Ahead of the Bafta TV Awards ceremony, the 21st edition of the Bafta TV Craft Awards rewarded the talent behind the success of television series. The British Academy paid homage to the people working behind the scenes to produce top-quality programming on Sunday, at the 21st edition of the Bafta TV Craft Awards, rebroadcast on BBC One. A Very English Scandal swept the floor, winning three awards from eight nominations. Stephen Frears's dramatic comedy with Hugh Grant playing Jeremy Thorpe won the award for Best Costume Design, Best Editing (Fiction), and last but not least, Best Director for Fiction, where Frears (Dangerous Liaisons) was up against the directors of Killing Eve and Bodyguard. Read also: At Golden Globes, inclusion the big winner The production with the greatest number of nominations for this 21st edition, nine in total, was Killing Eve. However, the spy drama starring Sandra Oh, won only two awards, for Best Original Score and Best Sound … [Read more...] about ‘Killing Eve’, ‘A Very English Scandal’ among winners at Bafta TV Craft Awards
After all these years of exchanging barbs here, especially with Somsak Pola, it is heart-warming and refreshing to read something from Vint Chavala that is not politics-related. Coming from Thailand’s southerly neighbour, I was exposed to a multitude of languages and dialects at a young age. In Malaysia, it is not unusual to find an ethnic Indian speaking Hokkien or Cantonese dialect splattered with some Malay plus some English slang in the mix. The downside is, everyone is a Jack-of-all-languages but master of none. While the official language is Bahasa Malaysia, the commercial sector still uses English as the main medium of communication. One may argue that this is a remnant of the British colonial rule that ought to be eradicated since we are now an independent country. But English serves us well in international commerce, so it’s unlikely to be changed anytime soon. Personally, I feel the key difference between Thais and Malaysians when it comes … [Read more...] about Just chill, la! A Malaysian guide to speaking English
LONDON: Black referees are failing to get into the upper reaches of English football because of the way they are assessed, a campaigner said on Tuesday (Apr 30).Reuben Simon, an ambassador for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) officials at Ref Support UK, said overt racism at worst and unconscious bias at best were both playing a part in blocking the progress of non-white referees.Uriah Rennie was the last black referee in the higher reaches of the English game before retiring in 2009.There are no BAME referees currently working in the top four divisions, and only one in the National League.Match assessors at all levels of English football examine the performance of referees, with their findings playing a key role in how far up the league ladder officials climb.But Simon said a new system of assessing the assessors was needed to combat discrimination."It's a myth that there's a lack of black referees - there are loads at grassroots level but they are not progressing up the … [Read more...] about Black referees ‘blocked’ in English football
I want to thank Somsak Pola for calling my grandson a “prodigy”, but I don’t think that is true. He is just a normal Thai kid. When he was little, I often spoke to my grandson in English – to familiarise him with the language. But on the day he enrolled in first-grade at school, I stopped doing so, thinking it would be best to let his teachers teach him the language rather than his family. I tell everyone in our family not to criticise or poke fun at him if he makes mistakes in his English. I ask them to let me alone handle the situation. I always praise him for trying to express himself in English, but at the same time encourage him to try using different approaches by saying: “that is good, but there’s another way to say it. Here, I’ll show you how.” My grandson developed quite rapidly in English simply because he loves the subject – just like I do. Besides studying at school during regular hours, he also takes lessons at a … [Read more...] about A few tips on getting kids to speak English
Judging from the essay Khun Vint’s grandson wrote about his hatred of maths, the 10-year-old boy is a child prodigy. I don’t think any Thai fourth-grader would know that the ancient Greeks invented maths (me neither) and I doubt any of them has such a strong vocabulary. Most 10-year-old Thai kids know only words that have a consonant-vowel-consonant pattern, much less are able to write coherent sentences. This sentence alone – “Though my most favourite subject is art, my family compares me to my friends, saying I should be like them” – would make a Thai university student cower and tremble. I must credit his grandpa for the boy’s excellent English. Khun Vint should write a book on how to teach kids English. It would be sensational if not revolutionary. Somsak Pola Samut Prakan … [Read more...] about Who needs maths when your English is this good at 10?