“Any teacher that can be replaced with a computer, deserves to be.” – David Thornburg

28 November 2012

MY BLACKBERRY IS NOT WORKING

Blooming English: My blackberry is not working listening and vocabulary exercise.

BICYCLES REMIND ME OF ...

("Dos hombres y un destino" in Spanish)
Do you remember the scene in which Paul Newman and Fay Dunaway are sharing a bike with herself on the crossbar and Newman steering? Absolutely lovely!
Raindrops keep falling on my head 
And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed 
Nothin' seems to fit 
Those raindrops are falling on my head, they keep falling 
So I just did me some talkin' to the sun 
And I said I didn't like the way he' got things done 
Sleepin' on the job 
Those raindrops are falling on my, head they keep falling 
But there's one thing I know 
The blues he sends to meet me won't defeat me 
It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me 
 Raindrops keep falling on my head 
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red 
Crying's not for me 
Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin' 
Because I'm free 
Nothing's worrying me.

Fancy knowing a bit more about the real man behind this legend? Click here.

And what about the use of bicycles nowadays? It's a fact that the bicycle is still having trouble imposing itself in some European cities. Here you can watch a video about this up-to-date topic.

27 November 2012

REMEMBER THIS

After Patrick shows up at Sally's apartment to "save" her from an imaginary spider at three in the morning, they both remember how they first met at a Susan's office party. Their versions differ slightly, as Sally's memory ends with her in Patrick's arms and Patrick's memory ending with a drunk Sally and him kissing to the Spiderman theme. At the end, Sally and Patrick decide to stop spending so much time together, as nothing will come of it. (Sorry about the subtitles)

Coupling post on Nov. 2009

25 November 2012

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

A bit late, though.

For previous Thanksgiving posts, click here.
And this year's Thanksgiving post is... 

Arlo Guthrie - Alices's Restaurant song: Lyrics here.


Every Thanksgiving radio stations all over the country play the song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (Alice’s Restaurant for short) off the album “Alice’s Restaurant” from singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie. The song was released in 1967, and it’s been tradition ever since then to play it each and every Thanksgiving.

But what’s the story behind it? Why do people love this song? “Alice’s Restaurant” recounts Guthrie’s true Thanksgiving Day adventure as a satirical, deadpan protest against the Vietnam War draft. On November 25, 1965, the 18-year-old Guthrie and his friend Richard Robbins, 19, were arrested by Stockbridge police officer William “Obie” Obanhein for illegally dumping some of Alice’s garbage after discovering that the town dump was closed for the holiday. Two days later, they pled guilty in court. 

For more information, click here.

21 November 2012

CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME 2012

If you have tickets for A Christmas Carol pantomime in Madrid, this information might come in handy. Here you'll learn about pantomimes: what they are, what the essential elements are, type of characters (the goodies and the baddie) and so on. Naturally, A Christmas Carol baddie is ... Ebenezer Scrooge ("Bah! Humbug!")


Nov. 26th, 2010 post about A Christmas Carol


19 November 2012

SONGS ABOUT MEMORIES



Forget Me Nots
I Remember (please, do note the pronunciation of -ed endings)
The Way We Were (from The Way We Were film)
Reminiscing


Memory Lane (Tim McGraw)



Lyrics here

Memory (Elaine Paige, Cats musical)

14 November 2012

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Hi, everyone. Here goes the first ad for Tuesday's discussion of symbols and images in advertising. You can post your links in the comments section below.

By the way, this ad is also a reminder of what happens when you change just one sound in a word. IT'S NOT THE SAME! Do you remember the "Patética Fonética" video?
You see? I just killed two birds with one stone:))

http://www.bestadsontv.com/

LINKING WORDS

Linking words list

How to begin a new paragraph: linking words and phrases

Sentence-combining skills

Writing skills

Connecting words: loads of exercises

Linking words quiz

Guide to Grammar and Writing (amazing website, don't miss it!)

Hence, Thus and Therefore
They fell in love and hence they married.
She was early and therefore had to wait out in the cold.
- Many governments intend to develop new energy-efficient transportation technology and thus reduce their reliance on imported oil.

Learning English: The Flatmates
Episode 64: listen to the episode, use the 'hide the text' option, check the language point (linking words) and do the quiz.



12 November 2012

BOOK YOUR FLIGHT TO MIDDLE-EARTH

The Hobbit: an unexpected journey (2012)

Air New Zealand, the airline to Middle-earth: Hobbit safety video

Transcript here.

The Hobbit: What has made the book such an enduring success?



The Hobbit trailer:

ALCINE SHORTS FESTIVAL

1. Rite (Michael Pearce, 2010. UK. 17 min.)

Mike takes his estranged son out for his birthday; a man desperate to prove he’s changed. But drink and the simmering violence of match day in London brings out the worst in him over a long, difficult afternoon for father and son.

Michael Pearce, BAFTA nominated for Rite.



2. Fixing Luka (Jessica Ashman, 2011. UK. 12 min.)

In a ramshackle cottage beside a forest, Lucy and Luka live with their parents. Every day, Luka drives his sister mad as he happily performs obsessive, nonsensical routines with sugar cubes and thimbles. Watching his antics, Lucy thinks her brother is broken but when she’s given the chance to fix him, will she take it?

Fixing Luka - Jessica Ashman (Winner Best Animation, Best Visual and Film Of The Night 2011)



3. Sunny Boy (Jane Gull, 2011. UK. 11 min.)

Danny and his overprotected father live in a world of darkness due to his rare skin condition. He longs to be a regular teenager playing football out in the sun. When Danny receives some news about his medical condition he decides to stand up to his dad and take control of his own life.

Jane Gull

4. PS your Mystery Sender (Benjamin Wigley, 2010. UK. 10 min.)

For the past 20 years Paul Smith the world renowned fashion designer from Nottingham has been receiving an avalanche of odd and quirky unwrapped objects which have had a remarkable effect on his life, and all have been sent from a Mystery Person. 

Trailer

 5. Jade (Daniel Elliott, 2009. UK. 16 min.)

Jade, caught in a dilemma of her own making, struggles to choose the right path.  It becomes apparent to her, though, that she may have no choice at all.

Awards
Daniel Elliott

06 November 2012

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, a good read

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story of Scout Finch and her brother, Jem, in 1930's Alabama. Through their neighborhood meanderings and the example of their father, they grow to understand that the world isn't always fair and that prejudice is a very real aspect of their world no matter how subtle it seems.


Movie Trailer (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird audiobook

05 November 2012

GUY FAWKES NIGHT


Remember, Remember the 5th of November
The Gun powder, Treason and Plot
I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason 
should ever be forgot
What's Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night)? Now, explained by Horrible Histories: Bonfire Safety Tips: Bonfire Night with the fire brigade in North Wales: If you want to know more, click here. And for a bit of history with humour: HORRIBLE HISTORIES - The Tudors Song HORRIBLE HISTORIES - The Wives of Henry VIII HORRIBLE HISTORIES - Mary Tudor Song