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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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History
by HLesley
1 year ago
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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
1 year ago
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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
1 year ago
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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
1 year ago
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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
1 year ago
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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.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
1 year ago
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Things to Do on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast: Close to Vancouver Yet a World Away

While only ten miles from Vancouver as the crow flies, the Sunshine Coast is a getaway from the city that can only be reached by ferry.

Home & Garden
by HLesley
1 year ago
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How to Care for Wood Furniture

Wooden furniture can be a beautiful addition to your home. However, it does require a certain amount of T.L.C. to maintain its beauty.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
1 year ago
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Home & Garden
by HLesley
1 year ago
Six Healthy Reasons to Enjoy Gardening

Instead of spending hard earned cash on commercial health miracles, you can simply get outside to enjoy the many health benefits of gardening.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
1 year ago
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A Waste of Daylight: Fun Facts About Daylight Saving Time

Why do we observe daylight saving time, and is it really of benefit?

Health
by HLesley
1 year ago
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Not Just for Vampires: Garlic Through the Ages

Garlic, the stinking rose, has been used as a food and a medicine since ancient times.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
1 year ago
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A Guide to Preparing for the IELTS English as a Second Language Examination

What an English learner needs to know before taking the IELTS Examination

Health
by HLesley
1 year ago
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Why You Should Eat Your Porridge: Foods That Lower Cholesterol

When it comes to super-foods, porridge has to be one of the best for managing cholesterol and heart health. Find out what other foods offer the same benefits.

History
by HLesley
1 year ago
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Surprising Life Choices for Women in the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages women's life choices were limited by both gender and social status. But in spite of these limitations they had a surprisingly wide range of careers.

Home & Garden
by HLesley
1 year ago
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Adventures in Wallpapering: A Do It Yourself Guide

Learn some interior decorating tips by sharing my wallpapering experiences.

Entertainment
by HLesley
1 year ago
Why is Britain's Batty Children's Writer Enid Blyton Still Popular?

At her productive height, British children's writer Enid Blyton pounded out an estimated 10,000 words a day. Her books have always been popular with children but are often criticized by adults.

History
by HLesley
1 year ago
The Gobeckli Tepe Mystery

The discovery of a complex of stone circles in south eastern Turkey which are thousands of years older than the Egyptian pyramids raises many puzzling questions about the dawn of civilization.

Technology
by HLesley
1 year ago
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Earthquake Prediction: Folklore and Science

Earthquakes happen suddenly and without warning, and can create horrendous devastation. No wonder, then, that people throughout the ages have looked for warning signs, or precursors, that might alert them to impending disaster.

Entertainment
by HLesley
1 year ago
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13 of the Best Movies Ever Made From Children's Books

Once in a rare while, when a movie is made from a children's book the quality of the original book and the production values of the movie come together in a perfect magical recipe.

Entertainment
by HLesley
1 year ago
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Movie Review: Max (2015)

Inspired by a true story, Max both is the story of a traumatized military service dog and the family that adopts him and an adventure movie for young audiences.

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