Gary Littman


Garry Littman is the owner and director of The Language House in Geneva which organises English language training for professional people, companies and students. He was a radio and newspaper journalist in his native Australia and ran a restaurant in Kathmandu in his younger days. He is an English language trainer and an aficionado of pétanque.

A love story of champions

THERE was once a boy named Noel who grew up in Manchester in the UK and desperately wanted to be a brilliant footballer.

Around the same time, in Veneto in northern Italy, young Alessandro, who was actually quite talented with the round ball, desperately desired to be a rock star.

Noel was more gifted with the guitar than the football and joined his brother Liam in a band called Rain, which soon changed its name to Oasis. Alessandro, the son of an electrician, found his football skills in serious demand and was offered the deal of a lifetime by a football club called Juventus at the age of 18.

Alessandro recalls how he 'reacted just like a kid' when he met Noel and Oasis for the first time: It’s a love story of champions. ALMOST everyone knows Luke. He is an earnest young man searching for the identity of his father in a time when the galaxy is run by a powerful fascist empire. Sounds depressing? Luckily Luke has the force with him and some help from R2-D2, Yoda and the magnificent Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Young Luke Skywalker (or at least the actor Mark Hamill) is now 62 years old. How does that make you feel?  Well, you will probably feel even older when you see this blooper tape of Star Wars from 1976. It was recently unearthed and last week posted on YouTube. LUKE has trouble pronouncing ‘supernova’ in the climatic scene as he destroys the Death Star. He should have asked Oasis for some pronunciation lessons. Here is their classic Champagne Supernova which has the immortal lines:‘Slowly walking down the hall/ Faster than a cannonball'

WE have all seen so-called ‘sensations’ on television talent shows. But have a look at this nine-year-old girl on Holland’s Got Talent. Next stop La Scala. The following video is getting about a million hits a day. DAVID Shrigley is one of this year’s nominated artists for the UK Turner Prize, the world’s most controversial contemporary art prize. Shrigley made this dry and droll animated film for Pringle of Scotland (a jumper, not chip manufacturer).

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