Fred’s bucket list

Fred’s bucket list

Listen to Fred talking about his bucket list.

As with many people, he wants to travel, perhaps all over the world, and a bucket list is a great way to tick off travel destinations.

The good thing about this is that as we tick off destinations, we get an appetite for even more travel.

But Bucket Lists are not just about doing scary or adventurous things, as Fred mentions, they can also be almost a personal development opportunity, making more ‘me’ or family time. 

Living in the present and savouring everyday moments can also be an opportunity that a Bucket List can present.

The Foods We miss from The UK

The Foods We miss from The UK

The Foods We miss from The UK When living away from home, your tastes change and you learn to adapt to the local food and end up loving it in most cases.

That said, we can still miss some of the food from back home and from time to time, get a craving for those tastes.

Now, I’m not saying that French food is not good – far from it – but no matter how long you are away from home, you still may get a mad desire to eat the foods that you grew up with and this is the theme of today’s podcast.

You may even find that when you eventually get hold of the foods from back home.

You know the ones that you craved, they may have an anti-climax effect on you and you realise that your mind has been playing tricks on you and you don’t really like them as much as you thought you did.

When we first came to France, it was virtually impossible to find any of the food that we ate back in the UK, however, many are now available in bigger cities or where there is a concentration of expats.

At times when we cannot find the foods that we crave, we have the choice to either make them ourselves, where possible, or to substitue French foods for those that we miss.

Examples are making my own clotted cream – a long process, but well worth it!

Substituting ‘Poitrine fumé’ for bacon and using Toulouse sausages in place of English sausages, for when you just cannot go without an English breakfast.

There are certain things that cannot be substituted though, such as Marmite – I mean nothing comes close – although some would question why anyone would seek out Marmite. As Brits, we also miss two favourite British meals ; Indian curry and Fish & Chips.

Fish and chips and curry are available in France, but sorry France, they’re not as good as back in the UK!

10 surprising things about Cape Town

10 surprising things about Cape Town

10 surprising things about Cape Town

Do you sometimes go on holiday and are surprised by what you find there? Away from the usual tourist attractions everyday life can be so different from your home town. 

What do you know about Cape Town ?

Politics ? Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years first in Robben Island and then in other prisons around Cape Town. Since the end of Apartheid Cape Town has become a vibrant melting pot.

Geography ? The landscape is dramatic thanks to the imposing sight of Table Mountain.

Wine ? The land around Cape Town is home to many vineyards producing first class wine.

Shopping ? The shops in the Waterfront centre are some of the best in the world.

The sea ? The dramatic coast line is home to penguins, sharks and whales.

But in this podcast Sue talks about what surprised her about her trip to Cape Town in South Africa.  These photos may help with some of the vocabulary. 

     This is a photo of the Hen Party which surprised Sue. Can you imagine what a Hen Party is and why it was surprising ? Why was the guide cross with these girls? 

  This is the weather down at the Cape of Good Hope. How does Sue describe it?

  What surprised Sue about the statues in Cape Town ?

  This is a poster about the water issue. How many liters of water are people supposed to use a day in order to cut down on water consumption? What exactly is Day Zero ?

  This is a car guard,  what were Sue’s impressions about crime in Cape Town ?




My Bucket List Sebastien

My Bucket List Sebastien

Sebastien shares his bucket list with us.

To be fair, he was asked with little or no time to think about it, so maybe, if we did it again, as we most probably will do, the bucket list would probably be very fifferent than this one.

It is quite an interesting exercise to redo a bucket list, as in fact, it almost forces people to really think about what they would lreally like to do – hence a bucket list is created almost by accident.

Why you forget your words when speaking English

Why you forget your words when speaking English

Why you forget your words when speaking English

Aphasia is an inability to comprehend or formulate language because of damage to specific brain regions.

This damage is typically caused by a cerebral vascular accident (stroke), or head trauma; however, these are not the only possible causes.

To be diagnosed with aphasia, a person’s speech or language must be significantly impaired in one (or several) of the four communication modalities following acquired brain injury or have significant decline over a short time period (progressive aphasia).

The four communication modalities are :

  1. Auditory comprehension,
  2. Verbal expression,
  3. Reading and writing,  
  4. Functional communication.

The difficulties of people with aphasia can range from occasional trouble finding words to losing the ability to speak, read, or write; intelligence, however, is unaffected.[

Expressive language and receptive language can both be affected as well. Aphasia also affects visual language such as sign language.

In contrast, the use of formulaic expressions in everyday communication is often preserved.One prevalent deficit in the aphasias is anomia, which is a deficit in word finding ability.

The term aphasia implies that one or more communication modalities in the brain have been damaged and are therefore functioning incorrectly.

Aphasia does not refer to damage to the brain that results in motor or sensory deficits, which produces abnormal speech; that is, aphasia is not related to the mechanics of speech but rather the individual’s language cognition (although a person can have both problems).

An individual’s “language” is the socially shared set of rules as well as the thought processes that go behind verbalized speech.

It is not a result of a more peripheral motor or sensory difficulty, such as paralysis affecting the speech muscles or a general hearing impairment.

Aphasia affects about 2 million people in the US and 250,000 people in Great Britain.

Though nearly 180,000 people in the US acquire the disorder a year, 84.5% of people have never heard of the condition.


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The worst polluters in the world

The worst polluters in the world

The worst polluters in the world are generally assumed to be the oil, mining and manufacturing industries.

Industrial wastes are one of the top sources of environmental pollution.

Across the world, untreated or improperly treated industrial waste pollutes the air, water, and soil in and around the industrial sites. The pollution caused by an industry often depends on its nature with some industries generating more toxic wastes than others. Pure Earth, an international non-profit organization, has compiled a list of the 10 worst polluting industries in the world.

Pure Earth, formerly known as the Blacksmith Institute until on 10 March 2015, is a New York City-based international not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 that aims to identify and clean up pollution, focusing primarily on contaminated sites and soil in developing countries.

Over the last decade it has cleaned up 84 sites in 20 countries,focusing on communities where children are most at risk. These communities suffer disproportionately from pollution-related diseases.

Blacksmith changed to a new name – Pure Earth – with the aim of broadening awareness of global toxic pollution issues to the general public.

The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world…second only to oil, although this is often disputed.

Criticisms of fast fashion include its negative environmental impact, water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste.

Vibrant colours, prints and fabric finishes are appealing features of fashion garments, but many of these are achieved with toxic chemicals. Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of clean water globally, after agriculture.

Greenpeace’s recent Detox campaign has been instrumental in pressuring fashion brands to take action to remove toxic chemicals from their supply chains, after it tested a number of brands’ products and confirmed the presence of hazardous chemicals.

Many of these are banned or strictly regulated in various countries because they are toxic, bio-accumulative (meaning the substance builds up in an organism faster than the organism can excrete or metabolise it), disruptive to hormones and carcinogenic.

Please don’t be put off by the quality of the podcast, as I was interviewing Susan on a boat. 😁

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