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Sunday, 27 February 2011

TONIGHT'S OSCAR NIGHT: YOU'RE INVITED!




Tonight's Oscar night in the United States. We'll be hearing the repeated formula: "Any the Oscar goes to..." We have collected the TV promos for the ceremony featuring Anna Hathaway & James Franco, who will be the hosts of this year's show. We're also including the video where this year's nominations were announced last January, 25th 2011. Any bets for who will be the winners?

[UPDATE: AND THE OSCARS GOES (WENT) TO...

"THE KING'S SPEECH": best film, best director, best original script & best actor: Colin Firth.

"THE BLACK SWAN": best actress: Natalie Portman.

"TOY STORY 3": best animated film & best original song]

Promo video Oscar 2011 (1): Promo video Oscar 2011 (2), "You're invited": Video Oscar Award nominations 2011:

MORE ON PREPOSITIONS



Here's basic information you should know about the use of prepositions in English.
1- Prepositions of movement and place.
2- Prepositions of place: AT, IN
3- Prepositions of time: AT, ON, IN
More information on prepositions HERE.
Information & exercises with prepositions on a previous entry on this blog: PREPOSITIONS: AT / IN / ON. Posted on November 27th, 2009 under blog labels: Grammar, Practice-Exercise.

Link to the ENGLISH PREPOSITION LIST.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

"EL CABALLERO DE OLMEDO", CLASSIC SPANISH THEATRE IN OUR CITY


[Photo Luís Laforga. Website: teatrocorsario.com]

"EL CABALLERO DE OLMEDO" by Lope de Vega is being performed this weekend in A Coruña at the Rosalia Castro Theatre. 1st BAC students from our school will be attending the play next Monday, 28th at 11:30h. This version is performed by the Teatro Corsario theatre company, from Castilla-Leon, directed by Fernando Urdiales. It's a comedy, where love and death depend on destiny. It's a good oportunity to watch a classic Spanish theatre play, which has been granted great critic reviews and several awards.
Plot: Lord Alonso, a noble gentleman from Olmedo, falls in love with Lady Inés at Medina's fair and lets her know by means of a go-between. But Lady Inés is also being dated by another gentleman who asks to marry her. As she's in love with Lord Alonso, she tells her father that she wants to become a nun to escape from this engagement. Knowing about what is happening and full of jealousy, Lord Rodrigo, the gentleman who wooes Lady Inés, decides to kill Lord Alonso. So he does it at night on his way back to Olmedo from Medina, unhearing the popular folk song that predicts his death.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

NEW ZEALAND'S EARTHQUAKE




Another disaster has hit down under. This time it's not Australia, it's New Zealand.
At least 65 people have died and more than 100 are missing after a powerful earthquake struck the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch, collapsing buildings, burying vehicles under debris and sending rescuers scrambling to help people trapped under rubble.
The 6.3-magnitude quake struck the country's second largest city on a busy weekday afternoon.
The mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker, has declared a state of emergency and ordered people to evacuate the city centre. "Make no mistake this is going to be a very black day for this shaken city," he said.
Power and water was cut and hundreds of dazed, screaming and crying residents wandered through the streets as sirens blared throughout Christchurch in the aftermath of the quake, which was centred three miles from the city. The US Geological Survey said the tremor occurred at a depth of 2.5 miles.
Video from New Zealand TV news:

Monday, 21 February 2011

21st FEBRUARY: INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY. BECAUSE LANGUAGES MATTER!


International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999 and has been observed ever since February 2000. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.
The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh. Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
2011 International Mother Language Day: The information and communication technologies for the safeguarding and promotion of languages and linguistic diversity.
"Information and communication technologies can be especially useful in promoting mother languages. We must harness the power of progress to protect diverse visions of the world and to promote all sources of knowledge and forms of expression. These are the threads that weave the tapestry of humanity’s story. "
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
Message for International Mother Language Day 2011.
Video "LANGUAGES MATTER!":

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

GUARDIA CIVIL'S INTERNET SAFETY TALK AT OUR SCHOOL


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WEDNESDAY 16th FEBRUARY.

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AT OUR SCHOOL'S ASSEMBLY HALL.8:30h - 10:10h for 1st BAC, 4th ESO & 3rd ESO-A & B students.
10:30h - 12:10h for 1st ESO, 2nd ESO & 3rd ESO-C students.

Monday, 14 February 2011

5 GRAMMY AWARDS FOR LADY ANTEBELLUM



Lady Antebellum's country music bursted out to stardom at last night's 53rd Grammy Awards, with 5 awards in the categories: Best Recording-Procution, Best Country Album, Best Song-Writing, Best Country Song, Best Performance for "NEED YOU NOW"."It's the song that has put us upside down. It's changed our lives", said Hillary Scott, the group's vocalist. They were the moral winners as they won 5 out of 6 nominations.
Lady Antebellum is a country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Made up by Charles Kelley (lead & background vocals), Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin) & Hillary Scott (vocals)


Video "NEED YOU NOW", Lady Antebellum (+lyrics & Spanish translation subtitles):

14th FEBRUARY: VALENTINE'S DAY




Saint Valentine's Day, commonly shortened to Valentine's Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD. It was deleted from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, but its religious observance is still permitted. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.





Video of the history behind Valentine's Day:

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

SHAKESPEARE FROM A GALICIAN POINT OF VIEW



This morning Bac students from our school attended a theatre play by Galician theatre group Mofa e Befa with an English based topic: Shakespeare.
They break into an academic conference on the famous author to bring to surface the most overlooked scenes, maybe out of laziness or lack of opportunities, for contemporary audiences. The most cruel laughter, the most shameful intimacies, the most dishonest acts and the most cunning villainy is shown by the Mofa e Befa's ruthless comic machine. Murderers, judges, clowns, informers, racists, opportunists, pimps, torturers, all the characters who never have the spotlight, now have the sort of front-page display. And all of it in Galician.


Video extract of their Spanish version in Madrid:

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

8th FEBRUARY: SAFER INTERNET DAY, "IT'S MORE THAN A GAME, IT'S YOUR LIFE"

Safer Internet Day is organized each February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people around the world. The topic for 2011 "our virtual lives" around the slogan "it's more than a game, it's your life". Last year, Safer Internet Day was celebrated through over 500 events in 65 countries all over the world. For more information: http://www.saferinternet.org/
On Wednesday 16th at the assembly hall of IES Rafael Dieste, members who belong to the special branch of telematic crime of the Guardia Civil will be giving a lecture about the risks of internet.
Video Safer Internet Day 2011:

Friday, 4 February 2011

FIRST TUNISIA... NOW EGYPT. MUSLIM COUNTRIES OUT ON THE STREETS DEMANDING DEMOCRACY



It all started in Tunisia until their President fled the country. It has spread quickly throughout several Arab countries: Jordania, Yemen and on a lower extent Siria, Morocco... But where the situation has bursted and is still recurring is in Egypt. Waiting for Mubarak to leave the country and meanwhile people demonstrate in the streets and squares asking him to leave. But will this all lead to a democratic settlement of the region or will it begin an explosion of Islamic fundamentalism?
Video from Guardian News:

AUSTRALIA: AFTER THE FLOODINGS, A CYCLONE ARRIVED TO QUEENSLAND



The State of Queensland, Australia is collecting one disaster after another. After the severe floodings at the end of 2010 and beginning of this year, now it was a killing cyclone named "Yasi", which hit the same coastline. Here are two weather forecasts from New Zealand TV about it, previous to the arrival of the cyclone.

Video from New Zealand's TV weather forecasts:

- The cyclone hits the Australian coast.

- A cyclone approaches Australia:

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