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We don’t have the largest house in the village, but it is bigger than some. Before we bought it we thought it was quite spacious and at least as big as the last one.  There was only one feature we would miss, and that was the large utility room we had had previously, but that was OK, there were several out houses with space for tools, garden bits and all the rest.

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Contrary to what you might think when listening to older relatives recount stories of past Christmases (you know the ones, where they tell you about the good old days and explain that things are not quite like what they used to be) the festive season has indeed changed. Things are not the way they used to be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. After all, wouldn't it be terrible if things always stayed the same?

Read more: How Christmas Has Changed

A few days ago I bought one of those women's magazines that try to tell you what to wear, what to think and how to treat your mate.  I've bought the same magazine in French, but I wanted to practise my English a bit.  So, do you know what the most impressive thing about it was?  The number of advertisements: about one every two pages!  And do you know what almost all of them portrayed?

Hey women!  "Be sexy!  Be slutty!  Be arousing!"

Read more: Women in Advertising


We usually celebrate our birthday in the UK with a birthday party, our friends send us birthday cards, someone bakes a birthday cake (with a candle for each year), and we get those all important birthday presents (wrapped in birthday paper and ribbons), just to celebrate surviving another year.

In our family all the birthdays seem to come at once. There is one at Christmas, one in February and then we have to wait until mid summer when they come thick and fast. Even the newest addition to the family was born on August 10th, her great grandfather’s and uncle’s birthday.

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