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日, 17 12月 2023 15:03

Cockney Rhyming Slang Quiz

Inspired by my students not knowing what a 'number two' was, I decided to create this little quiz on what is known, in the UK, as Cockney Rhyming Slang. These are expressions that have a rhyming element with the target word.

A Cockney is a native of east London, specifically someone born within earshot of the Bow Bells, rang from the Church of St Mary-le-Bow. Some people say they were used by 'Cockney Market Traders' as a secret language between each other to hide their converstions from their customers.

Whatever the roots of Cockney Rhyming Slang it makes for a fun quiz!

How many can you guess?

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日, 17 12月 2023 14:53


In this video, after recommendations from his students, Paul tries his very first 'nerunerunerune' (ねるねるねるね), which can only be described as a candy kit!

Will he be succesful is producing his own candy...and more importantly will he like the taste?

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日, 17 12月 2023 14:31

Picolino and a Flag Pole

I recently received a Japanese capsule toy (also known as a gashapon, or gachapon) from a friend. The capsule contains a Union Jack flag but I have absolutely no idea what else is in the capsule.
Join me as I discover the contents and find out that I have to make something which turns out to be much more complicated than I expected.

The real life maker of the flag poles, Sunpole, also created the Picolino, a decorative barrier to keep pedestrians safe from cars!

For more information on Japanese Capsule Toys, or gashapons please see my video from last year:

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