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BBC Learning English – The “right” way to make ratatouille

The time-consuming nature of cooking a true ratatouille has paved the way for easier-to-make alternatives. However, some are fighting to protect the integrity and heritage of the dish. By Emily Monaco 13 August 2020 With its summery combination of aubergines, courgettes, peppers and tomatoes, ratatouille is a beloved classic of southern French cuisine, particularly in…

BBC Learning English – Will you need an ‘immunity passport’ to travel?

Some of the earliest countries to be impacted by the virus have been quick to adopt health certificates – but can immunity passports really help us travel safely again? By Justin Meneguzzi 31 August 2020 The global economy has been severely disrupted by Covid-19, with the virus wreaking particular devastation on the travel industry. While…

BBC Learning English – The remote hideout of the World Bank

A secret World War Two meeting in New Hampshire’s remote White Mountains created one of the 20th Century’s most important institutions By Linda Laban 26 August 2020 Shimmering white and gracefully statuesque, the Mount Washington Hotel is a manmade anomaly among the raw wilderness of the surrounding White Mountains in remote northern New Hampshire. This elegant Gilded…

BBC Learning English – An Icelandic ritual for wellbeing

When Iceland reopened its public swimming pools after two months of closure, the nation was so delighted that queues formed outside pools at midnight. By Karen Gardiner 17 August 2020 Three months ago in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavík, hundreds of people queued outside the city’s largest swimming pool under the blueish glow of the…

BBC Learning English – A food revolution in the Falklands

People in one of Britain’s most remote corners have more meat and fish than they need – but finding enough produce to eat a balanced diet remains a challenge. By The Food Programme & Gerard Baker 21 August 2020 Surrounded by the South Atlantic and separated from Great Britain by some 13,000km, the Falkland Islands are a…

BBC Learning English – A tini ‘nation’ in outback Australia

Fifty years ago, this remote micronation declared independence in a story of princes and princesses, taxes and treason and wheat quotas and war. By Richard Collett 12 August 2020 I’d never met royalty before. Parked outside the unassuming entrance to a remote farmstead in the boundless emptiness of the Western Australian outback, I was covered…

BBC Learning English – Why are the Dutch so tall?

The Dutch moved the sea to build their nation – and became the world’s tallest people in the process. By Gavin Haines 24 August 2020 Heading west out of Rotterdam I walked along red-brick pavements, past crooked townhouses and pellucid canals, past fragrant Surinamese restaurants and out-of-town supermarkets, until I got to the port. And…