Monthly Archive: June 2014

Jun 29

More Salt Carpets in Lanzarote 2014

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More Salt Carpets in Lanzarote 2014   The annual celebrations of the fiesta of Corpus Christi brings us ‘More Salt Carpets in Lanzarote 2014’.   ( Please click on the photographs to see them full size) These amazing pictures, made in coloured salt every year, decorate the streets of the capital Arrecife as well as …

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Jun 19

Book Review: The Light between Oceans by M L Stedman

  Book Review:The Light between Oceans by M L Stedman The Light between Ocean is the impressive first novel by M L Stedman. Back from the horrors of the First World War, Tom takes a job as a lighthouse keeper, welcoming the peace and quiet, the routine and discipline of Janus Rock, half a day’s …

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Jun 16

‘Pitching a character’ in your Writing

‘Pitching a character’ in your Writing.   Before discussing “’Pitching a Character’ in your writing” ask the members of the group to write two x 50 word descriptions of two characters or two people that they know.(10 minutes) Read the quote from How Fiction Works by James Wood (page 75), ‘there is nothing harder than …

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Jun 12

Passive Detail and Active Detail in your Writing

Passive Detail and Active Detail in your Writing Task 1 Before looking at the information on ‘Passive Detail and Active Detail in your Writing’ ask the members of the group to write a short passage, in third person narrative, in which someone is afraid, in danger or confronted by a phobia. (10-15 minutes) Share and …

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Jun 12

Using Close First Person in your Writing

Using Close First Person in your Writing Read handout and discuss close first person: Handout: In fiction the story is usually told in first or third person and most often in past tense. First person means that the narrator is one of the characters and therefore can only describe what that character knows, or witnessed …

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Jun 12

Easy walking on Lanzarote

Walking the barranco

Easy Walking on Lanzarote There are many opportunities for easy walking on Lanzarote to suit all ages, abilities and levels of experience. For a small island such as this is, the choice is really extensive and the main problem is choosing where to begin! The good news is that you don’t have to embark on a …

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Jun 06

‘Bite Size’ histories of Lanzarote Chapter 5: Industrial Evolution

Castillo San José built in the 18th century on the orders of the King of Spain.. Known a 'Forteleza del Hambre'its construction frovided employment for the starving population

‘Bite Size’ Histories of Lanzarote Chapter 5: Industrial Evolution   ‘What did the people do here before the tourists came?’ It’s a frequent and understandable question, given that the vast majority of the population is dependent, directly or indirectly on tourism. But, this island seems to have a history of having one major industry at …

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Jun 01

Book Review: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

Book Review: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell Three books down the line I am still trying to get my head around the ending of ‘The Other Typist’ by Suzanne Rindell In this very clever study of obsession and manipulation the reader is quickly led to the notion that the book has an ‘unreliable narrator’, …

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