Valentine’s Day is an important date in the calendar. After all who doesn’t want a bit of romance in their life. But, what do you do if you haven’t found your significant other, yet?
Greetings cards are huge business in the UK. A 2015 report from the GCA (Greetings Cards Association) valued the UK market at £1.6 billion. And cards can cost anything from a few pence to several pounds. But you don’t need to break the bank, you can join the increasing number of people who make their own cards. According to Crafts Beautiful, the top consumer craft magazine, greeting card making in the UK is the number one craft hobby. So, why not give it a go: it’s fun and easy!
Instead of giving out a shop-bought card on the next special occasion among family or friends, try your hand at making your own.
Making your own cards does not require hours of time, and hard work, it just needs a bit of creativity, the right materials and a sense of fun. You can even get the family, and kids involved.
I am a baby boomer – one of the many children born in the years soon after the Second World War when all the surviving armed forces returned home and started families. All over the country, schools were built or expanded. My own senior school used to have 200 pupils, but within two years this shot up to more than 2,000. Classes were large, and we had 13 classes in a year, with usually over 30 pupils in each class.
Scrapbooking has been around for ages, but it has recently experienced a surge in popularity. People from all walks of life have discovered the joys of creating albums to showcase their treasured photos and keepsakes, and it can be a great way of keeping a record of your progress learning English. There are many quite elaborate scrapbooking techniques and embellishments available, but the truth is, anyone who can use scissors and glue can scrapbook (yes it is a verb). You don’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to create attractive pages. With some basic supplies and a little imagination, you can create lovely scrapbooks that will be adored for years to come.
You may never have heard of them, but believe me when I say, The Archers are a British institution. Turn on your radio anytime from the 1950s onwards and “that music” would come on; “‘Dum tee tiddly dum tee dum tee dum tee …‘”. Yet this tale of ‘Country folk’ is all in the imagination, including the geography. There is no Ambridge, no Borsetshire, no Woolpack pub etc. They simply don’t exist. It is all form the imagination of the writers, but they have been around for so long. One of the characters, Jill Archer, first appeared in the programme when I was a girl, and she is still going strong. Recently I saw the actress who plays her, Patricia Greene, being interviewed on television. All these years I had never even seen a picture, so she wasn’t at all as I had imagined her, and then she began to speak, and there she was: that gentle, slightly hesitant, caring voice I’d been hearing most of my life.