A success story

Dear Claire,   Happy September! I hope you’ve had a nice break over the summer. We’ve been very busy so it’s almost a relief that it’s back-to-school time…. I saw a back-to-school post on Facebook today from Free Rice. Funnily enough it’s just about a year since we wrote our own post about about Free…

Looking back, moving forward

Dear Sam,   Well, what a tonic it was to spend time with good friends! Oxford was looking glorious, with the college gardens and parks at their most colourful, and I loved seeing the profusion of roses everywhere. As well as reminiscing about our student days, it was wonderful to look ahead and make some…

A helping hand

Dear Sam, How are you?  I've been a bit under the weather with a cold this week and I wanted to thank you for telling me about the TED talks. Being poorly has given me the perfect opportunity to put my feet up and make myself feel better by listening to the inspirational speakers. In…

Ideas to change the world

Dear Claire. I’m glad you had a happy trip to Italy, and thanks so much for the link to Librivox. What a nice volunteer opportunity. I think it’s a fantastic goal to make all public domain literature free and accessible to everyone. It’s interesting that you should ask what’s on my Fall reading or listening…

Language lessons

Dear Sam,   Welcome home! I hope you had a fantastic time in Italy? I know you’d been learning some Italian before your holiday - did you get a chance to try it out? Following your good example, we’ve also just booked a short trip to Italy later this year, so I've been brushing up…