pay to play.
Bring and buy sale
Sell donated goods on a stall. Cakes, books, home-made jam, bric-a-brac and fairtrade goods are firm favourites.
Bike ride
Looking for fun sponsorship ideas? Try pedalling against poverty with a sponsored bike ride! Set up a sponsorship page for CAFOD on JustGiving or download your CAFOD sponsorship form.   READ MORE...

6 March 2017


  • Do you have any regrets? Please explain.
  • Do you have any regrets from this year? Please explain.
  • Do you believe in second chances? Why/not?
  • Do you think life gets easier or more difficult as you get older? Why?
  • If you could erase one major regret from your mind, would you want to? Why/not?

  • What is a regret? How is your definition different from your partner's definition?
  • How important are regrets in a person's life? Would a person be better or worse off without any regrets?
  • If you died tomorrow, what would be your biggest regret?
  • What is the worst decision that you have ever made in your life? Why is it so terrible?
  • What do you wish you had tried or done when you were younger? Why?
  • What do you hope to do at some point in the future? Why?
  • If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be? Why?
  • What would you think about a person who had no regrets? Please explain.

  • Have you ever regretted a job or career choice?
  • Have you ever regretted dating someone?
  • Have you ever regretted buying something?

  • What do you think about quitters? Why?
  • What is something that you should have stuck with and not quit? Why do you think so?
  • Don't cry over spilt milk. What does this mean? Please explain.
  • It's never too late to be who you might have been. What does this mean? Do you agree or disagree? Why?