the fragrant, almond-shaped seed of any of several South American leguminous trees (genus Dipteryx) used in perfumes, drugs, etc.
Collins dictionary A versatile bean The currency in the village of Tonguwa is Tonka-beans, its versatile use in food and products made it so popular, the mayor declared it their currency; an apple would be 1 Tonka. The beans provided the village with everything they needed. One day a villager decided to sell the beans to another village, but he got
A feeling is an emotion, such as anger or happiness.
Collins dictionary Could I be an empath? I didn’t know what an empath was until I saw a Facebook quiz on my feed, and after doing one, I realised it made a lot of sense. I researched online and realised some of the traits made sense; although, I wonder if I’m just empathetic and my caring nature makes me emphasize with others. I will look into three categories, self-discovery, relationships and protection. All impact how an
If you describe something as bottomless, you mean that it is so deep that it seems to have no bottom.
Collins dictionary The bottomless pit A village in the mountains had a bottomless pit, where villagers chucked their waste, from banana skins to old TVs; someone once pushed in a rusty car. One day, Charlie, the youngest boy of the village tipped a wheelie bin full of dog poo into the pit. He had collected poo from owners, who were too lazy to dispose of it themselves. He lif
You use living when you are talking about the quality of people’s daily lives.
Collins dictionary What does it mean to live life to its fullest? To answer this question, you have to break down what it means to live in our society, such as money, relationships, career and health. You have to consider people’s environment, circumstances and the importance these aspects have on their life. By looking at these areas will determine how they add to our happiness and way of life. Mo
To represent in or adorn with marble; make like marble
Collins dictionary Ten dates to do with your partner Dates with your partner don’t have to be boring or expensive, and craft dates allow for teamwork, creativity and a chance to bond. All these projects have been tried and tested by myself and my husband, and if you need help creating these projects ask wikiHow. Marbling paper: By using blobs of oil paints with a splash of turpentine in a tray of water, you can create swi
If you refer to number crunching, you mean activities or processes concerned with numbers or mathematical calculation, for example in finance, statistics, or computing.
Collins dictionary Ten ways to save money I’ve always clashed with money, my attitude of ‘you only live once’ has seen me spend too much. It got to the stage where I was fed up of not having any savings and wanted a deposit for a house. I knew one day I would get old and having security mattered more than a br
A peacock is a large bird. The male has a very large tail covered with blue and green spots, which it can spread out like a fan.
Collins dictionary The village Peacock Our village is situated on the cliffs over-looking the Devonshire coast; the clear waters and white sands make it an ideal setting for tourists. They seek a retreat away from their polluting cities; swapping tower blocks for cottages with flowered paths. Our village is not famous for its scenery, it’s famous fo
She laid face up; rain diluted the blood-stained pavement beneath her head. Detective Laura Finkel arrived at Valley park, ducked under the yellow tape, and entered the tent. Inside Dr Gary examines the body of a middle-aged Caucasian woman; Laura applies vapour rub under her nose. She crouches. ‘What have you found out?’ ‘Our victim, Ms Corsham was killed by a blow to the head as she struggled with the perpetrator; she hit her head on this concrete post.’ He points to a bloo
is the computer network which allows computer users to connect with computers all over the world.
Collins dictionary Does the internet feed our mind or poison it? With a click of a button any question niggling you can be answered by Google with its worldwide knowledge, but is the internet poisoning our minds? The internet can be traced to the ‘1960’s and Americas use of the APRA net’ by their research defence team; however, other countries had networks, but communication with
Absent-minded and disorganised.
Lexico Top ten ways to control your scatty mind A scatty mind is common among artists who have an endless supply of ideas sparking in their minds. Just like a train full of passengers, thoughts get off and on, but organising those thoughts once they reach their destination is the key to a scatty mind. Only after you calm the racing thoughts can you organise them into your mental library, each idea filed away, ready to be developed further in yo
a sail set on a mizzenmast
Collins dictionary Setting sail in my imagination Everyone should have a place in their mind they can escape to, because locking yourself in the staff bathroom and crying isn’t practical. Societies environment can take its toll on our brain, and we can only block out so much before our minds go on strike. The ritual of life doesn’t make it possible to go home and switch off if we feel stressed. If I’m out and I have a mini-meltdown, instead of panic
A form of parthenogenesis wherein female offspring develops from an unfertilised egg
Biology online Having a fulfilling life without children ‘More than double the proportion of women born in 1973 are childless compared with their mothers’ generation.’ According to the national statistics, more and more women these days are choosing not to have children or putting it off till later years. According to the national statistics, Having children used to be a women’s duty, but mod
A title of respect used to address an elderly man (South African word).
Collins Dictionary We should have an ‘OOM festival’ to celebrate the elderly. The OOM festival would be a day to respect our elders, to celebrate their life’s work, and realise their lifetime of experience is a treasure chest of knowledge. The festival would teach children to respect their elders in a world fixated with technology, where human interaction is fading. Gone are the days of gathering around a
If you chance something, you do it even though there is a risk that you may not succeed or that something bad may happen.
Collins dictionary What does taking a chance on life mean? Chance refers to the possibility of something happening, but there can be consequences in deciding to alter your lifestyle. To take a chance on life means to change your path, your goals and even uproot your life, by carving yourself a new path to follow. Any changes we make have risks; it just abo