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Episode 07

In this episode Ravi is having a bad day and he tells Tess all about it. Their guests talk about the English city of Bath and global problems facing humanity. You can also follow Carolina as she goes away for the weekend with the Conservation Society. Will they have a good trip?

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Dear all,

I want to tell you about my hometown, Yogyakarta, or people also call it Yogya or Jogja in short. Actually, it's not the city where I was born, but I had lived in Yogya longer than the city where I was born, so I have more memories about Yogya.

Yogyakarta is a province in Indonesia, located near Central Java. Different from other provinces, Yogyakarta is lead by a King that also a Governor. Yogyakarta is well known as Education City. I lived in Yogya for that reason. I took my study start from Junior High School till University. It has a lot of good schools and universities. Students come to Yogya from other provinces in Indonesia.

Beside its education, Yogyakarta also well known as a tourist destination. It has so many beautiful places to visit, so there are so many tourists come there every year. It has beaches, temples, traditional markets, culinaries, etc.

Anyway, life in Yogya is quite cheap. We don't really need much money to travel in Yogya. Also, we can travel to another place in this city just in short time because almost there is not traffic jam and it has not really wide region. But, the most interesting thing of Yogya is its people who are friendly and care each other.

There is a belief that everyone who ever lived there, will get a curse. The curse is they will miss Yogya and want to be back there again. Based on my experience and some friends, it's true.

Anyway, because Yogya is very special, a group band has a song about Yogya, titled Yogyakarta, a song by Kla Project. I really like this song. It's very beautiful.


It´s a pleasure to meet information for your country, I tell him that I recently saw a photo exhibition entitled “Colors of Asia” and the artista presented photos of Laos, India and obviusly Indonesia, which could see landscapes beatiful and some cultural characteristics about heritage. What it is, that it is, thanks to the British Council network and we had the opportunity to read us.

Greetings from México

Hi, Exekiel. I am so glad to get a comment on this post from you. Was that exhibition held in Mexico? It must have been great. Please visit Indonesia sometime if you had the chance. I always like to visit other countries to get more experience and to enjoy that countries of course. I also want to visit Mexico sometime.

Yeah, I also want to say thanks to British Council which has helped us to learn English and to know much information from all over the world.

Greetings from Indonesia.

Hello Everyone!

Today I'd like to write WHAT IS NOT the biggest problem facing humanity. I have in mind "The global warming" of course. I am the geologist (6 years of studying geology) actually and I can say you that THERE IS NO SUCH THING LIKE GLOBAL WARMING. Certainly the climate of the Earth is changing now but this is totally normal. Our climate changes all the time. I the history of Earth there were warmer periods and colder periods. As same of you certainly know in the history of Earth there were several glaciation periods - when the large part of the Earth was covered with ice. Last glaciation period was about three milion years ago and sometime - maybe ealier maybe later there will be another one. Of course air polution, gas, fuels etc are very bad things for enviroment and we should fight with this -> but this is not the main couse of "global warming". Many people say about CO2 pollution. Certainly CO2 is one of the reasons of climite changing. Ok, human produces CO2 but nature produces CO2 as well and nature produces much more CO2 than human. We don't produce so much CO2 to cause the climate change. The point is that we just can't stop the climate changing. We must take care of environment and nature but climate still will be changing. Maybe it will be cooler maybe warmer, nobody knows.

Your way of view is different from common and interesting. I agree with you that we must take care of environment and nature but we can't stop climate changing.

me too

Hi all,
I think the biggest problems facing humanity today is: global warming. So where is the cause from? Air pollution, fuels, gas,...The bad habits of everybody has impacted, influenced to habitat, ecosystem, and atmosphere. The global warming problems will lead to phenomenon El- nino. It can be make farmer was lost their harvest, weather and temperature changes an unusually and harmful to humans. Besides, we are facing one more other problem the wild animal were hunted, for example: hunting Rhino for their horns, or African elephants are hunted for their tusks.
At the present, William - British Prince is calling everyone protect them by through the project" United for wildlife" in London, UK. Specially, Thu Minh Diva is one of the best famous singer from Vietnam has invited in London by British Prince so that attend for this opening ceremony this project.
Facing to the risk of extinction to wild animals, I supposed we need to real act, join in and calling everyone protect them from hunters. Do you agree with me???

Le Nhung

Hello Everyone,

Today I'm going to about beaches, islands in Vietnam. Because I'm a person very love beach even though my home town is not from beach regions, my country has three regions: the North, the middle, the South. Total have sixty- three provinces and cities, fifty- four ethnic groups are living in Vietnam. I like beach so much, consequently I want to recommend to everyone some famous beach scenic as in the North : Ha Long Bay, Co To island, Do Son beach.
Sam Son beach, Cua Lo, Cua Dai beach, Da Nang beach, Nha Trang beach in the middle of Vietnam. In the South: Vung Tau , Ha Tien.. special is Phu Quoc island, it is also called by other name Pearl island with many beautiful beaches.
And more especially in my country also have well known for Paracel islands, Spratly islands or it's name in Vietnamese : Hoang Sa Islands, Truong Sa islands It's in the East Sea of Vietnam in 17th century belong to Quang Ngai province, including 16 islands difference. I don't know exact how many people lived in there in the past, I think almost have noone lived at there before till in 2008, just only soilder islands, sometime has ship, boats fishing to here because distance too far from landward, daily living conditions is lack a lots of things, no electricity, foods, consumptions water, infrastructure, hospital, school, etc....
But now the government have supported and encouraged to citizen to settle down, plus policy priority for families live in islands.
In addition, the government are calling people in live landward trend to them and contributions so that help who living in islands will get living conditions better.

B. regards,

Le Nhung

Hi, Le Nhung. It's interesting to know about beaches and Island in your country. We also have many beautiful beaches and islands here in Indonesia. I like spending time on a beach. Just looking at the waves is running, feeling the wind blows, looking at the blue sky, playing the sands, seeing people with their activities on the beach, can make me feel relax and enjoy.

I lived in a village near some beaches when I was teen. I used to go to the beach very early in the morning at the weekend to enjoy fresh air there.

I hope I will be able to visit the paradise island in your country. It looks very beautiful.

Thanks for sharing, Le Nhung.


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