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A ROLLING STONE...gathers no moss

Thank you, Eva, for this wonderful suggestion.

Common idioms & expressions used in tourism (learn with flashcards).
The Travel Bug tv show (Aus.E.)
Travels with my father (Br.E.)

BBC English Masterclass: Inversion 1: After Negative or Limiting Adverbs

A report on a school trip abroad Look at the report and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

SEVERE WEATHER (Using newspapers to hone your skills)

I am sure you know the Spanish newspaper El País has an English edition. Why don't you practise your mediation skills by reading an article both in Spanish and English while jotting down the most relevant expressions and collocations? You can widen your ideas, knowledge of the world and vocabulary if you pick articles from different topics.
Fin de semana invernal con hasta 19 grados menos y nieve a 700 metros. Weekend of wintry weather in Spain, with sharp drop in temperatures.
Today's lesson: 
Severe weather: UK buffeted by blizzards
British Weather vocabulary exercise (Advanced)
Weather idioms exercise.

I kista girl and I laiktit (Katy Perry)

kista girl and I laiktit(song)
Fancy some practice?

Exercise 1:

Exercise 2:

Exercise 3 (with sound):

Exercise 4:

Past simple pronunciation quiz:

Irregular verbs pronuciation with sound:

Now, the fun part and you know what that means: SONGS!!!!!

Notice the way she says: 'Does he brush up?' Never brushed up' /brʌʃtʌp/

Please, do notice the pronunciation of irregular verbs such as SAID /sed/ or BROUGHT /brɔ:t/and the pronunciation of regular verb such as BLESSED /blest/ or LOVED /lʌvd/.Besides, there are other aspects of English pronunciation that you should …


Pre-watching help:
Nooks and crannies Not to have the knack

More info about the shorts for Thu. 22nd November at 12:00.

Flea (Vanessa Caswill): here you are a trailer and this link will help you to understand the film: click here and hereNegative Space (Ru Kawahata, Max Porter):  this is the trailer and this link shows you some facts like the numerous awards, like this onePoles Apart (Paloma Baeza): here you are this link with information about this film.The Nest (Jamie Jones): this is the trailer and a bit of info hereWe Love Moses (Dionne Edwards): here you are this review and this is another review

MEDIATION: Writing activity

Last year was a record-breaking year for tourism, and once again France has topped the charts. Which country is the second most visited? Which countries' numbers only keep rising? Which country is becoming more and more popular? Which countries have climbed up places? Which country continues to rank as the most popular country to visit in Southeast Asia?
For some help, you can check your textbook (p. 140). Remember that you can modify comparisons in three ways: - A big difference - A small difference - No difference
Don't sweat! This exercise is nowhere near as difficult as it may seem at first glance.


From the Norwegian explorer, a stunning meditation on the power of silence and how to shut out the world.
Extract from Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge (The Guardian, Sept. 2017).
On Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge (Gnorb blog, trying to live a life less ignorant).
Of Kagge and Cage: On Silence(Gnorb blog, trying to live a life less ignorant).
The GuardianTracy Chevalier on the power of silence. When Tracy Chevalier encountered communal silence at a Quaker meeting, she knew she had to build it into a novel.
The sound of silence: is cutting out noise the answer to a stress-free life?(The Guardian).

If you’d like to hear the interview to this amazing explorer, just click on Radio 3 a la carta (RNE podcasts) and listen to the programme “Hoy empieza todo (Marta Echevarría)” on Friday 9th November 2018. The interview is both in English and Spanish, (honing mediation skills).

The Priory Podcast - Episode 27 featuring Erling Kagge
Simon & Garfunkel performing The Sound o…

GUY FAWKES NIGHT: Remember, remember the 5th of November

Bonfire Night: 
Who was Guy Fawkes and why do we celebrate with firework displays?

Bonfire Night Plans And How To Stay Safe Across Solent Area

The Gunpowder Plot on Horrible Histories(2009)

To find out more: Bonfire night webquest

Play the Gunpowder plot game

Guy Fawkes Day: Remembering The Fifth Of November With V For Vendetta.

The Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom. a bestselling mix of Tudor history and mystery.
For older posts about Bonfire Night, click here.

James Rhodes: “I have no reason to lie when I tell you that everything is better in Spain”

Sometimes, we do need a reminder. Thank you, James. British concert pianist James Rhodes explains why he calls Madrid and not the UK home
Video: LATE MOTIV - Bienvenido James Rhodes
He is learning a second language (Spanish) and his tweets about his experiences are both hilarious and comforting: (¡Me parto! ≅ Laughing into stitches!)

Real boost of self-confidence, aren't they?

If you'd like to know about James Rhodes, you can visit

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