Blogger Widgets Blogger Widgets ¡Mira que luna......! Look at that moon....! Resources for learning English: 1/1/11 - 2/1/11

!Mira que luna! Look at that moon! Resources for learning English

!Mira que luna! Look at that moon! Resources for learning English
Fernando Olivera: El rapto.- TEXT FROM THE NOVEL The goldfinch by Donna Tartt (...) One night we were in San Antonio, and I was having a bit of a melt-down, wanting my own room, you know, my dog, my own bed, and Daddy lifted me up on the fairgrounds and told me to look at the moon. When "you feel homesick", he said, just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go". So after he died, and I had to go to Aunt Bess -I mean, even now, in the city, when I see a full moon, it's like he's telling me not to look back or feel sad about things, that home is wherever I am. She kissed me on the nose. Or where you are, puppy. The center of my earth is you". The goldfinch Donna Tartt 4441 English edition

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Blog para aprender inglés. 1 FROM 10 Free Date Activities in the Great Outdoors. 08-02-2011.

Say you want to spend a little time with your girlfriend or someone you'd like to get to know a little bit better. It's a beautiful day outside, so it'd be great to hit the outdoors, right? You're exactly right. Outdoor dates are a lot of fun because you can be active together and focus on having a good time. They're also great because they don't have to cost a lot of money. In fact, some of the best times you can have outside are free. If you're wallet's feeling a little thin, thinking up some free outdoor fun can keep the sparks in your relationship--and it helps you save some cash for when you want a fancier night out. Don't believe it? Read on for some fun, free outdoor date ideas. 



PADDINGTON BASIN.

 1: Nighttime can provide a romantic background for your date. Outdoor dates don't always have to take place during the day. Nighttime provides plenty of free date opportunities. Start by taking a blanket to a park, field or overlook and watch the sunset together. Once the sun slips over the horizon, lie down on your blanket and watch the stars come out. You can help each other spot different constellations and planets, and wish on shooting stars. Special astronomical events like meteor showers can create a special feel to the date and make it memorable. Nighttime walks can also be extremely romantic because the darkness acts like a security blanket, allowing you to share a lot with each other. Just take a flashlight with you, and don't go anyplace where you might get easily lost. For more great free date ideas, check out this blog every day during this week.


SOURCE: ARTICLE BY Jill Jaracz

A complement to the tunnelling machine: railway or railroad works.


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 TUNNELLING MACHINE


The Weather channel: Madrid and world weather forecast 08-02-2011.


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BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS. The Work of Art in the Age of Google.-

READING FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES. REMEMBER: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.
THE NEW YORK TIMES

BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS. Art Project - Preview

BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS: 25 BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ENGLISH.


BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.

I ONLY KNOW A WAY OF IMPROVING ENGLISH:
Just like everything else in life, the more you practice toward results, the more proficient you become. At first, the practice is a royal pain in the behind, and you experience a healthy dose of frustration when you don’t see immediate results that you had hoped for. You must practice the basic fundamentals of achieving results if you want your goal to be achieved. Low achievers have a kind of blasé, laissez-faire attitude, when it comes to preparation. While high achievers prepare well and practice in advance to perform at their very best, low achievers are satisfied with being second-rate. They have forgotten or may not know what a first-rate result is and that it consists of hours of preparation and practice. The practice range is where your skills are refined, honed, dissembled and eventually reassembled. Source: http://www.everythingcounts.com/practice-makes-perfect/
Lovely Teacher comic by ~toongrowner on deviantART

I ONLY KNOW A WAY OF IMPROVING ENGLISH:

10 Free Date Activities in the Great Outdoors

Say you want to spend a little time with your girlfriend or someone you'd like to get to know a little bit better. It's a beautiful day outside, so it'd be great to hit the outdoors, right? You're exactly right. Outdoor dates are a lot of fun because you can be active together and focus on having a good time. They're also great because they don't have to cost a lot of money. In fact, some of the best times you can have outside are free. If you're wallet's feeling a little thin, thinking up some free outdoor fun can keep the sparks in your relationship--and it helps you save some cash for when you want a fancier night out. Don't believe it? Read on for some fun, free outdoor date ideas. 


 1: Nighttime Fun Hitoshi Nishimura/Taxi Japan/Getty Images The glow of bright city lights can provide a romantic background for your date. Outdoor dates don't always have to take place during the day. Nighttime provides plenty of free date opportunities. Start by taking a blanket to a park, field or overlook and watch the sunset together. Once the sun slips over the horizon, lie down on your blanket and watch the stars come out. You can help each other spot different constellations and planets, and wish on shooting stars. Special astronomical events like meteor showers can create a special feel to the date and make it memorable. Nighttime walks can also be extremely romantic because the darkness acts like a security blanket, allowing you to share a lot with each other. Just take a flashlight with you, and don't go anyplace where you might get easily lost. For more great free date ideas, check out the links on the next page. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS. RECURSOS INTERACTIVOS DE INGLÉS. LEARNING ENGLISH BLOG. INTERACTIVE ENGLISH and RODENASTIC.WIKISPACES and Webquest.

INTERACTIVE ENGLISH COURSE RECOMMENDED BY MINISTRY OF EDUCATION FOR "ESO AND BACHILLERATO STUDENTS".



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Beauty remedies. Trucos de belleza. OLIVE OIL FOR YOUR HEAR. Aceite de oliva para tu pelo.

If there's one drawback to warm weather, it's that all that time spent outdoors can strip the natural moisture from your hair. The remedy? A deep-conditioning treatment using rich, emollient oils. Although many many oils can be used -- olive is a favorite in Mediterranean countries, while Native Americans used jojoba -- blends are better, experts says. "A mix of different-size oil molecules will penetrate and condition more effectively," they says. There is an easy at-home treatment that gives even the driest hair bounce and shine. Follow these steps, and remember your grade-school science: Since oil won't mix with water, it slides right off wet hair. Don't dampen your hair until the wash-and-rinse stage.

1. Brush Dry Hair
Oils will penetrate dry, thirsty hair better than hair that's been freshly washed and conditioned. Brush hair thoroughly to distribute its natural oils, and drape a towel over your shoulders to catch drips.

2. Go Section by Section
Work the oil into your hair one section at a time. Starting at the ends and using your fingers, apply the oil a few drops at a time. Work it into the hair until it's saturated, stopping an inch from the scalp. Pay particular attention to dry and damaged areas, which will absorb more oil.

3. Lock in the Moisture
Blow-drying will help the oils penetrate the hair shaft. Using a dryer with a nozzle attachment on a medium-high setting, direct heat down the hair shaft and away from the scalp. Your hair will absorb much of the moisture it needs when heated; if it still drips, blot the excess with a towel.
 4. Sit Back and Relax
If your hair is dry, leave the oils on for 20 to 45 minutes. Colored, damaged, or brittle hair will need 45 minutes to 2 hours. For a truly deep conditioning treatment, leave the oils on overnight -- just cover your pillow with a fresh towel.
5. "Dry" Shampoo, Then Rinse
Apply a heaping handful of a natural shampoo to dry hair. Work it into the hair and scalp for 3 to 5 minutes. If needed, spritz your hair with just enough water to create a workable lather. Rinse with warm water.
6. Rebalance Hair's Moisture
Hair is already moist, so a light conditioner is all you need. To remove any oil residue and leave hair bouncy, try a cider-vinegar-based rinse (such as John Masters Organics Herbal Cider Hair Rinse & Clarifier). Rinse, dry, and style as usual.

Source: D. Garlough.

Famous love quotes~ You & Me Lifehouse

Antonio Vivaldi


WINTER





El invierno.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

GENIAL FORGES, COMO SIEMPRE...GREAT FORGES, AS ALWAYS....

HOMEWORK HELP FOR WRITING ABOUT THE TOPIC: The Topic: Salem Witch Trials Easier.

DISCOVERY EDUCATION

The Topic: Salem Witch Trials Easier - In the summer of 1692, ignorance and fear ruled over Puritan Salem, Massachusetts. Several men and women stood trial for witchcraft. People called them witches and believed the devil had given them special powers. Nineteen of the accused were judged guilty and put to death by hanging. Another was crushed to death for not pleading guilty. Many others suffered and some died as a result of the turmoil and mistreatment. Harder - It was a tough, cold winter in Salem, Massachusetts and sometime during February 1692, a small girl became strangely ill. She complained of pain and fever, burst out in incomprehensible gibberish, experienced convulsions and contortions; her symptoms baffled everyone. Cotton Mather had just written a popular book describing suspected witchcraft in nearby Boston. Then three other girls, playmates of the afflicted Betty Parris, began to exhibit similar unusual behaviors. Doctor Griggs examined the girls and after his first administrations failed, he declared that the girls' afflictions might be the result of witchcraft. That grim diagnosis triggered a Puritan inquisition throughout the community. Finger pointing began. The first to be arrested were a Caribbean-born slave along with Sarah Good and Sarah Osburn, two elderly women of poor reputation. The hysteria raged into the summer months and filled the prisons with innocent people. Eventually, 150 "witches" were taken into custody. By late September, 19 men and women had been hanged on Gallows Hill, an eighty year old man pressed to death under stones for refusing a trial, five more accused had died in jail, but none of the executed had confessed to witchcraft. Then almost as fast as it had started, the witch hunt ended. SOURCE :http://www.42explore2.com/salemwitch.htm

DON'T FORGET EGYPT. WOMEN SHOW THEIR OPINION THROUGH DEMONSTRATIONS.

EURONEWS.NET

EURONEWS.NET with women.

BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS: SCIENCE: PERSONALITY TESTS ABOUT HUMAN BODY AND MIND. FROM BBC.

SEVERAL PERSONALITY TESTS ABOUT HUMAN  BODY AND MIND FROM BBC.
THEY ARE A LITTLE AMAZING BUT THEIR RESULTS ARE QUITE RIGHT, IN MY OPINION.

BBC WEB SITE SAYS: Get to know yourself by taking our personality test. Or see if you can spot a fake smile.
Human body and mind.

SCIENCE AND NATURE





BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS: QUOTATION.

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... It's about learning how to dance in the rain. - Vivian Greene



RESOURCES GALORE

BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS: HOW HAS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES ENHANCED STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES IN.


BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS: HOW TO BECOME A FILM-MAKER.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


IMPRESSIONIST GARDENS IN MADRID. EXPOSICIÓN EN MADRID, JARDINES IMPRESIONISTAS EN MAADRID. EXPOSICIÓN EN CAJA MADRID Y MUSEO THYSSEN.


JARDINES IMPRESIONISTAS


EXHIBITION: IMPRESSIONIST GARDENS UNTIL 13-02-2011: CAJA MADRID. EXPOSICIÓN JARDINES IMPRESIONISTAS HASTA EL 13 DE FEBRERO EN CAJA MADRID.


La exposición “Jardines Impresionistas”  en Madrid

jardines-impresionistasA partir deL  16 de Noviembre y hasta el próximo 13 de Febrero de 2011 se puede visitar la exposición “Jardines Impresionistas” en el Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Paseo del Prado, 8 ) y en la Fundación Caja Madrid(Plaza de San Martín, 1). La exposición se centra en el desarrollo de la pintura de jardines, incluyendo obras de las grandes figuras del Impresionismo, precursores como Delacroix y Corot, y también artistas posteriores tales como Klimt, Munch y Sargent.
En la década de 1860 los jardines alcanzaron una gran popularidad en Francia, debido a la inauguración de los parques reales y la introducción de cientos de plantas y especies de flores procedentes de Asia, África y América.Los pintores impresionistas y sus seguidores, dado además su gusto por el color, los efectos al aire libre y los temas de la vida moderna, se sumaron a esa tendencia y buscaron en los jardines una nueva fuente de inspiraciónpara sus obras. Sin embargo, y a pesar de su enorme atractivo, la pintura de jardines de tipo impresionista no tuvo gran difusión fuera de Francia. En esta exposición se muestran ejemplos de la representación de los temas de jardín por parte de artistas de diversos países Europeos y de Estados Unidos –además de los maestros impresionistas franceses- llegando hasta el post-impresionismo y el simbolismo.
Esta nueva exposición surge de de la cooperación que la Fundación Caja Madrid y la Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza vienen realizando desde el año 2003 para la organización de exposiciones conjuntas con proyectos relacionados con el arte moderno y contemporáneo. En esta ocasión, además, puedes solicitar en a través de la web de la Fundación Caja Madrid una visita guiada de 50 minutos por la exposición “Jardines Impresionistas”.
¡No te la puedes perder!
Foto: Emil Nolde. Flores rojas (detalle), 1906. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.
© Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS: ENGLISH VOCABULARY REVISION FROM OLDER THAN GEORGE ELIOT.

MY SECOND SLIDESHOW IN ENGLISH WITH MUSIC.

BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS: THE BEATLES ACT NATURALLY.

ACT NATURALLY.

http://www.beatlestube.net/video.php

Act Naturally lyrics
Songwriters: Russell, John; Morrison, Voni;
They're gonna put me in the movies
They're gonna make a big star out of me
We'll make a film about a man that's sad and lonely
And all I gotta do is act naturally

Well, I'll bet you I'm gonna be a big star
Might win an Oscar, you can never tell
The movies gonna make me a big star
'Cause I can play the part so well

Well I hope you'll come and see me in the movies
Then I'll know that you will plainly see
The biggest fool that ever hit the big time
And all I gotta do is act naturally

We'll make the scene about a man that's sad and lonely
And beggin' down upon his bended knee
I'll play the part but I won't need rehearsing
All I have to do is act naturally

Well, I'll bet you I'm gonna be a big star
Might win an Oscar you can never tell
The movies gonna make me a big star
'Cause I can play the part so well

Well I hope you'll come and see me in the movies
Then I'll know that you will plainly see
The biggest fool that ever hit the big time
And all I gotta do is act naturally

BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS: Exit Through The Gift Shop - UK Trailer

BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS: PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE WITH AVATAR, IN ANY LANGUAGE...PRÁCTICAS DE PRONUNCIACIÓN CON AVATAR EN CUALQUIER LENGUA....





PRONUNCIATION WEBSITE PRACTICE



TRANSLATE THE SENTENCES from SPANISH INTO ENGLISH, PLEASE.

SLIDE YOUR MOUSE SMOOTHLY OVER EVERY SPANISH SENTENCE TO SEE THE CORRECT ANSWER, PLEASE.

Le habrías visto si hubiera estado aquí ayer?

Por qué fumas tantos cigarrillos como él?

No hay tanta luz solar en Suecia como aquí.

No hay tantas oportunidades como había antes.

No tienes tanta paciencia como yo.

Estoy buscando a alquien que me lleve al hotel.

BLOG PARA APRENDER INGLÉS: BBC: TRAVEL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/cultural-activities

Thursday, February 3, 2011

KEN BLOCK GYMKHANA TWO THE INFOMERCIAL

Thousand-Hand Guan Yin. La danza de las 1000 manos.

Hay una impresionante danza, llamada de las Mil Manos-Guanyin,. Considerando la estrecha coordinación necesaria, su realización no deja de ser sorprendente, mas aun si todas son sordas. Sí, has leído correctamente. Todas las 21 bailarinas son completamente sordomudas. Basándose sólo en las señales de los formadores en las cuatro esquinas del escenario , estas extraordinarias bailarinas ofrecen un gran espectáculo visual Su primer gran debut internacional fue en Atenas en la ceremonia de clausura de los Juegos Paralímpicos 2004. Pero ha estado durante mucho tiempo en el repertorio de los chinos de la Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art y ha viajado a más de 40 países. Su primera bailarina tiene 29 años de edad, Tai Lihua, que tiene un BA de la Instituto de Bellas Artes de Hubei. El video fue grabado en Pekín durante el Festival de Primavera de este año.

The Beatles-Because

Because the world is round it turns me on Because the world is round... Because the wind is high it blows my mind Because the wind is high... Love is all, love is new Love is all, love is you Because the sky is blue, it makes me cry Because the sky is blue...

NEWS ABOUT EGYPT.

ALJAZEERA.NET

TRANSLATE FROM SPANISH INTO ENGLISH.

¿Cuantas flexiones puedes hacer?
KEY ANSWERHow many press-ups can you do?

PRACTISING ENGLISH: Please, click on the caps lock tag to see the correct answer.


No nos llevamos de maravilla.





KEY ANSWERWe don't get on like a house on fire

LOOK AT THE MOON IN GOOGLE EARTH. MIRA QUE LUNA EN GOOGLE HEARTH.

GOOGLE EARTH

From Reading Success Starts Here By Julie Rebboah


Choosing the Right Book for Reading Success
Time and again, parents have brought me books in frustration and have asked, "Why can't my son read this? It says Step One." Or, "This says Level One...how can it be too hard?".
Choosing the right book is crucial to reading success. A book must be challenging enough so that your child progresses with reading, but cannot be so hard that it leads to frustration. A book that is just right will provide an achievable challenge and enjoyable reading experience.
So how can you choose the right book? Take a look at the outlined categories below. Do the books in your home library match the characteristics listed? If not, set those books aside until your child is ready for them and find some new ones that will help your child grow in reading.


From Julie_Rebboah


Source: http://ezinearticles.com/?Reading-Success-Starts-Here&id=5313784
http://www.lightningbuglearning.com/

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cuarenta películas sincronizadas al ritmo de Flootloose que parecen una sola. Excelente trabajo de edición.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYL3j27sSH8&feature=player_embedded

SkyDance - On TubeWatcher.tv

SkyDance - On TubeWatcher.tv

The King's Speech (El discurso del rey) REVIEW BY THE GUARDIAN


WH Auden wrote his poem "September 1, 1939" while sitting in a New York bar: "Uncertain and afraid/ As the clever hopes expire/ Of a low dishonest decade." The King's Speech takes a rather different view of Britain and the 1930s, though it's not entirely inconsistent with Auden's judgment and isn't in any sense what is sneeringly called heritage cinema. It is the work of a highly talented group of artists who might be regarded as British realists – Tom Hooper directed the soccer epic The Damned United; Eve Stewart was production designer on Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy and Vera Drake; Jenny Beavan was responsible for the costumes worn in Gosford Park andThe Remains of the Day; the cinematographer Danny Cohen lit Shane Meadows's This is England and Dead Man's Shoes; Tariq Anwar's editing credits range from The Madness of King George to American Beauty; and the screenplay is by the British writer David Seidler, who co-wrote Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream.
  1. The King's Speech
  2. Production year: 2010
  3. Countries: Rest of the world, UK
  4. Cert (UK): 15
  5. Runtime: 118 mins
  6. Directors: Tom Hooper
  7. Cast: Colin Firth, Eve Best, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall
  8. More on this film
The film is the private story of a famous public man, King George VI (known in his family circle as Bertie), the woman who loved him and became his queen, and the innovative Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helped him control and come to terms with the stammer that had tortured him since childhood.
The social and political background, acutely observed and carefully woven into the film's fabric, is the Depression at home, the rise of fascism abroad, and the arrival of the mass media as a major force in our lives. Central to the dramatic action are four crucial incidents: the death in 1936 of George V, the first monarch to address his subjects via the radio; the accession to the throne of his eldest son as Edward VIII and his almost immediate abdication in order to marry American double divorcee Wallis Simpson; the crowning of his successor, George VI; and finally, in 1939, the outbreak of a war for which the king and queen became figureheads of immeasurable national significance alongside their prime minister, Winston Churchill.
Although the film involves a man overcoming a serious disability, it is neither triumphalist nor sentimental. Its themes are courage (where it comes from, how it is used), responsibility, and the necessity to place duty above personal pleasure or contentment – the subjects, in fact, of such enduringly popular movies as Casablanca and High Noon. In this sense, The King's Speech is an altogether more significant and ambitious work than Stephen Frears's admirable The Queen of 2006 and far transcends any political arguments about royalty and republicanism.
The film begins with a brief prologue in which both Bertie as Duke of York (Colin Firth) and his contemporary audience endure agonies of embarrassment as he attempts to deliver a speech at Wembley Stadium during the 1924 Empire exhibition. The rest takes place between 1934 when his wife (Helena Bonham Carter) arranges for him to see Logue the unorthodox therapist (Geoffrey Rush), and shortly after the beginning of the war when he makes a crucial live broadcast to the world from Buckingham Palace, with Logue almost conducting the speech from the other side of the microphone.
Helena Bonham Carter is a warm, charming, puckish presence as Elizabeth, very much aware of her royal status when first approaching Logue using a pseudonym. Michael Gambon is entirely convincing as George V, a peremptory man irritated by the increasing demands of democracy; having been neglected by his own father, he's incapable of expressing love for his sons. Guy Pearce is equally good as the selfish, wilful future King Edward, the movie's one truly despicable character, whose mocking of his brother's stammer places him beyond the pale. Derek Jacobi does a neat turn as Cosmo Lang, the Archbishop of Canterbury, pillar of the establishment, at once dictatorial and obsequious.
The movie, however, ultimately turns upon the skilfully written and impeccably played scenes between Firth's Bertie, initially almost choking on his stammer but trained to insist on court protocol, and Rush's Logue, the informal, blunt-speaking Australian, whose manners are as relaxed as his consulting room in Harley Street is modest. The interplay between them resembles a version of Pygmalion or My Fair Lady in which Eliza is a princess and Henry Higgins a lower-middle-class teacher from Sydney, and they're just as funny, moving and class-conscious as in Shaw's play. There are also, one might think, benign echoes of Prince Hal and Falstaff fromHenry IV.
Across a great social gulf they become friends, the king gaining in confidence and humanity, deeply affected by the first commoner he's befriended. But to the end there remains the need to preserve a certain distance.
The film is not without its odd faults, the truly annoying one being the representation of Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall) as a supporter of George during the abdication. In fact, his intrigues in Edward VIII's cause nearly ruined his career. In his biography of Churchill, Roy Jenkins remarks that "had Churchill succeeded in keeping Edward VIII on the throne he might well have found it necessary in 1940 to depose and/or lock up his sovereign as the dangerously potential head of a Vichy-style state".
But overall the film is a major achievement, with Firth presenting us with a great profile in courage, a portrait of that recurrent figure, the stammerer as hero. He finds as many different aspects of stammering as the number of ways of photographing sand explored by Freddie Young in Lawrence of Arabia or John Seale in The English Patient. And as they did, he deserves an Oscar.

The King's Speech - Official Trailer

The King's Speech (El discurso del rey) Trailer HD subtitulado

Mikel Erentxun - Arde Madrid

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zarzuela La Revoltosa_El Felipe y la Maripepa de R. Chapí

REVIEW: THE KING'S SPEECH. THE TELEGRAPH.


Dir: Tom Hooper; starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter. 12a cert, 118 min. Rating: * * * *
At first, The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper, looks awfully familiar, a musty historical drama full of monarchs and period costumes and atmospheric fog. Peer a bit closer though, and it’s a thoroughly modern tale, the true-life story of a king’s efforts to overcome his stammer in order to face his public, constructed like a contemporary makeover narrative.
The chap in need of help is Albert, Duke of York (Colin Firth). For as long as anyone can remember he’s had difficulties enunciating. His father, King George V (Michael Gambon), is an emotional despot who mistakes chiding for medicine. Real doctors are of little help either: they stuff Albert’s mouth with marbles and tell him that smoking will relax his lungs.
Nothing seems to work. Albert struggles even to tell bedtime stories to his children. He mooches around as if he’s seen the future: it’s grey. The top hat he sports at social functions appears to droop like a wilted flower. He sinks to new sloughs of despond after he delivers a speech at the 1925 British Empire Exhibition; it’s so nervous and jolting it can’t help but, to our ears, prefigure the end of empire.
In desperation, Albert and his wife (Helena Bonham Carter) seek help from an unlikely source: an unsuccessful Australian actor named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), who is working in London as a speech therapist. To say they don’t get on is an understatement. One is a commoner, the other a future monarch. One comes from Down Under, the other is accustomed to looking down at people as they bow before him.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/8244121/The-Kings-Speech-review.html

Street signs that reflect reality A series of fake place names created by an artist have been left untouched


ACCORDING TO EL PAIS EN INGLÉS,

If you took a quick glance at the
sign in Cabeza street you would
be forgiven for not realizing that it
is unofficial. It is made with the
same tile and the same font as the
other place names that are so prevalent in the old part ofMadrid. But
this one is different. Instead of the
usual illustration, usually alluding
to the history of the street in question, there is an image that reflects a regular Lavapiés street,
with a rundown building facade,
cables hanging loose, damp patches and a STOP sign covered with
stickers advertising rooms to rent
for ¤200. In fact, it’s a drawing of
the very street corner where the
sign is located.
“I wanted to reflect the reality
using a very common element as
a way of drawing attention to the
actual state of the neighborhood,”
explains Diana Larrea, who is behind this urban intervention. “But
they are very well disguised, and
not a lot of people even notice
them.”
The project is called Calles distinguidas (Distinguished streets,
www.dianalarrea.com), and won
a competition run by the Associated Visual Artists of Madrid
(AVAM), which received sponsorship from the regional government

Read more in El Pais en ingles, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011. Link on the right side.

Deluxe - El cielo de Madrid








Otra vez las calles vacías,
el viento soplando cada vez más fuerte,
pero mis ojos no quieren cerrarse
y salgo buscando lo que me falta en el cielo de Madrid.

El frío golpea en la noche,
todos duermen en aparente tranquilidad,
pero el naranja de los semáforos
me descubre unos hombres durmiendo entre cajas de cartón.

Puede que hoy tenga algo más de suerte,
quizás hoy pueda volver a verte,
quizás tenga algo más de suerte
esta vez...

¿Cuántas veces he pensado ya
en dejar este lugar hostil?
Pero como en los libros de mi infancia
siempre elijo la página que me devuelve al mismo lugar.

Me adentro en un extraño bar
donde se reúnen las almas solitarias,
impacientes en la puerta del baño
evitan el espejo por miedo a lo que puedan encontrar.

Puede que hoy tenga algo más de suerte,
quizás hoy pueda volver a verte,
quizás tenga algo más de suerte
esta vez...

Al otro lado de la ciudad,
en un lugar todavía más oscuro,
las arañas esperan en su red
que una desorientada mariposa caiga en su trampa.

Ya se oye el ruido de las escobas,
vuelvo despacio camino del hogar,
ojalá no sucumbieras a las garras de la noche,
ojalá pronto tus ojos vuelvan a brillar con fuerza,
ojalá pronto vuelvan a brillar en la oscuridad del río.

Puede que hoy tenga algo más de suerte,
quizás hoy pueda volver a verte,
quizás tenga algo más de suerte
esta vez...

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Proficiency English Vocabulary: FIXED PHRASES AND IDIOMS 02-02-2011.




presence 
     If you say that someone had the presence of mind to do something, you approve of them because they were able to think and act calmly in a difficult situation.
         He had the presence of mind to put his emergency oxygen tube in his mouth.
     PHR: usu PHR after v  approval  

ENGLISH VOCABULARY REVISION 02-02-2011.


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