Newsletter February 2012

The Town Crier welcomes our first group in Chester

The City of Chester is the only place in Britain to have retained the tradition of regular midday proclamations at a fixed place and time – Tuesday to Saturday, May to August, at noon, at the High Cross (10.30am on Race Days).

Located at the pedestrianised intersection of the four main streets of Chester, the High Cross has been the site of proclamations since the Middle Ages. Indeed it was on this very spot in 1646, following the Great Siege of Chester, that King Charles I was proclaimed a traitor. As one writer has said, “At the Cross we are upon ground hallowed by as long a succession of civic incidents as any spot in our kingdom”.

Chester’s Town Criers, David and Julie Mitchell, have been appointed to continue the tradition of historic proclamations from the Cross.

Our first group of students in Chester (ISIS L.DA VINCI Portogruaro Italy) met the Chester Town Crier and was involved in different activities, which were fun and interactive.... a good start in Chester!

Ha Ha Road - Mostyn Gallery Llandudno

Until 11th March 2012

Exploring the use of humour in contemporary art, Ha Ha Road presents the work of artists who play with the ‘rupture of sense’. It takes place at Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno until 11th March. Taking its title from the name of a street, the exhibition plays on its double meaning. Apart from its connection with laughter, a “ha-ha” also refers to a type of sunken boundary: a wall or fence set into a trench, forming a hidden division in a landscape whilst preserving the scenic view. This invisible frontier serves as a neat metaphor for our relationship to the world of laughter.

Get ready for Chester Races!

The City of Chester is steeped in history and displays much of it in the medieval buildings, structures and walls which have helped define the city to the great many visitors it welcomes. In terms of horseracing, the city boasts an additional historical element in Chester races hosting the oldest racecourse in England, which has held horseracing events since the early 16th century.

Please, get ready for the May festival. You can find more information here:

Saying of the month "As different as chalk and cheese"

It means two things that are very different from each other. We have hundreds of phrases to indicate the similarity of one thing with another and similes like 'as alike as two peas in a pod' are commonplace in everyday speech. A modern-day spin-off of 'chalk and cheese' is 'chalk and talk'. This refers to the traditional teaching method where the teacher stood at the front to address the class while writing on the blackboard with a stick of chalk (which those of a certain age will well remember). The phrase emerged in the UK in the 1930s but had a shortish run as a widely used expression as classrooms began to be equipped with whiteboards in the 1960s. 'Dry-wipe marker pen and talk' never caught on!

The Conlan School Course Guide

The Conlan School Course Guide demonstrates the broad range of study programmes we can offer you and your students. Through our ever growing network of contacts in the business and educational community, our aim is to provide experiences that will expand knowledge and increase confidence within the culture of Wales and the UK. We hope that during your time with us you and your students can progress personally and positively in every aspect of life!

Please, click here to download "The Conlan School Course Guide"!