A magical visit to Hayao Miyazaki’s Ghibli Museum in Japan

The Disney release of the movie Ponyo (here’s an extensive fan review on the Ghibli Blog) has heightened interest in its creator, animation master Hayao Miyazaki, and his Japan-based company Studio Ghibli. You can visit the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka (a western suburb of Tokyo) to see a spectacular facility […]

Film As Extended Listening?

Some teachers warn against using film (only) as extended listening: is this a valid criticism? Students do tend to be enthusiastic about film, but if all it really provides is listening practice, there are plenty of good reasons to avoid it in favor of more communicative activities — or to […]

Daily Dose 09.27

Which airline is greenest? British Airways, says GreenLight magazine. Other tips for greener flights… go nonstop, choose efficient aircraft… Sierra Club’s Energy Film Fest is playing in cities from California to Vermont, check out their schedule to see if you can catch it… Australia has built a spectacular new 57-mile […]

Trainspotting and Trendsetting

Like any other metropolis, Edinburgh has its share of glitz and glamour, stoops and slums. The thing that has always intrigued me is the way that trend and fashion are often born in the precincts of the poor, only to be worn out by the machinations of popular culture and […]