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Holy days and the first day of the week

Posted on February 24, 2012
Category: Literacy
The Literacy class where I am a volunteer restarted after half term, last Monday the 20th February and I was very surprised to find that I learnt something myself. The teacher asked everyone, “What is the first day of the Week?” You possibly thought like me that it was Monday. or maybe you are cleverer than me and know that it is in fact Sunday. Now I thought that in the bible, the Sabbath, or Sunday, was the last day of the week.  The day when you are supposed to rest and not work.  Then I got to thinking that this is only true if you

Favourite words

Posted on February 17, 2012
Category: Literacy, Musings
Do you have a favourite word?  There’s certainly plenty to choose from, at least 250,000 distinct words listed by The Oxford English Dictionary. We have assimilated words from many other languages throughout history so that modern English contains a very large vocabulary. Some people refer to English as a “borrowing” language. Historically, English originated from the fusion of languages and dialects, collectively termed Old English, which were brought to the eastern coast of Great Britain by Germanic (Anglo-Saxon) settlers by the 5th century. Then came Latin.  Many English words are constructed based on roots from Latin, because Latin in some

Volunteering in a Literacy class at the Friends Centre

Posted on February 13, 2012
Category: Literacy
Did you know that one person in six in the UK struggles to read and write? Poor skills compromise health, confidence, happiness and employability. These literacy difficulties will limit a person’s opportunities throughout their adult life. But this is not the whole story. So much pleasure too, can be derived from a rattling good tale whether it is a thriller, romance, historical novel, or sci-fi. As a writer I am dedicated to words, books, reading and writing and loving reading as I do, I feel it is so important for people to be able to enjoy books.  There is such