The following presentation was prepared by EAL student Nihal Doğan about Ebru – a traditional Turkish marbling art technique.

Nihal describes the different materials used to create ebru, the technique to create the marbling effect, and shares examples of the many beautiful varieties of ebru which can be created.

Find Nihal’s presentation below, we hope it inspires you as much as it did for us!

Joanna Tempowski, a retired scientist who previously worked for the World Health Organization (WHO), delivered a fascinating presentation to EAL learners, sharing interesting information about the establishment and role of the WHO.

Joanna Tempowski has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology of Man in his Environment and Russian, a Masters degree in Information Science, and a Diploma in Medical Toxicology. She worked as a specialist in poisons information at the National Poisons Information Service (London Centre) for eight years then as deputy manager of the centre for nine years. In 2001 she moved to Geneva, Switzerland to work as a scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Unit for Chemical Safety and Health, within the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health.  

While at WHO Joanna worked in the following areas: establishment and strengthening of poisons centres in low and middle-income countries (LMIC); providing technical support to LMIC for response to chemical accidents and investigation of disease outbreaks of possible chemical origin; prevention and management of poisoning, particularly lead poisoning; supporting the work of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint and production of multilingual international chemical safety cards. Joanna retired from WHO in July 2020.   

This presentation was created by Tomomi who, despite having returned to live in Japan after three years in the UK, has remained a very enthusiastic and loyal participant at our weekly zoom sessions. She has contributed several fascinating presentations, apart from this one, and has given us a window into life in Tokyo which we couldn’t get from reading books or watching TV programmes.

We look forward to more wonderful presentations from our lovely Tomomi!

akemashite omedetô (gozaimasu) (明けましておめでとう (ございます) )

The following presentation was prepared by Serdar Ozturk. We visited the Hive on our trip to Kew Gardens in December 2021. During this trip, Serdar promised to share his knowledge about beekeeping. He shared this wonderful presentation with us as a guest of our EAL class.

Thank you very much, Serdar!

By Tomomi Nishimura

The harvest moon in Japan was on Tuesday, 21st September 2021.

It was a sunny day and so the full moon looked very beautiful.

A long time ago, farmers used to measure the passage of time by the phases of the moon.

This helped farmers to carry out jobs on the farm at the appropriate times.

Autumn is the harvest season for crops and it’s the season when the moon looks the most beautiful.

The shape of dumpling symbolizes the round shape of the full moon and shows gratitude for a good harvest and we believed that eating the dumpling after offering will give our health and happiness.

We held the children’s cafeteria on Tuesday afternoon from 5pm to 7pm.

The project is for children who usually eat supper alone. This service is not only for poor families but also to help working mothers. We want to make it a place for everyone.

I get a lot of fresh vegetables donated by farmers in my neighbourhood.

We made harvest meal boxes called “Tsukimi Bento” which included rice balls in the shape of a round moon as well as side dishes.

The use of one-way streets and disinfection helped people to feel more confident when buying Bento boxes because there was less chance of spreading Covid.

Boxes were free for children and adults paid ¥300 ( = £2 ) per box.

Adults bought 20 boxes and children received 20 boxes.

Everybody took their boxes home.

The next day, one of the mothers told me that her toddler son pointed to each side dish and said “Moon! Moon!” and ate it all up. Everybody enjoyed eating handmade Bento.

I was very happy to receive her report.

I enjoyed looking at the full moon and eating the Tsukimi bento too!

The Children’s cafeteria is going to be held once a month from now on.

A few years ago, Richmond EAL Art Club sessions took place at Orleans House. Although we are not currently running art classes, we wanted to share some of the fantastic artwork which was produced including this piece by EAL learner Ana Segnini. Prior to moving to England, Ana worked in Venezuela as a scientist on pollution and climate change.

The following presentation was researched and prepared by EAL learner Fariba Mostame to share the importance of performing regular breast self-examinations which can help women to identify potential risks of cancer. Fariba worked as a qualified midwife in Iran.

Disclaimer: Please note this guide is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, image interpretation or treatment. Always seek the advice of a medical professional with any questions you may have about a condition.