This article offers seven suggestions for plants to add interest to your garden borders. Plants with dark foliage are a good foil to the usual green leaves displayed and add to the overall effect.
Ideas for saving food, avoiding waste & saving the planet. How to use up stale bread, bananas, cheese, mushrooms and a recipe using unripe grapes and tomatoes
Hands feature in so many English idioms. See how many you remember if English is your first language. Those learning English as a second language will learn something new here.
English language is very complex & even if spoken as their home language people sometimes have difficulty finding the right words or phrases. Styles of speech are changing with the times, and new communities bring their own vernacular to vary and enrich the language.
Several trees and plants turn red and change colour at different seasons and can make a spectacular display in your garden. Here are some planting ideas to add interest, with photographs and video and tips on cultivation.
Learn a few simple techniques to avoid wasting food. Whether you'd like to save money, help the environment, or make your provisions last during a political or health crisis, these tips will be very helpful.
This article is not only about "a weed is just a plant in the wrong place". No matter how beautiful they are when planted, garden plants need the right amount of light, soil, & position for best effect. Lots of plant photography & descriptions of my own gardening mistakes & how to resolve them.
Gardening ideas to make your plant borders stand out. Plants with silver leaves are a good contrast against green leaves and add interest to the garden. Most of the plant photographs were taken in my own suburban garden in the UK.
Gardening ideas to make your plant borders stand out. Plants with silver leaves are a good contrast against green leaves and add interest to the garden. All of the plant photographs were taken in my own suburban garden in the UK.
This recipe for healthy hummus is very easy to make with a blender or mixer. On its own, hummus can be a bit bland, but this variation with caramelised onion gives it a delicious flavour
When Rocket had overgrown in my vegetable patch and I had left over sweet potato and carrots I created this delicious soup to use them all up. Very nutritious and suitable for vegetarians.
Useful information for employers and employees alike - how to be a good receptionist is something you both need to know and there are plenty of ideas here to work on. After all, knowledge is power.
A fun love poem for Halloween. Every pot has its lid - you don't have to be good-looking to attract love, and it's time we all recognize that. Pumpkin photos and a poll too.
Don't throw those plastic, tin, or cardboard containers away! Here, you'll find great ideas for how to reuse those items for various creative uses around your home.
Learn how to prepare a nutritious fish curry in just 20 minutes using fish curry paste and coconut milk for a mild but spicy flavor.
Lots of illustrated English metaphors and sayings about trees: fun for native English speakers, and useful for students of English as a second language ( ESL or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL ) to improve their knowledge of English language.
English language is rich in floral expressions. Native English speakers will enjoy the language & flowers; if learning English as a second language ( ESL or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL ), phrases linked to photos will help you remember
My review of Polish poppy seed cake-filling - Bakalland Masa Makova and how it saved the day when I had a cooking disaster, enabling me to make a fantastic pudding, using this poppyseed filling
My review of an influencing book about decluttering - very clear and helpful - even whilst still reading it, I started to change my hoarding habits, disposing of lots of things I didn't need
I have 2 electric fly swatters & use them daily. Electric bug zappers are so reliable and effective that I've even given them as presents. They don't use much battery power and kill flies & moths
This garden of white flowers and pink flowers will give you some ideas for your own garden, to help you to color co-ordinate flower borders and also grow plants which come out at different seasons
This fun Ovente kettle not only boils up fast but also lights up & flashes Blue Lights when it heats up - children of all ages up to a hundred love it - it would make a great Present for the family
Dolly Parton's song "Love is Like a Butterfly" always brings a smile to my face - I love the music, the words, and her lilting voice as she sings. The song is just as popular in UK as it is in USA
If you like cauliflower cheese try this variant with the addition of leeks, red peppers, and chilli flakes - an easy vegetarian recipe for piquant leek & cauliflower cheese that tastes delicious
My review of a fruit and wine press, based on my personal experience of seeing apples being pressed in a similar machine at an Apple Day celebration in London
Ruby, don’t take your love to town, sung by Kenny Rodgers is a heart-rending song about a badly wounded war veteran whose beloved Ruby is turning her attentions elsewhere & there’s nothing he can do
Famous British chef #JamieOliver says a Spinner is indispensable - he's right. It's great for summer salads and washing fruit & vegetables: Salad Spinner - an Amazon Best Seller - my review
Banksy created a spray paint graffiti fairly near where I live and it recently sold for over £775,000 - take a look. He is creative, humorous and a very good contemporary artist
Personal review of useful dynamo wind-up LED torch that doesn't use batteries - store it so you know where to find it for power blackouts and camping or just to shed a bright light in a dark corner
Marmite is a strong, savory, slightly salty-tasting spread. Learn all you need to know about Marmite, which seems to bring out strong reactions. Most people either love it or hate it, nothing in between.
If you haven't tried using Baking Sheets, also known as Cookie Sheets, take a look at the revolutionary revelations in my review: You'll find videos, my Baked Vegetables Recipe and a poll as well
A recipe for an unusual but very tasty dish: pickled green walnuts.
I bought a Hozelock wall mounted reel with a hose and have been delighted with it. This is my review. It was easy to fix to the wall and winds and unwinds well. A great help in the garden
A fun page with Gothic Halloween Skulls and Hearts, a Poll, posters and Skull Jewelry and a little bit of humor thrown in.
Some Dutch language courses, a commentary about the Dutch language, pictures, lots of videos, Dutch artists and a poll
#Russia is seldom far from the headlines, so now is a good time to brush up your #RussianLanguage or start learning it. Here is some language software, some videos, pictures and a poll
Planning to travel to Italy? Learn some Italian beforehand, you'll have much more fun: Best Italian Language Courses
Hindi language courses, art and videos - If you are travelling to India for business or pleasure, learn some Hindi before you go
Are you travelling to the Middle East for business or a holiday? Learn some #Arabic to get one step ahead. Here are some long and short Arabic courses and other things to get you in the mood
A fun page with Gothic Halloween, skulls and hearts, a Poll, posters, and other ghostly products
Going to Germany this year? German language software, art, music by Kraftwerk, Elvis and Beethoven and cultural information - something for everyone, even if you don't want to learn German
Travelling to France this year? You'll find a variety of French language courses, some French art and comedy videos here
Plus Size footed pajamas for women is quite a novelty, and if you want to be trendy and warm this winter, you'll love the footies shown here. They would make great Christmas gifts for larger ladies
Easy Butternut Squash Soup, suitable for inexperienced cooks, like students away from home for the first time. A full flavored slightly sweet thick soup which you can serve hot or cold
A healthy drink, hot or cold, it tastes great, so do try it. Ginger, lemon and honey all have high nutritional value; I make up a couple of bottles and freeze one. Especially good for colds and flu
My Cottage Pie recipe: a versatile and delicious meal using minced meat, onions & potato, flavored with other ingredients according to your taste and baked in the oven. A bit fiddly, but easy to make
Valentine Skulls and Valentine Hearts - romantic or sinister? Romantically sinister would describe them. Anti-Valentine and Gothic pictues including a poll and some videos too
Travelling to a #Spanish speaking country for business or holiday? Learn some Castillian or Latin American Spanish before you go - long and short courses,pictures, videos and poll
My poem: Malala Yousafzai wanted to go to school and was shot in the head in Pakistan aged 15. Now she has won the Nobel Prize and has raised consciousness throughout the world for girls' education.
Some scary Party Invitations for Halloween, with skeletons a black crow and pictures of monsters and pumpkins with videos about making things for Halloween, a poll and films you can watch
Photographs to show my passion for red hollyhocks (alcea), a little information on how to grow hollyhocks and more information about my hollyhock art created using Photoshop, with simple tips to show you how to do it too
Travel tips to help you save time & trouble if you are a frequent traveller - what to pack, what to leave behind at your destination, safety tips, where to get your foreign currency & keeping it safe
Journey Through North London - My Poem and also photos of North London,music video London's Calling by The Clash & a poll about the Olympic Games. I love London, and want to show you what it's like
I've always liked weird things, even as a child, and this is my own collection of weird things - weirdness for the sake of weirdness including figures from the British Museum, and Wallis and Grommit
Five different plants from the daisy or Compositae family - Here are some ideas for easy-care long-flowering plants. Lots of photographs and a poll
The Secret of how to increase productivity by setting yourself goals - I learned this on a management course and it is useful not only for work, but all areas of life where you want to achieve success
How to Make #ScrambledEggs - Easy Recipe: Learn how to get it just right - not too lumpy not too watery, but just right, with a subtle flavor - the English way
Learn the secret to making perfect omelettes, pale brown on the outside, soft but not runny on the inside, and not falling apart, with a tasty filling. It's so easy that even a beginner can do it!
When you visit London you may find yourself in Holborn or Holborn station. There are lots of places of interest in the area, and as I worked there for years, I know them all: good tourist information
London has many unique landmarks and some spectacular architecture. Here are some of my favorite sights in Central and North London, with a bit of historical perspective
Iconic record cover The Beatles Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band appeared in 1967 with colorful inserts and a photo showing many famous people of that era. It started a craze for Military uniform
Quiz, pictures and information about eggs. Have fun - answer this quiz about eggs, and if you get an eggzemplary 100% you will be eggstatic, and your ego will grow eggsponentally!
This is a beginner's guide to simple cooking, including tips like how long you have to cook things like cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower. Just the essentials, nothing fancy! Learn these tips to help with your Christmas dinner.
My collection of copperplate manuscript legal documents - lawyers and historians will love them. An explanation of why they have no punctuation, various deeds & a video on Gothic/Chancery calligraphy
See how many of these English expressions you know - all about animals, birds and insects - interesting for English speakers of every standard, and especially useful for students of English as a second language ( ESL or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL )
Here are some ideas to help you create an area in your garden where you grow just purple and mauve flowers to make a spectacular swathe of toning colors, or mix them with other contrasting plants for an effective floral display
Some pretty photographs of mauve flowers, a video, my first infographic and, gardening tips about the flowers featured
Some of my Halloween Pictures which you can share free of copyright, comments, a little Halloween poem, a poll and a quiz
Halloween pictures and posters, my poem for Halloween and a discussion about Halloween safety for children followed by a poll.
It's cheap to make matching file storage boxes using patterned paper and some old cereal boxes. I used wallpaper, but gift wrap can work as well!
#Gardening: useful ways of saving money which I use all the time - recycling and imaginative creativity
Lots of poetry, including my own poem "Empty Swimming Pool" written after my visit to a Bulgarian hotel, and then several videos of popular poetry in the UK including humorous poetry and dub poetry
I came to live in London 50 years ago, because I love the architecture and museums and culture. Here are some photographs and descriptions of places worth seeing when you visit London
Runner beans are some of the easiest vegetables to grow. They also shoot up very quickly, have lovely red flowers and produce lots of beans. This article will provide you with all the info you'll need to grow them.
Many plants grow in shade. If you know which plants are shade-loving, you can plant them in the right place so they are more likely to thrive. In this article, I will discuss ten of my favorite plants you can grow in the shade.
It's often hard to know what to grow in a shady area. This article will provide a list of wonderful, shade-tolerant plants, including: astilbe, hostas, anemone, aquilegia, epimedium, and trillium.
Lots of photographs celebrating beautiful trees in all seasons, to show off their colors and shapes. Also useful information about trees so you can identify them, grow your own and even paint them.
English expressions: fun for English speakers, and a big help if you are learning English as a second language ESL (or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL ) - You'd be surprised to learn how many Colors in English Proverbs and Sayings there are
Five poems about love - including poetry by Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barret Browning, Wilfred Owen, Roger McGough and Caroline Duffy - something for everyone, a poll and a video
There are plenty of English expressions about fruit. See how many English sayings and Proverbs you can remember - and learn some new ones if you are learning English as a second language - ESL (or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL )
This is the best tomato sauce when it comes to flavour and nutrition. When you make homemade tomato sauce, you can control what goes into it. This recipe is easy to make and my family loves it.
#Beefburgers - A nice meal for a summer's evening - quick to make, cook them indoors or on a barbeque. But really home-made beefburgers are good at any time - winter or summer.
The first in my series about our little feral kitten Pussums - how she came to live with us - told from the cat's point of view - or kitten as she was then. Just a bit of humor to make you laugh
Teflon Tony is an expression to describe an uncaring person. My poem about an abusive relationship gone wrong. It all started so well but ended in tears - do you know someone like Teflon Tony?
Quiz About Quotes by the famous - You'll know the people, now guess who said what in these quotes by famous people. There are also some Zen proverbs, a poll and a funny picture
Being old is not an excuse for doing nothing - learning new things is still exciting; telling my story of learning about building web pages, using Photoshop, writing, photography and creativity
A nice easy minced meat #recipe for beginners - it's tasty, and you don't need to worry about precise measurements for the ingredients
Cauliflower cheese is a traditional English dish that is both delicious and nourishing. It's cheap, as well as easy to make, and it makes a good vegetarian meal. The main ingredients are cheese and cauliflower.
A seasonal traditional recipe using beetroot and lemon juice - very quick and easy. Borscht can be served hot or cold and has very few ingredients, so it's easy to make
My book review: A Thousand Splendid Suns, written by an outstanding author, Khaled Hosseini - a novel about the horrific lives of two women in Afghanistan, married to the same man. A best seller.
How much do you know about the great composers and their music? Symphonies, Opera and Ballet, - it's all here! Test your knowledge, try your multiple choice skills, easy and more difficult. Sing out, bang the drums, strike a chord, compose your...
My personal teenage experience of the 1950s when Rock'Roll was invented – photos, nostalgia, reminiscenes and videos of pop music of the time including Elvis, Bill Haley, Frankie Lane, & more
How to make a delicious pudding out of a failed cake-making session - a lesson for beginners and inexperienced cooks on how to rescue a cooking disaster, and how ingenuity wins the day
These Glass Bead #Earrings individually hand-made by me are good value & all have anti-allergenic hooks. I've reduced the price on Etsy. Lots to choose from & great Christmas gifts:take a look
9 Amazing secrets about lemons and how you can use them for nutrition, skin care, cleaning and other things. Once you read these facts about lemons, you'll always keep a lemon handy in your kitchen
The debate to decriminalize drug use or to keep it as a crime evokes powerful feelings, especially for people whose friends or family are involved in drug use, drug abuse, and even drug addiction
How to cook a roast chicken or turkey dinner for your Sunday dinner. The skin should be crispy whilst the meat should be slightly moist, well cooked an not too dry. It's easy if you follow this recipe. In addition learn how to cook the accompanying vegetables to go with your roast dinner.
If you're a beginner growing vegetables in your garden or you want to understand the basics of making a garden vegetable plot, you'll find cultivation information, photos, a video & useful ideas here
If you want to holiday somewhere different, Bulgaria is a very pleasant surprise, sitting on the Black Sea, with a long sandy coastline, stunning beaches and picturesque bays.
My slightly unsettling poem about something more than just the underground. Just right for Halloween.
This is a collection of weird things around my home, and a few other things to look at - My personal collection of oddities, including masks, anthropological artefacts and art
Halloween Symbols--a light-hearted look at scary posters of witches, cats, bats and ghosts, some skull jewelry and a poll - Halloween Pictures and Posters to look at, Halloween things to buy
My top 10 unforgettable books are all classics of their time. There are several English classics, an American classic, a few famous Russian Classics, and a few English books by foreign writers
From my experience, having tried oil paint and pastel crayons, I much prefer oil paint and here are the reasons for my choice, as well as some oil paintings and pastel art work, & even Banksy Graffiti
Amazingly I've found 38 #English proverbs and #expressions about animals and fish – see how many you know – fun for native English speakers, useful for students of English ( ESL or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL ) as a Second Language
Ideas for maintaining a colorful garden in Autumn or Fall, a time when many summer plants are fading , leaves are falling, and your garden can look a bit of a mess. See these autumn flowering beauties
Collectable Rupert Bear Beswick figurines and vintage Rupert Bear Annuals - lots of detailed information about the Rupert models and you can buy them as Christmas presents - children will love them.
The English love animals there are lots of English expressions about animals.See how many you remember. Fun for native English speakers, instructive for students learning English as a Second Language ( ESL or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL )
Learn new expressions about Animals in English language: enjoyable for native English speakers, and a good source of information if you are learning English as a Second Language, as an English student ( ESL or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL )
This is the sequel to "Pussums - Adopted Cat". My tortoiseshell cat is now six years old and was originally a feral cat. She has strong ideas about cat behaviour, and sleeps in some very odd places
How our feral cat came to live with us, and lots of information about what you need to in order to provide your cat with a comfortable home and how to think about cat health and cat hygiene
Lots of gorgeous cats, a bit about the history of cats, how they became domesticated, halloween & superstition around black cats as witches' familiars, posters, photos, books and a poll
This is a thrifty way to use up your Christmas chicken or turkey dinner leftovers to make a delicious meal.
Some of my dark poetry and some fabulous art: just right for Halloween
Learn to make delicious and authentic Spanish paella using seafood, chicken, or a mixture of both.
If you are living with a partner, you might like to know the law (just in case) - When you cohabit, your rights on separation are different from rights on divorce - make sure you are protected
If you are living with a partner, you might like to know the law (just in case) - When you cohabit, your rights on separation are different from rights on divorce - make sure you are protected
Showing you how to de-freeze your freezer in double-quick time without melting your food. You'll be amazed what a difference it makes knowing how to defrost in 20 minutes.
Slugs are the enemy in your garden. Poetry and humour . Also a poll, video and lots of pictures. Never thought slugs could be so entertaining? Read this.
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi, a modern classic, was short-listed by The Royal Institution as best science book ever written: Here's my Review of the book about science, philosophy, human nature and World War II
#Gardening: useful ways of saving money which I use all the time - recycling and imaginative creativity. This is Part 2 of my series of 3 articles about money-saving gardening tips
Gardening can be an expensive hobby. Part 1 of my series on gardening tips to save you money - you'll find a long list, then some details, and lots of photographs
Some jokes going around the internet, all clean jokes, some religious jokes, observational humor, political jokes, and our favourite victim of jokes – lawyers. Some of these jokes would even be suitable for children, depending on their level of understanding
Have you ever been so cross with your treatment in a restaurant that you have complain? I was sufficiently moved to write this poem - A humorous look at a letter of complaint I never sent
I was so angry about getting an unfair parking ticket, that I wanted to write a letter of complaint to Parking Control - this is my poem about it
The secret of how to complain successfully - six steps, along with salutory stories, videos, self-help books and humor
Advice about Child Contact & Residence if you are getting divorced or separating. Residence or Custody of the children is often disputed, but do what's best for your children - don't use them as pawns
We all have dreams but as life goes on, they are tempered with reality; as we grow older, we realize there is less and less hope of achieving our goals and we have to be happy with what we've got.
My Love Poems - Humor and love blend together in these two poems about that enigmatic thing called love - just right for Valentine's when love is in the air for the Royal Wedding of Meghan and Prince Harry
My poem about a fantasy marriage - if you enjoy a little light #humor I think you'll enjoy this. There is also a quiz about marriage.
Design this cottage-style front garden on a budget using a few central paving stone slabs. With a variety of different plants and some outdoor furniture, you'll have a professional looking garden in no time, and at a fraction of the cost.
Here's my recipe for mushroom risotto—tasty, healthy, and cheap. Quick and easy, it only takes 20 minutes to make and is suitable for vegetarians, beginner cooks, or students leaving home for the first time.
All over the world people and their lawyers are being arrested for speaking out and dissenting against their government or expressing unwelcome opinions. This is my poem about human rights
Forced marriage is akin to slavery and people trafficking. My poem, a vilanelle, a commentary and links to articles and victim support, and a poll
A celebration of tea including my collection of tea paraphernalia, my poem, pretty bone china mugs and cups, famous depictions of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and a poll - enjoy your tea!
The Girl with the DragonTattoo - Stieg Larsson: a well-written, intelligent book & exciting plot with a weird and somewhat damaged heroine. My review will help you decide whether to read or see it.
My poem, Sunbathing in Bed, is a fantasy as I lie there in the half-dream world between sleeping and waking
Women's plus size clothes - information about where you can buy your plus size clothes, up-to-date plus size clothes for winter 2014, including wide shoes, a commentary and plenty of humor
Favorite Jewish recipe for Chopped Liver - you'll love it - this traditional recipe for chopped liver is so cheap and quick and easy for beginners just learning how to cook
Turkey is much in the news at present. How much do you know about Ataturk, father of modern Turkey and great reformer? Learn something new here
Review of Snow - Orhan Pamuk’s 5th book won him the Nobel Prize for Literature. This 21st Century classic has been published world-wide in many different languages. I have two 1st Editions,one signed
My collection of Beswick Rupert Bear Figurines for sale. Photographs and descriptions of models I own, and a bit about the Beswick designers and significance of Backstamps.
This article contains information and photographs on the Beswick series of Alice in Wonderland figurines and the designers. They are very collectable little ceramic figurines that make great presents, too, as they are relatively inexpensive.
This article covers Beswick/Royal Albert figurines in the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit series, including the models I personally own. It also features information about Beatrix Potter, the Beswick factory, designers and the significance of backstamps.
Tattoos – love them or hate them, tattoos are everywhere these days. So I wrote this poem about them, from unpleasant historical tattoos to some humour about them; also nice tattoo pictures and a poll
Gardening mistakes & gardening disasters happen to everyone, even experienced gardeners - here are my poor efforts, some solutions, and my poem about slugs - perhaps you can learn from my mistakes
Several useful English expressions have the word Penny in them - interesting for English speakers, educational for Students of English as a Second Language ( ESL or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL ). Test your knowledge and have some fun
It's important to know that morning glory, lupin and aconite are poisonous plants so that you keep yourself and family safe from harm, and know what the symptoms are, so you can get help if necessary
Learning to recognize common poisonous plants in your garden can help you avoid dangers.
Chinese lantern, deadly nightshade and castor oil plant are all poisonous and can make you ill. This article will break down these three toxic plants and provide you with the information you'll need to identify and avoid them.
Iris, Azalea, and Hydrangea are poisonous garden plants - learn which parts of plant are harmful, symptoms, what to do in case of emergency. Protect children, wash hands after touching. May be poisonous to pets
You may be surprised to learn that lantana, euphorbia and daffodils are poisonous. In this article, you will learn the symptoms of poisoning from these plants and how to stay safely away from their toxic properties.
Did you know that Hellebore, Oleander, and Periwinkle or Vinca are poisonous? Learn about poisonous plants, how to avoid them, and how to prevent an unpleasant accident.
Programme I-C-E into your mobile phone - it may save your life and will certainly enable you to contact your family or police in the event of a terrorist attack – In Case of Emergency
Captain WE Johns wrote 98 Biggles books. Biggles was very popular in and after World War II and vintage Biggles books are collectable. As a sign of their popularity Biggles books are still reprinted
A cynical look at St Valentines Day including commentary about the history,some Valentine pictures and several of my romantic or unromantic poems, which include humorous poetry, and also a poll
Invasive plants in your garden are just vigorous growers. Learn here which invasive garden plants can still be grown safely provided you keep their land-grabbing habits strictly under control
You can learn such a lot by travelling in your mind, thanks to the writings of some brilliant authors. Take this quiz to see how many places you now know better through your reading about them
Detailed commentary & photos showing the whole process of tattooing from choosing the design to executing the inking. The tattooist is the famous Lal Hardy working in his New Wave Tattoo Studio London
A quiz about Cockney rhyming slang, originally a coded language spoken by Londoners which you will hear in London street markets, and which was said to be spoken only by those born within the sound of the Bow Bells
What Did the Day of Action on 12th December 2009 during the Copenhagen Meeting of World Leaders about Climate Change Achieve ? The outcome of the Copenhagen Convention 2009, discussion,links to news items, a poll and a debate and even some music
How do those black stripes get into the blue Murano glass beads? I'll show you here
Turn even the smallest amount of chicken or turkey leftovers into a tasty meal! You can give them new life by using them in paella, risotto, pilaff, stir fry, soup, sandwiches, and more!
Sometimes it's hard to know what plants flourish in shade. Here's an extensive list.