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Welcome to 2019!


The English saying “no pain, no gain” is our motto : we’re confident, cheerful , eager Over-Sixties.  Alison  teaches us weekly : vocabulary, discussion, tenses and reading/writing stories. It’s easier said than done remembering it all. But, chin up, take your time. You’ll be motivated and learn stresslessly and regularly.

Christa-Maria and Reinhard Rieck. (50 words – a kind of minisaga)

The men and women in this group all, of course, want to improve their English,

some of them even have adult children living in England!  They are all highly

motivated – and their eagerness is infectious!

We are planning a trip to York in May so we’re reading texts about that part of the world –

Henry Moore, The Mouse man – all not too easy –

so we’ll start January with a short story that is just fun – I’ll give you photocopies. It’s called ‘A good man’ and is by H.E. Bates.


10th Feb 2019: Here are a few new texts which we will be talking about:

Annual trip to ….Whitby   This is a report of a trip to Whitby that somebody sent me last week. It gives you Whitby in a nutshell – brilliant! I have also added some questions!

At present there are three others:

The first is, as it says, the story of ‘Dracula’ and a little test to see if you’ve understood it.

The second is questions about the ‘Magpie’ article that is about a restaurant in Whitby and about Whitby itself.

The third is about the history of Bettys cafe in York. Please ignore the last page!


dRACULA SUMMARY AND TEST                   From Magpie article                      From Switzerland to York Bettys


And one more about Ruskin. You will remember that the exhibition of Turner and Ruskin in York says it will be looking at weather patterns? Well, now I know that Ruskin was interested in clouds. Here’s a little text about that:                         john ruskin cloudspotter for group


And finally for Riecks, to see if they’ve done their homework, a summary of the Ruskin  ‘Brief Biography’ for you to see what I have forgotten! What is missing Summary of Ruskin


Some more for the keen: Factsheet2HistoricalBackgroundYorkChocolateCity,               The Shambles



Over Sixties’ trip to York 2019 3.3.19

Wed May 8th 2019 EZY 1898 TEGEL: check-in opens at 8.55, closes at 10.15

We fly at 10.55 and land at 12 o’clock. Met my minibus – http://www.barbustravel.com/index.php/1/ Go out of terminal 1 to left to the bus shelters. Alison has to phone Steve when we land or when we’ve got through passport control and got our luggage.

To St Mary’s Guest House. (Two hours?)

17 Longfield Terrace, York YO30 7DJ, UK

Phone: +44 1904 626972


Afternoon: Through Museum gardens, past St Mary’s Abbey (Turner sketch), Bootham Bar, through the town – Minster ? (Evensong 5.15) Eat at The Exhibition  exhibitionhotel@cityinns.org   01904 641 105 http://www.exhibitionhotelyork.co.uk/ OR Fish and Chips OR Guy Fawkes Inn if well before 6 pm (Conspirators menu) https://www.guyfawkesinnyork.com/ book: (0)1904 466674.

Thursday: York

Evensong (at least Alison 5.15)

Friday Friday 10 – 18 hrs with Steve at http://www.barbustravel.com/index.php/1/

Bus tour over the Moors via Hovingham (40’) , Rievaulx Abbey (20 – 25 ‘) , (evtl. Danby visitor center (43 ‘)) , then southwards to Rosedale Abbey (25’) , Hutton le Hole (10’)and York (60’) . Ca 200 km.


Bus 181 (York and County) leaves Station Avenue at 9.00 and arrives at Obelisk (Castle Howard) at 10.03 (Alison should check time?); Google says it only takes us 7 minutes to walk to the bus stop 🙂 Ask for early breakfast. Buy group ticket (ready money) on the bus: 30 for 5. (Kitty)

Castle Howard entrance : Booking reference 52217 Paid 20 euro p p –

Return 11.39 – 12.47; or 2.14 – 3.22 . (There are buses in between but you have to change. No bus on Sundays) Taxi (for 4 may cost 25, 50 return, which is 12 p.p.)

Afternoon in York (!)

Sunday – York first and then train to Harrogate (13.47 – 14.20 or 14.47 – 15.20. Duo train ticket (for 2) costs 13,80 so 6,90 p.p..(Kitty)

Return at 15.41 – 16.20; 16.41; 17.41; 18.41; 19.41; 20.41.

Monday: Bus tour Whitby , Robin Hood Bay und Scarborough. Ca 170 km

Tuesday: York

Your chocolate story: 11,95 (senior citizen). Takes up to an hour and a half.


York Art Gallery open 10 – 5, costs 7.50; length of time???

Ruskin, Turner and the Storm Cloud: Watercolours and Drawings Marking 200 years since the birth of John Ruskin, this exhibition of works by Turner, Ruskin and contemporary artists, examines his ideas about environmental and social change.

By minibus with Steve to Liverpool Airport: EZY7223 Check-in at John Lennon Airport opens at 11.40, we fly at 13. 40- arrive Schönefeld 16.40