Monthly Archives: October 2008
TRY THE ACTIVITY ON PAGE 100 (STUDENT´S BOOK)
YOU CAN´T HURRY LOVE
WHICH VERSION OF THE SONG DO YOU LIKE BEST?
Blind since the age of 34, Carmen is convinced that her sight will return one day, and so she still exercises every day.
An 86 year old blind trapeze artiste, who has overcome a brain tumour, is still training every day in the hope that she will regain her sight. Carmen Sánchez carries out gymnastic exercises at her home in Sitges, Barcelona, and says the only thing she fears is getting old.
She has spent half her life on the road with the circus, with her late husband, the Málaga clown Pepe Ruiz.
Her blindness came at the age of 34 as the result of a medical error, but since then she still exercises every day in case her eyesight returns. She goes dancing every week with her current partner Joaquim, and admits now that she never goes to the doctor.
She also blames television for the decline in the circus, and says that people don’t clap like they did in the past as they have seen it all on TV.
COULD YOU MAKE COMMENTS ABOUT THIS PICTURE?
WRITE A SUITABLE HEADING FOR A PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST.
HAVE A LOOK AT THIS PHOTO AND MAKE COMMENTS ABOUT IT.
THEN YOU CAN TRY THIS VOCABULARY EXERCISE FROM THE BBC.
WATCH THIS OLD VIDEO CLIP AND TELL US ABOUT THE STORY BEHIND THE PICTURES.
She works hard for the money
So hard for it, honey
She works hard for the money
So you´d better treat her right (REPEATED)
And wonders where she is
And it’s strange to her
Some people seem to have everything
9 am on the hour hand
And she’s waiting for the bell
And she’s looking real pretty
She’s waiting for her clientele
And she’s seen a lot of tears
Of the ones who come in
They really seem to need her there
It’s a sacrifice working day to day
For little money just tips for pay
But it’s worth it all
To hear them say that they care
The break comes following a row over funding from the regional Generalitat government.
Ryanair has announced what it has called the complete closure of its operations at Valencia Airport following a row with the Generalitat regional government over subsidies.
Ryanair wanted funding to increase its operations at the airport, but the Generalitat says there is no money, and has, according to Ryanair Deputy Chairman, Michael Cawley, refused to meet with them. Cawley described today as ‘A very black day for Valencia Airport’.
Ryanair operates 70 flights a week from the airport and has Stansted, East Midlands and Liverpool among its destinations. It has 750,000 passengers a year at Valencia where some 750 jobs could now be lost, although the airline says it wants to transfer the workers to its other bases in Spain at Madrid, Reus, Alicante and Girona. The money Ryanair was to invest there will now go elsewhere and details of that will be announced by the company next week.
Flights from ten routes to Bolonia, East Midland, Eindhoven, Liverpool, Maastricht, Malta, Oporto, París Beauvais and Santiago de Compostela will be cancelled from November 4, and passengers will be offered a full refund.
The airline had requested a million €, which would be 80 cents per passenger and note that the Generalitat is funding Air Nostrum to the tune of 12 € per passenger.
If the Generalitat finds the money, the airline says it is prepared to talk.
Unemployment increases to levels last seen at the start of 2004.
The Spanish Government has admitted that unemployment is set to continue to increase given the financial and real estate crisis.
The Ministry of the Economy is now forecasting that it will reach 12.5% next year, following the release of latest numbers today which show it up to 11.3%, the highest rate seen since the start of 2004. Total employment has been destroyed for the first time in 14 years.
The new numbers come from the survey of the active population, and are controlled by the National Statistics Institute, and show 217,200 people joined the dole queues in Spain in the third quarter of the year. Most of the job losses came in the construction sector.
The Partido Popular economy spokesman, Cristóbal Montoro, said that the numbers were ‘terrible and tragic’ and called on Prime Minister Zapatero to apologise for the ‘social drama’ he was causing.
The protest comes as Nissan want to lose 1,680 jobs in the Catalan region.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona yesterday in protest at the decision of Nissan to lose 1,680 jobs at their factory in the region.
Most of those to demonstrate, some 10,000 in total according to the unions, are workers at not only Nissan, but also Seat and companies in the supply chain. The Guardia Urbana put the number on the demonstration at 5,000.
Union CCOO warned that if the sackings go ahead they will result in ‘a grand social conflict’ while other union UGT has spoken of ‘business terrorism, and has called on the prosecutor to take action. They say the Government should spend less time defending the banks, and more time helping the citizens.