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

20 January 2015


West Side Story most famous scene:
This theme has been widely explored in literature (The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, etc.), music, films, ... Here you have more examples: AN AMERICAN TAIL (please, do notice "tail" and "tale"
are homophones).
Our family was traveling
Through the snow to Minsk
Suddenly Papa
Saw those huge paw prints
When I heard him screaming
I fainted dead away
 the streets are paved with cheese
Oh there are no cats in America
So set your mind at ease
Ma la cosa terrible
Que esiste in la patria mia
If you think things were bad in Russia
You should see things in my country:
The times were hard in Sicily
We had no provolone
The Don he was a tabby
With a taste for my brother Tony
When Mama went to plead for him
The Don said he would see her
We found her rosary on the ground
Poor Mama mia
But there are no cats in America
And the streets are paved with cheese
Oh there are no cats in America
So set your mind at ease
Sure that's sad, but sadder still...
When I was but a lad
I lost my true love fair
A calico, he caught us by surprise
In a flash of teeth and fur
Her tail was all he left of her
'Neath the heather
Is where it tirra-lirra lies

But there are no cats in America
(There are no cats in America)
And the streets are paved with cheese
Oh there are no cats in America
(And the streets are paved with cheese)
There are no cats in America
There are no cats in America
There are no cats in America
That is why, we sail, these seas

Read more: Soundtrack Artists - There Are No Cats In America Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

tabby: a cat with a striped coat.
lad: a boy or young man.
fair: (archaic) a person or thing that is beautiful or valuable, esp. a woman.
calico: an animal having a spotted or multicoloured coat, esp. a cat.
'neath: underneath.
heather: a low-growing evergreen shrub ("brezo").

tirra-lirra: a filler sound like la la la used to keep the tune in old songs. 


Far, We've been traveling far Without a home But not without a star Free, Only want to be free We huddle close Hang on to a dream On the boats and on the planes They're coming to America Never looking back again, They're coming to America Home Don't it seem so far away Oh, we're traveling light today In the eye of the storm In the eye of the storm Home To a new and a shiny place Make our bed and we'll say our grace Freedom's light burning warm Freedom's light burning warm Everywhere around the world They're coming to America Ev'ry time that flag's unfurled They're coming to America Got a dream to take them there They're coming to America Got a dream they've come to share They're coming to America They're coming to America They're coming to America They're coming to America They're coming to America Today, Today, Today, Today, Today My country 'tis of thee (today) Sweet land of liberty (today) Of thee I sing (today) Of thee I sing Today, Today, Today Today, today, today......

12 January 2015


Whose line is it anyway?
TV improvisation show
Questions Only Game: Two performers enact a given scene speaking only in questions, while the other performers wait off-stage, one behind each of them. If either performer speaks in a non-question, or takes too long to respond, the host sounds the buzzer and they are replaced by the performer behind them. 

You are on an international flight:
life vest
a juggler
smell smoke
my cologne
essence of smoke
to be in charge
job description
being goofy

11 January 2015


Jimmy Fallon Blew a Chance to Date Nicole Kidman:

09 January 2015


Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Something to include in your bucket list: see a play by Shakespeare at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. We all know it's not the original one but it stands where the real one stood and it has the same shape. Since it has no roof, te theatre season is mostly summer but sometimes they go on a world tour and if you are lucky, they might visit your country. We are lucky! They'll be performing Hamlet in Madrid (Teatros del Canal) on April 22, 23 and 24 2015. Goes without saying, it's really worth seeing, of course !!

Hamlet is one of the most famous plays by William Shakespeare. We all know the famous sentences "to be or not to be..." or "something is rotten in the state of Denmark" but few can claim that they have read the play IN ENGLISH, of course.

Well, if you are thinking about seeing the play in April or just want to have a go at reading it, here you have a couple of links with the online version of the play and a recommended printed version with notes:
Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library edition)

The language of Shakespeare
Thou - You (Subject) [Thou art a villain!]

Thee - You (Object) [I give this to thee.

Thy - Your [Thy sheet is stained.] 

Thine - Yours [It shall always be thine.

Thyself - Yourself [Kill thyself.

Hast - Have [What hast thou done?] 

Dost - Do [Why dost thou hate me?] 

Doth - Does [Methinks the lady doth protest too much.] 

Art - Are [Where art thou?] 

Ye - You (can be used for plural as well) [Ye are a fool!] [Ye are fools!] 

Hence - Away from this place [I go hence.

Henceforth/Henceforward - From now on [Henceforth, my son is king.] 

Thence - From there, from that place [I come from thence.

Whence - Which place, what place, what source/origin [Go back to the pit from whence you came.] 

Whencesoever - From whatever place [Sent from London whencesoever.

Hither - Here/to this place [Come hither!

Hitherto - Up till now [I have escorted you hitherto.

Hitherward - To here/this place [They move hitherward.

Thither - To that place [She has sent me thither.

Thitherward - In that direction [He was seen thitherward.

Whither - To which place/why, for which purpose [Whither goest thou?] [Whither wouldst thou send for me?] 

Somewhither - Somewhere [I go somewhither.

Begone - Disappear, leave [Begone, villain!] 



IS WINTER COMING? Remember, if you like Game of Thrones, you'll like Shakespeare:
Shakespeare's shadow on Game of Thrones
Quiz: Game of Thrones or a Shakespeare play?