Sunday, 30 November 2008

500 places to see podcast

This podcast accompanies the onestopenglish Guardian Weekly news lesson

click here Podcast: 500 Places to See Before They Disappear

By The Frommer's Staff
November 24, 2008

Many of the world's most beautiful and fascinating sites are at risk from development, environmental factors and human presence. Author Holly Hughes and host Kelly Regan discuss some of these places and how they were selected for the new book, Frommer's 500 Places to See Before They Disappear.

Friday, 28 November 2008


If you didn't make it to Bonn last weekend, you can find and download many of the presentations from the BESIG website

Friday, 14 November 2008

Spot On monthly lessons for teens

One Stop English have introduced a new monthly series of news lessons for teens. I'm very happy to be writing these as they compliment the weekly adult news lessons from the Guardian Weekly very well.
The first Spot On lesson in October was about New Zealand. The lesson for November is about Fairtrade and has just been uploaded to the website.
Here you can see a screen grab of the latest lesson (intermedaite level - there are also elementary and advanced levels available) and the new layout.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Glow in the Dark Cat Created to Treat Cystic Fibrosis

Glow in the Dark Cat to Treat Cystic Fibrosis Created

A cat that may look like a normal tabby in light but glows in the dark has been created by scientists in New Orleans.

The six-month-old cat, named Mr Green Genes, has been genetically modified as part of an experiment at the Audubon Centre for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans that could lead to treatments for conditions like cystic fibrosis.

It was created so that researchers could learn whether a gene could be introduced harmlessly into the feline's genetic sequence to create what is formally known as a transgenic cat.

If so, it would be the first step in a process that could lead to the development of ways to combat diseases via gene therapy.

Dresser said that the gene, which was added to Mr. Green Genes' DNA when he was created, has no effect on his health.

Dr. Martha Gomez, a veterinarian and staff scientist at the center, said that cats are ideal for this project because their genetic makeup is similar to that of humans.

To show that the gene went where it was supposed to go, the researchers settled on one that would glow.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

News instead of weather

For some reason the BBC RSS feed didn't work. Whichever town I chose, it gave me the weather forecast for August 2007. I will try again at a later date, but in the meantime I'll leave up the nice weather man (below) but change the feed to the latest BBC news.

New blog

After playing around and becoming frustrated with I have decided to change over to which seems easier and clearer to navigate. Time will tell...

The first fun thing I've done is add a three-day weather forecast for Stuttgart. :-)