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Idioms related to animals

ants in one’s pants People who have ants in their pants are very restless or excited about something.
take bull by the horns To take the bull by the horns means that a person decides to act decisively in order to deal with a difficult situation or problem.
let the cat out of the bag If you let the cat out of the bag, you reveal a secret, often unintentionally.
like cat and dog People who argue or fight like cat and dog frequently have violent arguments, even though they are fond of each other.
crocodile tears To shed crocodile tears means to shed false tears or show insincere grief.
elephant in the room A problem that no one wants to discuss, but is so obvious that it cannot be ignored.
could eat a horse To say that you could eat a horse means that you are very hungry.
black sheep The black sheep is one who behaves differently or badly, and is considered disreputable by the other members of the family.
cry wolf To cry wolf is to call for help when you are not really in danger.  Consequently, nobody believes you when you really need help.

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Save Japan Dolphins

save usRic O’Barry is the director of SaveJapanDolphins.org, which was created in order to put an end to the Japanese slaughter of dolphins and stop the capture and live trade of dolphins to zoos and aquariums around the world. In the film The Cove, a team of activists and filmmakers infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In this village they  witness and document activities which are intentionally being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins are being slaughtered each year and their meat, which contains toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often labeled as whale meat. Most people are not aware this is happening, since cameras are not allowed inside and the media does not cover the story.

To dolphins, a pool is a cage. The mortality rates and abnormal behaviours of captive dolphins demonstrates that a lack of stimulation causes them intense stress. Many dolphins do not survive the trauma of capture.  Captive dolphins also suffer and die from intestinal disease, stress-related illness and chlorine poisoning. Visitors don’t always realise that.  Instead of visiting a marine mammal attraction, try a responsible dolphin watching boat tour and enjoy the sighting of wild dolphins at sea.

They were not born to entertain us!

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How to cook Haggis

The haggis is a Scottish dish which consists of a mixture of the minced heart, lungs, and liver of a sheep or calf mixed with suet, onions, oatmeal, and seasonings and boiled in the stomach of the slaughtered animal.

Here you have a haggis recipe:

Ingredients:

2 lamb kidneys
350g lamb shoulder
125g beef suet
250g beef liver
1 cup of oatmeal
1 cup of stock
2 pureed onions
salt and pepper

1. Boil the meat for about an hour and allow to cool. Then chop the meats into wee pieces but grate the liver.
2. Toast the oatmeal in the oven in a shallow dish and shake occasionally.
3. Mix all the ingredients together.
4. Pop into a well greased glass bowl and cover with several layers of foil and steam in a pan of boiling water for two hours.

Haggis hurling is a Scottish sport which involves the hurling of a haggis as far as possible for distance and accuracy from atop a platform (usually a whisky barrel). The Haggis must be edible.

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Jupiter, god and planet

Jupiter was the supreme God in the Roman mythology pantheon. This god was appropriated from the Greeks, and is virtually identical to the supreme God Zeus in Greek mythology.

He was known as the Roman god of the heavens and the sky. It was also the patron deity of the Roman state, and he controlled laws and social order. Along with Juno and Minerva, Jupiter was the main member of the Capitoline Triad. This was a group of the three leading deities in Roman religion.

The existence of this deity has highly influenced languages throughout the world. In English, the adjective “jovial,” which comes from Jupiter’s alternative name “Jove,” is still used to depict people who are cheerful, optimistic, and happy. Furthermore, Jupiter is the origin of the fourth day of the week in English, “Thursday”. In many European languages still refer to this day of the week in close connection to Jupiter, such as the French “jeudi” and the Italian “giovedì”.

Jupiter (Zeus) was the King of the Gods in Roman mythology, and this was considered a suitable name for the planet Jupiter, the fifth planet from the sun and the largest planet in our solar system.

You can learn more about this planet here.


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The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher, also called Cliffs of Mohair, are one of Ireland’s outstanding coastal features of Ireland and one of its most beautiful landmarks. The cliffs are located in County Clare and overlook the Atlantic Ocean. They rise more than 214 meters -about 700 feet- at their highest point. One of the monuments you can see here is O’Brien’s Tower, a round stone tower built by Sir Cornelius O’Brien, a descendant of Ireland’s High King Brian Boru.

There are many animals living on the cliffs. Most of these are birds, with an estimated 30,000 birds, representing more than 20 species such as gulls, hawks, ravens, shags, etc.

The Centre “Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience” was built to allow people to become environmentally sensitive, and visitors can explore topic such as the use of renewable energy systems.

The wonderful sights attract almost one million visitors per year. Since there are no barriers, visitors must be extremely careful not to fall down the cliffs. Ferry trips are another interesting option to view the cliffs from sea level.

You can get more information of this wonderful place here.

 

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“Eyes of Blue” by Paul Carrack

I want to know how does it feel
Behind those eyes of blue
You’ve made your mistakes
And now your heart aches
Behind those eyes of blue

People may say you’ve had your chance
And let it slip away
But hard as they try
There’s a dream that won’t die
Behind those eyes of blue

Maybe once in a while
There’s a trace of a smile
Behind those eyes of blue
But it’s painfully clear
There’s a river of tears

Behind those eyes of blue

You know life is too short
For comprimising
Take a hold of your dream
And realise it

You know there’s nothing left
To stand in your way
Except yourself and I know
Though your hearts full of pain
That a hope still remains
Behind those eyes of blue

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Glenshee, the Glen of the Fairies…

Glen Shee, called Gleann Sith (Glen of the Fairies) in Scottish Gaelic, is a valley in Scotland through which flows the Shee Water. In this website you can find useful information about this magical place, which is undoubtedly a must-see:

Photographs by Inmaculada Adán.

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Respect

Respect is not given; it is earned.We should treat others as we want to be treated. You show respect towards others by listening, and being courteous and compassionate with them. Another way to show respect is by being open-minded and tolerant about other people’s points of view, beliefs and preferences. We all deserve respect.

If you want respect,
be the first to show it
.

It works!

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