Monthly Archives: March 2009

STORMY WEATHER (B1+)

ONE OF THE POSSIBLE DANGERS AT SEA MIGHT BE “STORMY WEATHER”. ENJOY THIS GOLDEN OLDIE AND TRY THE ACTIVITIES ON PAGE 101.

DANCING QUEEN (A1)

HANDOUT 5C: “DANCING QUEEN”

VALENCIA “EN FIESTAS (B1+)

Valencia en fiestas
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By h.b. – Mar 16, 2009 – 7:26 PM

Nicolas Sarkozy as a 'Ninot' - EFE

The Falla celebrations are well underway and as always there is plenty of political satire

Valencia is currently enjoying the Falla celebrations and as always some of the statues mark political satire of the moment, at least until they are burnt to ash on Thursday.

On some occasions the traditional cagador, ‘the crapper’, is depicted by a politician or even this year by the Prime Minister, Zapatero, who on one occasion here has left a pile labeled the Galician elections.

Also much in evidence this year are international leaders Obama, and Sarkozy, and of course the President of the Valencia region, Francisco Camps, and the National Court judge, Baltasar Garzón.
Figaro’s Wedding has Obama as America’s bride, while Zapatero, Sarkozy, Merkel, Berlusconi and even Gordon Brown are a band of gangsters, 20’s style.

Zapatero and Rajoy are also depicted as drag queens this year, while Judge Garzón is a scout digging at the historical memory law.

But there was also another event in Valencia on Monday when a dozen or so anti bullfighting protestors stripped off in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in protest at Spain’s national fiesta. Semi nude and covered in red paint and bandarrillas, they represented the bulls killed every year as part of the Fallas fiestas.

On Sunday the in vogue bullfighter, José Tomas, sold out the city’s bullring and was carried out on the shoulders of those present in triumph.

Nicolas Sarkozy as a ‘Ninot’ – EFE
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WEATHER (B1+)

WE ALWAYS SEEM TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE WEATHER, THE SO-CALLED “SMALL TALK”. WATCH THIS VIDEO AND WRITE YOUR MEANING TO THIS SONG.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO IMPROVE YOUR “WEATHER VOCABULARY”?

http://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/weather-vocabulary.htm

THIS IS THE LIFE (B1+)

ENJOY THIS SONG.  WHY DO YOU THINK THE ARTICLE “THE” IS USED IN HE TITLE?

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/540/01/

THINK ABOUT THE USE AND OMISSION OF HE ARTICLE IN ENGLIH.

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Helendipity Weblog

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