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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, taking photos, blogging
Recent Activity
There have been many reactions to Britain's vote to the the EU (aka Brexit), but this bitterly ironic poem by English poet Luke Wright expresses what many 'Remain' voters are feeling. He reads it brilliantly too. WORDS It’s Great to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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Today's cartoon by Chappatte illustrates the phenomenon of so-called 'buyer's remorse' in relation to Brexit. Buyer's remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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The world's editorial cartoonists have wasted no time reacting to Britain's referendum vote to leave the EU, aka Brexit. This one by Dave Granlund shows UK PM David Cameron being forced to walk the plank. THE CARTOON The cartoon employs... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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To be more accurate, England and Wales voted to leave the EU. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain. Now the fun begins ... Chappatte's cartoon sums things up perfectly. COMMENT I went to bed confident of a victory for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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And so, after a long, ugly, and bitterly divisive campaign, we finally come to EU referendum day. Which way will Britain vote? We should find out in the early hours of Friday morning but I'm cautiously optimistic that 'Remain' will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at The English Blog
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COMMENT Having lived outside the UK for more than 15 years, I'm not entitled to vote in the EU referendum. However, I'm still a Brit at heart and have kept my British nationality. Viewed from across the Channel, the ugly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at The English Blog
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On the eve of the UK's EU referendum, Chappatte's latest cartoon highlights one of the possible consequences of a Brexit. CARTOON The cartoon shows a man lowering a barrier with the words 'Keep Out' on it (a clear metaphor for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at The English Blog
On 23rd June Britain will decide by a referendum whether it will remain in the European Union or if it will leave – the so-called Brexit option. The opinion polls show the race is a close one as the national... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at The English Blog
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It's just one week until the UK's EU referendum, which, according to who you believe, will either result in the end of civilization as we know it, or a glorious new future for an independent Britain, finally freed from the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at The English Blog
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Today's crossword is a General English one at intermediate level. Click here to do the online version or download a PDF that you can print out and complete in the traditional way — using a pencil. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at The English Blog
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Good news! (we could do with some). The SmartEnglish by EM Normandie app is now fully unlocked, which means that all 24 lessons are now available! It's 100% free, so don't delay, download it today (I could have had a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at The English Blog
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It's been a mixed start to the Euro 2016 football tournament for the British teams: Wales won, England drew, and Northern Ireland lost. Of course, there's a lot of vocabulary specific to football and you'll find some of it in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at The English Blog
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Today's crossword is a General English one at advanced level, so it should be more of a challenge. However, if you're doing the online version, you can get plenty of help by using the Reveal (Word) and Reveal Letter buttons... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at The English Blog
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Today sees the start of the Euro 2016 football tournament in France, which is taking place under the shadow of the ongoing threat of terrorism. In today's Daily Mail cartoon Mac highlights the plight of 'soccer widows' everywhere. THE CARTOON... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at The English Blog
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The theme of today's crossword is The Body. The level is elementary, so it shouldn't be too difficult! Click here to do the crossword online or download a PDF version. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at The English Blog
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The theme of today's crossword is something that concerns us all: Work. Love it or hate it, you can't get away from it! Click here to do the crossword online or download a PDF version. And sign up to receive... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at The English Blog
Here's a great video from The New York Times about the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who died last Friday following a 30-year battle with Parkinson's disease. ALSO SEE • The Guardian view on Muhammad Ali: a life of bravery •... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at The English Blog
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The theme of today's crossword is business and the level is advanced. Click here to do the interactive online version of the crossword or download the PDF. And if you sign up for the daily newsletter, you can receive a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at The English Blog
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The newspapers are full of tributes to Muhammad Ali, who died last Friday. But how much do you know about the legendary boxer? Test your knowledge by doing this special Muhammad Ali crossword. You may also pick up some useful... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at The English Blog
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Regular readers of this blog will perhaps have noticed that the posts have become less frequent over the past few weeks. That's because I've been working on other projects. First, there was the SmartEnglish by EM Normandie app released in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at The English Blog
To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, Barclaycard, credit card arm of Barclays Bank, has produced this amusingly tongue-in-cheek ad. You should also check out the interactive display on this dedicated page, and this excellent Barclaycard timeline, which shows how shopping has... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at The English Blog
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Strikes and industrial action in protest at a new labour law (see earlier post) have led to petrol shortages all over France. In this cartoon from The Daily Mail, Mac imagines how it might affect British motorists going to France... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at The English Blog
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France is currently in the throes of an ongoing confrontation between the government and hard-line left-wing unions (and students) over the Socialist government's new labour law, with street protests (some violent), strikes, blockades, and, of course, the obligatory burning of... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at The English Blog
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You have to look carefully at today's cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail to 'get' the joke. Do you? (Click on the image to enlarge.) THE CARTOON A couple are working in their garden. The husband is mowing the... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at The English Blog
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Today's cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail relates to news that a Cornish resort could become the UK's first commercial spaceport. BACKGROUND Tourists could soon be blasting off for the stars from a Cornish spaceport. Plans to open Britain’s... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at The English Blog