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Hobbies and interests can be so much more than a way to fill time. They can become true passions and introduce you to people, ideas and projects you may never have thought of.

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"God save the King!" - Chess for Beginners

Chess is one of the most popular board games in the world, and its popularity is increasing, also thanks to TV shows and movies. However, it is not a game for brainiacs, as it is often believed. Everybody can play chess (although not everyone is going to become a Grandmaster). Chess is fun, whether you play it with friends, strangers or an AI. But... [More]

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'God save the King': Intermediate Chess

Chess is a game often seen in popular art – films and series most of all – and a cure-for-all for people: it helps develop essential skills such as problem-solving and creativity and it keeps all brain hemispheres active, thus fighting ageing. Focused on players with an elo rating ranging from 600 to 1200, this “intermediate” course will guide you... [More]

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An Introduction to Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a holistic form of exercise and meditation. Coordinating slow rhythmic movements based on Chinese martial art forms with relaxed deep breathing leads to a calmness that has many health benefits both physical and psychological. Regular practice will lead to improvements in balance; flexibility; aerobic fitness; muscular strength &... [More]

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Solving Cryptic Crosswords

Learn how to approach cryptic crosswords – the less challenging ones first. Learn what hints the compiler is honour-bound to give the solver, and what attempts to mislead are still possible. Hints, tips and secrets are revealed as the class puts in a combined effort. Anagrams will be unscrambled, synonyms sought, and red herrings demystified.... [More]

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Solving Cryptic Crosswords II

This is a follow-up on Cryptic Crosswords I, covering the same categories of clues (plus a few more), but focusing on the way in which the basic formulas can be tweaked or elaborated, adding an extra level to the puzzle. Practise your lateral thinking on individual clues, and an English Times crossword in a combined effort. If you are already an... [More]

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Garden Design for Large and Small Spaces

Whether you’re starting from scratch or revamping an existing area, enjoy learning how to transform an open space into a haven for relaxed living. Topics include: site analysis, plant selection, use of colour and perspective, types of containers, potting mix, mulch, watering, fertilizing, maintenance, common pests and diseases and much more.... [More]

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Grow Your Own Food

Whether you have a tiny balcony, garden or acreage, learn how to grow your own herbs, vegetables and fruit trees. Find out about different methods of recycling, including composting and worm farms. Discover crop rotation, companion planting and how to get rid of pests, diseases and weeds, without using any chemicals. Comprehensive notes are... [More]

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Organic Gardening

Whether you have the tiniest balcony or a half-acre block, you can grow and enjoy the taste and goodness of your own organic herbs, vegetables and fruit trees. Master the art of composting, worm farming and other methods of recycling. Find out about crop rotation, companion planting and moon planting. Learn how to reduce the incidence of weeds and... [More]

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Successful Water-wise Gardening

Whether you have a large block of land or a small balcony, learn how to choose “the right plant for the right place”. Discover what type of soil you have and how you may need to improve it. Find out which are the best containers and potting mixes. With all the tips and hints provided in this course, you’ll be able to maintain your plants with the... [More]

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The Magic of Mah Jong

The game of Mah Jong developed in the seaports of north-eastern China in the early 1800s, and spread rapidly in the West in the 20th century, with many varied rules. Part of the game’s appeal is its beautiful playing tiles which may be hand-carved and decorated. This one-day course is an introduction to the game’s international rules, from the... [More]

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