Principle of this site: Good for Learners Good for All

In the PhotoGuide website I bring together all my interests and experience and one of the most important is education.

Good for Learners - Good for AllI’ve been involved in teaching since 1983 and I have a strong desire to explain about things and help people to understand and improve, whether in languages or photography or some other subject.

The content of this site is drawn partly from the articles and audio I have prepared for my students of English language.

Other material is based on my experience writing about the local area. People have often said that my work is educational, as it helps people to learn about the history of the world around us.

Whenever I write, I try to do it in clear English so that it’s understandable by people who are learning the language. On this site I aim to provide an audio track for every article, and for every video, there will be subtitles, or a transcript, or both.

In addition to the transcript, I aim to provide further extra documents to help learners and teachers.

This extra audio and video will be of benefit people with a sight or hearing disability as well as to the wider audience. Having both writing and audio with some video

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About Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne

Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne stained glass window

Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne stained glass window

Saint Aidan was an Irish monk and missionary who helped to bring Christianity back to Northumbria in the north-east of England in the seventh century AD.

Little is known of his early life but he was born in Ireland probably around the year 590.

It is said that he may have studied with Saint Senán.

You did then it would be a story of three small islands because Saint Senán was the founder of the monastery on Inish Cathaigh or Scattery Island in the Shannon estuary in south-west Ireland, not far from where my parents grew up in County Limerick.

Aidan moved to the island of Iona in Scotland,

When Oswald became king of Northumbria he sent to Iona for missionaries to help restore Christianity there.

At first a bishop named Cormán, but he soon returned to Iona saying that the Northumbrians were too stubborn to be converted Christianity. Aidan was sent as his replacement and begain his work in the year 635.

Lindisfarne Holy Island with flowers

Lindisfarne Holy Island with flowers

Aidan founded his monastic settlement on the small island of Lindisfarne off the north east coast of England.

The island is just a few miles south of the royal castle of Bamburgh, where King Oswald live.

Aidan travelled around Northumbria on foot speaking to people both the nobility and the poor people, telling them about Christianity. It’s said that he was patient persuasive and generous to those who were less well off.

He founded many churches, monasteries and schools all over Northumbria.

He died on 31 August 651 and is he is buried on the island of Lindisfarne under the remains of the abbey that he founded.

I have visited Lindisfarne and it is a wonderful place. There is a statue of Saint Aidan, and you can feel his presence. I am happy my parents named named me after him when I was born in Stockport, Cheshire in 1958.

So why have I included an article about Saint Aidan on my site? Because although I am not a very religious person, I feel inspired by St Aidan and hope that this site and what I offer have some educational value and help people to achieve better things.

So when you see the domain don’t just think of me, think of Saint Aidan!

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