Monthly Archives: December 2010

WAS 2010 A YEAR TO REMEMBER? (B1)

HOW MANY QUESTIONS CAN YOU ANSWER? PUT YOU MEMORY TO TEST….

 http://www.elpais.com/misc/herald/herald.pdf

  1. Spain saw a general strike this year to protest government cuts. But when did it take place?
  2. In which country did ETA kill its most recent victim?
  3. Who did Elena Salgado replace as Spain´s economy minister?
  4. What is the title of the new book out by recent Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa?
  5. Which film director made a surprise appearance at the Goya Awards after years of estrangement from the Spanish Film Academy?
  6. What does the controversial “Sinde law” deal with?
  7. Which famous film maker, who directed “Welcome Mr Marshall!” died in November at the age of 89?
  8. Andrés Iniesta scored the winning goal in the World Cup Final in South Africa but who netted Spain´s opening goal of the tournament?
  9. Which racing driver prevented Fernando Alonso from moving up the field in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi?
  10. Which region in July became the second region in Spain, after the Canary Islands, to ban bullfighting?
  11. A new AVE high-speed train link began operating on 18th December between which two Spanish cities?
  12. Which major flamenco singer passed away in December?
  13. The rescue ofthe Chilean miners was one of the biggest media events of the year. How many miners in all were brought out?
  14. Which country in South America became the first nation to legalize homosexual marriage?
  15. Which golden couple of Spanish cinema married in a private ceremony in the  Bahamas this year?
  16. What will be banned in even more public spaces on 2nd January 2011?

FOR MORE QUESTIONS & THE ANSWERS  “EL PAÍS” TODAY http://www.elpais.com/misc/herald/herald.pdf

WHAT QUESTION WOULD YOU ADD TO THE LIST?

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TOP TEN CHRISTMAS GIFTS 2010

 WAS “SANTA”  RIGHT WITH YOUR PRESENTS THIS YEAR?

 HOW LUCKY WERE YOU?

 IF YOU’RE STILL THINKING OF BUYING PRESENTS FOR THE THREE WISE MEN, IT´S GOOD TO KNOW THAT SOME OF THE TOP PRESENTS THIS YEAR HAVE ALREADY BEEN SOLD OUT IN SPITE OF THE CRISIS.

 WHICH PRESENTS SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON THAT LIST: TOP CHRISTMAS GIFTS 2010?

LCD TVs,e-book readers, ipods, Apple ipad tablets, headphones, perfume, bags, concert or  musical tickets etc…..

WHAT ABOUT MOBILE PHONES? ARE THEY OUT OF FASHION THIS YEAR?

THE WORLD FAMOUS CHRISTMAS DRAW (B1)

Spain’s world famous lottery, ‘El Gordo’, is celebrated on 22nd December

By m.p. – Dec 20, 2010 – 2:10 PM


This year 2.32 billion Euro will be given in prizes

December 22nd is the day of the year when the Spanish people are, from nine in the morning, with one ear pegged to the radio or television as the world famous Christmas Lottery, ‘El Gordo’ – The Fat One, takes place.

It is always the children, now the boys and the girls from the San Ildefonso School in Madrid, who have the honour of singing out the numbers as they are drawn.

Tickets usually sold in tenth parts called “decimos”, are held tightly in hand with each member of the public considering that certain numbers to be more attractive than others, and certain last numbers as their favourite.

For example the favourite terminations are 3,5,and 7 while the numbers which have most appeared over the history of the lottery are 5,4,and 6.

This form of lottery was declared to be modern when sold for the first time on March 4th 1812 in Cádiz, to differentiate it from the earlier draw in Spain which dates from 1763. The first Christmas draw was also held in 1812 when a ticket cost 40 reales and the first prize was 8,000 pesos Fuertes.

The hall where the draw takes place opens its doors at 8am so that anyone can check the wooden balls, each one of them with a single and possibly winning number etched upon it. This year, the draw will not be held at the usual address on Calle Guzmán el Bueno, as it has been since 1963, but in the Palacio de Congresos, allowing 500 more members of the public to be admitted, taking the number up to 2,000.

Other changes mean that those lucky enough to win a prize that is greater than 3,000 € will be able to collect their winnings the next day.

The average Spaniard has spent just under 70 € on the draw, only slightly less than last year despite the economic crisis. Much of this is spent in smaller ‘participaciones’ (“shares”  on a lottery tcket) arranged in their workplace or among clubs and friends.

As there are only 85,000 numbers on the tickets, there are also many series of tickets with the same number, and as a single number is often limited geographically by its sale one of the most exciting aspects of the Spanish draw is that lady luck can make several people from the same town or village into multi millionaires at the same time.

This year there are 195 series, each one with 85,000 tickets, numbered from 000000 to 84,999 and each ticket has 10 decimos. Each decimo costs 20 €, and a complete number 39,000 €.

The most popular number this year was 11710, the date of Spain’s historic victory in the World Cup, which was sold out in a matter of hours. Others include 11555, the moment at 115 minutes and 55 seconds into the game when Andrés Iniesta scored Spain’s winning goal, and the tennis player Rafael Nadal’s date of birth, 03686.

70% of the money taken goes on prizes, the rest on administration and to the treasury. Top prize for a tenth of a ticket is 300,000 € in each of the 195 series. 2.32 billion € will be given in prizes this year.

Some provinces of Spain have never won the first prize in the Christmas Draw – they are Zamora, Salamanca, Ávila, Tarragona, Huelva and the two autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla..

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_28385.shtml#ixzz18etV6Wh8

HAVE YOU EVER WON THE LOTTERY? IF YOU WON  A BIG PRIZE THIS YEAR, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WIH THE MONEY APART FROM PAYING OFF SOME DEBTS?

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NEW HIGH-SPEED TRAIN LINE BETWEEN VALENCIA AND MADRID

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía open the AVE high speed train line between Madrid and Valencia

By h.b. – Dec 19, 2010 – 9:12 AM


The public can use the service from today, Sunday

The public are now travelling between Madrid and Valencia on the AVE high speed train, after the latest line in Spain was opened on Saturday by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía.

The royal party joined the train in Madrid, which departed at 1109 and arrived in Valencia, 391 kilometres away, just 93 minutes later, two minutes early. They were accompanied by the Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Development Minister José Blanco, the PP Regional Presidents of Madrid and Valencia Esperanza Aguirre and Francisco Camps

The new Joaquín Sorolla station was officially opened also in Valencia. It will take all the high speed trains until a future central station is constructed in the city centre.

In his speech the King noted how the train favoured the economy and ‘social cohesion’. He said he was proud of the size and quality of the works.

The new line, which is expected to be the most profitable of the network, makes Spain the European country with most kilometres of high speed track in Service.

Every day AVE high speed trains cover 104,000 kms, equivalent to going round the world 2 and a half times every day.

Meanwhile a new high speed train service has come into operation between Barcelona and Paris. The train will run twice daily in each direction, and stop in Girona, Perpignan, Narbona-Montpellier and Nimes.
Journey time is seven hours 25 minutes, an hour and a quarter less than previously, and cheapest promotional ticket price is 63.30 €.

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_28366.shtml#ixzz18ZaS8d8K

ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING ON THE NEW HIGH-SPEED TRAIN?

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RACE TO THE …. STRIKE??? (B1)

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF  FLYING NEXT CHRISTMAS……
 BEWARE OF THE STRIKES!!!!!
Now Spanish Airport workers announce Christmas strike action
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By h.b. – Dec 2, 2010 – 2:25 PM

 

AENA, the Spanish Airports Authority, are angry at the plans for privatisation, and join the pilots with the festive strike threat.

Employees of the Spanish Airports Authority, AENA, have announced strike action at Christmas against the Government’s plans for partial privatisation.
AENA say they are yet to decide on the exact dates and form of their protests, but these will be announced after the Constitution Bank Holiday on December 9.

Unions CCOO, UGT and USO will hold a coordinating meeting next week with members of the USCA air traffic controllers union, to decide on exact dates and action.

Minister for Tax and the Economy, Elena Salgado, has said that privatisation will reduce the country’s debt, and observers say the 8 billion € forecast would allow the Government to meet the debt target for 2011. She told the Financial Times that amount was hoped to be raised by the privatisation of 49% of AENA and 30% of the State lottery, which she described as ‘one of the oldest  and most lucrative   in the world’.

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Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_28131.shtml#ixzz16xtODEfz

DO YOU LIKE FLYING WHEN YOU TRAVEL? IF NOT, WHAT´S YOUR FAVOURITE MEANS OF TRANSPORT? WHY?

HOW MUCH DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT COMPARATIVE & SUPERLATIVE FORMS IN ENGLISH?

(grammar rules  grammar bank 2C  page 132)

BACK TO DECEMBER (B1)

DECEMBER IS BACK AGAIN AND CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER…..

BY THE WAY, DO YOU LIKE CHRISTMAS CAROLS? WHETHER YOU LIKE THEM OR NOT, LET ME KNOW YOUR OPINION ABOUT IT AND VOTE!!!

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