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October 2019
WELCOME TO OUR OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER !

There's only three months to go until Christmas!   Can you believe it?   Where has the year gone?    It doesn't seem all that long ago that it was a brand new year at the beginning of 2019!   Well, well, well!   How time flies!   It seems as if you blink, then time just passes you by!  Oh well...........let's get some writing written and corrected............and some English conversation practised and spoken........

So what's happening this month?   Well, as for me, I'm working away at getting something ready for you for the Christmas holiday period!   No clues today, but it is extra extra special!   Ha!
And what news do we have for you this month?   Well what about this?

Best English are holding a weekend-long Intensive English Workshop for ESL learners from Saturday 5th October 2019 - Sunday 6th October 2019 at King College International School, Bangkok.   The workshop starts at 08:00 and finishes at 16:00 on the Saturday and the Sunday.   Admission is FREE!   Participants will be limited to a maximum of 30 people, in order to ensure that everyone can speak and take part in the exercises.   Attendees must show, or demonstrate, a level equivalent to Pre-Intermediate to satisfy the instructors and in order to be able to attend.   For further details / more information - Contact Best English


How about you?   What's happening in your part of the world?   Write in and tell us - that will be good!
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THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

October (Oct.) is the 10th month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, coming between September and November.   It has 31 days.   The name comes from the Latin 'oct' for "eight".   It was the eighth month of the year before January and February were added to the beginning of the year.

Is October a national month?   Yes, that's because October is National Italian-American Heritage Month, Cook Book Author Month, and Country Music Month, as well as (for the more serious) National Cholesterol Month.

October is the tenth month in the earlier Julian calendar.   It dates back more than 2000 years to the ancient Roman calendar, which was replaced by the Julian calendar in 45 BCE.

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

What is the meaning of the October month?   October is here, and in the northern hemisphere, that often means the days are flush with falling leaves, chilling weather, and a growing anticipation for the holiday season.   The tenth month by our Gregorian calendar, October shares a root with octopus and octothorpe—the Latin octo-, meaning “eight.”

October became the 10th month when January and February were added to the Calendar.   The Saxons called the month Wintirfyllith because it had the first full moon of the winter season.

The two zodiac signs associated with the month of October are Libra and Scorpio.   People born from October 1st to October 22nd are members of the Libra sign.   Scorpio: October 23rd to November 22nd.   The Scorpio is resilient and opinionated, which explains why they are amongst the most driven of the zodiac signs.

October also has two birthstones; Tourmaline and Opal.   Tourmaline is a favorite gemstone for many because it's available in a rainbow of beautiful colors.   Opal gemstones are truly unique because each individual gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind color combination.

Libra (September 23 - October 22) - Libra is obsessed with symmetry and strives to create equilibrium in all areas of life.   These air signs are the aesthetes of the zodiac: Ruled by Venus, the planet that governs love, beauty, and money, Libras adore high art, intellectualism, and connoisseurship.

The most compatible signs with Libra are generally considered to be Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius.   The least compatible signs with Libra are generally considered to be Cancer and Capricorn.   Comparing sun signs can give a good general idea of compatibility.

What are Libras attracted to?   This is plain and simple, Virgos are attracted to Pisces!    Libras are most attracted to Leo's and almost any sign except for Aries.

When a Libra woman is hurt, she seeks out harmony and peace.   She wants a peaceful, balanced relationship, so she does not like getting into a fight.   Libras hate being alone in life, so they will try to restore balance to their relationships.   When a Libra woman is hurt, you need to start by showing how much you care.

October's birthday flower, the vibrant marigold, is a Mediterranean native plant and has been prized for both its beauty and versatility.   They come in a range of colours including white, gold and yellow; however, probably the most popular is bright orange.   There are two types of marigolds, tagetes and calendula.

The bird month of October is the Swan.

Famous people born in October:-

Buster Keaton   John Lennon   Eleanor Roosevelt   Pablo Picasso   Bill Gates   Bob Geldof

Bruno Mars   Carrie Fisher   Charlton Heston   Chubby Checker   Desmond Tutu   Don Mclean

Eminem   Groucho Marx   Jimmy Carter   John Mellencamp   Julie Andrews   Julia Roberts

Kim Kardashian   Mahatma Ghandi   Margaret Thatcher, United Kingdom PM   Richard Harris

Richard III   Sarah Ferguson - The Duchess of York   Sir Roger Moore   Sting   Vladimir Putin

The Month of October in the United Kingdom


It's Autumn Colours Everywhere
&
"Time for Christmas Shopping"

 
HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA

Autumn Time & the Leaves are Falling

The Golden Colours of Autumn

Walking in the Park with the Trees Turning

Floods in October due to the Heavy Rain

Marigolds - the Flower of October

Halloween Pumpkins on October 31

It's Autumn and Time for Christmas Shopping

ENGLISH LANGUAGE "TOEIC" PRACTICE TEST" RESULT

Congratulations and well done to all those of you who attended the 'TOEIC Practice Test'
in Madrid, Spain, during September.

There were some very good results/scores from many of you.

But the winner on the day was Jose Antonio, of Barcelona. Well done to him - 3,000 words of proofreading & copy editing are FREE on your next manuscript submission.


Well, what can we say about this month?   How about this?



 GO AND HAVE A GO AT THIS GRAMMAR

PRS "BEST ENGLISH" GRAMMAR COMPETITION!

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YOU CAN ENTER THE COMPETION FROM THERE


BEST OF LUCK WITH YOUR "COMPETITION TIME" GRAMMAR QUESTIONS!


Okay!  Got to go for now!   Have a fabulous October and we'll be back with some more exciting News for you at the beginning of November!

Take care and look after yourselves!

Be careful what you do ..................... and keep on writing, writing, writing!

Best wishes ............

Nancy News

Editor

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