Monthly Archives: September 2008

Comic Signing at Orbital Comics

If you love your comics then you’ll love the following events held at Orbital Comics. You can find lots of neat stuff at their shops. The comic shop is full of a range of mostly American comics from the 1940’s onwards. It specialises in back issues but has all the recent comics, graphic novels and related merchandise as well. They even have tons of independently published comics!

Orbital Comics also have a manga shop which has the most comprehensive selection of manga in London and also stocks exclusive toys from Japan! They also have a designer toy shop that has lots of great vinyl designer toys in all shapes sizes and colours! Squat Magazine reviews Orbital Manga’s top 5 toys in every issue.

Details of three comic signing events follow – get there and grab yourself a piece of history.

1) Lost Girls Signing
Date: 13th September 2008
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Location: Orbital Comics, 148 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0LB
Tel: 0207 2407672
Website: www.orbitalcomics.com

Orbital Comics in London are hosting a rare signing with Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie for Lost Girls.

The signing will take place in-store at Orbital Comics, 148 Charing Cross Road, Central London (Nearest Tube, Tottenham Court Road, Exit 4) on 13th September 2008, from 2:00 to 4:00 in pm. Moore and Gebbie will be signing copies of the three-volume hardcover slipcase edition of the book. For more information visit www.orbitalcomics.com

2) Akemi’s Japanese Cultural Workshop

Date: 20th September 2008
Time:  Session 1: 12pm – 2pm
Session 2: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Address: Orbital Manga, 4c Orion House, Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9NY
Tel: 0207 2405577
Website: www.orbitalcomics.com

Join us at Orbital Manga on saturday 20th September for a FREE fun filled day with Akemi (lecturer in Japanese Culture and the oldest daughter of a Samurai family)
Learn how to wear a Kimono, tie an Obi and discover Chanoyu – a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.
Understand how to make a real Japanese “cuppa” tea which includes a taster session.

3) Doctor Who Signing

Date: 27th September 2008
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Address: Orbital Manga, 4c Orion House, Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9NY
Tel: 0207 2405577
Website: www.orbitalcomics.com

Saturday 27th September, come and meet the chroniclers of Whovian adventure and time travelling escapades, Tony Lee and Gary Russell who will be appearing for one day only at Orbital Manga from 2pm to 4pm, to sign your Tardis related funny-books!

Learning English for the First Time

Agreed, it’s a language that’s more confusing than most, simply because some aspects seem to follow no standard rules at all, like the singular and plural of nouns. Native speakers and academics of English have all at one time or the other been bombarded with questions that leave them stumped – for example, “If the plural of mouse is mice, why is the plural of house not hice?”

But learning English, especially the spoken version, is an easier task than learning any other language, mainly because it is one language that’s spoken in almost all parts of the world. You have access to a plethora of options, and if you’re in a country where English is the predominant tongue, you’re in luck cause you’re bound to pick up the language in record time and impress your friends back home when you go to visit. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as we all know, so if you’re interested in trying your hand (or shall we say tongue) at this versatile and ever-growing language, here are a few tips that will help you along the way:

  • Pronunciation is the key when you’re learning to speak in English, so gain access to podcasts that are available online and play them over and over again until you get the right diction. Record your voice on tape and check out how you sound before working on your phonetic skills.
  • Read, read and read some more – books, newspapers and any other written material in English that you can lay your hands on help in improving your vocabulary.
  • Watch television shows and movies, listen to native speakers of the language and listen to music in English to pick up common phrases and terms. While you may be confused initially with the slang that’s prevalent in one part of the world and the different versions of the language, you’ll learn the difference if you stick to the exercise long enough.
  • Enlist the help of a dictionary in your efforts or ask a friend who’s well-versed in the tongue. Don’t be shy to ask for the meanings of words or phrases that you’re not certain about – it beats using them in the wrong situations.
  • Get online and check out websites that offer exercises and tests in English to help you grasp the finer aspects of grammar and usage.
  • Practice what you learn when you go shopping or at the office, and take it in your stride when corrected (or laughed at).
  • The time and effort you spend on learning the language count towards how good a speaker (and/or writer) you become. Once you overcome the initial inertia and start reading more and more books, you’re well on the roller coaster to a mastery over the English language.
  • You’re not an expert till you’ve started thinking in the language, so don’t stop till your thoughts unfold in English.

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September and October UK IELTS Test Dates

Liverpool
University of Liverpool
Next Test Date: 13-Sep-2008

Aberdeen
Basil Paterson College (Aberdeen)
Next Test Date: 25-Oct-2008

Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth University
Next Test Date: 18-Sep-2008

Bath
University of Bath
Next Test Date: 25-Oct-2008

Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast
Next Test Date: 18-Sep-2008

Birmingham
Aston University
Next Test Date: 04-Oct-2008

Bournemouth
Richard Language College (Bournemouth)
Next Test Date: 11-Oct-2008

Brighton
Sussex Downs College (with test venue in Brighton)
Next Test Date: 11-Oct-2008

Bristol
University of Bristol
Next Test Date: 04-Oct-2008

Cambridge
Anglia Ruskin University
Next Test Date: 27-Sep-2008

Canterbury
Chaucer College Canterbury
Next Test Date: 04-Oct-2008

Cardiff
Cardiff University
Next Test Date: 25-Oct-2008

Colchester
Colchester English Study Centre
Next Test Date: 13-Sep-2008

Coventry
City College Coventry
Next Test Date: 18-Sep-2008

Eastbourne
Sussex Downs College (Eastbourne)
Next Test Date: 13-Sep-2008

Edinburgh
Basil Paterson College
Next Test Date: 27-Sep-2008

Exeter
Exeter College ( Sub Centre of Mayflower College)
Next Test Date: 27-Sep-2008

Glasgow
University of Glasgow
Next Test Date: 11-Oct-2008

Guildford, Surrey
University of Surrey
Next Test Date: 11-Oct-2008

Harrogate
Harrogate Language Academy
Next Test Date: 27-Sep-2008

Leeds
Harrogate Language Academy (Leeds)
Next Test Date: 04-Oct-2008

London
International House London
Next Test Date: 04-Oct-2008

London
Eurocentres
Next Test Date: 27-Sep-2008

London
Southwark College – London
Next Test Date: 27-Sep-2008

London
University of Westminster
Next Test Date: 27-Sep-2008

London
Middlesex University
Next Test Date: 27-Sep-2008

Manchester
University of Manchester – Language Centre
Next Test Date: 25-Oct-2008

Norwich
Anglia Ruskin University (Norwich)
Next Test Date: 27-Sep-2008

Nottingham
University of Nottingham
Next Test Date: 25-Oct-2008

Oxford
King’s School Oxford
Next Test Date: 27-Sep-2008

Plymouth
Mayflower College of English (Plymouth)
Next Test Date: 11-Oct-2008

Portsmouth
Language Specialists International (Portsmouth)
Next Test Date: 27-Sep-2008

Rugby
Warwickshire College
Next Test Date: 13-Sep-2008

Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University
Next Test Date: 11-Oct-2008

Southampton
University of Southampton
Next Test Date: 04-Oct-2008

Sunderland
City of Sunderland College
Next Test Date: 13-Sep-2008

York
Melton College York
Next Test Date: 13-Sep-2008