Then, do not miss Wild Kids, coming to a cinema near you today, 25 June 2012!
Meanwhile, watch this great inteviewPatricia Ferreira, the film director, has just recorded forUrbanitas Salvajes, a blog that talks about Cinema and Education.
In Spanish, for once!
If after watching her interview, you make up your mind and go to the movies this evening, please, let us know your viewpoints on the première, but in English this time, OK?
4 eggs 1 yogurt 1 measurement* of oil (Not fill it) 3 measurements* of sugar 4 measurements* of flour 1 packet of baking powder Scratch of lemon A bit of butter (put it in the microwave to melt) *Measurement: It’s the empty yogurt cup
How to make it
First beat the four eggs, and then mix all the ingredients (yogurt, oil, sugar, flour mixed with the baking powder, lemon, and butter). Orange juice and a bit of anisette (spirits) can be added. It’s necessary to mix all the ingredients well until no lumps stays; if you want, you can use the whisker.
Preheat the oven at 200 ºC.
Smear the baking tin to make sponge cakes with little oil and breadcrumbs, while the oven is preheating. Then put the dough in the baking tin.
Finally put the baking tin into the oven at 200 ºC for approximately 30 minutes.
The result, a delicious sponge cake like this one:
The hobbit is the first novel written by Tolkien and
settled in a world of fantasy that he later developed in his trilogy called The Lord of the Rings. We can certainly
say that The Hobbit is a wonderful
introduction to that masterpiece sequel, so it is recommended to start with the
first one before reading the second one.
This enchanting tale was
made up for the author’s children in the 1930s, but once it was published, it achieved
enormous success. The story tells the awesome adventure of the hobbit Bilbo
Baggins and a group of dwarves. They were all called to an unexpected party at
Bilbo’s by the wise wizard Gandalf. Bilbo lives in a comfortable hobbit-hole in
the ground and as any other hobbit he likes quiet and food, while he dislikes
adventures and has never gone beyond Brandivino River. But things change for Bilbo
after the meeting, when he sets off as a burglar with fourteen dwarves and
Gandalf’s help on the most amazing journey ever imagined: going to the distant
Lonely Mountain to recover the treasure stolen to the dwarves by the terrifying
They run dangerous
adventures, such as being captured by goblins under the Misty Mountains, where
Bilbo meets the nasty and hissing creature Gollum and he finds the later famous
ring which makes him invisible when slipped on his finger. They were also
caught by trolls, which are fantastic creatures that must be underground before
dawn, otherwise they go back to the stuff of the mountains they are made of,
and never move again.
On the other hand, they
also meet extraordinary characters, such as Elves in Rivendel, where the dwarves
and Bilbo stayed at least fourteen days at Elrond’s Last Homely House; and Bearn,
who is called Carrock and is very strong and a skin-changer: sometimes he is a
huge black bear and sometimes a great strong man. Bearn keeps cattle, horses
and great fierce bees, but he never hunts or eats animals. He warns the travelers
against the perils of Mirkwood, where they have many more dangerous and weird
The book is quite
shorter than The Lord of the Rings, highly entertaining and easy to read. At
the same time it displays all Tolkien’s talent with a fluent narrative
technique that takes the reader’s mind to incredible fantasy lands with magical
animals and unforgettable characters.
For all lovers of
fantasy and adventure novels this book is a must, a real delight.
like Roald Dahl’s books, when I was a child I read Momo, Matilda, Charlie and
the chocolate factory,… One day I was looking at some English books when I
found this one, at first I believed that it was a book of ghost stories written
by Roald Dahl, but when I picked it up, I realized that it was Dahl who had selected
these terror stories by different writers.
read seventy hundred and forty-nine ghost stories at the British Museum Library
before selecting twenty four with the purpose of making a television ghost series,
but the pilot film was a disaster. Twenty five years later, he thought it was a
good idea to put the better ones, fourteen amazing stories, together in a book.
he said the best ghost stories don’t have ghosts in them, at least you don’t
have to see them. Instead of reading what happens to the ghost, you only read
the result of their actions, occasionally the story describes how the main
character can feel the ghost brushing past to him or her, or how they are made
aware of its presence by subtle means.
favourite, among all the stories is ‘Harry’ by Rosemary Timperley, which
describes what happened to a couple and her adopted daughter, Cristine. One day
Christine starts to talk with an imaginary child, Harry, and tells her mother
that he is her brother. Her mother is a bit worried about her, so she decides
to see the Doctor who explains to her that it’s normal in childhood. But while
Christine is at her first day at school, her mother goes to the Adoption service
where she asks about the girl’s past; she is the only survivor of an accident
in which her brother Harry saved her before he died. After knowing her past she
goes to pick her at the school, but the school principal tells her that Harry has
just picked her. Nobody has seen her again.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves
classic ghost stories, this is an amazing anthology.
Roald Dahl wrote in his book: ‘Spookiness is, after all, the real
purpose of the ghost story’.
Half an onion
How to make it:
While you are preparing the salad boil two eggs.
First you should pick out any broken or damaged lettuce leaves, and then break the lettuce up into larger than bite size pieces. Gentlly wash your lettuce in water, rinse it and put it in a bowl.
Chop the onion and the boiled eggs into small pieces and add them to the bowl.
As for dressing, a little lemon, oil and salt.
MAIN COURSE: CHICKEN BREAST IN BECHAMEL SAUCE
One chicken breast
A bottle of milk
How to make it:
Cut the chicken breast in tin fillets. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the chicken fillets after adding a pinch of salt. When they are fried put them in a baking dish.
While the chicken is cooking prepare the bechamel and tomato sauce.
To make the tomato sauce you only need to fry the tinned tomatoes and add a pinch of salt.
To make the bechamel sauce, add oil into a frying pan and when it is hot, add flour with a pinch of salt, and whisk it vigorously. Gradually add milk, mixing with a whisk if it is necessary to prevent lumps.
Then spread the tomato sauce over the chicken breasts and cover all with the bechamel sauce.
Finally spread some cheese and put the baking dish into the oven at 200º for 15 minutes.
PUDDING: WALNUTS WITH WHIPPED CREAM
Some whipped cream
How to make it:
Put some walnuts into a bowl, add some whipped cream and mix it. If you want you can add some caramel.
Faced with the questions below, these are the reactions by Graciela, Mónica, Elena and Mercedes, four B2 ESL students.
What’s your ideal age?
What are the joys and problems of your age group?
How do you feel about growing older?
Would you like to be 100? Or be back in your teens again?
Do you think we should try to disguise the ageing process?
Is youth overrated nowadays? And old age underrated?
Have you heard of the Peter Pan effect? Can you guess what it refers to?
Do you find it easy to communicate with other age groups?
Is it better for people to be part of a family or to live independently? Think of different age groups and of the advantages or disadvantages of each.
The proportion of people over 65 is increasing in many parts of the world due to declining birth rate and better medicine. How does this compare with the situation in the past? What benefits/problems are derived from this?
I have chosen The Secret diary of Adrian Mole to
read along the third term from my language school.
Adrian Albert Mole is the fictional protagonist in a series
of books by English authorSue
He is a British
boy. He is 13 years old and he lives with his mother, his father and an animal
known only as ‘the dog’.
writes his secret diary, which has gone on for a year and a quarter. He lives in
a closed world where he tries to ‘become an intellectual’, reading the classics and he would like a whizz future
although he is worried
about his parents and his blackheads.
To sum up, in his diary he tells about his relationships
with his parents, friends, the girl he loves, Pandora and his grandmother. All
the stories have a funny and a tender perspective.
It’s my belief that this book reminds me of the
Wimpy kids series although it´s a realistic and humorous approach to the life
of an adolescent boy.
Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. For the EU, 9 May is also known as Schuman Day, commemorating the historical declaration by French Minister Robert Schuman. Europe Day is one of a number of European symbols designed to foster unity among Europeans.
Can you think of captions to illustrate the images shown in the video above?
Let's celebrate Europe Day together with some quotes featuring what Europe means to you. Please, post them as comments under this entry.
That day in the morning, Morris Lessmore was reading, as he did every day. Suddenly, the wind began to blow, slowly at first, and eventually more strongly...at last it was blowing so strongly that all the books were blown away. Even Morris Lessmore was carried away by the wind. Finally Morris and the books were dropped on the ground. He looked around. There were a lot of books that had lost all the words, and thousands of letters were all around, everywhere. Morris didn´t know where he was, or what had happened. He began to play with the letters, making words...
Today, Friday 4 May I'd like to say thank you to you all.
Simply because our classroom blog has been shortlisted for the Espiral Edublogs Prize 2012, and this moving nomination is yours, as it is thanks to your effort and good work that this blog is alive and kicking.
Stay tuned for the prize updates, and good luck!!!!!
“Please... It's been such a long time
since I left my home.”
The guardian saw the
shelves hanging over her like a mountain that was about to crush her.
The thick volumes threatened her with their weight. The thin sharp
pocket volumes seemed anxious to jump over her.
“We have your
name, guardian. Whithout it you cannot go back to the world. Nobody
will name you and you will not exist.”
sobbed. There was a time when she existed. She looked
down at her red shoes and perfect matching skirt. She had always
wanted to have shoes like those, but now she knew that there were no
more than shackles around her ankles. She exchanged her name for this
aspect. Now she was as she had always liked, but nobody would ever see
“Words are power,
guardian. We have your name. You will not exist out of here.”
guard took a deep gasped breath and rose a tearful gaze.
“What if I bring you
another name? I can bring you somebody else's name, so he can take my
There was not even time for a
thought, and the answer came.
“Bring us another name and
you will recover yours.”
volumes entered and left the nest at their will. They were
sometimes more, sometimes fewer, but all locked up enough words to
content all the world in them. The guardian took the blank book,
which was used to create them all. Stumbling on her heels, she sat at
the mahogany desk that they had created for her and opened it.
She stared at the blank book and, again her mind was launched in
search of the callers who read the words. A whirlwind of images and
feelings surrounded her. A little girl spelled her first words in a
textbook, an old man with wrinkled eyes behind his glasses read
a teen adventure, a young woman focused on the self-help book that
would take her out of misery...
old, tall, short, male and female. Thousands of different skin tones
in the eyes of the guardian, imperceptible to ordinary readers, the
faces of the reader. The guardian passed from one mind to another,
like a shot. Most barely noticed her, but some threw away the book
they were reading when they perceived that something was looking at them
back from the words. She needed to find one that matched.
there he was. The guardian felt how that mind caressed the words with
devotion. He was the one. And he looked like her some years ago. She
remembered herself, small and alone in the library, eager to have the
figure, the success and the popularity of Alice, with her high heels and
confident smile. She remembered the day a book looked back at her and
ofered a deal.
guardian stopped her will on the mind of the man to see his reaction.
He was not frightened, in fact, she thought that perhaps he had not
perceived her, but it was not the case. He was so devoted to his
world of letters that he did not give a chance to fear. The guardian
was not wrong. To say that Morris Lessmore loved books was like to say
that a fish liked the sea. In fact, Morris Lessmore could not exist
The guardian extended her hands of words through the mind of the man,
to the origin of his personality, down to his essence. She embraced
it in her hands and looked for the grammar that provided it with a shape
in the world of ideas. She pulled it, and was surprised at the ease
with which his name left him. As the concepts were removed, there was
an implosion, and the world tried to fill the void that was left in
that mind. The guardian quickly withdrew to avoid being absorbed by
eyes focused on the nest, again, and she rose her gaze from the blank
book. Her hands dug into it as if it was made of water. Around her,
hundreds of sheets and volumes flew in excitement. Everyone in the
nest could sense that she had brought a name.
guard stood up and slowly extracted the name from the book. She held
it in her hands, and showed it to everyone.
was an uproar.
Farawell felt a twisted happiness while the volumes took her back to
her world. Down there, a sad-looking young man, lonely and lost,
rose his eyes to her.
are now library meat”, she thought.
One of the volumes flew to
him to guide him to his new evermore home.
Later, in April 2012, he visited a bunch of Primary students at the school library of IE Cañada Blanch in London and talked to them about several issues regarding Facebook.
Watch the video below.
Compare both speeches and find out similarities and differences about the language he used.
Then, leave your comments about what you think of his talk, what aspects about Facebook you already knew before listening to him, which ones you have learned about, how you liked his talk and any other opinions you may care to share with him.
Your comments and impressions will reach Lord Allan soon!
Here is what has called Mauge's attention:
Here are two questions to Lord Allan, by Vicky:
I know that it doesn’t enable anyone to access private user information without explicit user consent. However, you usually send lots of e-mails to people who don’t want to be a facebook member in order to convince them to sign up for a facebook account. Don't you think that they could feel upset with your company?
I have another question:
On facebook, I can say if I like something, share it and write comments. However, why can't I choose "I don't like"?
Here are Elena's impressions:
Facebook has turned into such a powerful and quick tool to spread opinions, that many users have found an easy way to make comments discrediting people. For instance, some Facebook radio-channels are used by people under false identities to slander politicians, union members and very well-known people in local areas. Has Facebook thought about having any kind of control of these bad-behaviors in order to prevent a damage that, otherwise, will remain beyond a possible judgment?
Here are Merche's viewpoints:
I don’t know much about social networking
communities. Though I unsuccessfully try to make my daughter understand that
more than 500 photos shared with her online friends is too much for someone her
age. That she is probably showing things that in the future may no longer
reflect her anymore. And I try to warm her that somebody could use any
information about her to harm her. Nevertheless she keeps talking about privacy
rules, as if she knew everything.
daughter is a teenager and she feels tremendously attracted to Facebook because
of its addictive appeal. Although she isn’t old enough to have a Facebook
account, most of her friends have one. Therefore they had to lie about their
identity in order to set an account. It is not only possible, but especially common
among youngsters to set up fake accounts. Sometimes they do it just to be able
to set an account on Facebook, some other times just to fool their friends on
Moreover, as far as I know some companies use
fake business accounts to promote their products. And some people set up fake
accounts in order to grow the visibility of certain fan pages. Apart from the
potential danger that people who are not happy with their own identity and they
create a second identity online, so the people who get into a relationship with
them may eventually get hurt.
Although lately Facebook has started actions
to delete fake accounts on the social networking website, and the site disables
an account it deems fake, they don’t really have a system to verify every
In my opinion, as regards this matter of
privacy, Facebook cunningly turned the discussion over choice and informed
consent. But the debate is unfolding because people are being duped, tricked
and even coerced and confused into doing things without taking the consequences
I think we should be realistic and
recognize that the better protection for users is to have more information
about the consequences of sharing personal information. It is important for
young people to know about other people’s complaints. So in my opinion a
national education campaign on this matter should be launched.
After being swept away from Kansas by a cyclone, Dorothy lands on an unknown land, where the Witch of the North tells her that she will have to go to the Emerald City and ask the Wizard of Oz to help her. On her way down the yellow brick road, Dorothy meets the brainless scarecrow who wants to get a brain, the tin man that wants to have a heart, and the cowardly lion that wants to have courage. Thx to @Nyseaa