How It's Made
The big surprise…
I am sure; this title is known to most of you who like the Discovery Science channel. I am also one of those who watch this program on TV with great interest. Have no fear! I do not want to explain to you how rubber, a piano or something else is made. I just chose this title because I have had the chance to learn how the BBC Learning English webpage is made. Interested?
Well, I told you in my first entry that I have recently visited London. When my daughter, Csilla was at home in October she suggested that I visit her in London. At first I did not agree as I did not want to go alone and leave my husband and son at home. But she was quite stubborn – as usual - she had given me some time to consider before I made the decision and I said: “Why not.” And I flew there. So it was a mother and daughter meeting – just for 6 days. I stayed in Csilla’s and her friends’ shared house. I had known that Csilla would not be able to spend the whole time with me as she would have to work. It meant that I would have to spend some days without her so I had had to think of a plan what to do in London alone. But I had an idea!
I had written a letter to Caroline Dunton – to our lovely Carrie, about my heart’s desire to meet the BBC LE team, spend some time in the office and see what they do. Of course, she was very lovely and arranged it all. We agreed that Friday afternoon would be good. I went there very excited. My heart leapt when I stepped into the Bush House. ‘Don’t lose heart now.’- I told myself. And when I saw smiling Carrie at the door everything was OK. I was warmly welcomed by the team in the office. Carrie invited me for lunch in the canteen which was a good way to break the ice. After lunch we went back to the office where Carrie, William, Callum, Neil, Nuala, Jackie, Dima and finally Catherine showed me what they work on, how the page is made. I spent about a half hour with everyone and then they handed me over to another. I know some secrets but a secret is a secret and should not be told to others. I met the head of the BBC LE, Andrew as well. However, when we took the pictures he had already gone away. Unfortunately, Paul was out of the office. That is the reason why he is not in the picture. Everybody was really nice and I spent an unforgettable, lovely afternoon with the BBC LE team. I had a whale of a time in the office. Thank you so much for this opportunity to everyone, especially to Carrie.
I trust you are all well. I do also hope that you are all happy and healthy. The most interesting part of this open blog is to respond to your comments. I see that the “Christmas spirit” have already hit most of you. Although I started to decorate our house with Christmas ornaments the other day I think I have not been in a Christmas mood yet.
Cris, your tree is really nice. We put our Christmas tree up only on 24th December.
James, I have told Santa to stop at your house but I cannot guarantee he will speak Taiwanese. Yes, mulled wine is called varene vino in Slovak and forralt bor in Hungarian. (You might remember that we speak Hungarian at home as my family belongs to the Hungarian minority living in Slovakia) James, you are a technophile. Your write-ups are really interesting.
Naheed, I have not started any yoga class yet but I will follow all your advice and tips on yoga. Thanks.
Leila, oh, your Santa Claus is really nice-looking. Thank you for the site. I was absolutely amazed to discover this site.
Ana Paula, Adriana, Kiran, Satya – hope it is all well with you.
Filippo, thank you for your kind wishes. Yes, Little Jesus brings gifts on December 24th.
Ewa, I am sorry for the lost comment. I am happy that you have not lost your patience to write a new one. Keep it up. Thank you.
Pary, I am glad you have been reading my entries. Oh, Pary you are in the enviable situation of having a new born. You know, I have two grown-up children I am always green with envy if I see a little baby. Wish you and your family all the best.
Toni, I am glad to read your comment on my blog. I spent a two-week holiday in Barcelona in 2002 and I felt immediately in love with the city. We also visited the Picasso Museum, of course. Hopefully, one day I will have saved up enough money to visit Barcelona again. I would also like to go to Madrid and see the Prado Museum – it is a must to see. Do you agree?
Dear Tiasha! I am well, thank you. I will never forget your kind words when my daughter was ill. How are your daughters? Thank you so much for the effective remedy. Please, keep commenting.
Dehghani, Thank you. I wish all the best for you too.
Lidia, Antonio,Yumiko! It would be nice to hear your news. I am looking forward to meeting you too.
Well, I should probably stop here for today. Have a nice evening. Take care,
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