Andy Mackay

Summer Reading

The idea of a ‘Summer reading list’ or even a ‘Beach read’ apparently can be traced back to the late Victorians. On both sides of the Atlantic, the growing middle class began to travel to the coast or country, during the hot weather of July and August. Yes, even in the UK! Possibly, with an

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Top Tips For Home Study

With school closures occurring across many countries due to the Coronavirus, parents are concerned with both what their children will learn and how they can get them to do this. Since Blackhen launched over ten years ago the majority of our students have completed their work with us at home. Along the way we have

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Why do we have Halloween?

Once again as the nights draw in and the clocks go back, we are approaching the 31st October. And this means only one thing. Halloween! This popular festival seems to grow each year, being widely celebrated in many countries now around the world. But why do we carve pumpkin lanterns, dress up in scary costumes or tell creepy stories? What are the roots of this tradition and the different elements connected to it?  The

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