Coco: Remember me!

Coco is a wonderful animation film produced by Pixar. It presents the story of a young boy, Miguel, whose dream is to become a famous musician. He lives in Santa Cecilia, a small town in Mexico. Don’t miss this beautiful song from its soundtrack:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iDxU9eNQ_0

You can download the lyrics on pdf here: Remember me

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You got it (Roy Orbison)

Roy Orbison was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Texas in 1936. He formed his first musical band, The Teen Kings,  at 13, and dropped out of college to fulfil his dream of becoming a famous singer. Roy Orbison wrote romantic  pop ballads in the 1960s, like “Oh, Pretty Woman”, which was an immediate success. In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some of his most famous songs were “Only the lonely”, “In dreams”, “Blue Bayou”, and “I drove all night”.

Click below to download the song lyrics “You got it” or to watch the lyrics video on YouTube. Enjoy!
You got it (Roy Orbison)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hASAX1k7wI

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A book review

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.”
George R.R. Martin

Writing a book review is a useful way of helping other readers decide whether to read that book or not. A book review usually includes a brief summary, and and overall opinion on the book. It can also include some additional information you want to share. Here you have a book review template you can use for that purpose. Never forget this: spoilers are not nice!

book review template

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Cheese-Rolling!

Thousands of competitors participate in the annual Cheese-Rolling event on a farm at Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire, U.K. A large cheese wheel is rolled down a very, very steep hill. Then  competitors race after it. The first person to reach the bottom of the hill wins the cheese. Nowadays this weird race is a British bank holiday tradition that began hundreds of years ago. Funny, but dangerous, isn’t it?

Photograph taken from: https://cordmagazine.com/chill-out/gloucestershire-cheese-rolling/

⊕ Watch people rolling here:

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What a wonderful world, indeed!

Sam Cooke was one of the greatest American soul singers, a song writer and a recording artist. He began his career as a gospel singer, as the vocalist for the “Soul Stirrels”, but some years later he left gospel for pop music and became a legend in the world of soul music.

Click on the links to download the song lyrics and listen to it on YouTube. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdjgj5A2gOs

Lyrics Wonderful World Sam Cooke

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The difference

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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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Click on the link to download the pdf: IDIOMS RELATED TO ANIMALS

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Always more…

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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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