The legend of Nessie – the Loch Ness Monster!

Last week, we told you a little bit about Loch Ness, where the Loch Ness Monster, who is usually referred to as Nessie, is supposed to live. But does she actually exist? What evidence is there?

In your country what do you know about the Loch Ness Monster?  Does your country have a mysterious monster? Tell us about it.

Actually, there is quite a lot. The website records dozens of sightings over the last 150 years or so, both in the loch and also on the land alongside.

There are also a few famous photographs, allegedly showing a monster-like creature in the loch. One of the most recent, which can be seen here, was taken in 2011 and it is claimed it has been analysed by the military in the USA who said there is no doubt that it shows “an animate object in the water.” Could it be that Nessie really does exist?

Join us next week for more information on Loch Ness and the Loch Ness Monster.


The legend of Nessie – the Loch Ness Monster!

The legend of Nessie has been around for hundreds of years. One of the earliest sightings was on October 1871, when a Mr Mackenzie saw a ‘log-like’ object in the waters of Loch Ness. Since then, dozens of other people have seen ‘something’ in the Loch. But is she real – or just a myth?

There are lots of websites dedicated to the Loch Ness Monster. One of the most interesting is, from which we’ve taken a lot of information for this blog.

Loch Ness is a very large, freshwater lake (lakes are called lochs in Scotland). In fact, it’s so large that it contains more water than every other lake in the UK put together. It is 22.5 miles long and up to one and half miles wide, with a depth of 754 feet. It holds 263 thousand million cubic feet of water and has a surface area of 14,000 acres. In other words, it’s a VERY large place with lots of room for a monster to hide!

Join us next week for more information on Loch Ness and the Loch Ness Monster.



Professional footballer or pilot? – we get such interesting students at Global School of English in Edinburgh!

Matteo Bernardi (pictured here with Scottie the School mascot) is from Rome. He arrived in Edinburgh seven weeks ago to study at Global School of English and he’ll be here for another four weeks. He kindly agreed to meet me recently to tell me how he is getting on and what he thinks about the School and Scotland.

Matteo BernardiMatteo, who is from Rome, originally wanted to be a professional footballer and was pursuing a career with one of the lower league teams in Italy but unfortunately had to give up that ambition when he suffered a bad leg injury.   Now, he intends to become a pilot and, as he said, you can’t be a pilot if you can’t speak English! However, you can still watch football, even as a pilot, and Matteo is a huge fan of Lazio (one of the two teams in Rome – “the better one” he says!).

I asked why he had come to Scotland rather than go to London.

“Very simple,” he replied, “my brother studied at Global School three years ago and he recommended it highly. He said it was much better than London – and it’s cheaper to live here too!”
We then discussed what he most enjoyed about Scotland.

“For me, the most important thing is how friendly the people are in Scotland. They really will help you, even if they don’t know you.  

“Also, the public transport in Edinburgh is amazingly good. It’s very different from Rome.”

Were there any things that surprised him I wondered?

“Yes – people wearing kilts! I went to the airport a few weekends ago and it was full of Scottish rugby supporters, all wearing kilts. My friends in Italy know all about kilts and bagpipes, but don’t understand why a man would wear a skirt!

“The other thing that was a (pleasant) surprise is that the supermarkets here are open for far longer than back home in Italy. There, they close at around 6.00 pm or 7.00 pm at the latest, but here you can still buy anything at 11.00 pm or even later.”

Finally, I asked him about the School – what does he think of it?

“It’s very good. The teachers are very friendly and as well as teaching us, they give advice about places to go and things to see in Edinburgh and Scotland. Like my brother, I would definitely recommend that if you want to study English in the UK you should choose this school.”

Interview, Alastair Blair


With the value of the pound sterling (£), this is a great time to study English in Scotland!

Especially when 99% of our students say their English has improved after studying with us!

The fall in the value of the pound means it’s a lot cheaper to come to study English in the UK than it was a year ago. That’s good news for all our students, but did you also know that it’s much more cheaper to study in some parts of the UK than others?

In particular, it’s much cheaper to study and live in Scotland than it is in most other areas of the UK, especially London. You don’t have to take our word for it: there are lots of studies that show how much cheaper it is to live and work in Edinburgh than London. For example, look at the differences in these prices:

  • Rent prices in London are up to 128% higher than Edinburgh
  • Restaurant prices in London are up to 15% higher in London than Edinburgh
  • Overall, Edinburgh is 38% cheaper than London

Our figures here are taken from these independent, third-party websites, where you can find our much more about the difference in the cost of living between London and Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Expatistan (Edinburgh v London)

Numbeo (Edinburgh v London)

Not only is it cheaper, but almost all our students in Edinburgh tell us that Edinburgh is a very friendly place and that the public transport is very good so it’s easy to get around. They also tell us that the School is excellent. A recent survey by an independent firm showed that 99% of our students say that studying with us has improved their English!

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