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So the new English Premier League got underway last night. Who’s going to be there or thereabouts for the title this year? Is it going to be the same two teams fighting for the title or is someone else going to step up?

Who do you think will win the premier title this year? Select one team in the poll.

So that’s the winners…but what about the losers? Who do you think will be relegated at the end of this season? You can choose up to three teams in the poll.

Good luck to whichever team you are supporting this season!

30 years ago today, the worst disaster in British sporting history happened during an FA Cup semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.

With 96 fatalities and 766 injuries, so many families were affected by what happened that day. So many people left their homes to go and watch a football match, and never got to return home. It was a desperately sad day for everyone involved, and even for those of us who watch the TV as news of the terrible events unfolded.

Today, 30 years on, we remember not only the 96 people who lost their lives, but those who were injured and the families of all those who were caught up in the those awful events.

When I discovered that a band I’ve seen a number of times had written song specifically to remember this tragic event, I felt I had to share it with you. I not only remembers those who were killed but it’s also a great song.

So as you listen to The Christians sing Big Red Sky, remember those who were killed or injured at Hillsborough 30 years ago today.

 

I’d be the first to admit that words are not one of my strong points, particularly when it comes to the spoken word. That’s maybe why it’s maybe stuck in my mind that in the last week I’ve heard several stories/instances of miscommunication that have all come about because of language differences.

These miscommunications have all fallen into one of the following categories:

  1. English is not the primary language of all participants. e.g. English and French.
  2. Difficulty understanding specific dialects. e.g. Glaswegian, Geordie, Liverpudlian etc.
  3. Use of local or slang terms instead of a standard English term. e.g. Dreach instead of raining etc

Have you been in a situation where for one of the above reasons has caused miscommunication in your life?

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I’ve done a few Word Associations and Places Associations with you over the last few months, and one other UK specific Places Association which, as the title suggests, is all about places in the UK. i.e. cities, countries, towns etc.

So instead of throwing words at you and responding with the first word that comes into your mind, today I’m going to throw names of places in the UK at you, and this time I want you to respond with whatever comes into your mind first about that place.

So here goes…cities

  1. Forfar
  2. Liverpool
  3. Motherwell
  4. Paisley
  5. Alloa
  6. Bellshill
  7. Largs
  8. Bourneville
  9. Cardiff
  10. Sheffield

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Bridies
  2. The Beatles
  3. Work
  4. University
  5. Family
  6. Salvation Army
  7. Ice cream
  8. Chocolate
  9. Closed
  10. Cutlery

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did you understand all my answers? Did any of your own answers surprise you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond to any of these words or place association games, with the first things that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state and our true feelings about a place.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?