lunes, 30 de agosto de 2010

Star wars : Store Grocery Wars

Some weeks ago one of my former students sent me the link to this video about Star Wars and the use of organic products without pesticides in present day society. I hope you will enjoy it!

domingo, 9 de mayo de 2010

Happy Day of Europe!

In Europe, Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. There are two separate designations of Europe Day: 5 May for the Council of Europe, and 9 May for the European Union (EU).[1] For the EU, the day is also known as Schuman Day, commemorating the historical declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman.[2]

The Council of Europe's day reflects its own establishment in 1949, while the European Union's day celebrates the day the EU's predecessor was proposed in 1950. Europe Day is one of a number of European symbols designed to foster unity among Europeans.
(From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe_Day )

Here you can find a video of the song 'Come again' performed by two musicians: one of them is Sting. Click on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNzK28eCdc8
I hope you will enjoy it.

miércoles, 6 de enero de 2010

The Three Wise Men

Happy New Year to everybody!

"In Christian tradition, the Magi (pronounced /ˈmeɪdʒaɪ/; Greek: μάγοι, magoi), also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men, (Three) Kings, or Kings from the East, are a group of distinguished foreigners who are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity and in celebrations of Christmas.

The Gospel of Matthew,[1] the only one of the four Gospels to mention the Magi, states that they came "from the east" to worship the Christ, "born King of the Jews". Although the account does not tell how many they were, the three gifts led to a widespread assumption that they were three as well.[2] Their identification as kings in later Christian writings is linked to Old Testament prophesies such as that in Isaiah 60:3, which describe the Messiah being worshipped by kings.[3] This interpretation was challenged by the Protestant Reformation."
From www.wikipedia.org

viernes, 13 de noviembre de 2009

'Looking for paradise' by Alejandro Sanz and Alicia Keys

Some days ago one of my colleagues at school suggested me to insert Alejandro Sanz' video of his latest hit 'Looking for paradise' in this blog.
I hope you all will enjoy it.

domingo, 8 de noviembre de 2009

20th anniversary of the Fall of Berlin Wall: 9th Nov., 1989

"During a revolutionary wave sweeping across the Eastern Bloc, the East German government announced on November 9, 1989, after several weeks of civil unrest, that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans climbed onto and crossed the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, parts of the wall were chipped away by a euphoric public and by souvenir hunters; industrial equipment was later used to remove almost all of the rest. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on October 3, 1990."
From www.wikipedia.com

miércoles, 8 de julio de 2009

Guía para aprender idiomas más fácil y mejor

Esta guía procede de la EOI de Pamplona. I hope you will enjoy it.

sábado, 27 de junio de 2009

Michael Jackson - Black or White (1991)

In 1991 I was doing my second year at university. One day I watched this video on TV at home. I really liked it because of the great variety of cultures it shows and because I think it gives us a message of respect to the different races all over the world. You can enjoy this video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK8SO0lT8U0&feature=related

sábado, 20 de junio de 2009

Day of Spanish Language

Today is the Day of Spanish language. This day is organized by Instituto Cervantes all over the world.

I hope you'll enjoy this video:


- The best video clips are right here

lunes, 25 de mayo de 2009

Pilgrimage of El Rocío (Almonte, Huelva, Spain)

Romeria del Rocio, Huelva

Here you can find an example of how some Anglo-Saxon people explain El Rocío to their fellow citizens: [You may agree or disagree with those explanations, however, you can find useful vocabulary to talk about it]

"Bridle those oxen and tie some flowers on your cart--it's time to make a dusty pilgrimage to the Andalusian countryside for Spain's biggest festival--the Romeria Del Rocio. Up to one million people are expected to travel to the marshes near the mouth of the Guadalquivir River to sing, eat, dance and pay homage to the Virgen del Rocio.

And while the religious fanaticism will be kicked into overdrive for the next few days, the Romerio is also a chance have some serious Spanish fun. Many of the participants are city-dwellers from Seville, Madrid and Barcelona who have come to spend time with nature and to get in touch with their roots.



The Virgen Del Rocio has been celebrated at this isolated site for over 800 years, and since 1758 the Romeria Del Rocio has been celebrated at Whitsun , the fiftieth day after Easter Sunday. There are really two parts to this celebration, the festival in Almonte and the actual pilgrimage that starts several days before. As with many Spanish festivals, the Romeria is a blend of Catholic and local pagan beliefs.

The Virgen Del Rocio has been the patron saint of Almonte since the 15th century, when a hunter found a statue of the Virgin Mary in a tree trunk near the marshes. The devoted claim her intense powers can cure disease, infertility and mental disorders.

The pilgrimage is a pretty traditional affair. Hundreds of "brotherhoods" from the surrounding villages and towns organise the processions that all end up in Almonte. Travellers (or "romeros") come from all over Andalucia on foot, on horseback or by cart. No motorised vehicles are allowed. Most of these pilgrims wear traditional clothes, women in bright gypsy-inspired flamenco dresses and men in the unique wide-brimmed "bolero" hats and short-cropped jackets associated with Andalusia. As they get closer to Almonte, the pilgrims camp out in the fields and forests of the surrounding Donana National Park.


All the romeros arrive in the village of Almonte just before dawn, and then the festivities really kick into gear. Accompanied by tambourines, flutes and guitars, the entire group strolls across the broad plains to the El Rocio shrine in the nearby marshes. Almonte's elite "Hermandad Matriz" brotherhood carries along a large silver shrine that contains an effigy of the Virgen. The sound of firecrackers fills the air as the crowds cry "Viva la Reina de la Marisma" ("Long live the Queen of the Marshes"). Once everyone arrives at the shrine, mass is recited and the Virgen is paraded around the dusty fields for several more hours.

For the next couple of days, the scene at El Rocio resembles a makeshift camp-out, a carnival, and a family reunion all at the same time. The crowds sing traditional songs and dance together in the fields. Snacks of tortilla, jamon, prawns and fried peppers are sold along with plenty of local wine and sherry. First-time pilgrims "baptise" themselves by dipping their hats in water and dousing themselves. In a day or so, the crowds will disperse and the fields of El Rocio will become quiet again."