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Hello everybody and welcome back to the Teachify podcast review.

For those of you who listened to podcast #28 – ‘Charities’ then not only will you have had the pleasure of hearing Lewis’ delightfully strong  Yorkshire tones, but you will also know that he was joined by another rich and poetic northern accent and the voice behind the review, as I (Ash!) had the pleasure of joining Lewis for the discussion about charitable organisations and Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s).

So, charities – what are they? Lewis gave a rather good definition off the top of his head. Can you remember it? «Charities are non-governmental organisations that serve the purpose of providing support, funding, help and aid to vulnerable people, groups, animals and centres for disease research».

Ok, ok, I may have embellished that a little but that’s what artistic license is for, no? And anyway, «teamwork makes the dream work!»

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There are some organisations that are synonymous with the word ‘charities’. We mentioned several of those well known charities, UNICEF, WWF and Greenpeace to name but a few. Which organisations come to mind when you think of charities?

During the podcast I was put on the spot by Lewis and he asked me to give him a hand in describing how charities work. Fortunately for me,  he was impressed with my answer – can you remember it?

It was highlighted that Charities can vary from a small local entity to a large corporation. Both are of great importance in helping the needy but Lewis wanted to know which I thought were more beneficial (It’s safe to say that he had prepared several difficult questions for me!).

With my answer, I decided to sit on the fence. It’s all  a matter of perspective and personal opinions and it can be hard to definitively say which is “better”. They both have their pros and cons.

If you forced me into a decision I would be inclined to favour local charities, due to the fact that some of the larger, global organisations make substantial profits. Which as a charitable organisation can be sometimes difficult to justify.

However, there is the argument to be made in spite of these organisations and their CEO’s making large personal profits. Provided that there is a substantial benefit and aid for the charities in question then it is a necessary “evil” (for lack of a better word) and thats the way it goes.

At the end of the day, some charity is better than no charity. Maybe we can all try to spare a few quid.


Who likes jokes?!

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What’s a joke? …Lewis and Ash’s memory!

For those of you who answered the question above with an enthusiastic «I LOVE JOKES!!!» then unfortunately I have bad news for you. Lewis and I made the unforgivable mistake of forgetting to tell a joke at the end of the podcast. 

So those of you who were expecting to be in tears right now, then I must apologise once again. It won’t happen again!


Interesting Vocabulary:

off the top of his head; to say something immediately, without thinking carefully about it or checking the facts.

Vulnerable; exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

Embellished; to add or change some details of a story, usually to make it more interesting or exciting.

Artistic licence; the way in which artists or writers change facts in order to make their work more interesting or beautiful.

Synonymous: closely associated with or suggestive of something.

Come to mind; To suddenly or immediately materialise in one’s mind.

Be put on the spot: have to answer a difficult question or make a difficult decision. 

Give someone a hand: To help someone.

The needy: People in need of help.

To be inclined; to have an opinion about something, but not a strong opinion.

Profits; to make money, not a loss

In spite of; without being affected by the particular factor mentioned.

That’s the way it goes; that’s life. 

To be in tears: consider something hilarious/very funny. 

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