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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
Learn English in November

Monday Night Owls - 26 November 2018 - The tiny, self-declared Republic of Užupis

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,255 Teacher
We read an article about the tiny, self-declared Republic of Užupis, located in the capital of Lithuania:


Vocabulary Top 10:

tongue in cheek - in a way that is not serious and that is meant to be funny

boast - to have something that is impressive

plinth - a block of stone or wood that is used as the base for a pillar, statue, etc.

juxtaposition - to place (different things) together in order to create an interesting effect or to show how they are the same or different

eclectic - including things taken from many different sources

Soviet bloc - the largely Communist countries of the eastern world, usually those in Eastern Europe and Asia aligned with the USSR in the Cold War era

endeavor - a serious effort or attempt

derelict - no longer cared for or used by anyone, neglected

decimated - to destroy a large number of (plants, animals, people, etc.)

encapsulate - to show or express the main idea or quality of (something) in a brief way

What do you think about Užupis?
Do you know of any other places in the world like this?
What would you include in the constitution if you created your own country?


  • NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,255 Teacher
    Here is another article talking about some other micronations: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/micronations/index.html
  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 2,072 ✭✭✭✭✭
    After reading the article, I decided to set off straightaway, fly to Vilnius, cross the bridge, winking with complicity at the bronze mermaid, have a pint with the prime minister, finally take my hot bath.

    Then, I decided to begin relaxing and chilling away by strolling along the Constitution's avenue while taking a look at the hanging plates, focusing on the listed clauses.

    Since I brought my pet cat, I concentrated on those dealing with pets.... here I am.. cats.

    ' ... a cat is not obliged to love its owner... ( so far, can't but agree.. it's a cat after all, therefore a maneating little tiger, isn't it ? )... BUT MUST HELP IN TIMES OF NEED... ?!? '

    What does this obscure final part mean ?

    Um... gasp.. gosh ..oh my god... does it mean it can serve... always in a relaxing way, obviously... to arrange a meal for the independent, informal, protocol-less community's cerimonial banquet ? '

    Let me claim for a bit of a protocol back then, I'll add a further clause here:

    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
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