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HLesley
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Originally from the UK, I emigrated to Vancouver, B.C. in the late sixties.  At the time Vancouver was a small  but beautiful city on the edge of the Pacific rainforest with a multicultural population and an aura of excitement. In fact, it was just beginning to develop into the world-class city it has now become. I fell in love with both the city and my future husband, and decided to make Vancouver home.
At the age of 50, after raising my family, I completed a BA in English and Linguistics and began a new career teaching English as a second language. I have retired from classroom teaching, but still teach on line via Skype. I also write on-line articles on a variety of topics which reflect my love of travel, language, literature, history, health and the environment.

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Travel & Places
by HLesley
1 day ago
The Strange Case of Point Roberts, WA and Why It Is Separated from the Rest of the U.S.

How did the peninsula of Point Roberts, Washington, 22 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. become an isolated section of American soil cut off from the rest of the U.S. by an international border?

Travel & Places
by HLesley
1 week ago
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Japan: Nature Calls

For women, a rarely discussed but vitally important aspect of international travel is answering the call of nature. This can offer fascinating cultural insights around the world, particularly in Japan.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
1 month ago
13 shares
Burns Night: How the World Celebrates Scottish National Poet Robert Burns

January 25 is Robert Burns Day. This is when Scots and Scottish wannabees in Scotland and around the world joyfully celebrate Scotland's most famous poet.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
2 months ago
Canadian Camping Adventures

Some pearls of information I have learned from our Canadian family camping trips.

History
by HLesley
3 months ago
8 shares
Remembering Sacrifice: Wilfred Owen and the Poetry of World War One

Remembrance Day originated in the outpouring of grief at the end of World War I, the "war to end all wars". That grief is also reflected in the work of the World War One poets, the greatest of which is Wilfred Owen.

Entertainment
by HLesley
3 months ago
6 shares
Poor Man's Archery: Fun with Darts

Sometimes referred to as "poor man's archery", darts is a British working-class pub game with origins that are lost in the mists of time.

History
by HLesley
3 months ago
9 shares
The Columbus Hoax: Who Really Discovered America?

Columbus was not the first European to travel to North America. He may also have been preceded by travelers not only from Europe but also from other parts of the world.

Entertainment
by HLesley
4 months ago
5 shares
The Irreverent Musical Reverence of "The Book of Mormon"

This satirical musical from the creators of South Park deals with unlikely topics from the history of an evangelical religious movement to female genital mutilation.

History
by HLesley
5 months ago
23 shares
Mata Hari: Double Agent or Dupe?

Mata Hari's life was considered scandalously shocking in her day and is now the stuff of legend. She may be the archetype of the sexy female spy, but things are not always what they seem.

History
by HLesley
6 months ago
25 shares
What is the EU and Why Brexit? A Historical Perspective

Throughout history Europe was torn apart by war, but some, including Winston Churchill, dreamed that it need not always be so.

Technology
by HLesley
6 months ago
8 shares
Geothermal Power in Iceland and Japan: A Study in Contrasts

At first glance it might be difficult to find two countries more different than Iceland and Japan. However, both countries have several things in common, including rich resources of geothermal power.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
7 months ago
123 shares
Vancouver, Canada: A City For All Seasons

Vancouver, B.C is often referred to "Canada's banana belt" or "Lotus Land" because of its mild climate, and visitors come year-round to enjoy what the city has to offer.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
8 months ago
20 shares
From Bobbies to Beefeaters: Meet Eight Iconic Londoners

Let me introduce you to some individuals who are an integral part of London's rich history and tradition.

Pets & Animals
by HLesley
8 months ago
Six Things You Probably Did Not Know About American Robins

Learn more about one of North America's most common birds.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
9 months ago
12 shares
History
by HLesley
9 months ago
7 shares
How Did Spanish Become a World Language?

In 1494, Spain gained exclusive exploration rights west of a line running down the 46th meridian. This determined the future of Spanish colonization of the New World, and the resulting geographic distribution of the Spanish language.

Entertainment
by HLesley
9 months ago
3 shares
The Rags to Riches Life of Dame Shirley Bassey

The youngest of seven children born in the notorious dockland slum of Tiger Bay in South Wales, Dame Shirley achieved worldwide fame and now lives a life of secluded luxury in Monaco.

Health
by HLesley
9 months ago
12 shares
Fascinating Facts About Insomnia

Insomnia has been linked to a host of problems. While some celebrities had bizarre ways of dealing with sleeplessness, there are actually some effective ways to cope.

History
by HLesley
10 months ago
107 shares
Ten Influential Women From British History

There have been many great women throughout British history. Some held powerful positions but had to fight the male establishment and did not always gain the recognition they deserved.

History
by HLesley
10 months ago
What Happened to the Mayan Empire?

The Mayan Empire once extended from Mexico's Yucatan peninsula to Honduras. Yet by 950 A.D many of the great Mayan city states were mysteriously abandoned following what is known as the Great Collapse.

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