Bee Halton

Bee Halton

Life-long learner & Poetess
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Certified TEFL Teacher

Location Norfolk, UK



  • Well, I think you can discuss if he is part of the story itself. I included him because he was the son and in the story, he told. If he wouldn't be involved I wouldn't have included him.

  • Very interesting scenes. Am looking forward to creating the monologues.

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    I am looking forward to this exercise :-)

  • Same here :-)

  • I agree but also think people react to different stimuli. One person will act more on feeling empathy for a fellow human another might be more intellectual and would act more on understanding why the fellow human is in this situation.

  • Ah, this interview made me nostalgic. I read both Brecht and Ionescu in school. Loved Brecht (I grew up close to where he was born) and was fascinated by Ionescu. Need to see or read them again. Definitely, worth learning about their storytelling.

  • I suspect it is possible to understand all points of view but we automatically and without thinking assume that we should not understand a badies situation because it's bad. It's our moral compass kicking in.

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    Interesting thought that "doubt" is the antagonist. Definitely true.

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    John Henry
    Who was in it: John Henry, his son (also the narrator), railroad building crew, machine driver and the machine
    What are they doing: Building a railroad
    Where are they?: Somewhere in the United States
    When is this happening: In the past when the railroad was built after slaves were freed
    Antagonist: At first the boss or the railroad crew then...

  • There is no general answer to this question. It always depends what is researched and in what context. Keeping this in mind should help see sources more critically.

  • Exactly, that would be a brilliant thing to learn.

  • I found different search engine helpful too

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    Listening is something I am concentrating more and more on but I feel it is also a quality we are losing more and more.

  • It's amazing how differently we perceive this performance and how many different aspects we can find it. I learned a lot from you all!

  • I like your idea of a new way of storytelling with less conflict and more about becoming or being within. I have often thought recently that it's so important to look at what connects us rather than what divides us. However, I assume "conflict" in connection with storytelling doesn't necessarily mean "aggression" but "Working out how we grow as a human and how...

  • Hi Shola, lovely to meet you. Your comment "You know a good story when you hear it" made me smile and I think it is so true!.

  • Hi Bindu, lovely to meet you. That is a great idea to help youngsters through storytelling to find their path and a healthier way of dealing with issues. There is a tradition in Europe where the community met and told fairy tales to teach their young people about life. Sadly, this tradition does not really exist anymore. I bet there is something similar in...

  • Hello, I am Bee. I took this course because I love to write stories, and would like to improve my storytelling as well as learning how I can incorporate a broader view for my readers. To me, storytelling is a way to make sense of life in general and our own lives specifically. I heard somewhere that humans are "the storytelling animal" and it made me think...

  • I think it is important to learn how to distinguish credible sources of information from non-credible ones. I usually follow my gut which isn't very scientific. It works for every day research I guess but not if I want to get deeper into a topic.

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    Hello, I am Bee a blogger and very curious person who likes to research thinks I am interested in. I am from Germany but live in the Uk. I have no knowledge in research as such. Just looking up things. Lovely to meet you all.

  • Thanks very much for this informative course.

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    Thanks very much!

  • Even though I think that the Rule of Law crisis is the most important to sort out, I also think it is essential to get more citizens involved in European integration. While I might find the fears, that people, who follow a right-wing political view, have, ridiculous I feel these fears have to be taken seriously. There need to be answers to those fears that...

  • My opinion is the same: Rule of Law crisis is the most important to solve

  • I agree with the legal scholars in defence of the CJEU. Am also a little shocked that a German court acted in that way. Makes me think, that they try to give concessions to their right-wing movements.

  • As I wrote in the previous unit, I find this conference very exciting. The EU tries to get forward. As far as I understand it, they also try to integrate its citizens in the discussion, which is important. I suspect whatever solution they come up with will have good and bad points. It's a project as is often mentioned so it will develop because I believe that...

  • I think, that is very exciting.

  • I think it is good that these groups exist because they probably give more possibilities of cooperation on a more focused level. However, it depends on what their goal is. The Visegrad cooperation is a rather questionable one.

  • To me, it seems that it is both a curse and a blessing. On the one hand, it weakens the EU when it comes to the rule of law concerning Hungary, for example. On the other hand, it allows to keep these countries close and try to keep the damage as small as possible. "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" is what they say.

  • Sounds like a good compromise that will help less well off countries.

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  • To me, it is mainly a moral crisis. After WWII, when many Europeans experienced the horrors of war, there might have been more willingness to help those in need of a safe home. I say "might have been" because I know that Germans from Eastern Europe coming back to Germany weren't always treated nicely. The same goes for refugees here in the UK at the same time....

  • @EllaS It's complicated either way and a huge balancing act: How long is it sensible to be diplomatic and when do you have to start showing consequences. Maybe the best way is to strengthen democratic forces in countries that go off the rail, so they find a way back to a full rule of law themselves.

  • @ThomasDoyle And that is exactly the reason why all kinds of protest votes happen when EU elections are on in Germany. Not a good thing when it comes to supporting the EU. Germany learned it's lesson from the 1920s that is why they chose the 5% hurdle. And I have to say I never appreciated the "Zweitwahl" particularly when I was in Germany. Still, I do now...

  • My target audience is people who need help to chose a film/tv program on streaming services according to different criteria than genre.
    I came to that decision because it's what I was wondering about a lot recently when I wanted to watch something on a streaming service but could no decide what to watch but their suggestions didn't help either.
    One sentence...

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  • I am not sure if my "choose a film according to your mood" is perfect for a mobile app. Might work as well on a games console or computer. It would need a search engine I guess. It would have to be personalised I assume so you probably would have to rate some films/tv programs according to which mood you watch these or which films you watch when you are in a...

  • We have just recently started to use streaming services for tv and film and are often overwhelmed by the amount of films/tv programs on offer and watch nothing because we can't decide. Their suggestions according to what we watched before don't work for us either.

    I want to develop an app where you can choose a film depending on your mood rather than a...

  • Brilliant. I had a similar idea but might choose something else.

  • I found the advice given on the HIG's very interesting. They show "rules" that seem to a user as a given but as a developer you need to think about them. I think the interface standardisation is a good thing because it makes it easier for the user to understand the use of a new app. That's probably part of what's called an app being "intuitive". As long as...

  • The screen of a laptop/pc is bigger so more functions can be shown in one go which can be handy. You might be able to make changes easier. However, the phone version might be easier to use because you can choose one solution and have it directly at hand.

    Adding the direction you want to go are the same.

    I would prefer the laptop/pc version if I plan a...

  • @MichaelBannister I think the problem is more that politicians usually seem to only think in short-term or only in terms of their country. The results that might come later on or are more far-fetching seem to be difficult to integrate. There are ideas here in the UK to cut support for developing countries to pay for the pandemic, which I think will make more...

  • @MichaelBannister That is a fascinating point of view. Populist parties and rhetoric certainly force the established political, social and economic forces to change. If that is a change for the better or the worse is a different matter altogether. But my experience is that there are always two sides to the coin.

  • @KatharineJones I think they are doing much better. I read somewhere but can't find the link that one of them even got named one of the best countries in the world when it comes to democracy.
    This is not the link I read before but should give an interesting...

  • As many others mentioned: What difference did it make? As far as I can see none. Only makes it look like the EU does something without doing something. However, I have no solution on how to change that because I believe if the EU enforced, it would make those opposed to the EU in these countries even more powerful. It plays in the rhetoric that the EU doesn't...

  • Me too :-)

  • I agree in theory. However, such an approach would play into the rhetoric of sovereignty and that there are enemies outside which in turn would make the breach worse.

  • @MattScott That's what I thought. For a long time, in fact. Just after the referendum, a co-worker said to me: "Please don't hate us!" And I explained to her that I believe Brexit encourages those who still follow Hitler's legacy. That opinion comes from the knowledge that Germany has a problem with right-wing parties at least since the 1990s, which is often...

  • It seems to me that the EU is extremely afraid of losing members. Maybe they need a plan or a mechanism that makes sure it stays relevant even with fewer members. Or because of fewer members.

  • @SörenLairdSörries true, but it depends on how or even if these advantages are communicated with the population. Doesn't seem to me that many average UK residents had heard of these when voting for the referendum.

  • @ThomasDoyle Thanks that is good to know

  • @SörenLairdSörries it is also interesting that the same rhetoric was used against EU immigrants here in the UK.

  • Good questions. Then Extinction Rebellion would fall under populism too. To me, it definitely shows that there is something wrong with the current social and economic system no matter where it is. But if populists of either political direction would be able to make a meaningful difference seems doubtful to me. I assume as long as we think as "us" and "them" we...

  • To me, it seems that populists rise everywhere. Trump in the United States of America is one well-known example but also Modi in India has populist ideas. Erdogan in Turkey, Bolsonaro in Brazil and Putin in Russia to name just a few. And I am not even thinking of the left-wing populists.

  • I agree with your point on the huge burden of countries like Greece and Italy. Unless they get financial help from the EU, it doesn't seem fair. However, I also have trouble with patriotic feelings. It is entirely accidental where someone is born. If I am lucky enough to be born in a rich country, I feel I have the duty to help those less fortunate. But that,...

  • I am aware of Poland and Hungary changing their approach to the rule of law, however, not exactly how and why. But I feel it is scary that the political elite in these countries think that it is a "good" approach to today's problems.

    The migrant crisis was caused by the war in Syria and the conflicts in other middle eastern countries as well as economic...

  • Am looking forward to learning about the Rule of Law crisis because I think that is the biggest threat to the EU.

  • I seem to remember a lot of rhetoric against countries who had trouble with their economies in connection with the EU, namely Spain and Greece. I also remember Cameron coming back but didn't feel anyone really explained what was going on and what it meant for the UK. However, I didn't take much notice so that might be why I think that way.

    Has the Euro...

  • I think this would be a good idea because it strengthens the EU as an institution. The EU would be more able to react to a crisis. However, I assume it would be very problematic to convince EU critic populations and might make those forces who want to either leave or even destroy the EU stronger.

  • Me too.

  • That's a good question. I want to know that too.

  • I am surprised by how much differentiation there is. They don't make it easy, do they? On the other hand, it is good to know that there is flexibility, but maybe that is the reason why it is so difficult to understand for "normal" people what exactly the advantages are to be in the EU.

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    I have to admit all this is hard for me to understand. I have a feeling though that when it comes to conditions for financial support, they are there when less powerful countries need the support but the other way round they aren't.

    On the other hand, it isn't straightforward to bring such different countries as they are in the EU into one regulation.

  • I can't remember much about the Euro Crisis. Only that Greece and other Southern European countries had economic problems and needed bailing out which not everybody agreed with. Also, those countries had to fulfil harsh conditions to get the funds.

  • I had an operation on my left side, which impairs my arm a little. When I lay down and use my phone, it hurts very much. While laying down, I find it rather difficult to use the phone just with the right hand. Not sure that can be solved within the smartphone environment though. I suspect I would need to get a gadget that holds my phone up. Or not use it...

  • I guess I only use the touchscreen in very "normal" ways. Can't think of anything unusual. Interactions with the touchscreen are only challenging for me if they don't work. However, that is usually not the touchscreens fault but the memories. Well, it changed from non-existent, over not working very well to using it daily, doesn't go without.

  • Most features that the apps I use, use are probably the touchscreen and the speakers. And, of course, the connectivity to the internet. I am not sure about Gyroscope/magnetometer/accelerometer. They might be used for the games I am playing because they often need the phone to be horizontal instead of vertical.

    The battery could always be improved, but...

  • @JohnGalbraith Indeed but wouldn't that support the idea to first gain a compromise in the UK, decide on a strategy and then trigger Article 50? Even though I remember how against each other, both sides were. It would probably, as you said, have been difficult to find any compromise.

  • I used a Chinese version of the Blackberry and had a Tablet too but can't remember its brand.

  • I have game apps, blogging apps, social media apps and reading apps on my phone. I installed them for entertainment, easy sharing and for making my life easier. Those I uninstalled are those that make my phone slow; I don't use very often even though I thought I would and those that do not work properly.

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    Thanks very much for this great introduction. It made me more interested in learning to code.

  • Thanks very much for this course. It explained a lot that I didn't understand before and will help me.

  • I am interested in becoming a frontend developer or content creator. Knowing to program is suitable for content creators too because it helps them to show content in the best way. Yes, I am determined to look deeper into both languages and already do via SoloLearn on my phone and Free Code Camp on our laptop. I haven't looked into any companies or job roles...

  • I think it is important to be a team player, to like learning, be flexible and creative. Also, a "Can-do" attitude would help.

  • I have worked with WordPress and also played with its HTML section. As to how to break the code up and use it as a template? It's probably a question on which areas should appear similar throughout the page. What makes it easier to use and understand.

  • Needed more time.

  • To get coloured tags, I think you click on the settings sign beside HTML. It opens a menu where it says "HTML processor" If you click "Haml" it changes to the colour set up in the HTML.

  • I put "We are Known for Our" as a heading and have the "Contact us" etc. in one paragraph but put two breaks when I wanted a bigger space.

    I think the "We Are Known for" is quite important that is why I put it as a heading. As for the paragraph setting at the address. No idea why I put it as two breaks. Tom's paragraph solution would probably be better...

  • I just followed the instructions one by one, which was a good approach as I did not get muddled up with anything. I noticed that I know more about HTML than I thought I did. In this case, I did not find anything frustrating.

  • That was fun. The instructions were clear, but I had done some of this before, so it was easier for me. Most of all, to remember to close the tags.

  • I have already worked with and find it brilliant. What currently helps me most is the fact that coding means doing a little bit, trying it out, then work on. Previously I thought I am not getting it as so often it didn't work what I was trying out. It teaches patience, and that's a virtue as we all know :-). Am looking forward to having another go.

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    Thanks and thanks for the course.

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    Thanks. This is very helpful.

  • Thank you very much. I am looking forward to learning more.

  • I had a look at, but I have a feeling that the WordPress codes are rather complicated. I couldn't figure much out. And I couldn't change much either. Nothing I did seemed to make any difference.

  • It is great to be able to play around with the code. This way, we should be able to learn how things change even though I agree with others: playing with CSS seems more complicated than with HTML.

  • I absolutely agree.

  • Indeed they do. Many of the anti-immigrant slogans I heard since and around the referendum here in the UK I heard many times before in Germany too.

  • @SéamusMcClelland You ask an excellent question here. I am from Germany and referendums are not used very often because of the experiences with fascism under Hitler. Germany used several referendums for him to gain power. I think Germans can only have a referendum when it comes to change the constitution or to change its county borders. I think referendums are...

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    I suspect this idea of sovereignty as in "We can do what we want" has always been an illusion. Countries always had to take into consideration what their neighbours wanted or needed because otherwise conflicts and wars would have broken out continuously. They also could not have traded. In a way, Europe at least had continuous wars and conflicts. I always...

  • @IanCooper I had trouble at the time to understand why the backstop was such a problem for UK politicians because it was only meant as a last resort. An agreement on how things should work between NI and Ireland, aka between the UK and the EU should have made it redundant. Now it's a front-stop, so they got what they did not want? Which would explain why the...

  • When Theresa May announced to trigger Article 50, I thought it was much too soon because there did not seem to be an idea of what the British people really wanted. To my mind, the UK should have worked out what it needed & what it could give. Figure out the ins and outs of the difficult parts. Then trigger Article 50 and be prepared for the two years of...

  • I just hope that Britains "visions" of being better off outside the EU will come to pass because otherwise, it learns the hard way that the empire is gone for good.

  • I have heard of most of those events but was very surprised about the "rival" organisation to the EEC. I also followed most of the events from the late 1980s onward but now feel that German media offered much more information about the events than Britain did. I know more about the events from when I lived in Germany than those that happened when I moved to...

  • @SinéadVaughan That surprised me too.

  • There have always been passport checks at the border to the UK. I think the UK did not or did not fully join the Schengen agreement which governs free movement. At least when I travelled from and to the UK, our passports have always been checked.

  • The UK is currently in the so-called "Transition Period". So they are in a sort of "in-between state" as I see it. But I assume you could also say the UK left in January 2020.

    The process of leaving the EU is set out in Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, I think. The state that wants to quit needs to trigger that article, and then the new relationship...

  • This part is one of the reasons I am here. Thanks.

  • I believe migration is "just" a reason that was played up by certain parts of the media. To me, the underlying problem is that many citizens feel not heard, left behind by society and the current business model. I suspect that Brexit will make this problem just worse. I also believe that people who feel like that look for "easy" solutions and scapegoats and...