Monthly Archives: April 2011

MORE EXAM PRACTICE (B1)

READ THE TEXT BELOW AND THINK OF THE WORD WHICH BEST FITS EACH SPACE. USE ONLY ONE WORD IN EACH SPACE. CONTRACTIONS COUNT AS ONE WORD.

ARMAGEDDON

Armageddon is ____________(1)  action packed adventure film about an enormous asteroid and the desperate efforts of mankind to stop it from destroying the world. Directed ____________(2) Jerry Bruchheimer, the _________________(3) includes Bruce Willis as Harry Stamper, an oil rig owner; Liv Tyler as his daughter, Grace, and Ben Affleck as Stamper’s employee, A.J., ____________(4) is in love with Grace.

The story ____________(5) when NASA discovers that the gigantic asteroid is only eighteen days away from destroying the world. On one occasion, NASA asks Harry to prevent the ____________(6) asteroid from reaching our planet. Harry and his oil-rig crew ____________(7) given intensive training by NASA astronauts before _______________(8)  to space.

The film is filled with suspense as the men race against time ____________(9) save our planet. The special effects and computer graphics are ____________(10) spectacular that the audience will be ____________(11). The actors give a brilliant ____________(12) and the directing is superb. What is more, the ____________(13) , mostly by Aerosmith, is fantastic.

I thoroughly recommend this film. If you like excitement, it ____________(14) definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.  _____________ (15) miss it!!!

LABOUR DAY (B1)

 

Labor Day 2011

Labour Day is an annual holiday celebrated all over the world that resulted from efforts of the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers.

Labour Day Parade in Toronto in the early 1900s

Labour Day Parade in Toronto in the early 1900s

The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the eight hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. On 21 April 1856 Stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne, Australia, stopped work and marched from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House to achieve an eight hour day. Their direct action protest was a success, and they are noted as the first organized workers in the world to achieve an eight hour day with no loss of pay, which subsequently inspired the celebration of Labour Day and May Day. 

Most countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1, known as May Day and International Workers’ Day. In Europe the day has older significance as a rural festival which is predominantly more important than that of the Labour Day movement. The holiday has become internationalised and several countries hold multi-day celebrations including parades, shows and other patriotic and labour-oriented events

KISS ME KATE (B1)

Royal Wedding: Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony

WATCH AND LISTEN

“KISS ME KATE”  as thousands cheer…. and it was all sealed with a kiss.

Newlyweds William and Kate sealed their love with a kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony to the delight of the nation.
“The wedding was a moment of light in the economic gloom with no mention of a fairy tale in sight” as “THE GUARDIAN” publishes today…BY WHY DO YOU THINK THE BRITISH GOT SO ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IT?
“THESE ARE HARD TIMES FOR MILLIONS OF BRITISH PEOPLE SPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE IN THEIR 20s, LIKE WILL AND KATE WHOSE LIVES ARE MARKED BY STUDENT DEBT, BY THE DIFFICULTY OF FINDING A SECURE JOB, OF  GETTING SOMEWHERE AFFORDABLE TO LIVE…?”
WILL THIS ROYAL WEDDING HELP TO LIFT THE NATIONAL MOOD AT A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY AND ANXIETY?
 
 

INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY (B1)

EVERY 29TH APRIL “INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY” IS CELEBRATED ALL OVER THE WORLD TO PROMOTE DANCING IN THE WOLD OF ARTS. SO, IF YOU´RE KEEN ON DANCING, CHECK YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPERS TO FIND OUT WHAT´S ON.

AMONG THE GOALS OF THE DANCE DAY ARE TO INCREASE THE AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF DANCE AMONG THE GENERAL PUBLIC AS WELL AS TO PERSUADE GOVERNMENTS ALL OVER THE WORLD TO PROVIDE A PROPER PLACE FOR DANCE IN ALL SYSTEMS OF EDUCATION, FROM PRIMARY TO HIGHER.

 LET´S DANCE….!!!

 

DO YOU THINK THAT TV REALITIES SUCH AS “FAMA , A BAILAR!!” ON CHANNEL 4 BENEFIT THE WORLD OF DANCING?

FAIRY TALES

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE FAIRY TALE CALLED “LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD”? CLICK ON THIS LINK AND LISTEN TO THE FAIRY TALE……

NOW WATCH THE TRAILER (WITH  ENGLISH SUBTITLES)  OF A  MODERN FILM BASED ON THIS FAIRY TALE:

HAVE YOU WATCHED THIS FILM WHICH HAS BEEN RECENTLY RELEASED?

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE FAIRY TALE AND THE MODERN MOVIE?

CONGRATULATIONS “PAPITO”!! (B1)

Artista y madre en la vida. (vía)

Miguel Bosé is dad to twin baby boys

By: thinkSPAIN , Wednesday, April 27, 2011

VETERAN pop icon Miguel Bosé has announced on Twitter that he is the father of twin boys.Diego and Tadeo were born to a surrogate mother in the USA a month ago, and their dad proclaims he is ‘the happiest man on earth’ at having realised his life-long dream.Bosé – who was born 55 years ago this month in Panamá to an Italian actress and a Spanish bullfighter – is thought to be single and has never given anything away about any boyfriends he has had during his 32 years as one of Spain’s favourite singers.Whilst always having been capable of reinventing himself, Bosé’s unique, inimitable style of music and haunting voice never fails to pull a crowd at his concerts, or net him millions of well-deserved album sales.

The birth of his babies coincided with the end of his world tour, which finished up in Mexico.

A week ago, his friend Mercedes Milá posted a message she had received from Miguel on her blog: “Yes, I’m a dad to two ‘Miguelitos’, whom I love more than I’ve loved anyone in the world,” he said.

Dad and babies are all doing fine, and are now back at home in Madrid

SHOULD   SURROGATE MOTHERS   BE LEGAL IN SPAIN?

HOLY WEEK’S NEW DRINK

A liqueur with the taste of Semana Santa
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By m.p. – Feb 22, 2011 – 4:02 PM
The company says their ‘Crema del Penitente’ is reminiscent of the incense used in the Holy Week processions

 

Spain’s Holy Week processions are famous throughout the world, with the air in the country’s streets filled with the smell of candle wax and burning incense. A company in Granada claims to have recreated that evocative aroma with a new liqueur which has been launched onto the market: ‘Crema del penitente’ – ‘Penitent’s cream’.

It’s bottled with a stopper in the form of a pointed hood, with ingredients including honey from the Sierra Nevada and royal jelly, which the manufacturers say bring an aroma and taste reminiscent of the incense which is used in the processions.

José Espadafor from Industrias Espadafor says this 15% cream liqueur is ideal with some of the sweet food which are typical to Semana Santa in Spain, such as the honey-coated” torrijas” or” pestiños”.

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Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_29326.shtml#ixzz1EsfYDrnc

WEDDING BELLS (B1)

 

The wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

LOOK AT THE PICTURE. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT? HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT “THE ROYAL WEDDING“?

WATCH THIS VIDEO:

WHAT OTHER SONGS DO YOU ASSOCIATE TO WEDDINGS? LET´S  THINK OF THE PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR A WEDDING…..

HOW DIFFERENT ARE BRITISH AND SPANISH WEDDINGS?

WHAT WORDS CROSS YOUR MIND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT A WEDDINGBRIDE, GROOM , etc ….

THE FUTURE OF PRINT BOOKS (B1)


As books go digital, new questions, both philosophical and commercial, arise. How, physically, will people read books in the future? Will technology “unbind” books, as it has unbundled other media, such as music albums? Will reading habits change as a result? What happens when books are interlinked? And what is a book anyway?

Change is least likely in the physical medium of books. Electronic books do exist; the best-known is the Sony Reader, a book-sized gadget made by the eponymous consumer-electronics company. Sony currently makes 12,000 books available online for download, but WILL PRINT BOOKS, AS WE KNOW THEM, BE REPLACED BY E-BOOKS?

LET US SHARE YOUR VIEWS ON THIS ISSUE.

A WET GOOD FRIDAY (B1)

There will be no let up in the cloudy skies and rain for Good Friday in Spain.
Rain in Sevilla with brothers from the Estudiantes procession - EFERain in Seville with brothers from the Estudiantes procession – EFE
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The Spanish State Meteorological Agency says there is an important risk of heavy or persistent rain on Friday in 17 Spanish provinces, and locally heavy falls are forecast in the NW, and NE of the mainland and also in Cádiz.

Among the provinces on alert are Huelva, Sevilla, Málaga, Córdoba, Jaén and Granada (in Andalucía), the two in Extremadura, all in Castilla-La Mancha, Madrid, Teruel and Zaragoza (Aragón) and Castellón (Comunidad Valenciana). There is also a risk of rough seas on the Canaries and Baleares, as well as along the coastlines of Barcelona, Tarragona and Cádiz.

The rain will be less likely and weaker along the SE and Levante coasts.

Check out the seven day forecast with information for every three hours for your part of Spain – here

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_30189.shtml#ixzz1KBhNI400

WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE SONG CALLED “GOOD FRIDAY”. WHAT´S THE MESSAGE?

 

I once fell in love with you
Just because the sky turned from gray
Into blue
It was a good friday
The streets were open and empty
No more passion play
On st. Nicholas avenue
I believe in st. Nicholas

It’s a different type of Santa Claus

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