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Brexit: The mother of all uncertainties   Leave a comment

Marcus Ampe's Space

After the article by Senior Lecturer in Comparative Central and East European Politics at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London Seán Hanley, I would like to advise you also to read the opinion piece by Professor Paul Ekins, Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, which was first published on the UCL ISR blog.

Paul Ekins’ academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy and received in 1994 a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme. In 2015 he was awarded an OBE in the UK’s New Year’s Honours List for services to environmental policy.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas spoke exclusively with edie after featuring in a panel debate about the impact of EU membership on UK environmental policy. Photo: Green Party MP Caroline Lucas spoke exclusively with edie after featuring in a panel debate about the impact of EU membership on UK environmental policy. Photo:

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Posted June 30, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Leopold Must Fall   Leave a comment

Imperial & Global Forum

cullen1 Statue of Leopold II in central Brussels. Photo credit: Daniel Cullen.

Daniel Cullen

Overshadowed by Oxford’s ongoing Rhodes statue controversy, in late April a motion was debated by student representatives at Queen Mary, University of London, calling for the removal of plaques commemorating the 1887 visit of King Leopold II of Belgium. Presenting the motion, the university’s Pan-African Society referred to atrocities committed during Leopold’s rule of the Congo Free State and argued that the presence of the “deeply offensive relics” was “glorifying and uncritical”. The group proposed that the plaques be relocated and recontextualised, “preferably in a space dedicated to the memorialization of the crimes of genocide, colonialism and imperialism”.

Transnational protestors across the world are presently demanding critical reflection on the legacies of prominent imperial figures and the “decolonisation” of higher education institutions, addressing wider issues of institutional racism, from Oxford to Princeton. This protest movement began in…

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Posted June 28, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Northern Ireland, we Remainers haven’t abandoned you to a Brexit: Support a Second Referendum!   Leave a comment

Posted June 28, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Brexit, Nexit, Vlexit and Frexit   Leave a comment

Marcus Ampe's Space

After the Dutch showed how they were against the European Union and also voted against a trade deal with Ukraine, they now found some new oil in the idea of a Nexit like the British referendum got them a positive vote for a Brexit. For some years Geert Wilders had set his eyes on a way to get rid of European voices in his ‘Holland’. He was very pleased that the Europhile elite has been defeated and was quick to congratulate the english with the outcome of the referendum.
Partij voor de Vrijheid (logo).pngHe asked already some time to have a referendum like the British had last week. For him the Dutch people deserve a referendum as well. The Party for Freedom consequently demands a referendum on NExit, a Dutch EU exit.
As quickly as possible the Dutch need to get the opportunity to have their say about Dutch membership of the European Union.

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Posted June 28, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Beyond the classroom…involving parents in learning   Leave a comment

Oxford University Press

shutterstock_220645462Vanessa has been teaching English as a Foreign language in Portugal for the past 20 years. She is currently teaching at Escola Superior de Educação.  Her areas of interest are teaching YLs, Teens and Pre-Teens. She joins us today to preview her webinar, ‘Beyond the classroom… involving parents in learning’ taking place tomorrow, 28th June and Wednesday 29th.

While it is true that as teachers our main mission is to teach the students in our classrooms lots of exciting new language and skills, it’s also true that as professional educators we often invest a lot of our precious time in speaking to and dealing with students’ parents. For example, we may just say a friendly hello, offer a friendly reminder, provide a word of warning or perhaps simply give a student’s family and loved ones some feedback about their child’s progress. Whilst this may suffice for some parents, some teachers…

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Posted June 27, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

The impact of BREXIT on ELT   Leave a comment


Like many people in the world of ELT I was shocked and disappointed by the results of the EU referendum this morning.  Like many people in our position, my wife and I have been sitting on the sofa in our house in central Portugal,  in a state of bleak disbelief struggling to understand both how the British people could have made this choice and of course, what the ramifications are for us.

We are asking ourselves questions like:  Should we stay here?  If we want to stay here, how do we go about it?  Should we go somewhere else?  Should we return to the UK?  Do we even want to return to the UK?  How on earth are we going to make that happen if we do?

There is a lot of anxiety in our thinking, a lot of uncertainty and a lot of speculation, none of which adds up…

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Posted June 25, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Some plain truths about immigration   Leave a comment

Posted June 20, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

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