The Invictus Games are Back

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 14 April 2022 > Celebrate

The Invictus Games for injured and sick military personnel and veterans was founded by Prince Harry, himself a veteran, in 2014. The Invictus Games 2020, the fifth edition, are finally being held from 6 to 13 April 2022 in the Hague, Netherlands. More than 500 participants from 20 countries will compete. As importantly, they will … Continue reading “The Invictus Games are Back”

And the Oscar Winners Are…

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 28 March 2022 > What's On

The 2022 Oscar ceremony was memorable… But what about the winning films? Several of our favourite films of the last year came away with awards. And CODA beat off some favourites to take Best Picture. New Zealand director Jane Campion was the first woman to be nominated twice for Best Director, and this time she … Continue reading “And the Oscar Winners Are…”

More Red Nose Day Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 18 March 2022 > Webpicks

Red Nose Day (18 March in 2022) encourages people to raise money for projects in the UK and the developing world by “doing something funny for money.” But it also aims to raise awareness of poverty, disability and homelessness, particularly among schoolchildren, who are massive supporters, along with school staff, of Red Nose Day. Here … Continue reading “More Red Nose Day Webpicks”

A Unique Olympics

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 23 July 2021 > Celebrate

Postponed by a year because of COVID, doubtful till the last minute, and with no spectators, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have finally got underway. We look at some of the new sports at the games and particularly skateboarding. The postponed Olympic Games are taking place from 23 July till 8 August, and will be followed … Continue reading “A Unique Olympics”

Game On Down Under

Posted by Speakeasy News > Sunday 14 October 2018 > Celebrate

The Invictus Games, initiated by Prince Harry for injured service people, is in Sydney, Australia for its fourth edition from 20 to 27 October. It is especially poignant in the weeks before the commemoration of the end of the First World War. Prince Harry served in the British Armed Forces for ten years. In 2013, … Continue reading “Game On Down Under”

Back in Black… Hole

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 04 July 2018 > In the News

On Friday June 15th, after a memorial service which saw Stephen Hawking’s ashes interred at Westminster Abbey, his “message of peace and hope” was sent to the stars. Ashes to Ashes… The ashes of British physicist Stephen Hawking were buried Friday June 15th in a corner of Westminster Abbey between the graves of Charles Darwin … Continue reading “Back in Black… Hole”

Stephen Hawking: Death of A Scientist

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 14 March 2018 > In the News

Professor Stephen Hawking, possibly the most famous modern scientist, has died at the age of 76, after beating enormous odds to survive and work for 55 years with the debilitating motor neurone disease. Hawking had an exceptionally brilliant mind. He became the prestigious Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University at just 35. But by … Continue reading “Stephen Hawking: Death of A Scientist”

Stephen Hawking: a Unique Scientist

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 14 March 2018 > Ready to Use

On the occasion of the death of Professor Stephen Hawking, we’ve updated this B1-level article, which we published for his 75th birthday in 2017.  Students will learn about Hawking, one of Britain’s most famous scientists, who had a brilliant career in spite of a terrible neurological disease. The film The Theory of Everything , released … Continue reading “Stephen Hawking: a Unique Scientist”

“Wheel to Wheel” Short Story

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 12 September 2016 > Ready to Use

This B1-level short story was written by an American teenager. It would fit in well with a theme on the Paralympics. Activities include comprehension, written expression and practise of “used to” and comparatives and superlatives. Vocabulary and structures preterite would (past habit and conditional) past perfect used to comparatives and superlatives sports (athletics)

Paralympics: Yes We Can

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 September 2016 > Webpicks

Britain’s commercial Channel 4 TV company revolutionised the televising of disability sports for the 2012 Games in London. It has continued its commitment to disability sport, proudly proclaiming on all its communication that it is the “Paralympic Broadcaster”. This from the channel that brought us Big Brother and Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. For the 2016 … Continue reading “Paralympics: Yes We Can”