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22 December 2009

How often do you find the right person? ONCE

You know, sometimes, just by chance, you find a film that makes you feel something special. This film is usually not a blockbuster so the fact that you see it is just fate. A friend of mine told me about Once, an Irish film I had never heard of, and I realised that I have to pay more attention to the not so famous and popular films we are usually encouraged to go to the cinema to see.

This 2007 Irish musical film is set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard from the Irish band "The Frames", it tells the story of a busker (street musician) and a Czech immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story.

Once received enthusiastic reviews and awards such as the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for best foreign film. Hansard and Irglová's song "Falling Slowly" received a 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the soundtrack as a whole also received a Grammy nomination.

To know more about this film you can click either here or here.



For reviews:

Review 1

Review 2

And, to listen to all the film's marvellous songs:

Once soundtrack

Here you have an example:

Lyrics Glen Hansard - Falling Slowly lyrics

18 December 2009

It was the nightmare before Christmas

Hello, everyone. I don't know if you're on a Christmas mood or not but watching a Golden Girls episode is always a good choice. I hope you have a good time.

This episode from season 2 is divided into three parts:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

15 December 2009


I say, I say, I say, Knock! Knock!Who's there?Robin.Robin who?Robin' you! So hand over your money!. For other Robin Hood jokes, click here (you'll find here most of the jokes used in the Robin Hood Xmas Pantomime we saw last Friday).

As ABBA said, 'money, money, money, always sunny in a rich man's world'. Why is money so important? Can't we just live with bare necessities? Well, money doesn't buy happiness (but does it help you to be happy?)

In this post, you are going to do some revision exercises about cleft sentences (Exercise 1, Exercise 2 and Exercise 3) and learn more things about Nauru (Nauru's natural phosphate reserves once made millionaires of the entire population. Now they're among the world's poorest countries). Some recommendations about films dealing with this issue will be provided.

Nauru: lonely planet


Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 in ten books. The poem concerns the Christian story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Now, when thinking about this, there were several films and TV series that came into my mind. We have the film You can't take it with you by Frank Capra (for movie clips, click here) and the TV series Arrested Development. Of course, we can't forget the meanest character in the history of English literature, Scrooge, from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

One more joke. Sorry, I coudn't resist the temptation: Lying on his deathbed, the rich, miserly old man calls to his long-suffering wife. "I want to take all my money with me," he tells her. "So promise me you'll put it in the casket." After the man dies, his widow attends the memorial service with her best friend. Just before the undertaker closes the coffin, she places a small metal box inside. Her friend looks at her in horror. "Surely," she says, "you didn't put the money in there." "I did promise him I would," the widow answers. "So I got it all together, deposited every penny in my account, and wrote him a check. If he can cash it, he can spend it."

14 December 2009


On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes. As described in Nobel's will, one part was dedicated to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses". But why did the inventor of the dynamite gave his fortune to these prizes? Surely he is a controversial figure: pacifist or "merchant of death"? Learn more.

I'm afraid another subject of endless controversy is that Barack Omaba was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize last Friday. This is bound to open a serious debate as to whether the award was deserved. The US president himself expressed his surprise and said he would accept it as "a call to action". Would you like to read some articles about this?

BBC News

Learn more about the Nobel Peace Prize from 1901-2009.

Nobel lecture by B. Omaba on 10 December 2009 at the Oslo City Hall, Norway. Click here if you prefer reading it.

All Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

How much do you know about the discoveries and works awarded de 2009 Nobel Prizes? Test your knowledge in this quiz. If you want to learn more about Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prizes, why don't you try these educational games?

Now, what is the most suitable song for this occasion? You're right, it's quite obvious. Byeeeee.

12 December 2009


Did we enjoy yesterday's panto? Yes, we did.!!! We cheered the goodies, booed the baddies, sang along, shouted out and enjoyed Robin Hood a lot. We ahhed when Robin kissed Maid Marian, laughed with Bear Necessity, and were shocked when Friar Tuck almost said "Triar F***!!! Thanks, MadridPlayers for a wonderful evening.

A Christmas pantomime is a musical-comedy play found in the UK. Traditionally performed at Christmas, with family audiences consisting mainly of children and parents, British pantomime is now a popular form of theatre, incorporating song, dance, buffoonery, slapstick, cross-dressing, in-jokes, audience participation, and mild sexual innuendo. There are a number of traditional story-lines, and there is also a fairly well-defined set of performance conventions. Panto story lines and scripts typically make no reference to Christmas. Plot lines are often 'adapted' for comic or satirical effect, and certain familiar scenes tend to recur, regardless of plot relevance. (source: wikipedia)

Bare necessities. Both words, bear and bare /beə/ are pronounced the same way, here the word play. Click on this expression in order to check its meaning and then enjoy The Jungle Book song:

Walking on sunshine: another song from yesterday's play. Sing along!

If you're happy and you know it: dedicated to our EOI students' children who enjoyed the show as much as their parents and who never complained in spite of the show lasting more than two hours. Have fun!

And finally, who is Susan Boyle? You know she was one of the candidates for the Sheriff of Nottingham's evil plan to take the kingdom. I have to admit that I didn't know who she is, but now I do.