English around us

A world of words


What is Shrovetide? Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is a game played in the Derbyshire town of Ashbourne every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Unlike a conventional football match this game … Continue reading

04/03/2014 · Leave a comment


I’ve found this beautiful piece of fitness history in which a torero from Spain, Gabriel Alcoba, demonstrates his invention to exercise at home. This slimming device from the 1950s has … Continue reading

08/05/2013 · Leave a comment


To behave in a dishonest way in order to get what you want. Armstrong’s confession Why do sports people take prohibited substances?  It is important to be honest? “You can … Continue reading

22/01/2013 · Leave a comment


Chessboxing is  a mixture of chess and boxing – one round of chess is followed by a round of boxing and so on until the winner is declared by knockout, … Continue reading

24/10/2012 · Leave a comment

Make it count

Make whatever you do matter.  

23/09/2012 · 1 Comment

Torch Relay

A group of people who continue an activity that others from the same team or organization have been doing previously. The Olympic torch will be carried round the UK by … Continue reading

18/05/2012 · Leave a comment


 To give a person or an animal drugs in order to make them perform better or worse in a competition. Organisers of the London Olympics are determined to keep this … Continue reading

04/05/2012 · Leave a comment