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DERRY GIRLS: For those in need of coping with the Xmas blues

Northern Ireland's troubles are nothing compared to theirs.

The Troubles:The Norhtern Ireland conflict 1968-1998)
Belfast murals you need to see (

What could possibly pull you out of the depths of despair at one of the, for some, most depressing times of the year? 
Derry Girls: This coming of age comedy is set in what would appear to be one of the least comedic locations – the city of Derry, in the middle of the Northern Ireland conflict in the early 1990s – but it’s actually laugh-out-loud funny.
Derry Girls trailer.
Derry Girls is the comedy you need to beat the January blues ( article).
Being a teenager myself in the 1990s, I can nothing but relate to the wonderful Derry Girls soundtrack:
With lyrics.
10 Irish-made TV shows to binge watch.

Single-handed: A lone cop fights crime and corruption in rural Ireland. Gripping.

Do you know what a garda is?
What's the origin of the word garda?

PHRASE FRENZY: Christmas idioms

Phrase Frenzy - Christmas Watch this video and try to work out three English idioms from the pictures you see. But be quick, you only have 15 seconds per phrase. Course: The Experiment The Experiment is a collection of short series that are a little different to our usual programmes - but still help you improve your English. The first series, We say - You say, shows how your language can help you remember English expressions.
Students challenging their brain in our Christmas Pub Quiz. Such a lovely morning!
Here you have some videos for real pub quizzes: Smartphonepub quiz - SpeedQuizzing Pub Trivia Australia Brooklyn Bar Trivia International Pub trivia night in Ottawa
Pub Choir is a phenomenon that started in Brisbane a year ago, but the fascination of uniting hundreds of strangers to learn a pop song as a collective voice is expanding nationally. BBC News Story: Pub Choir Pub Choir #11 - ZOMBIE (the Cranberries) Walk Around a Real English Pub - True 'England' Special


Another useful YouTube channel: Emma Saying
Learn how to say words in English correctly with Emma Saying free pronunciation tutorials.

Trending words of 2018 quiz

Have you been keeping up with the latest trending words in 2018? See how many of those words you are familiar with!
Trending words of 2018 quiz


How to create a comfy reading nook
3 Must-Haves for a Comfy Reading Nook - IKEA Home Tour

C1-A 2018-19 Recommended books to read:

Beautifully crafted short stories

14 brilliant pieces of literature you can read in the time it takes to eat lunch

It's mighty easy to feel like you don't have time to read — especially quality literature. Life is hectic, jobs are busy and it's much easier to scroll through a photo feed than it is to sink your brain into some juicy reading matter. But with these incredibly short and incredibly beautiful stories, all you need is a few minutes (a lunch break, say) to read great work from the best writers around. These stories are poignant revelations about life and at only a few pages each, they can be read in the time it takes to eat a sandwich