Digital Events by the Royal Collection Trust – Palace of Holyroodhouse

Royal Hobby’s George Cruikshank, Royal Hobby’s 1819 – British Museum

Isaac Cruikshank, A mad Bull! or upsetting the Royal Hobbies! 1820 British Museum
Love in a Cottage, 1820 British Museum

The Royal Collection Trust is operating a timed ticket system and will launch three digital events, soon in October from the Palace of Holyroodhouse: Building the Palace (a short talk), An Evening of Eastern Encounters, and Life at the Court of Mary, Queen of Scots.

All these digital events are free of charge and should be booked in advance to guarantee your ‘digital entry’. Here is the 🔗 link for bookings.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, and the home of Scottish royal history. For more of Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿, I let you know 🙂

Wherever you are, be safe and good 👍 .

‘Celebrating the World Tourism Day’

“The 2020 Global Week to Act4SDGs, on September 18-26, is a joint call to action for everyone– leaders, citizens, organizations, and institutions- to commit making this a Turning Point for People and Planet and put the Goals at the heart of their recovery plans, to use the next ten years to deliver all the Sustainable …

The ‘World Tourism Day’ is the 27th of September 2020

and I’d like to share with all my readers a fantastic online course run at Future Learn by The Global Travel & Tourism Partnership (GTTP). 

On the 27th of September, I’ll be thinking of Guinea Bissau 🇬🇼 and celebrating its huge potential to grow in the tourism sector. 

In a modern and connected world, I’d like to raise awareness and leave room for discussion on the reasons why written English and digital skills combined are important to be learned and can enhance intercultural communication. 

Intercultural communication refers to communication between people from two different cultures. (Chen & Starosta, 1998:28)

So, kindly leave a comment if you wish to take part in my little project that aims to reach only 20 people, or instead like it if you really do! 

GTTP is a charity funded by the travel and tourism industry which helps young people across the globe access the skills and experience they need for a career in the sector.” 

Each year, the GTTP supports more than 800,000 young people across 16 countries.” with English language as a medium of instruction and in my humble opinion this way enhancing intercultural communication. 

English is also used in interdisciplinary subjects and fields of research. The aim of this blog is to raise awareness of the United Nations Goals up to 2030. Whereas I support Quality Education (Goal 4) through Partnerships (Goal 17) would be a good idea to look at them all as they are inter-connected.

The 17 statement goals of the United Nations are clear and set to be achieved by 2030. The questions arise such as: 

  • Do governments want their citizens to be more international?
  • Which governments?
  • And if so, what are leaders performing to get this done?
  • Why are written English and digital skills combined important to enhance intercultural communication in a modern and connected world?

Academically, English is one of the main languages used “as a global for communication” and the aim of this short blog is to explore its benefits to enhance business in the tourism sector through partnerships such as the GTTP. 

Here is the link for the course!

This blog looks at tourism, business, science, and arts, through education.

In the 21st century desirable skills like enhancing intercultural communication and establishing partnerships towards achieving the 17 United Nations’ goals such as fighting poverty through quality education and partnerships through the medium of English language and technology. 

Is it important for everyone to learn English?

In my opinion, it is very important to learn English because I live in a country where many people are bilingual and it would take me longer to learn their second language besides English was a mandatory subject in secondary school, looking back at the 20th century together with French, German, and/or Latin but it’s up to each one of us.

Nowadays, English is still mandatory in my country and now children start learning English in primary school.

I wouldn’t say that is important to everyone though as it depends on other factors and there are other important languages such as Spanish. It is helpful to know two foreign languages at least out from those assigned from the United Nations as the official languages and they are: Arabic, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and English.

English provided me with great opportunities, allowed me to access knowledge in the United Kingdom where I’m now starting my MA Education Studies, and gave me more employable chances than I had before, and opened up better-paying opportunities internationally. I lived, worked, and traveled in Asia (several countries including China) and Europe.

With that said, learning English can be beneficial, and learning it has changed my life so I want to carry on practicing my writing skills and pass on my ideas in a more efficient way but cannot generalize. 

I however would like to add that most info is written in English and being informed is a good status! 

I’m grateful to the British Council and the University of Groningen and to all classmates and supportive lead educators at Future Learn through the pandemic period from March to May 2020. 

To sum up, English skills and digital tools combined can possibly create stronger and effective partnerships to work on the United Nations 17 goals.

In the 21st century, digital tools are a key skill and no longer should be seen as a distraction or merely used as so. Social media and networks are useful to build upon the partnership to networking though English written skills and digital skills are needed and must be used by leaders to build-up to the benefit of their communities. Indeed, a powerful tool to be integrated into the curriculum and to be used through the medium of quality education and the tourism pillars despite seasonality.

COVID-19 cross frontiers faster than the speed of wifi. Who wins the marathon?


British Council

Exploring English: Shakespeare 

University of Reading

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study

United Nations 🇺🇳 


English as a medium of instruction by British Council

10 Fairy Tales To Download For Free

1.Beauty and the Beast

Author: Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve

Published: 1740

French 🇫🇷: La Belle et la Bête 

Click this link 🔗 , here, to read for free.

La Belle est la Bête

2.Cinderella or “The Little Glass Slipper” 

Originally published: 1955

Author: Daisy Fisher

Available, here, to read for free.

3.Hansel and Gretel

by Ian Wallace (Author / Illustrator), Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

Want to read for free? Click the link, here.

4.The Little Match Girl

by Hans Christian Andersen, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)

Want to read for free? Click the link, here.

5. The Happy Prince and Other Tales

“As he is no longer beautiful he is no longer useful,” said the Art Professor at the University.

by Oscar Wilde

Originally published in May 1888 

It contains five stories: “The Happy Prince”, “The Nightingale and the Rose”, “The Selfish Giant”, “The Devoted Friend”, and “The Remarkable Rocket”.

Click the link 🔗 !

6.Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm

A 19th-century German 🇩🇪 fairy tale, published it in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm

Illustrator: Wanda Gág

Available, here, to read for free.

7.Donkey Skin

Donkey Skin is a French literary fairytale written in French language verse by Charles Perrault and originally published in 1695. It was first published in 1695 in a small volume and republished in 1697 in Perrault’s Histoires ou contes du temps passé.

To read in English, please, click the link, here.

8.East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Original title: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne

Norwegian fairy tale. 🇳🇴 

by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Moe

Click the link 🔗 here, to download the PDF.

Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne

9.The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods

Published by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697. 🇫🇷 

Available, here, to download PDF.

Histoires ou contes du temps passé

At last…

10.Red Riding Hood

by Lidia L. A. Very 

Original title: Le petit chaperon rouge

“Le petit chaperon rouge” Photograph by The British Library board, Getty Images

Published in 1863 in the United States 🇺🇸

Click the link, here, to download PDF.

25 Sources To Help Funding Your Course in the UK

Effective Fundraising and Leadership in Arts and Culture (University of Leeds & Arts Council England)

Take a look at funding databases, lists, and sites which include these 25 such as:

1 British Council – Study UK 🇬🇧

Anything is Possible’

2 Save the Student! 🧠🧠🧠 In my opinion, ‘Save the Student’ is the most informative website in regard to Finance England and Finance Wales to new students in the UK besides they have tons of tips on how to make some money through apps and other sources. Give it a go.

3 UCAS – Additional Funding

UCAS is the website where you should register up to five courses and apply to university 🎓.

4 Women’s Resilience Funding

5 The Ruth Hayman Trust

The Ruth Hayman Trust gives educational grants to adults who have come to settle in the UK and whose first language is not English.

The next closing date for grant applications is  26th August 2020

6 National Association of Student Money Advisers

7 Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Many other sources of funding help within this amazing website.

8 The scholarship COSARAF Charitable Foundation’s education support package is open to UK Muslim students who face financial hardship and, ideally, are the first in their family to attend university. Priority will be given to those for whom the award will make the most difference and who demonstrate a clear plan to give back to their communities and wider society.

The Sheikh Family Scholarship supports underprivileged Muslim students through top universities. Scholarship application process will reopen in October 2020.

9 The Savoy Educational Trust 💪

The Savoy Educational Trust is an independent, grant-giving charitable trust, whose main aim is to advance and develop education, training, and qualifications within the hospitality industry.

10 It is worth looking at the Charity Commission website where you can find all registered charities in England and Wales. I believe there are about 8,000 to look at, in England & Wales, here!

11 The Bell Educational Trust

Education is at the heart of everything they do. A world united by intercultural understanding, they believe in the power of language education to transform lives, remove barriers, and unlock the world for their students and so do I.

12 CAF Charity Grants

‘A grant is more than just a donation; it carries a commitment to delivering particular work and reporting on the impact of that work.’ Find GRANT PROGRAMMES list either running by themselves, or managing on behalf of other companies, trusts or foundations.

13 European Funding Guide

Find Money For Your Education

14 Trusts That Found Education

There is a list from the free Charity Excellence Framework online toolkit Maximising Income questionnaire. To access the full list of 50+, you must register.

15 Charity Choice

16 Educational Trust Forum

17 Turn2us

Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track and the majority of reliable websites refer to Turn2us. You need a post-code in the UK 🇬🇧 to access.

18 Grants for Individuals by Grants Gov.UK

19 Uni Grants: Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland 

20 Postgraduate Studentships

All types of funding, all for postgraduate

(Masters and Ph.D.)

21 Grantmaking bodies A-Z

22 Bibliographical Society Minor Grants

Minor Grants. The Society offers a limited number of minor grants, of £50 to £200, for specific purposes such as the costs of travel or of microfilming for research purposes (but not for attendance at, or travel to, conferences).

How to apply?

23 GrantsOnline

Funding and more funding and grants!

24 How To Get a Graduate Job?

Make your graduate job search easier and land the graduate job you want with help from the UK’s leading graduate coaching company with this new online free course. It doesn’t take too besides it’s free and learning from an expert is worth the time.

25 National Careers Service in the UK

5 Charities That Offer Postgraduate Funding to Study in The UK

Charities to help your Postgraduate studies in the UK

  1. Sir Richard Stapley Education Trust

Open to students from all countries, applicants must be resident in the UK at the time of applying, as well as during their course of study. The Trust supports postgraduate degrees in any subject, as well as courses in medicine or veterinary sciences taken as a second degree. All grants are made annually, and are normally between £500 and £1,500.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for a grant you must be: 

a) I will be over the age of 24 on 1st October 2021

b) I have been accepted (or I am applying for) a place on a degree course in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies taken as a second degree, or a full- or part-time place on a Masters or Doctoral degree programme in any discipline, at a UK university in the academic year 2021/22

c) I will already be resident in the UK when I apply for the grant 

d) I will remain resident in the UK throughout the course of study

e) I will be facing demonstrable financial need in the academic year 2021/22 (details about how this is calculated are in the application form).

  1. The Humanitarian Trust

Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria must be met for the Trust to consider a grant:

Students must be studying an academic subject at graduate or postgraduate level

Students must be under 30 years old when they finish their course

Students must have secured the majority of their required income needed for the year – whether this is through student loans, scholarships, university hardship grants, grants from charitable trusts, employment, family contributions or similar. Please indicate what other grants or loans have been applied for.

Students must have a maximum shortfall in required income of £2,000.

Grants can be used for tuition fees or living expenses only.

  1. The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust support thousands of scientists and researchers in more than 70 countries, as well as innovators, educators and artists.

  1. Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

Grants for postgraduate study

**Deadline has changed to 1 September**

We award bursaries of up to £5,000 a year for UK university students, who are in financial need, and have a parent or spouse or are employed themselves, as a commercial traveller, pharmacist or grocer.


Postgraduate bursaries are designed to provide support to UK students in financial need, who have a parent or spouse, or are employed themselves, as a commercial traveller, pharmacist or grocer, and who are registered on a full-time postgraduate degree course at a recognised UK university. 

  1. The Bibliographical Society

Fellowships and Bursaries

The Bibliographical Society invites applications for awards from scholars engaged in bibliographical research (on, for example, book history, textual transmission, publishing, printing, bookbinding, book-ownership and book-collecting).

Members’ interests extend to every part of the world and to all periods. Historians, students of literature, humanities scholars in all fields, librarians, and all book lovers, amateurs and professionals, will benefit from the Society’s activities and publications.

The Society makes Minor Grants for immediate research needs, such as for microfilms or travelling expenses, and Major Grants for longer-term support, for example to assist with prolonged visits to libraries and archives. The Society also offers from time to time the Katharine F Pantzer Jr Research Fellowship.

The Society also makes subventions to conference organisers to subsidise attendance by postgraduate students at bibliographical conferences.

The Society gives £1500 for student bursaries at the London Rare Books School, which selects the recipients.

All love letters are ridiculous, Fernando Pessoa

Welsh 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿,

Todas as cartas de amor são

Todas as cartas de amor são


Não seriam cartas de amor se não fossem


Também escrevi em meu tempo cartas de amor,

Como as outras,


As cartas de amor, se há amor,

Têm de ser


Mas, afinal,

Só as criaturas que nunca escreveram

Cartas de amor

É que são


Quem me dera no tempo em que escrevia

Sem dar por isso

Cartas de amor


A verdade é que hoje

As minhas memórias

Dessas cartas de amor

É que são


(Todas as palavras esdrúxulas,

Como os sentimentos esdrúxulos,

São naturalmente


Álvaro de Campos em Arquivo Pessoa

In English

En español

11 ferramentas online para melhorar o texto escrito em inglês

Gostaria de começar por frisar (to stress!) que estas ferramentas, que partilho se adequam a todos os mais ou menos criativos que tenham apenas um telemóvel e internet, o que no dias que correm, olhando em redor, não é assim tão pouco.

Dirigo-o a quem queira melhorar a sua habilidade na escrita da língua inglesa. A grande parte, senão todas, foram-me sugeridas pelos meus professores, de cursos vários que fiz online e também por colegas. No total são11 ferramentas online para editar texto em inglês

2 ferramentas para processamento de texto

Eu uso o Google documents e a Evernote.

A maior diferença entre as duas é que, os documentos da Google, não está disponível na China, a menos com acesso por VPN, que é ilegal mas mesmo assim usado.

Outra diferença para a Evernote é que os erros são sublinhados automaticamente, ou porque efectivamente a palavra tem um erro, ou porque gramaticalmente a frase não foi bem estruturada. Claro está que quem se atreva no mundo das traduções amadoras, definir os settings na língua a ser traduzida é fundamental. 

Neste telemóvel chinês que eu uso, nao o posso fazer, porque a língua portuguesa não foi contemplada, por isso uso outras duas apps.

Apresento a Evernote como vantagem aos documentos da Google, porque na China, a Google não é acessível a menos com o uso de um VPN.

2 apps para definir tons e corrigir erros ortográficos

Quero recordar que dirijo este texto, aos portugueses que queiram escrever em inglês, qualquer que seja o motivo.

  1. Pleco 
  2. Grammarly

2 websites para traduções de português para inglês

Os meus preferidos são o Google Translate  e a English Cambridge Dictionary. O tradutor da Google pode ser de bastante suporte, sobretudo se o conseguirmos verificar em três línguas. Sei que não é preciso mas usei esta técnica quando fiz o meu primeiro curso de irlandês e funcionou conseguindo sempre estabelecer contacto por mensagem de texto e obtendo resposta.

O Cambridge Dictionary é maravilhoso e quando preciso de traduções mais pequenas, até 160 caracteres funciona muito bem. Também o uso para procurar vocabulário e sinónimos e sempre que tenho dúvida em que contexto se usa a palavra. 

4 dicionários recomendados para escrever melhor em inglês


Uma ferramenta ideal para encontrar traduzidas algumas expressões populares portuguesas, e a palavra inglesa em contexto. 

  1. Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries

Este dicionário digital foi-me recomendado pela minha professora de espanhol.

  1. Macmillan Dictionary

Este último oferece um curso muito interessante, de novo na plataforma FutureLearn intitulado Understanding Dictionaries. Caso lhe interesse também é gratuito.

1 website para verificar plagiarismo

Só posso sugerir este, porque as outras que tentei usar não eram muito funcionais. De qualquer forma, depois de editarmos o texto, é só seguir as instruções.

Exploring English: Shakespeare

A quem se dirige este curso?

Exploring English: Shakespeare, é um curso para pessoas que estão a aprender inglês e estão interessadas na língua e no legado que nos deixou William Shakespeare.

Exploring English: Shakespeare
Neet, United Kingdom

O material foi desenvolvido para falantes de inglês não nativos que estudaram inglês até ao nível intermediário e (aproximadamente B1 no QECR) está disponível na plataforma FutureLearn.

Este curso de inglês desenvolvido pela British Council continua disponível online e tem uma duração média estimada de seis semanas, foi apoiado pela instituição de caridade Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, que reabrirá as suas portas no próximo dia 1 de Agosto.

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Explore o idioma inglês através de cinco peças de Shakespeare.

Este curso aborda a vida e as obras de William Shakespeare e leva-nos a Stratford-upon-Avon e ao Globe Theatre em Londres, onde William Shakespeare garantiu o seu lugar central na literatura inglesa, que seguimos até hoje.

Neste curso de inglês online, gratuito, da British Council poderá melhorar as suas habilidades na língua inglesa através de cinco das muitas peças de Shakespeare:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Hamlet
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Tempest
  • Macbeth

Neste curso muito interactivo, os atores e especialistas de todo o mundo explicam e exploraram os temas universais que Shakespeare abordou em seu trabalho.

Gostei particularmente de aprender com as palavras e expressões que Shakespeare introduziu na língua inglesa, das observações dos vários actores que participaram neste curso e dos muitos recursos que são facultados, como os quizzes, para além de se poder interagir com os outros alunos e professores com as nossas dificuldades e ou ideias e opiniões. Uma das professora deste curso responde, semanalmente, às questões que lhe colocam. Esta é uma das abordagens que mais gostei, dos cursos que frequentei até agora. Algumas curiosidades sobre a vida pessoal de William Shakespeare são apresentadas. É um curso estimulante, cheio de recursos variados, os professores são super atenciosos e eu adorei completá-lo, por isso, recomendo-o no meu blog post de hoje. 

Para quem queira assistir a audios, recomendo a Folger Shakespeare Library que presenteou os seu subscritores, no início da pandemia, com inúmeras peças, algumas delas acima mencionadas. Assim sendo, mais uma vez, muito obrigada à biblioteca digital e aos artistas. E vamos fazer figas para voltarmos ao teatro, o quanto antes!