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Junot Díaz & The Writing Process: Junot Díaz wins world’s richest short story prize

** A ‘vivid’ tale of underage lust, ‘Miss Lora‘, wins Sunday Times short story award for Junot Díaz Photo: Sarah Lee for the Guardian American author Junot Díaz, winner of both a Pulitzer and a MacArthur “genius” grant, has beaten … Continue reading

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When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?

Readers Nick and Riela have both written to ask how and when English colonists in America lost their British accents and how American accents came about. Revolutionary War Reenactment Image via Shutterstock There are many, many evolving regional British and … Continue reading

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The International Baccalaureate: So Great It Was Adopted by the British

Michael Gove announces new English Baccalaureate to replace GCSEs Source: The Telegraph By Rosa Prince, Online Political Editor Michael Gove has told MPs that the new English Baccalaureate to be introduced as a replacement for the GCSE will stop the … Continue reading

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Native Speaker Myth – British or American English: English training targets ASEAN’s link language

English training targets Asean’s link language Brunei funds $25m English programme to bolster southeast Asia’s adopted lingua franca Kate Hodal Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 18 September 2012 13.59 BST US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, centre, with Brunei’s Foreign Minister Prince … Continue reading

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“We Can Do Better”: The Singapore Perspective on English

Speech by Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Former Minister Mentor and current Senior Advisor to Government of Singapore Investment Corporation at the Launch of the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS) on Tuesday, 6 September 2011, at the Marina Bay Sands … Continue reading

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Naked Salute: Thousands Get Naked in Support of Prince Harry!

This group – Salute4Harry – was started after a few serving and ex military lads started posting naked salutes to each other in support of Prince Harry! Quote: “I suggested we start a group on facebook and went ahead thinking … Continue reading

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Oliver Twist is Alive & Well: Charles Dickens Would Be Proud

Charles Dickens is two hundred years old this year. Yes, let me give you the numbers – 200. Better yet, why not join in on the celebration, the Dickens celebration, Dickens 2012, the British Council Dickens celebration. Just click this … Continue reading

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The First Grader: “We have to learn from our past because we must not forget and because we must be better.”

The First Grader Directed by Justin Chadwick Kenya, 2003: A radio DJ announces that the Kenyan government is offering free primary school education to all. Maruge (OLIVER LITONDO), an 84 year-old villager, hears this and decides he wants to educate … Continue reading

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Boudicca: Warrior Queen – Her-Story, as told by Tacitus & TJ Baker

http://www.slideshare.net/profesorbaker/boudicca-warrior-queen What is deemed as “history” is often determined by those who survived to write it. In other words, history is written by the victors. The Roman historian, Tacitus, left us an account of the Roman victory over Queen Boudicca … Continue reading

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The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

Welcome to the United Kingdom (and a whole lot more) explained by me, C. G. P. Grey http://bit.ly/hSgOmL The United Kingdom, England, Great Britain? Are these three the same place? Different places? Do British people secretly laugh those who use … Continue reading

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