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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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Entertainment
by HLesley
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
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
3 years 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
3 years ago
History
by HLesley
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
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
3 years 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.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
Home & Garden
by HLesley
3 years 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
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
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
4 years ago
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

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