jueves, 6 de julio de 2017

EASY ENGLISH / ARE YOU OK? /

Hi my dear friends, here I am again. Today we 're going to explain the origins of a word. Are you OK?


Hola mis queridos amigos, aquí estoy otra vez. Hoy vamos a explicar los orígEnes de una palabra. ¿Estáis bien? ¿Todo OK?


Info:  from Speak Up magazine.



ARE YOU OK?

Millions of people all over the world use the word "okay".  In fact, some people say the word is used more often than any other word in the world.  "Okay" means "all right" or "acceptable".  It expresses agreement or approval.  You might ask your brother, "Is it okay if I borrow your car?"  Or if someone asks you to do something, you might say, "Okay, I will."

ETYMOLOGY

It may be common, but language experts do not agree about where the word came from.

Some people say it came from the Native American Indian tribe known as the Choctaw.  The Choctaw word "okeh" means the same as the American word "okay".  Experts say early explorers in the American West spoke the Choctaw language in the 19th century.  The language spread across the country, but many people dispute this.

THAT'S CORRECT

Language expert Allen Walker Read wrote about the word "okay" in reports published in the 1960s. He believed that people first used the word in the 1830s.  It was a short way of writing a different spelling of the words "all correct".  Some foreign-born people wrote"all correct" as "o-l-l-k-o-r-r-e-c-t"  and used the latters OK.

Other people say that a railroad worker named Obadiah Kelly invented the word long ago.  They say he put the first letters of his names -O and K- on each object that people gave him to send on the train.  Still others say a political organization invented the word.  The organization supported Martin Van Buren for president in 1840.  They called their group the OK Club.  The letters were taken from the name of the town where Martin Van Buren was born -Old Kinderhook, New York.  Not everyone agrees with this explanation, either.  But experts do agree that the word is purely American. And it has spread to almost every country on Earth.



THE SPACE AGE

Then there is the expression A-Okay.  This means everything is fine.  A-Okay is a space-age expression.  It was used in 1961 during the flight of astronaut Alan Shepard.  He was the first American to be launched into space.  His flight ended wheh his spacecraft landed in the ocean, as planned.  Shepard reported:  "Everything is A-Okay."


THE SIMPSONS!

However, some experst say the expression did not begin with the space age.  One story says it was first used during the early days of the telephone to tell an operator that a message had been received.

There are also funny ways to say "okay".  Some people say "okey-dokey" or "okey-doke".  These expressions were first used in the 1930s.  Today, a character on the American television series, The Simpsons, says it another way.  Homer Simpson's irritating neighbour Ned Flanders says, "Okely-dokely".

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VOCABULARY

-AGREEMENT: acuerdo.
-TO BORROW: pedir prestado.
-I WILL:  lo haré.
-TO SPREAD:  extenderse.
-FOREIGN-BORN:  extranjero.

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EXERCISES

1.-CHOOSE THE WORD FROM THE LIST THAT BEST FITS THE GAP.

expression  /  story  /  word  /  language  /  letters  /  spelling.

a) The ________"okey" is used by millions of people all over the world.
b) Some experts say it comes from the _______ of the Choctaw Indians.
c) Others believe it was short for a different _____of "all correct".
d) Some foreigners wrote the _____inaccurately, to spell "oll korrect".
e) The _______ A-Okay comes from the space age, used by Alan Shepard.
f) Another _____says it comes from the early days fo the telefone.

2.-DECIDE WHICH WORD DOESN'T BELONG IN THE GROUP.
a) explain, say, state
b) express, describe, articulate
c) dispute, argue, ask
d) authorise, agree, concur
e) invent, create, adopt
f) make, use, apply

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SOLUTIONS
Exercise 1
a) word   /   b) language  /  c) spelling  /  d) letters  /  e) expression  /  f) story
Exercise 2
a) explain  /  b) describe  /  c) ask  /  d) authorise  /  e) adopt  /  f) make

SEE YOU MY FRIENDS!!!


jueves, 8 de junio de 2017

LEONARDO DICAPRIO - HOLLYWOOD INSTINCTIVE ACTOR / LEONARDO DICAPRIO . UN ACTOR DE HOLLYWOOD CON INSTINTO.

Hi my friends, today we're going to look at Hollywood and at  Leonardo Dicaprio. He is not only a handsome man but a marvellous actor and a better person.

Hola amigos, hoy vamos a mirar a Hollywood y a Leonardo Dicaprio. No solo es un hombre guapo sino un actor maravilloso y mejor persona.



HOLLYWOOD OUTSIDER

A fluid and instinctive actor with the face of an angel, according to "Entertainment Weekly", Leonardo DiCaprio was, at the age of 22, the most famous actor in the world. Now 42, the once precocious adolescent-looking star has matured into a 6ft-tall powerhouse, a first-class actor who demands to be taken seriously.

In 2016, DiCaprio won his first Oscar, although he had appeared in many Oscar-winning films.  Yet the secret to his success, as he confessed to "Time Out", was to always feel like an "outsider" in Hollywood!

THIS BOY'S LUCK

Born in the neighbourhood of East Hollywood to a legal secretary and a comic book artist, creative, cute and cunning DiCaprio initially saw acting as the easiest way to make cash.  After doing some ads, the teenager landed parts in big soaps "Santa Barbara" and "Growing Pains".

In 1993 he hit the bigtime when Robert De Niro picked him out to play lead in the film "This Boy's life", a life-changing experience; "Watching De Niro on set, seeing his dedication, was one of the most influential experiences of my life", he said in an interview with "Time Out" and in 1995 he was called by the director Scott Kalvert  to play the main character  in the film "Basketball Diaries" because River Phoenix who was going to do this movie,  died before the filming started!


ROMEO

That same year, the 15-year-old was to take on another phenomenal role:  that of the mentally handicapped brother of Johnny Depps' character in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape";  he was, extraordinarily, nominated for an Academy Award -his first of many nominations.  In Baz Luhmann's "Romeo + Juliet" (1996) a punk adaptation of the Shakespeare romance, DiCaprio played leading man opposite Clare Danes and in James Cameron's "Titanic" (1997) he played the doomed Jack Dawson opposite actress  Kate Winslet.

It is to his credit that DiCaprio was not swept away by the  hype generated by the film.  His tongue-in-cheek part in Woody Allen's "Celebrity" (1998) was nicely timed, and although a couple of dud films followed, "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998) and "The Beach" (2000), DiCaprio successfully emerged as much more than a "flash in the pan" Hollywood icon.

SCORSESE'S MAIN MAN

Steven Spielberg was the first to recognise DiCaprio's ability to play fictionalised real-life figures, casting him as teenage conman Frank Abagnale in "Catch me if you Can" (2001).  Yet it is his collaborations with director Martin Scorsese in which DiCaprio has excelled.

After 2002 historical drama "Gangs of New York" he played lead in Scorsese's biopic of the eccentric director and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes in "The Aviator" (2004).  In mobster movie "The Departed" (2006), Scorsese cast him as an undercover cop, and he played detective in the melodramatic thriller "Shutter Island" (2010).

Scorsese and DiCaprio work together again in the upcoming crime film "The Devil in the White City".

Other recent performances of note include that of a diamond smuggler in "Blood Diamond" (2006) and of a wimpish husband in domestic drama "Revolutionary Road" (2008).  In 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street" he plays the obnoxious Jordan Belfort, and in one of his most memorable roles to date DiCaprio plays  "J. Edgar Hoover" in Clint Eastwood's 2011 biopic about the controversial FBI director.



A STORY OF SURVIVAL

It's an extraordinary Oscar-winning performance from Leonardo DiCaprio in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "The Revenant" (2015), a gruelling epic drama set in 1832.  DiCaprio plays real-life fur trapper Hugh Glass, who is left for dead in the Rocky Mountains when he is mauled by a bear.  DiCaprio, a nature lover, was put through his paces to make the film...which has received widespread critical acclaim!!


VOCABULARY

-POWERHOUSE:  fuerza motriz.
-OUTSIDER: forastero.
-CUNNING: listo.
-TO HIT THE BIG TIME:  tener un gran éxito.
-MENTALLY HANDICAPPED: disminuido psíquico.
-DOOMED: desafortunado.
-TO HIS CREDIT: en su favor.
-SWEPT AWAY: afectado.
-HYPE: bombo publicitario.
-TONGUE-IN-CHEEK:  irónico.
-DUD: malo, de mala calidad.
-FLASH IN THE PAN: flor de un día.
-CONMAN: timador.
-SMUGGLER: contrabandista.
-WIMPISH: tonto, con poca personalidad.
-OBNOXIOUS; odioso.

HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

viernes, 5 de mayo de 2017

LA PÉNINSULE DE KII, JAPON, UNE PERLE SACRÉE. PENÍNSULA DE KII, JAPÓN, UNA PERLA SAGRADA.

Salut  tout le monde, aujourd'hui nous allons savoir un peu plus à propos d'un lieu très lointain et exotique, La Péninsule de Kii au Japon. Bien que nous connaissons beaucoup de choses du Japon, au même temps,  c'est un pays très inconnu pour les européens. principalement parce qu'il est très éloigné de l'Europe. J'espère que cette information vous plaira et ce que vous aurez envie d'y aller!!!


Hola a todo el mundo, hoy vamos a saber un poco más de un lugar muy alejado y exótico, la Península de Kii, en Japón. Aunque conocemos muchas cosas de Japón, al mismo tiempo, es un país muy desconocido para los europeos, principalmente porque está muy alejado de Europa. Espero que esta información os guste y que os den ganas de visitarlo.



PÉNINSULE DE KII   /  LA PERLE SACRÉE DU JAPON 

Info:  PARIS MATCH


Ses paysages montagneux couverts de cèdres cachent les sanctuaires mythiques de Kumano, où les pèlerins affluent depuis plus de mille ans. Et dans la baie d'Ago, la perliculture et les plongeuses "ama"  révèlent aussi leurs traditions secrètes.  Par Anne-Laure le Gall.


On les surnomme "le Compostelle nippon" et, comme les chemins de Saint-Jacques, les sentiers de pèlerinage de Kumano ont décroché le classement par l'Unesco en 2004 ce qui a boosté la notoriété de cette région protégée au  patrimoine naturel et religieux extraordinaire.


La Péninsule de Kii, au sud-Ouest d'Osaka est le coeur spirituel du pays et rencontre les deux principaux cultes: LE SHINTO et LE BOUDDHISME.  

Au Mont Koya, on trouve un monastère fondé il y a mille deux cents ans et il y a 120 temples et 700 moines. Les sept routes, tracées au fil des siècles par les pèlerins chéminant de Kyoto, sont connues sous le nom de Kumano Kodo.  Les sentiers parcourent monts escarpés et sombres fôrets de cèdres. On dirait que c'est un voyage entre la terre et le ciel!

On peut organiser une escapade de deux ou trois jours et on peut rester dans une luxueuse retraite de la chaîne Aman ou dans l'un des nombreuses maisons pour pèlerins nommées "shukubo" qui offrent hospitalité contre quelques dizaines d'euros seulement. On doit respecter les règles strictes édictées par le moine hôtelier mais c'est une experience de vie!

Le plus populaire des itinéraires pédestres relie la ville de Tanabe au site sacré de Kumano Hongu Taisha en 40 kilométress. La randonnée s'effectue en deux jous sur un sentier bordé de reliques historiques, stèles et statues de divinités.


LES PERLES DE CULTURE

C'est ici, dans une baie tranquille du Pacifique qu'au XIXéme siècle Mikimoto inventa la perle de culture.
D'autant que la péninsule de Kii cache aussi dans ses eaux tranquilles les précieuses fermes perlières de Mikimoto, enfant du pays et inventeur de la perle de culture.  Un trésor à découvrir dans la région côtière de Toba, sa ville natale.

Kokichi Mikimoto, né en 1858 se passione jeune pour les perles d'Ise, naturelles et sauvages, parmi les plus convoitées au monde.

Face à la surpêche des huîtres par les "ama", les fameuses plongeuses apnéistes, il construit le premier parc à huîtres et ça sera sa fortune.

L'archipel nippon a longtemps été le premier producteur de perles de culture dans le monde.  On peut découvrir son histoire sur la Mikimoto Pearl Island, l'île même où l'inventeur mit au point sa technique, de l'élévage à l'infilage.

Et en plus, c'est l'émerveillement des spécimens et des bijoux spectaculaires exposés dans un petit musée. Considerées comme un patrimoine vivant, "les ama", 2000 encore en activité, ne pêchent plus de perles, mais des ormeaux, vendus 30 dollars pièce, ce qui les poussent à plonger deux fois par jour, par tous les temps.  Ici, la plus âgée a 82 ans!!!!



**COMMENT Y ALLER!!!
Avec ANA, la première compagnie aérienne japonaise.
Vol quotidien Paris-Tokio à partir de 532 €.

Avec ANA, des vols directs Madrid-Tokio.

**SEJOUR EN MONASTÈRE
On réserve sa chambre, de 50 à 75 € la nuit.
Le site regroupe pas moins d'une soixantaine d'adresses
www.eng.shukubo.net

**LE JAPON ABORDABLE COMME JAMAIS!
Un taux de change à l'euro et des billets d'avion à leur plus bas historique, c'est le moment de s'envoler pour l'Empire du Soleil-Levant. Contrairement aux idées reçues, on peut dîner pur 5 euros, même à Tokyo, et les hébergements à prix doux existent aussi.  Il est de plus en plus facile de louer un appartement ou une maisonnnette, via AIRBNB ou l'agence spécialisée VIVRE LE JAPON.
Le taxi est très abodarble.


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À BIENTÔT!!!

VISITERIEZ-VOUS LE JAPON????

miércoles, 8 de marzo de 2017

LEÓN, THE CITY WHERE I WAS BORN / LEÓN, LA CIUDAD DONDE NACÍ. A GOTHIC WONDER / UNA MARAVILLA DEL GÓTICO

Hi again my friends, today it's very special to me because this post is going to tell you a lot of things about the city in which I was born, León (Spain) a beautiful and very special city in Castilla and León. I hope you'll like it and so you will visit León as soon as possible!

Hola otra vez amigos, hoy es muy especial para mí porque esta publicación va a contaros muchas cosas de la ciudad en la que nací, León (España) una ciudad bonita y  muy especial en Castilla y León. Espero que os guste y que por tanto visitéis León tan pronto como os sea posible.


LEÓN, SPAIN.

HISTORY

León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain.   It was founded as the military encampment of the Legio VI Victrix around 29 B.C. The Romans established the site of the city to protect the recently conquered territories of northwestern Hispania from the Astures and Cantabri, and to secure the transport of gold extracted in the province, especially in the huge nearby mines of Las Médulas.

The post-Roman history of the city is largely the history of the Kingdom of León which resisted the attacks of Visigoths until AD 586 when it was taken by Leovigild.

During the Umayyad conquest of Hispania, in 715 Tariq advanced from the area of La Rioja towards Astorga and León. Iberia rebelled against the Arabs and gave up their positions to join the revolt around 740.  Towards the year 846 a group of Mozarabs  (Christians who did not flee from Muslims and lived under the Muslim regime) tried to repopulate the city  but a Muslim attack prevented that initiative. Finally Alfonso III of León and García I made León city capital of the Kingdom of León and the most important of the Christian cities in Iberia.

In 910, León became the capital of the Kingdom of León and took  an active part in the Reconquista against the Moors.  In 1188, the city hosted the first Parliament in European history under the reign of Alfonso IX.

In 2010 León was named as the craddle of Parliamentarism and the Decreta of León was included in the Memory of the World registered by UNESCO in 2013.

León historical and architectural heritage as well as the numerous festivals hosted throughout the year and its location on the Camino de Santiago, which is ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, make it a destination of both domestic and international tourism.


LANDMARKS

Some of the most important buildings are the Cathedral, the finest example of classic Gothic architecture in Spain, the Basilica of San Isidoro, one of the most important Romanesque churches in Spain and the resting place of Leon's medieval monarchs, the Monastery of San Marcos, a prime example of plateresque and Renaissance Spanish architecture, and the Casa Botines, a Modernist creation of the architect, Antonio Gaudí. An example of modern architecture is the city's Museum of Contemporary Arto or MUSAC.

The Walls, built in the 1st century BC and enlarged in the 3rd and 4th centuries.

The Palace of Guzmanes, the site of the provincial parliament. It contains "a patio" in the plateresque style by Gil de Hontañón.

La Plaza Mayor, Plaza del Grano, the Barrio Húmedo (the partying and drinking area).
The Palace of Marqueses de Prado, a 17th century Baroque building, currently the Hospital of Ntra. Sra. de Regla.
The Palace of Conde Luna (14th century).
Church of San Salvador, the most ancient in the city (10th century).
The Church of San Juan and San Pedro de Renueva dating to 1944-1970 but including a 18th century Baroque façade taken from the ruined monastery of San Pedro de Eslonza.
The Museum of León which contains a collection of prehistorical tools and art from the Roman, Medieval and Modern periods.
The Museum Sierra-Pambley, a house from the Age of the Enlightment.
-The University of León.


FOLKLORE AND CUSTOMS

Leonese customs include the Semana Santa (Holy Week) featuring numerous processions through the centre of the city.

The San Juan and San Pedro festivities are also remarkable, celebrated during the last week of June. During these days (between June 23-29) several concerts and festivals take place and the whole city is occupied by terraces and street markets where Leonese people celebrate the beginning of the summer, especially on San Juan's night.

And many more...


FOOD

Within the wide range of Leonese cuisine the most representative dishes are: cecina (cured, smoked beef), morcilla (a variant of blood sausage), botillo , garlic soup and cocido leonés among others.

A very important part of the gastronomy in León are "the tapas", which are usually given for free with the drinks, unlike in the rest of Spain.  It's very common to go "de tapas" or "tapear" just before lunch or as a form of dinner.



THE PEOPLE

So, visit LEÓN and you will be received by friendly and lovely people.
Hotels, bars, restaurants, markets are full of friendly people who want you to go and see the wonders of León!

What are you waiting for?  León is waiting for you at any time!

As I have said at the beginning I was born in León and I'm very proud of this although I have to say that it was because of my father's job and when I was a little child (two years old)  my parents moved to Madrid, where my family was living and it has been my second birthplace since then! I love León and Madrid too!!! They are both my hometown!

SEE YOU IN LEÓN MY FRIENDS!!!





martes, 28 de febrero de 2017

ENGLISH GRAMMAR AND EXERCISES / Gramática y Ejercicios.

Hi my dear friends, today we are going to practice some grammar exercises. First, an article to complete and then another one to choose the best option. Are you ready? Let's go!

Hola mis queridos amigos, hoy vamos a practicar algunos ejercicios gramaticales. Primero, un artículo para completar y después otro para elegir la mejor opción. ¿Estáis preparados? ¡Pues vamos!



EXERCISES

1.- DECIDE WHICH OF THE CHOICES BELOW WOULD BE BEST TO COMPLETE THE ARTICLE IF INSERTED IN THE BLANKS. Circle the appropriate letters.

                                                 

                                             TOO MUCH FAST FOOD?

According to a recent survey, Hong Kong consumers (1)______ more money on convenience foods since the economic downturn. Because companies are trying to make do with fewer staff, employees (2)_____harder than ever before.  More women (3)____ the workforce as well.  They (4)____ less time to prepare nutritious home-cooked meals for their families.  Instead, families (5) ____out or (6) ____ convenience foods, such as frozen pizzas and instant noodles.
These foods (7)____ more fat, salt and sugar than home-cooked meals.  Experts say that eating too much of them (8)____ the risk of serious health problems, including diabetes and heart disease.

However, the trend towards convenience foods (9)____ some business sectors.  Supermarkets (10)____ to the higher demand for quick, easy-to-serve meals by increasing their selection of convenience and pre-packaged foods.  These products often (11)____ for higher prices than fresh food.  Restaurants also (12)____ from the trend:  most Hong Kong people now (13)____ out at least once a day.

Is convenience food just a fad or is home-cooked food (14)____ a thing of the past?
How is this trend (15)____ our health?

1 A are spending  B will spend  C spent  D spends
2 A be working    B are working C works  D worked
3 A is joining  B are joining  C will join  D joining
4 A have had  B had  C having  D have
5 A be eating  B eats  C eat  D eating
6 A bought  B buying  C buy  D be buying
7 A containing  B contains  C contained  D contain
8 A increased  B increases  C increasing  D increase
9 A are bebefitting  B benefitted  C will be  D is beneffiting
10 A responding  B are responding  C responds  D will respond
11 A sells  B sell  C selling  D sold
12 A be progiting  B profit  C were profiting  D profits
13 A were eating  B have eaten  C eat  D ate
14 A becoming  B become  C became  D is becoming
15 A affect  B affecting  C affected  D affects




2.- CHOOSE THE CORRECT FORM FOR EACH VERB

1 Marie-Claude isn't a Canadian. I _______ she comes from France.
A believe  B am believing

2 Look!  Junko _____ into the water.
A jumps  B is jumping

3 I ____ you're crazy!
A think  B am thinking

4 Don't give Jan any cheese.  She _____it!
A hates  B is hating

5 I _____ to Toronto next Thursday.  Do you want to come?
A go  B am going

6 Once a week, I____ to an art class at the college.
A go  B  am going

7 I_____ lunch in the cafeteria every day.
A have  B  am having

8 Peter is rich, he _____a Mercedes.
A drives  B is driving

9 You won't find Jerry at home right now. He _____ in the library.
A sudies  B is studying

10 It ____ quite hard. Perhaps we shouldn't go out tonight.
A snows  B is snowing.

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AND NOW THE SOLUTIONS

EXERCISE 1
1 A      2 B     3 B     4 D     5 C     6 C     7 D     8 B     9 D     10 B     11 B     12 B     13 C

14 A     15 B

EXERCISE 2
1 A    2 B    3 A    4 A    5 B    6 A    7 A    8 A    9 B    10 B


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HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

SEE YOU!!!

jueves, 16 de febrero de 2017

STAR WARS AT TUSSAUDS IN LONDON / STAR WARS EN EL MUSEO DE CERA DE MADAME TUSSAUD DE LONDRES

Hi my dear friends. Are you fond of Star Wars films and memorabilia? Today we are going to see a Wax Museum, one of the most important wax museums in the world "Madame Tussaud's" in London and we will look at Star Wars!


Hola mis queridos amigos. ¿Sois aficionados a las películas de Star Wars y todo lo que hay a su alrededor? Hoy vamos a ver un Museo de Cera, uno de los Museos de Cera más importantes del mundo, "el Museo de Cera de Madame Tussaud" en Londres y miraremos a Star Wars.


Information from Speak Up magazine




STAR WARS AT TUSSAUDS  /  AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE.

May the force be with you! This is because a galactic adventure has landed in London.  An exhibition at Madame Tussauds is an absolute must for "Star Wars fans".  This multi-million pound attraction showcases some of the most famous scenes and characters from the iconic movie series (particularly episodes I-IV)

The attraction was created in collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm.  A team of 180 sculptors, hair artists and colourists worked intensively over the course of a year.  The result is an entertaining interactive experience featuring authentic walk-in sets and 16 of the famous heroes and villains in exact wax replicas.  Visitors can pose for selfies with all of them, from the tiny Yoda in his swampy home, to the Wookiee giant Chewbacca.

The phenomenal success of the Star Wars  film series with the most recent edition, has inspired this permanent Star War exhibit.

Madame Tussauds is famous for its amazingly life-like wax figures so it was a challenge for the museum to create all the intricate details that the fans know and love about Star Wars.  The Chewbacca, for instance, was recreated with real yak hair and all those hairs are individually inserted so it took a team of six over a thousand hours to complete that figure.

The scenery is also impressive because everything is absolutely accurate at Madame Tussauds so they are the exact size that those people were in the movie, hair, eye colour, skin colour, obviously from Yoda, he's not human, so  h'es like a little three-foot tall creature.  Everything is absolutely authentic to the movies, so you'll feel like you're being immersed into those scenes.

The attraction isn't only a feast for the eyes because one of the most amazing things is the sound. They've got all the original scores from the movies and those iconic soundtracks that people know so when you enter the attraction, you're in the Duel of Fates' scene.  There's a double-height fibre optic tower that represents the large plasma, pulsing electricity cylinders. You can sit in the Cantina Bar and you get the very famous Cantina Bar music in there, there's fog effects, mist effects, there's smells in Dagobah...
In Jabba's Palace, the floor vibrates and the pattern on there is an exact replica of the one used in the movie.


THE DUEL OF THE FATES

The "Star Wars Madame Tussauds" attraction covers two floors with 11 separate sets.  The largest replicate is the epic lighsaber battle involving Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Wader (the Duel of the Fates)


THE FRENCH CONNECTION

The Star Wars exhibit was launched last May. It was an interesting addition to a collection that has been entertaining Londoners since the early 19th century.  Marie Tussaud began making wax models of the decapitated heads of victims of the French Revolution.  She later took these models on tour around Europe and ended up in London, where she opened a museum (in Baker Street)  in 1835.  The emphasis gradually shifted to celebrities.  Today the nine themed areas include "Party" (with, for example, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney and Brad Pitt), "Film" (with Terminator Arnold Schwarzeneger, among others)  and "Royals" (Her Majesty Queen Elizabethh II, of course).



ONLINE

Madame Tussauds has been on Marylebone Road for over 100 years.  It's just a few minutes walk from the Baker Street Underground station.

Entry to Star Wars at Madame Tussauds is included in the main admission price.

You can book online, too : www.madametussauds.com/london 


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VOCABULARY

-TO SHOWCASE:  exhibir.
-HAIR ARTIST: peluquero.
-WAX: cera.
-SWAMPY: pantanoso.
-ADDITION: incorporación.
-TO SHIFT: cambiar, desplazar.
-TO OVERCOME: superar.
-LIFE-LIKE WAX FIGRE: figura de cera realista.
-SCORE: partitura.
-SOUNDTRACK: banda sonora.
-FOG EFFECTS: efectos de niebla.
-MIST: neblina.

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HAVE A NICE DAY MY FRIENDS!

SEE YOU  IN LONDON   AT MADAME TUSSAUDS!!!


viernes, 13 de enero de 2017

THE LEGO EMPIRE / EL IMPERIO "LEGO"

Hi my dear friends, I'm here again after Christmas holidays and to speak about "Lego", the Lego empire and Lego bricks.  A lot of people are fond of these little bricks and constructions, so let's know more about them!


Hola mis queridos amigos, aquí estoy otra vez después de las Fiestas Navideñas y para hablar de "Lego", del Imperio de Lego y de las piezas de lego.  Mucha gente es aficionada a estas pequeñas piezas y construcciones así que ¡sepamos más sobre ellas!



THE LEGO EMPIRE  /  BUILDING A BRAND

Information from:  Speak Up magazine.


The simple ideas are often the most successful.  Take one Lego brick and then another and another.  Build a house. Take it apart.  Then build a car. Or an airplane. Or a robot. The possibilities are endless! Lego has been one of the most popular toys since it was invented more than 50 years ago. And it's been revived in recent years.  According to the analysts Brand Finance, it is now the world's most powerful brand. This year it replaced Ferrari at the top of the list.




PLAYWELL

A carpenter called Ole Kirk Christiansen started making wooden toys in Billund, Denmark in the 1930s.  He called his new company "LEGO", the name comes from the Danish phrase "leg godt", meaning "play well".  Later, Christiansen made plastic toys. And in 1949, he invented the first version of Lego. Since then, the Lego Group has produced around 560 billion Lego pieces, including minifigures and accessories.  It produces Lego sets with a variety of themes. These include cities, space, robots, pirates, trains, castles and dinosaurs. It also has special sets for babies  and older children. One of the largest Lego sets ever commercially produces is fo the Star Wars Millenium Falcon spacecraft. It has more than 5,000 pieces.






AN EMPIRE

The Lego Group also produces board games, video games, books and films.  It has six amusement parks, eight Legoland Discovery Centres and 90 shops around the world. In 2014, Warner Bros released "The Lego Movie", about a Lego minifigure who has to save the universe.  The movie was an enormous success and a sequel is planned for 2018.

TALLEST AND BIGGEST

In June 2015, people in Italy broke a world record.  They built the tallest Lego structure ever -a tower 35 metres tall- using more than half a million bricks.  About 18,000 people built the tower in five days, and 50,000 spectators saw it. The biggest Lego model ever was of a Star Wars X-Wing craft.  It was made from more than five million bricks in New York in 2013.

The biggest Lego model ship is a replica of the magnificent ocean liner the Queen Mary.  It is around eight metres long and has more than 250,000 bricks. This summer, it was transported to the real Queen Mary in Long Beach, California and is there indefinitely.  So go to see it if you can, or get your own Lego bricks and start building. The sky is the limit!!!

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VOCABULARY

-TO TAKE APART: desmontar.
-ENDLESS: infinito.
-TO REVIVE: recuperar.
-BRAND: marca.
-SET: juego.
-SPACECRAFT: nave espacial.
-BOARD GAME: juego de mesa.
-AMUSEMENT PARK: parque de atracciones.
-TO RELEASE: lanzar, distribuir.,
-OCEAN LINER: transatlántico.

**ARE YOU FOND OF LEGO CONSTRUCTIONS???


HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

SEE YOU!!!

viernes, 23 de diciembre de 2016

¡FELIZ NAVIDAD! MERRY CHRISTMAS! JOYEUX NOËL!

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Hola mis queridos amigos, hoy quiero desearos una ¡MUY FELIZ NAVIDAD! en compañía de vuestros seres queridos y que el Año Nuevo solo os traiga cosas buenas.
¡FELICES FIESTAS Y PRÓSPERO AÑO NUEVO!



Hi my dear fiends, today I only wanto to wish you MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I wish you the best to you and your family!




Salut mes amis, aujourd'hui je veux vous souhaiter JOYEUX NOËL AND BONNE ANNÉE!!!
J'espère que vous et vos familles serez bien pendant ces Fêtes et pour toujours!







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¡Y muchas gracias por estar ahí! Entrando y viendo las publicaciones de este blog que espero os gusten y ayuden.

And thank you very much to everyone for entering and seeing my posts. I hope you'll like them and help you too!


Et merci bien pour entrer et regarder les publications de ce blog! J'espère que vous en aimerez bien et que je pourrai vous aider un petit peu!





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lunes, 21 de noviembre de 2016

THE SMALLEST THEATRE IN THE WORLD - ESSEX, BRITAIN / EL TEATRO MÁS PEQUEÑO DEL MUNDO.

Hi my dear friends, do you like theatre? If you  think that everything is possible, read this post about the "Smallest Theatre in the world". It exists and it comes from Essex, Britain. I hope you'll like it! 


Hola mis queridos amigos. ¿Os gusta el teatro? Si  creéis que todo es posible, os invito a leer esta publicación sobre "El teatro más pequeño del mundo". Existe y viene de Essex, Gran Bretaña.
¡Espero que os guste!



Information from:   Speak-Up magazine.



A BRIEF HISTORY

The Smallest Theatre in the World started out as a joke in 1971, when English actor Marcel Steiner turned up at rehearsal with his new "Panther" motorcycle and sidecar.  This prompted director, actor and comedian Ken Campbell to excalim:  "Marcel, that thing is so big you could build a bloody theatre on it!"


A PERFECT HOME

In the space of a week the theatre was built and the two embarked on a tour of the UK, Europe and the US.  Early cast members included a young Jim Carter, who now plays the butler in the TV series "Downton Abbey" and the great late Bob Hoskins.  After Marcel Steiner's death in 1999, the theatre remained unused for many years, until it was taken over by the Grand Theatre of Lemmings, which restored it with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council.

Today the theatre is based in the Essex town of Manningtreem which is probably the smallest town in England!!!


THE SMALLEST THEATRE

David Danzing is a director with the Grand Theatre of Lemmings.  This company also runs "the smallest theatre company in the world", which is based in Essex.
So, what is that exactly?

**The Smallest Theatre in the World is a very interesting, peculiar bit of theatre because it sits on the sidecar of a motorbike, and it seats two people, so at first, when you hear about the smallest theatre in the world, you probably think it's a joke, but it is a real theatre and it puts two people inside and all the actors go inside as well, so it's very much a real theatre, but with just two people.

**The idea of the smallest theatre sprang up and it was partly because of a joke.  There was a friend of David Danzig  who is now dead, and he was rehearsing and went to rehearsals with a motorbike and a sidecar on the motorbike, and when he arrived at rehearsals the director said: "Marcel, that is big enough to be a theatre!".
And that's how the idea was born.  So Marcel went off and built  the theatre on his motorbike.


THE OUTSIDE WORLD

Of course, having an audience of only two people doesn't make great business sense but the tricky bit about the Smallest Theatre is that you have to entertain a big audience outside while you're still doing the show to the two people inside, and that's where it becomes very funny and very tricky because for the people outside it looks as though they're seeing the backstage where the actors are running around and changing their costumes and getting into all sorts of trouble, and quite often there'll be a joke played on the people inside, and the people outside know what's going to happen to the people inside, and they find that very funny, too.

THE PLAYS THEY PERFORM

The secret of the Smallest Theatre is to do a very big epic play in just 15 minutes in a very, very small space, so that way it becomes very funny, so classic shows are shows like "War and Peace", which is a massive show, but it has to be done very quickly and well edited, and our latest show is "King  Kong" because everybody knows the story of King Kong and King Kong is huge, so just getting King Kong into the theatre is very funny.



PRODUCTIONS IN THE FUTURE

The next Smallest Theatre show might be "Jaws" because it's all about people trapped in a small space being attacked by a giant shark and monster!!  So that would be very funny, so at the moment, they are thinking about how they'll do "Jaws".



VOCABULARY

-THE TRICKY BIT:  la parte difícil.
-TO RUN:  dirigir.
-TO SPRING UP:  surgir.
-TO REHEARSE:  ensayar.
-BACKSTAGE:  bastidores.
-COSTUMES:  trajes, vestuario.
-GETTING INTO ALL SORTS OF TROUBLE:  meterse en toda clase de problemas.
-WELL EDITED:  bien montado.
-HUGE: enorme.
-JAWS:  mandíbulas.
-TO TURN UP: aparecer, llegar.
-TO PROMPT: provocar, dar pie.
-BLOODY: jodido.
-BUTLER: mayordomo.
-LATE: difunto.


HAVE A NICE DAY MY FRIENDS!   

SMALL OR BIG, THEATRE IS GREAT!!!



viernes, 4 de noviembre de 2016

A FICTION STORY/ THE MUSHROOM SOUP / UNA HISTORIA DE FICCIÓN / LA SOPA DE CHAMPIÑÓN.

Hi my dear friends, today it's time to read so here you can see a fiction story called: The Mushroom Soup. I hope you'll like it!


Hola mis queridos amigos, hoy es tiempo de leer así que aquí tenéis una historia de ficción llamada: La sopa de champiñón.  ¡Espero que os guste!





THE MUSHROOM SOUP   by Nicola Mabbott.


The doorbell rang.  Sarah hoped it wasn't her ex boyfriend Mike.  They had had a brief relationship, but there was something about him that worried her, so she had decided to end it.

That had been two months before.  Since then he had been following her around, calling her several times a day to say sorry and begging her for another chance.  He hadn't contacted her for a couple of days, so she was beginning to think he might have given up.  Wishful thinking!!!

There was a good view of the visitor on her doorstep from the front bedroom window.  She tried to look out of the window from behind the curtain, but he looked up at just the wrong time and saw her. Damn! I'll have to let him in now, she thought as she saw Mike was looking up at her expectantly.

Sarah worked as a freelance translator and one of the companies she did translatios for,  sold CCTV cameras.  So, after negotiating a special discount, she had had a system installed in her home.  The price had been very fair, and "you can never be too careful,"  she had thought to herself.

She went downstairs and cautiously unlocked the front door.

-"Well, are you going to let me in then?"  said Mike.  "I've got something for you".

He lifted up the basket containing the four mushrooms he had picked for her.  She tried not to show how afraid she was to be alone with him.  At least the CCTV system made her feel a bit safer.



MUSHROOMS.  Last year she had translated a guide all about them for a large publishing company. 414 pages all about mushrooms.  Of all the translations she had done this had been the one that had fascinated her the most.  In particular the mushroom on page 15.
In fact, she had been so fascinated by it that she had asked her uncle, who knew all about mushrooms, to take her out and show her one.  And, underneath a chesnut tree in a wood near his house, he had pointed out a specimen of the same type as the four mushrooms in the basket.  If she had calculated correctly, just one of the mushrooms she was looking at contained enough POISON to kill both of them.

"90 per cent of people who die from mushroom poisoning are killed by this one type of mushroom," she had written in her translation.  "It takes around 48 hours for the poison to take effect."
"Wow, that one looks nice," she said, trying to sound enthusiastic, as she picked one of the mushrooms out of the basket.  She perfectly hid her disgust as she touched the deadly mushroom.

-"Yes, it's a real beauty,"  he replied.


AFTER he had gone, she thought about what to do,  She decided she would take the mushrooms to the police station the next day.  She also had another idea:  chicken and mushroom soup for two.  She would call him and they would eat it together.  She wasn't going to poison him, just give him a shock.  It would have to be somewhere public where no  harm could come to her.  It was still mild for the time of year, so what about a picninc?  Yes, a picnic would be perfect!

She opened the fridge and took out a few edible mushrooms she had in there.  Then she took a can of chichen soup from the cupboard.  She cooked the edible mushrooms and liquidised them before adding the mixture to the soup.

She rang him later that evening and thanked him for the mushrooms.  "They were delicious,"  she lied.  "What about if I prepare a picnic for us tomorrow lunchtime as a thank you? We can meet in the park near my house".  There would be lots of people there, taking advantage of the unusually mild weather for the time of year, she thought.

-"Yes, that sounds good," he said.
-"Perhaps I shouldn't have given her the poisonous mushrooms,"  he thought. "She wants us to be together after all."

THEY sat on a park bench to eat. "It was a bit cool this morning, so I brought us some chicken soup", she said.  As they drank their soup in silence, he thought how well she seemed, considering she had eaten a large quantity of deadly mushrooms the night before.

BUT looks can be deceiving and he knew that the mushrooms were silently doint the damage inside her.  And before she realised it, it would be too late.

-"That was delicious," he said.
-"I'm glad you liked it.  It was homemade,"  she said.
-"Oh", he replied.  "Chicken soup, did you sait it was?"
-"Yes, well, actually chicken and..." she hesitated and smiled  "...mushroom."
-"Mushroom?"  Of course, it had tasted of mushroom, but he hadn't realised it until just now.
-"Yes, there were a couple of mushrooms left over from your basket," she said.  "So I cooked them and put them in to give it a bit more flavour."



AT ONCE, HIS FACE WENT TOTALLY WHITE!!!

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VOCABULARY

-MUSHROOM:  champiñón.
-SEVERAL:  varios.
-TO BEG: suplicar.
-TO GIVE UP: rendirse.
-WISHFUL THINKING:  ilusión.
-DOORSTEP:  umbral.
-CCTV (CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION): circuito cerrado de TV.
-TO LIFT UP:  levantar.
-TO HIDE: esconder.
-DEADLY: mortal.
-EDIBLE: comestible.
-BENCH:  banco.
-DECEIVING:  engañoso.
-FLAVOUR:  sabor.

DO YOU LIKE MUSHROOM SOUP?

SEE YOU!!!