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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