Sunday, July 30, 2006

Personal recount

Sunday afternoon, "nothing to do", watching a film on telly for the second time... Many things I would like to do but no strength to do any of them...maybe the heat, maybe the time, maybe the personal failure I feel because of the examination one month ago which I try to overcome...maybe because it is Sunday, that is, SUNDAY. Tomorrow it will be better. I am sure. I will start with some of my plans. Vanessa

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Audio concentration

Listen to find the pairs

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Coffee & Sex

Coffee & Sex According to Timothy McSweeny's, Most Censored Press Releases of 2001: An independent national survey discovered how seriously consumers are committed to their morning cup of coffee. The Survey asked: If you had to give up one of the following for a month, which would it be? Coffee . Sex . Excuses . Internet access at home . ChocolateDrinks associated with sex include: alcohol, water, soda pop, tea and coffee. Coffee has been scientifically linked to improving men's and women's sexual functions. Many would like to get their date drunk on alcohol but ninety percent of the people on first meeting say "Want to get a cup of coffee?" Or, "Let's go for coffee." The results? Coffee is second only to sex on the priority list for both men and women. The majority of respondents would give up chocolate, excuses and the Internet -- in that order -- before they'd substitute water, juice or tea for the most popular beverage in the world. No other substance can claim the equivalent for sexuality and lawful voluntary consumption as coffee. Alcohol and tea don't even come in at a close second.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

This tiny fashion item

This tiny fashion item has had an impact way beyond its size when it emerged in Paris in 1946. Once denounced by the Vatican as immoral, these days British women spend about forty-five million pounds on bikinis every year. It's hard to believe that the bikini is now a pensioner - with France celebrating sixty years since the scandalous birth of those three small triangles, which one critic complained revealed everything about a girl apart from her mother's maiden name. Few, though, realise that the itsy-bitsy two-piece was one of France's main gifts to the fashion world - invented by a French car engineer, Louis Reard, who clearly understood the laws both of gravity and aerodynamics. He was running his mother's underwear shop in Paris when inspiration struck. He took away half the fabric of an ordinary swimsuit - to reveal the belly button - and a superstar was born. He named the invention after America's first nuclear test in the Pacific - presuming it would cause a similar explosion. And it did. In 1951, the Miss World competition banned it, saying any contestant wearing one would gain an unfair advantage. In 1955 the late British actress, Diana Dors, wore a mink bikini to the Venice Film festival, winning as many column inches as Brigitte Bardot frolicking in her skimpy two-piece in the film 'And God Created Woman'. For others, the garment's seminal moment came in the Bond film, Dr No, in 1962 when Ursula Andress emerged from the waves in a soaking white bikini. Love it or hate it, the bikini is here to stay - outliving one magazine's sniffy prediction that it was inconceivable that any girl of taste or modesty would succumb to wearing such a thing.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Who runs your world?

The notion of power
Who has it? Who wants it and how it's used. Power, like many words in English, has a lot of different uses. My dictionary has over a page on the word power alone. Power, is used to talk about energy, electricity and fuel. A power station generates electricity, my car is diesel powered but it's not very powerful. It doesn't have a lot of strength to go fast. One of the ideas that combines most uses of the word power is this idea of strength. This strength can be of different kinds. As we have been seeing recently in different parts of the world we talk about the power of nature, powerful winds and storms. Power can also be found in strong emotions. The power of love – it makes some people cry and some people happy. This is the central idea of power, something strong which controls and influences.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

" ello darlin´ "

From a simple 'ello darlin' to wide-boy calls of 'nice jublies', most young women have some experience of being ogled or hollered at by blokes in the street. Guys might say it's a compliment, or that if you dress in sexy way it means you want them to shout stuff at you. Do you find it flattering? Or do you feel that you should be able to walk around without getting hassled? So, is it friendly flattery or horrid harassment?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

>>Desperation - a rope ends it <<

  • conversation......voices rant on
  • punishment........nine thumps
  • Elvis.....................lives
Easier ones:::Could you write the anagrams of these words?

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Party TiMe!!!

  • VICKI:Let’s have a BBC Learning English party!
  • MATT:Yeah, why don’t you come over and join in?
  • VICKI:Even if you can’t come over here, you can still join in with our party! Look at Paul - he's really getting down!
  • MATT:Oooooh I like this song Vicki – come on – let’s dance!
  • VICKI:This is a great song to dance to. And the lyrics even say ‘get down’ which means to dance.
  • MATT:Yeah it’s quite informal and you hear it a lot in songs, especially in American English. Hey - look at Paul, he’s really getting down. Do you find the phrasal verbs?

Monday, July 03, 2006

Mission: meet people

In general the British don't like touching one another. They like to keep a distance between themselves and the person who they are talking to. This is also very true when it comes to introductions and greetings, and they very rarely kiss one another. The only time that they will kiss is if the other person is female, a member of their immediate family, or a close friend that they haven't seen for a long time - and then they will kiss one cheek only. In formal situations there is a strange ritual when you meet someone for the first time, which consists of answering a question with a question. Nobody ever actually answers these questions: A: "How do you do?" B: "How do you do?" You must try to do this without laughing as some people take this custom very seriously. On informal occasions they generally use the following expression to introduce themselves: "Hi, I'm Michael." This is usually accompanied by a handshake. On subsequent meetings people usually just say "hello", but don't touch each other. How do you do? a formal greeting when you first meet someone Pleased to meet you. replying to an introduction Good morning/good afternoon/good evening a formal greeting Good morning, how lovely to see you again. when you see someone again Hello, what a pleasant surprise. a version of the one above Good to see you again. A less formal version of the one above Hello, do you remember me! when you are reintroducing yourself after a long time Hello, aren't you (James) from marketing? when you aren't sure who someone is (A very little nod of the head without saying anything) a very British form of greeting Hi, how's it going? an informal greeting What's up? another informal greeting Alright, mate? a very informal greeting G'day, mate. an informal greeting in Australian Long time, no see. when you haven't seen someone for a long time I haven't seen you for ages. the same as above

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Interesting Facts

  • The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters
  • Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
  • Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
  • Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.
  • A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  • Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command "go hang yourself."
  • From the age of thirty, humans gradually begin to shrink in size
  • A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a few weeks
  • You can only smell 1/20th as well as a dog
  • A woman's heart beats faster than a man's
  • Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Fridge door phrases

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