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

29 April 2015


like a cat on a hot tin roof: meaning

THE PLAY (1955 Pulitzer Prize winner)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams (1955)

TWFEST: Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literaty Festival (March 30 - April 3 2016).

Sparknotes study guide.
LitCharts visual study guide.

Main themes:

 Lies (Mendacity!!!)
 Unrequited Love and Sexuality
 Difficulty of Communication
 Memory, Nostalgia, Regret

BROADWAY 's production with Scarlett Johansson (2008)

THE FILM (1958)

MAGGIE: "I feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof"
BRICK: "Then, jump off the roof, Maggie, jump off it"

Can you notice the musical rhythm of the Southern American accent?
MAGGIE: "I don't mind making a fool of myself over you"

Mendacity scene:

I Wish I Was In Dixie Land (Confederate Anthem)

Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton,
Old times there are not forgotten.
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land!

In Dixie Land, where I was born in,
early on one frosty mornin'.
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land!

I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie Land I'll take my stand,
to live and die in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie!
Away, away, away down south in Dixie!

There's buckwheat cakes and Injun batter,
Makes you fat or a little fatter.
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land

Then hoe it down and scratch your gravel,
To Dixie's Land I'm bound to travel.
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land

I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie Land I'll take my stand,
to live and die in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie!
Away, away, away down south in Dixie!

26 April 2015


Sex and The City and the third conditional

Examples in songs:


Six extraordinary stories, one unmissable series. Redfern Now is the first drama series written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians.

Over six episodes, six different families lives are changed by a moment's decision, an accident or a seemingly insignificant incident. Injustice, consequences and downward spirals dominate this exquisite and compassionate drama about urban Indigenous lives.

Title sequence
Season 1 Episode 1
Season 1 Episode 2

Redfern Now: The Guardian article.

Redfern, New South Wales (Australia)
Redfern Street
Redfern Oral History

22 April 2015

Deadly spring storm blasts Europe

1 April 2015 BBC Weather
Hurricane force winds claim several lives across Europe and caused major travel disruption.

Please, do notice the day. April 1st!!!!!

08 April 2015


The programme with specific times and activities will be available on the EOI Alcalá website shortly.

You can bring your family, friends, neighbours,... Everybody is welcome!!
I'll be there the whole afternoon/evening shift and really hope to see you there!!

By the way, our school will hold the 25th anniversary next year but do you know how old the "Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas" are? OVER 100 YEARS OLD!!!

Allow me to wrap this post up with a personal recommendation. Some years ago, one of my students recommended a book that I enjoyed tremendously. It was La tésis de Nancy by Ramon J. Sénder. I know, I know, it's in Spanish but, nevertheless you'll be able to put to test your English knowledge since only people who can speak both English and Spanish can fully get the reasons for the misunderstandings.

La tésis de Nancy: Written in the 1950s by a Spanish-born, US University professor, this is a very funny story about a young, rather innocent college-aged girl named Nancy who has taken a year to study in Spain. She finds herself in Seville and quickly enmeshed in a group of, for lack of a better word, gypsies.

The book is centered around Nancy's desire to study this particular sub-culture and the funniest occasions arise when Nancy tries to understand all of the slang to which she is constantly introduced. I have only ever seen the book in Spanish and it works wonderfully well in Spanish since the string of chronic misunderstandings between Nancy and her boyfriend and the other Spaniards she encounters are based on her assumption of what words and phrases actually mean.

To someone for whom (Spain, or "Castilian" ) Spanish is a first language, this is a weepily funny book as the reader follows Nancy from each party to each visit to each trip and finds her constantly assuming the most innocent definitions and intentions from the least innocent of speakers and situations.