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A great collection of internet webby stuff as recommended by visitors to the Learn English Network.

Could be a web site, a Twitter feed, a Facebook page, a Google plus page, forum, video, basically anything on the net.  

If you would like to recommend a site etc. use this form, or post the link on the forum.

The Middle Class Handbook is one of those contrived blogs, put together to promote a book, or the idea of a book, but don't let that put you off.  It's actually quite funny, sometimes a bit rude, but usually entertaining, and perfect for anyone who has attended one of my "class" classes.  (I know I usually call them sessions, but I couldn't resist the play on words). 

In their own words:-

The Middle Class Handbook, seeks to consider aspects of modern life in Britain, with intelligence and humour, teasing out the wider significance in the minutiae of the mundane.

Have you ever been to a wine tasting?  Modern, professional wine tasters (such as sommeliers) use a constantly evolving formal terminology which is used to describe the range of perceived flavours, aromas and general characteristics of a wine, the language used is full of jargon, but now you can join in, just use this handy little tasting notes generator.  

http://static.gmon.com/tech/output.shtml

Do try the "extra silly" one too.  

You can read about how it works here:-

http://static.gmon.com/tech/stng.shtml

If you are genuinely interested in wine, try Robert Parker's site.  It's much more sensible, but not as much fun.

https://www.erobertparker.com/entrance.aspx

 

Thanks to Ingemar Eriksson

Confessions of an aspiring novelist - aka The Write Inspiration is a writers blog from an aspiring author, a woman called Sinead who lives in Ireland.  Here you can follow her frustrations and triumphs online. 

Here is an extract:-

I've been writing books, short stories and poems ever since I could hold a pen (my colouring books were filled with stories and sentences as opposed to actual colours). I eventually decided against a career in writing and studied to become a social worker but I kept up the writing (and got rid of the colouring books). I'm currently writing my first novel and I figured what better way to publicise and motivate myself than by blogging? :) So by day I'm a mild mannered social worker; by night I'm a frustrated, honest and (sometimes) witty writer. Just like Batman. Without a robin...