Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfy seat and discover some my favourite blog posts, films, etc from this past week.
Things to watch
I have only just discovered “The Village” on the BBC, the story of 20th Century England played out through a family in a Derbyshire village. Definitely not rose-tinted and thus quite tough to watch in places, but so far absolutely worth it!
Things to read
Earthquake Expert – a moving account of the recent earthquake in China from an almost-eye-witness. Coupled with a very amusing story, illustrating the perils of language. Expert and expat – so close and yet so far…Read for yourself!
“Lu Lingzi was living the dream of practically every student that every English teacher in China has had in his or her class. We know them well: the young man who wants to earn an MBA and make his millions; the young woman who wants to become a scientist and discover the cure for cancer.” Very interesting reflection on the dream that brought Lu Lingzi, who died in the Boston Marathon bombings, to the US.
Things to listen to
Very interesting programme on “Crossing Continents” on BBC Radio 4, talking to staff and students at a Belarussian university in exile in Lithuania.