The Canterville Ghost

Image in public domain. Book from Project Gutenberg: The Canterville Ghost. Fetched from Internet Archive

Oscar Wilde‘s short story The Canterville Ghost is one of my personal favourites. The humour of the clash between the modern and the traditional, the old world and the new is still fun and a good read. It is a story with elements of comedy, tradegy and great compassion.

The Canterville Ghost is available to read and listen to through ESL -Bits, which is an online resource where you can read the text and/or listen to the stories at two different speeds.

You can find out more about the author Oscar Wilde  at,  BBC history, and the official website for Oscar Wilde.




The Canterville Ghost – part 1








Free images and clip art – what is ok to use?

What images can I use in my work, my school papers, on my blog etc.? This is a recurring question. The answer is not always easy. It can depend on several things, including which country you are in. But you can of course always use images that you have produced yourself. That includes photos that you take with your phone or a camera, and anything you draw or paint. Most often you may not want to do this, but you are looking for something that already exists to illustrate a text, a presentation or something else you are writing or designing.

You can always use images that are in the public domain. Images are  released into the the public domain either because they are old enough or because the person who owns the rights to the image has decided to release it into the public domain. If you are a teacher, a student or is thinking about making your work public in another capacity it is wise to choose images which are free and legal to use. Public domain resources are a good option here. You can also use work licensed under Creative Commons.

Some useful sites for images


wikimedia commons

Webmix with resources for ESL

symbaloo webmix English 5Symbaloo is a useful tool for digital teaching and learning resources. I have unfortunately not been successful in embedding the webmix here, instead what you see is a linked image.

Please feel free to use the webmix English 5 – ENGENG05 for your studies or teaching, but note that this webmix is an active teaching tool and in a continuous process of change and adjustement.

Learn to code – interactively and free


Why not give coding a try at Codeacademy?


You can also Try an Hour of Code with Khan Academy

And then you should have a look at Scratch.

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games – and share those creations online. Imagine, program, and share at 

Scratch Overview from ScratchEd on Vimeo.

Video created by Michelle Chung and Karen Brennan of the ScratchEd team at Harvard University.
Visit ScratchEd at and try Scratch at

Music: “And It Spread” by The Avett Brothers

Carl von Linné och Linnés Hammarby

Carl von Linné var botanikens fader och för den som vill lära sig mer om honom och hans arbete finns Linné on line och/eller Linnéherbariet vid Naturhistoriska riksmuseet i Stockholm. Om du verkligen vill dyka ner i Linnés arbete finns flera av hans skrifter att läsa hos Litteraturbanken.

Carl von Linné (1707–1778) verk i Litteraturbanken

Illustration Linnaea borealis1

By Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885, Gera, Germany ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Linnés Hammarby kan man besöka ‘digitalt’ via google maps. och se bilder både från husets interiörer och miljöerna runt omkring. Du kan läsa mer på Uppsala universitets sida om gården och dess historia

Linnés Hammarby
Foto: Av Ann Louise Hagevi (Eget arbete) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

New page with free books for children

80x15 for children is a new page on the website. It is placed under Books in English

Here you find picture books and story books in the public domain. The page is still under construction and more titles will be added continously.

the hole bookA personal favourite is The HOLE Book by Peter Newell, but there are many other delightful books also in the public domain. Beatrix Potter’s picture books are some of these (see below).

For collections of books for children in the public domain you can search at

Internet Archive: Children’s Library
Project Gutenberg: Children’s Picture books
The Library of Congress: Children’s Literature


the tale of squirrel nutkin BP

the tale of peter rabbit

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin 


The Tale of Peter Rabbit

by Beatrix Potter



New digital collections

At Open Culture you can read about New Archive Offers Free Access to 22,000 Literary Documents From Great British & American Writers. It is Project REVEAL from Harry Ransom Center Digital Collections.

Project REVEAL which is an acronym for “Read and View English & American Literature.” gives you access to drafts, manuscripts, personal writings, drawings and more.

Is it a rainy day? Why not go treasure hunting among all this material and have some fun in the process.

1415502640_libraryLinks to more libraries and digital collections in several languages.


“Birds of America” av John J. Audubon finns nu digitaliserade

Bilder av alla slag har trollbundit mig så länge jag kan minnas. Några av mina tidigaste minnen är knutna till bilder och mönster och jag kan fortfarande sitta länge och bara njuta av bilder som de underbara illustrationerna i  John J. Audubon’s Birds of America. Nu finns de digitaliserade och är tillgängliga på nätet utan kostnad

Birds of America

“John James Audubon’s Birds of America is a portal into the natural world. Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 life-sized watercolours of North American birds, all made from hand-engraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration… Each print is also available as a free high-resolution download.”

Fler länkar till samlingar av konst och andra bilder finns på sidan Bilder

“De kallar det jul”

Julen är snart här. För vissa är det glädje och fest men för andra innebär julen delade känslor. Mumintrollen däremot går ju i ide och har aldrig hört talas om julen. Lyssna på Tove Jansson läsa Granen ur samlingen Det osynliga barnet från 1962.

Skärmavbild 2014-12-05 kl. 09.20.03

Klicka på bilden eller länken i texten ovan för att lyssna på som har ett avtal med Moomin Characters så att de kan publicera uppläsningar av Tove Jansson i sin helhet.  Vill du lyssna på Tove Jansson läsa ur fler av sina böcker kan du göra det på Svenska YLEs sida Tove Jansson läser Tove Jansson.