Sunday, 18 March 2018

Videos, videos...!

(with English subtitles)

Defensive Design

UK Residents Put Spikes in Trees


Fahrenheit use in USA

Cracking one´s knuckles


Twitter harassment

Black jaywalkers

USA gun violence

An open conflict with North Korea?

What humans will look like in 1,000 years

Our brain on terrorism

The Middle East's cold war

The collapse of Venezuela

Inside Rio’s favelas

Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

Tiny island in New York City

Vending machines in Japan

10 Most Heavily Guarded Homes On Earth

Why knights fought snails in medieval art

How did pink become a girly color?

Would you use time travel to kill baby Hitler?

The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see

 The origin of the '80s aesthetic

Red means Republican and blue means Democrat

How America became a superpower

Haiti & Dominican Republic: island divided

Who owns the Arctic

Spanish weird borders

A brief history of America and Cuba

Internet´s underwater cables

Cities should plant more trees

The world is poorly designed but copying nature helps

Solving Rubik's Cube in 5.25 seconds

Public Transportation Sucks in the US

Best Train Driver Announcement

India's Geography Problem

Why people keep watching the worst movie ever made

America’s creepy clown craze

How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history

NASA's plan to save Earth from a giant asteroid

Phones are designed to be addicting

Harry Potter and the translator's nightmare

How the Mona Lisa became so overrated 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017



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Sunday, 5 November 2017



Billy Elliot is a 2000 British dance drama film about a boy becoming a professional ballet dancer, set in north-eastern England during the 1984–85 coal miners' strike. It was directed by Stephen Daldry.

The film stars Jamie Bell as 11-year-old Billy, an aspiring dancer dealing with the negative stereotype of the male ballet dancer, Gary Lewis as his coal miner father, Jamie Draven as Billy's bullying older brother, and Julie Walters as his ballet teacher. The story was adapted for the West End stage as Billy Elliot the Musical in 2005

In 1984, Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old from the fictional Everington in County Durham, England, loves to dance and has hopes of becoming a professional ballet dancer. Billy lives with his widowed father, Jackie, and older brother, Tony, both coal miners out on strike, and also his maternal grandmother, who has Alzheimer's disease and once aspired to be a professional dancer...


"I, DANIEL BLAKE" (2016)

Daniel Blake, 59, who has worked as a joiner most of his life in the North East of England needs help from the State for the first time ever following an illness.

He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one roomed homeless hostel in London is to accept a flat some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy now played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.


More links

"I, Daniel Blake" reviewed by Mark Kermode

Kermode Uncut: My Top five Ken Loach Films

Ken Loach: life in austerity Britain is 'consciously cruel'

Ken Loach´s life and career

Sunday, 15 October 2017


The purpose of descriptive writing is to make readers see, feel, taste, touch and hear what we have seen, felt, tasted, touched and heard. Whether we're describing a person, a place, or a thing, our aim is to evoke a scene or to reveal a subject through vivid, carefully 
arranged details. A good descriptive essay is like a window into another world.

Use precise descriptive details to evoke a distinctive mood as well as to convey a memorable picture. Details that are carefully chosen and well organized can help to make a piece of writing more precise, vivid, convincing, and interesting. They serve the narrative in terms of dramatization, characterization, structure, and style. Choose words that convey something to which many readers can relate.

  • In describing a character, we look for details that not only show what an individual looks like, but also provide clues to his or her personality. Focus on the character´s habits and actions, not on the physical appearance.

  • In describing a thing, begin the paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies it, describe the item in four or five sentences, using the details that you listed after probing your topic. Explain briefly its significance to you and conclude the paragraph with a sentence that emphasizes the personal value of the item.

  • With thoughtfully organized details, we can also suggest the personality--or mood--of a place. As you write each paragraph, place signals to help to establish cohesion so that the reader can be guided  clearly from one detail to the next

20 Topic Suggestions

  • a waiting room
  • a treasured belonging
  • a favourite restaurant
  • your dream house
  • your ideal roommate
  • your memory of a place that you visited as a child 
  • an accident scene
  • a place that holds a special meaning
  • a place I could stay forever
  • a child's secret hiding place
  • the inside of a spaceship
  • your old neighborhood
  • a small town cemetery
  • a pet 
  • a painting
  • a character from a book, movie or television programme
  • a photograph
  • a hospital emergency room
  • a particular friend or family member

Friday, 6 October 2017

Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to British author Kazuo Ishiguro

62-year old English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the Nobel Literature prize for 2017.
Mr. Ishiguro is best known for his novels “The Remains of the Day,” about a butler serving an English lord in the years leading up to World War II, and “Never Let Me Go,” a melancholy dystopian love story set in a British boarding school.

 “If you mix Jane Austen and Franz Kafka then you have Kazuo Ishiguro in a nutshell, but you have to add a little bit of Marcel Proust into the mix,” said Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.In a career that spans some 35 years, Mr. Ishiguro has gained wide recognition for his stark, emotionally restrained prose. His novels are often written in the first person, with unreliable narrators who are in denial about truths that are gradually revealed to the reader. He has obsessively returned to the same themes in his work, including the fallibility of memory, self-delusion,  mortality and the porous nature of time.

The writer said that the award was “flabbergastingly flattering”. He said:

It’s a magnificent honour, mainly because it means that I’m in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived, so that’s a terrific commendation.”

Ishiguro was born in 1954 in Nagasaki to Japanese parents. But the family moved to England in 1960 when his father got a job as an oceanographer in Surrey.

Congratulations, Mr Ishiguro!

"The Remains of the Day" official trailer  (1993)

"Never Let Me Go" official trailer  (2010)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

This week´s film: "Victoria and Abdul"

Victoria & Abdul is a 2017 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears. A sequel to Mrs Brown (1997), the film is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, and on the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian muslim servant Abdul Karim. 

Official trailer 

Abdul, the Munshi                   CLICK HERE

Victoria and Abdul: the story  CLICK HERE

Documentary                           CLICK HERE

Sunday, 24 September 2017



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