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miércoles, 29 de febrero de 2012

The Walk On Project, Leap Year & Nursery Rhymes

I got a e-mail from Caty from Circus Day suggesting me to be part of this supporting chain on which several bloggers would be publishing a new entry on February 29th to support Jontxu, an eight-year-old boy, who suffers from Leukodystrophy. Everyone will be spreading the word on their own blog by inviting readers to visit http://www.walkonproject.org/ web page.

Some of my friends will be cooking something that remind them to their childhood. Dates do on me. When I see a date, I think of my mom.

For instance, Caty has done these delicious meatballs, with no meat on them.... it sounds strange, so visit her blog and she will clarify it for you. Teresa, who is a sweet-toothed person, has done this delicious cake for Jontxu. Yummie!!
I don't want to forget Inés and her fried eggs  a delicious part of the English Breakfast. Don't miss her blog either where you will find a list of some more people who are taking part in the idea. Lots of bread and love with those tempting eggs!

As I am not cooking and the entry should be published on February, and this year is a leap year, we are learning what it is really a leap year.

Nursery rhymes also recall me my childhood; thinking of them plus February, this came along.

January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.

February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.

March brings breezes sharp and shrill,
Shakes the dancing daffodil.

April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.

May brings flocks of pretty lambs,
Skipping by their fleecy dams.

June brings tulips, lillies, roses,
Fills the children's hands with posies.

Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.

August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.

Warm September brings the fruit,
Sportsmen then begin to shoot.

Brown October brings the pheasant,
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.

Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves go whirling past.

Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire and Christmas treat. 

So, if February brings the rain, then March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.

lunes, 27 de febrero de 2012

If Today Was Your Last Day

 One of my best students, Jaume, who doesn't own a company, but he will in the future, has done three of the following exercises. 
 The central idea of the song If Today Was Your Last Day, let you revise the literary topic of carpe diem, "seize the day". You may also want to revise rhyme and 2nd conditional(with the use of subjuntive, was/were) .

1. Complete the blanks with the appropriate words.


My best friend gave me the best ______
He said each day's a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears _____
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the ____ stride

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too ____
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old ____ in the past
Donate every dime you have?
If today was your last day

Against the grain should be a way of ____
What's worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts because there's no second try
So live like you'll never live it ____
Don't take the free ride in your own life


Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old _____
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you ____ that one you're dreaming of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in ___
If today was your last day

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken ____?
You know it's never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of ____ you are
So do whatever it takes
Because you can't rewind a moment in this life
Let nothing stand in your ____
Cause the hands of time are never on your side

Chorus 1 + 2

2. Translate the following sentences.

My best friend gave me the best advice.

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late.

Would you live each moment like your last?

Would you forgive your enemies?

3. Put the prompts in the right order to make a correct sentence.


finally /love/You/love./in/fall

domingo, 26 de febrero de 2012

And the Oscar goes to

Today is the night of cinema...well, it is not, it's the night of Hollywood superproductions. Good cinema normally lives in Europe; this is my mere opinion, though. Nevertheless I am always keen on following a good American series. My favourite one ever has been Desperate Housewives, with my adorable actressess Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman. Before getting in the history of the Academy, have a look at Marina's cupcakes and her blog Blau Kitchen.
You may use this entry to revise how to make a film review.

  1. State some technical details of the film.
  2. Summarize the plot without revealing it.
  3. Analize all the remarkable aspects of the film.
  4. Give your personal opinion. Just in the part, you can use the pronoun I.

Photo by Marina Blau Kitchen

The Cinema Academy was founded in 1927 by 36 of the most influential men and women in the motion picture industry at the time, the Academy is an honorary membership organization whose ranks now include more than 6,000 artists and professionals.

It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures, the Academy's corporate management and general policies are overseen by a Board of Governors, which includes representatives from each of the craft branches. If you feel like reading the full history of the Oscars, just click to the official webpage.

M. Herrick
Some facts
  • Why the statuette is called Oscar? The most popular story is that Margaret Herrick , librarian and director of the Academy, after looking at the statuettes exclaimed:“ It looks just like my Uncle Oscar”.
  • The Oscar, the famous statuette has a height of  34 cm, a weight of 3.85 kg. The design shows a Sir holding a Crusader’s sword, standing on film reel with five spokes. The five spokes each represent the original branches of the Academy, directors, producers, technicians, writers and actors. It is made of gold plated metal alloy. 
  • The first Awards 1929 The Oscars, were presented at a private dinner in Los Angeles in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, with less than 250 people attending. 

This is my own ballot, what is yours?

Directing /
Actor In a Leading Role /
Actress In a Leading Role /
Actor In a Supporting Role /
Actress In a Supporting Role /
Music (Original Score) /
Makeup /
Costume Design /
Writing (Original Screenplay) /
Art Direction /
Cinematography /
Film Editing /
Documentary Short /
Foreign Language Film /
Animated Feature Film /
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) /
Short Film (Animated) /
Sound Editing /
Sound Mixing /
Visual Effects /
Documentary Feature /
Music (Original Song) /
Short Film (Live Action) /