Homework:Impressions of London


I came to London to study and travel in April. After 5 years of work, I hoped to have a break and take a breather, to look around the city which I had yearned to visit for a long time.

London is better than I expected, of course, not everything is so good…, but for culture, art, design and aesthetics it is really nice. London is a diverse city a blend of old and new things as you would expect from its long history. You can find strong design culture everywhere. It leisurely surrounds you in the nature of things. For example, I really like the architectural design in London, with a high tolerance and respect for history, old and new buildings are next to each other appropriately and this creates such a beautiful landscape. People designed everything they touched and took it for granted, even just leaflets. You can criticize the city is old, but you can’t deny that it was designed, it is practical and looks great.

People said that Londoners are emotionless and arrogant, hmm…I don’t think so, I feel they are polite, gentle and easy going. Maybe you think they are lazy, because of inefficient public services or public affairs, but in my opinion, that is because they knew better to balance life. I saw the Londoner treasured the sun very much, they like to sit on a lawn in the park and picnic at lunch time in the sunshine. It reminded me that I never cherish the environment so much and feel guilty.

I came to London about two months ago and I have been getting used to living here. I saw the British protected the assets of history, They know how to let it coexist within those modern things which are sharp and stiff, and make it brilliant. I believe I will learn more and love more in the future.

Homework:Speaking English..

Speakng English is a bit difficult for me after having graduated from school about 8 years ago, but I quite like it, and really treasure this opportunity. Although I think it’s not memory problems, but my mouth just can’t keep up with my brain.
Obviously, you wouldn’t have had these kinds of problems when you were young, because your mentality was simple, your expression directly came out without any pressure. Of course, I know when I have thought too much before I open my mouth, and my language can not convey the real meaning and I was getting nervous, then my speaking became stammering and I felt like a complete fool. I can’t forget the bemused faces of my classmates. It was really embarrassing.
However, after that I realized, without such shame, I cannot progress! I must be more courageous!

Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster — from scratch

感謝張小明分享,太有趣了!^^

TED:"單單製造出一個烤麵包機,就需要依靠到整個文明社會;設計師湯瑪士斯韋茨(Thomas Thwaites)歷經一番寒徹骨才學到這點。他從無中生有一台烤麵包機:採鐵礦、提煉石油中的塑膠…他所努力做出的成果,著實相當驚人。這對現在相通的社會頗富寓意,不管是對設計師或消費者都一樣。 "

TED:"
It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil … it’s frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike."

Thomas Thwaites is a designer “of a more speculative sort," he says.