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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

life is over at .... 35, but some resilient earthlings managed to survive

Which quote would you vote for?

3. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. (Henry Ford)

This is dedicated to all those people 
who SURVIVED the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's 
and to those who want to know what it was really like in those days!!!!

1A> First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and / or drank while they carried us. They took Aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for Diabetes. Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured, lead-based, paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes we had no helmets; not to mention the risks we took when we went hitch-hiking.
1B> As children we rode in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared a soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no-one actually died from this. We ate cup-cakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were not overweight because we were always outside playing. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back before the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day but we were always OK. 
1C> We would spend hours building our Go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill only to find out that we had forgotten the brakes! After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, video games, no hundreds of channels on the TV, no cell-phones, mobiles, personal computers, no internet or chat rooms, no CD's, DVD's, movies, MP3 players, but we had many FRIENDS; and if not, we went out and found some.

2D> We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits or compensation from these accidents. We ate worms and mud from dirt and soil and the worms did not live in us for ever. We were given cowboy guns for our birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, made bows and arrows, and although we were told it would happen no one ever lost an eye. Yes, we got a few cuts and scrapes but we also learned to be brave too. We could take things apart, fix them, mend them, and put them back together successfully. We rode our bikes, or walked all the way, to a friend's house and we knocked on the door, or rang a bell, or just walked on in and talked to them. We played marbles in the Autumn, climbed trees, stole apples, and went on lots of school trips!!
2A> The Little League had try-outs in the local park and not everyone made the team. Those who did not make the team had to learn to deal with the disappointment, just imagine that!! We had competitions and strived for success; there were losers, and they strived to become better!! Sometimes we were really naughty and broke the law but we learned respect for authority and other people, and we accepted our punishments. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!! A sharp smack was the end of it, and it did no harm, we got the message and learned the lesson.
2B> If we were bored then we found something to do!! We didn't just sit around and say "Here I am, entertain me", we actually got up and did something using our own initiative. We were creative and developed our imaginations, we went exploring and learned about the world around us in safety. We always had plenty of things to do. 
And so this older generation produced some of the best risk-taking problem-solvers and inventors ever!! This older generation produced so many academics, skilled workers, and responsible citizens. The past 55 years saw an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all, without the help of educationalists, psychiatrists, social workers, school mentors and too many welfare benefits.

If you are over 35 then congratulations, the "bad old days" never really did you any harm, and you are probably a much better person for that. 
It Says a lot for the present generation, doesn't it? You might want to share these thoughts with others who have had the luck .... to grow up as real kids before 
the Lawyers and the Government regulated our lives for our "own good", 
and while you are at it, tell your kids too (so that they will know) just how brave their parents were!!

It Kinda makes you wanna run through the house with a pair of scissors, doesn't it? 
Maybe those of you who were born in the 1980's and 1990's can learn something from this and will want to get back to your roots!!!
    written in 1997

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

gaol and fairness with the world

Saint George Saint George was a heroHe is a legend in EnglandHe is a saint in BarcelonaHe is a model of behaviourGreat! He is remembered with a flowerHe is rewardes with a bookHe is loved at his church.Allelluiah! (Juan Carlos, Benjamin) I’m..FriendlyFight for unityFocus on ProjectFollow friendshipRJANThat’s me! (Danje, Rjan) 

   Saint George is a hero... He loved a LadyHe is solidary with peopleHe killed the dragonWonderful! The friend of peopleThe solidarity with problemsthe special friend for everybody.Beautiful! (Boix, Joaquim)

      PeacePeace is wonderfulI love some peaceI like people’s lives in peaceI wish the peace for everyoneWonderful! Peace is calmWithout calm we will diewithout calm we have stormswithout calm we can’t feel good.Triumph! (Lluís Sellarés)

 SolidaritySolidarity is my lifeMy aim is to help peopleMy heart cleans peopleMy expectation is to helpI am GREAT! Solidarity is to help peopleI am a good man to help my familyI need to be in peaceI like to save children from dangerI am KIND! (Conta, Mustapha)



Sure we’ll exist
Self, respect in my life
Senator of my word
sensitive with my people
Seaman of love

The best of the world!

(Jonatan Samuel- ANG 2B)

Gorgeous is life
Green is the grass
Greenhouse, our world
Good I am
Goodness is everything.
That’s my life.

(Melo Pichardo, Louis Gilbert)

Solidarity is necessary
Seduction of friends
Sensational feeling
Sentiment of calm
That’s my name!

(Gueddari, Mohamed, Yassine)

Help people
Humble is my life
Have love to give
Hunter of dreams
Jean Louis
That’s me, myself!

(Guillen Mateos, Juan Luis)

I really...
I really hate oceanic cemetry
I really hate crying children
I really hate fatherless children
I really hate human exodus
I really hate indifferent people
I really hate european negligence

There will be a day when we all look up
and see a land that will says freedom.

(Jose M. Sevilla- ANG 2)

Crec que és interessant, i us envejo una miqueta, per tenir una finestra col.lectiva, una revista -online- del centre! Aqui us dono la impressió personal de profe i col.laborador en aqeusta petita experiència. He estat afortunat de ser-ne part, gràcies a una incansable Raquel (amb conversas i mails) i ten
int ocasió d'posar un gra de sorra per trencar el gel i obrir un espai de comunicació amb els residents de l'escola Carme Karr.  Em quedo amb aquests  moments, tres a la nostra EOI, un record al vostre centre.

Primer, la primera trobada amb els tres primers alumnes a les 15.30 amb els 4 professors que ens vam implicar. Per Ryan, Jesús i Jimmy en què vam tenir un espai de reflexió amb nosaltres, molt enriquidor, i ens vam fer saber que era un dia "especial", deprés entrant a l'aula, ja estaven molt més relaxats i ens van fer partícips dels seus coneixements i saber fer. 
Segon,  aprendre amb les seves presentacions formals, Miami (de Jimmy) i   Tales from the World (de Jesus). Tercer, quan el darrer dia vam tenir els no nadius, Jose Maria i Sigi i Danje, i vam compartir el nostre espai d'Oral speaking hour al nivell pre-intermediate, una sessió llarga on l'èmfàsi era la fluidessa i la comunicació. Malgrat les dificultats, vam veure que també se'n sortien com uns alumnes més!  
A la visita al vostre centre,  vam veure que la Marta interactuava en anglès amb més de 12 persones! Coneixent els seus auxiliars de conversa va ser molt maco. El millor, les contribucions creatives amb poesia amb anglès que la profe Marta havia coordinat amb els residents... molt maco
i per damunt de tot la invitació per anar al aula de lectura amb dues novel.les que em va proposar l'auxiliar de biblioteca...uns  exemples a imitar a la nostra escola!

TIMELESS Perales -Carta a Maria -Letter to Maria

Carta Para Maria

Hoy te escribo esta carta
mi pequeña María,
yo que tanto te quiero,
y que todos los días
me acuerdo de ti,
yo me acuerdo de ti.

Hoy te quiero contar
mi pequeña María,
que he visto un caracol
escaleras arriba,
preguntando por ti,
preguntando por ti.

Hoy he visto un pájaro amarillo
que cantaba una canción,
y a una mariposa de colores
paseando por el sol.

Y he visto a una princesa en su castillo.
Y a un príncipe feliz cazando grillos,
y he visto a una muñeca que dormía,
y era igual que tú.

Y he visto a una princesa en su castillo.
Y a un príncipe feliz cazando grillos,
y he visto a una muñeca que dormía,
y era igual que tú.

Hoy te quiero contar
mi pequeña María,
que subiendo la calle
me encontré a Blancanieves,
preguntando por ti,
preguntando por ti.

hoy te quiero contar
mi pequeña María,
que una noche la luna
se acerco a mi ventana,
preguntando por ti,
preguntando por ti.

Hoy he visto un pájaro amarillo..

Letter to  Maria

Today I'm writing you this letter my little María,
I who love you so much,
and who every day remember you,
I remember you.

Today I want to tell you my little María,
that I saw a snail upstairs,
asking after you,
asking after you.

Today I saw a yellow bird which was singing a song,
and a colourful butterfly showing off in the sun.

And I saw a princess in her castle,
and a happy prince hunting crickets,
and I saw a doll who was sleeping
and looked just like you.
I saw a princess in her castle,
and a happy prince hunting crickets,
and I saw a doll who was sleeping
and looked just like you.

Today I want to tell you
my little María,
that going down the street
I met Snow White,
asking after you,
asking after you.
Today I want to tell you
my little María,
that one night the moon
came close to my window,
asking after you,
asking after you.
Today I saw a yellow bird.


OMAR Galicia.

Made a semi english/ spanglish version, i changed up the words a little...haha and i know its nothing compared to Danielas cover , Was inspired by @danielasings Check out her cover and her channel!! its just amazing! and her music! She has a beautiful voice and amazing covers!.

Monday, September 4, 2017

10 million padlets10 million padlets10 million padlets

PadletUser Spotlights
Together we have made 10 million padlets this year. See our favorites! Why not you have a shot!

1. Glorious grid - 
 Annabel’s Film Blog - 
Each post is a short critical essay on a film, including a provocative title. 

A look into the struggles of an interracial relationship in the 1960s -West side story

2. Sublime stream - 
Homophily or Heterophily? Tell Me A Story!  - A Q+A in which the respondents consider whether “birds of a feather flock together” or “opposites attract” based on anecdotes from their lives.  
Heterophily, or love of the different,  ( by Dorado)

3. Fierce freeform - 
First Day of School - 
An exchange of international greetings for the first day of school, with 70 contributors!

4. Padlet with a purpose - 
The Freedom Hub - 
Spreading awareness about the Freedom Hub, a charitable organization in Australia that works with survivors of human trafficking. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

on language on the other shore -Trousers/Pants Voices map

On the shores of our EMPIRE,
   "where the sun never sets" comes from Schillers play 'Don Carlo'.

Mark Twain was happy to tweak the nose of the short-witted British users when in 1897 he wrote:
“There is no such thing as ‘the Queen’s English.’ The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares!”

Language and dialect!
And it is all about ownership, after all. Some native writers consider some to be the owners of the language  and the rest of us are just renting it.

Visit the capital: Capital sins
Multicultural London English (abbreviated MLE) is a sociolect of English that emerged in the late 20th century. It is spoken authentically by working-class, mainly young,
the press, MLE is often referred to as ‘‘Jafaican’’, conveying the idea of ‘‘fake Jamaican"

Accents and Variation
British comedy has always liked a foreign voice to poke fun at, particularly one that hails from one of the former colonies; from Peter Sellers' "Indian" accent to the characters from 70s sitcoms such as Mind Your Language

Check this section on The Guardian:  Language 

My pick
How sad that English-speaking parents fear their children being taught in Welsh

Wednesday, May 10, 2017



                 (Alan Weisman in The World Without Us)

Listen to the first 8 min of the talk and TAKE Notes
Produce a 200-word composition

Author Alan Weisman has a knack for the dramatic. In The World Without Us, subways are flooded, bridges crumble into the sea and wildlife reigns supreme once the world is relieved of pesky humans.
Despite the massive environmental destruction he’s witnessed firsthand, Weisman remains hopeful.  

More and more, every story becomes an environmental story, 
         Alan Weisman -May 2008 
To discuss the topic...
               go to previous post:



His next book on amazon

Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

was released in September 2013 by Little, Brown and Co.

Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful.
By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance. Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today, with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny.

For a gloomy learning on our future history...

TEDx Talks by 2014

Sitka Symposium Faculty

watch the 3rd contribution:
Alan Wiseman talks about
 history’s most influential invention - the Haber-Bosch process -
and how we can solve the mess it made.

and the no-winner goes to...Peoplequake or-and World without people

Which books do you prefer:eerie forecasts or chiller-spine ones?


PEOPLEQUAKE  by Fred Pierce
Wherever we look, population is driving the most toxic issues on the political agenda: 
PeoplequakeChina’s billions are undermining all efforts to halt climate change. 
• Terrorists lurk in refugee camps across the Middle East. 
• AIDS seeps from African townships. 
• Migrants are flooding Europe, swamping public services – yet their labour keeps these same services from grinding to a halt.
 But here is something you may not know. The population bomb is being diffused. Half the world's women are having two children or fewer. Within a generation, the world's population will be falling. And we will all be getting very old. 
This groundbreaking book explores how we got here, and where we are going. 
  • Do we face an environmental apocalypse? 
  • Could we go out with an incontinent whimper? 
  • Or might the wrinklies, led by a new breed of tribal elders, create a better, happier future?
Brilliant, heretical, honest, Fred Pearce confronts our demographic demons.

For an  INDEX: see 3 chapters on ecology 
(to  see negative review, click on  this):

Part Six Reaching The Limits 
Chapter 22: ‘The Tigers and the Bulge’  Across East Asia, between 1965 and 1990, the working-age population grew four times faster (p.230). This can be termed the ‘Youth Bulge’. Some environmentalists see a new nexus of disorder where youth bulges, worsening environmental problems and conflicts feed off each other. 

 The violent youth culture of the Gaza shanty towns may be indicative of the coming era’. The small Palestinian enclave trapped on a strip of desert between Israel and the ocean is today one of the most densely populated, environmentally damaged and violent places on the planet (p.237).
Chapter 23: ‘Footprints on a Finite Planet’ recalls Paul Ehrlich estimate of the planet’s carrying capacity at about five billion people. In 2008, with 6.8 billion people on the planet we were consuming 30% more resources each year than the planet produces (p.239) 

Chapter 27: ‘Silver Lining’ examines increasing longevity in wealthy countries with some people remaining active into the 80s. Many examples show this is not a problem in practice. An optimistic picture can be drawn.
The Land Grabbers by

His latest book: The land grabbers (2013)

in his new essay Fred PEARCE opens up vastly important new terrain few of us have even noticed. When the rich and powerful start buying up the planet’s fundamental resources—land and water—from the poor and vulnerable, we’d all better notice.”
—James Gustave Speth, 

WRITE the 3 aspects you could relate to from the 

figures in the statistics (click on link).

Graphical view at evolution of population by continent:

population by continent
source: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2013).
 World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision.projected populations based on
the medium-fertility variant.


"The World Without Us" 

Book Review by Teresa Friedlander (click on blue link above)
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (webpage)

What would happen if human beings simply disappeared from planet earth? That is the question author Alan Weisman seeks to answer. 
Rather than treat this as a parlor game, Mr. Weisman takes us through a careful examination of earth’s current state in terms of geology, anthropology, archaeology, physics, biology, and recorded histories. From there he removes the human race and predicts several series of events which might take place and follows the process through to its likely conclusion. 
What would this planet look like after the dust settled? 
Which plants and animals would survive the changes and thrive in the new environment?
 The World Without Us  (click on -multimedia) is thought-provoking and alarming piece of work, but at the same time, it is an appreciative inquiry into the forces of nature which we humans have only recently begun to respect.
interview Leonard Lopate -WNYC... here:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

WR_ My confessions. ... over the death of Prince by Ch. Britcher

The shedding of tears is a sign of a broken heart. 

Therefore, before tears can flow from the eyes, they must first flow from the heart. 

Have a look at our 2 messages:
The picture from the King David (Psalms)

Now, the reflections of our French modern writer,   ... Montagne for us (a.k.a.)           Michel Eychem de  Montaigne, the philosophe of modern life                    

 King of Egypt, being defeated and taken prisoner by Cambyses, King of Persia, seeing his own daughter pass by him as prisoner, and in a wretched habit, with a bucket to draw water, though his friends about him were so concerned as to break out into tears and lamentations, yet he himself remained unmoved, without uttering a word, his eyes fixed upon the ground; and seeing, moreover, his son immediately after led to execution, still maintained the same countenance; ... 
till spying at last one of his domestic and familiar friends dragged away amongst the captives, he fell to tearing his hair and beating his breast, with all the other extravagances of extreme sorrow.   (Michel de Montaigne - Essays -Ch. 2)

The tears are symbolic and unattainable......
             BUT  What do tears mean to you?

From our previous post, .... 
WR_ My confessions.   
... over the death of our Prince by Ch. Britcher

1.    Once in a while,  enters your life and stubbornly refuses to leave.
2.    A move away from my friends ... meant I took solace in the weird world of pop music.
3.    if he were human mixed with something alien.
4.    I played xxxx until the grooves of the vinyl started turning grey.
5.    xxxx - the only song I have never, ever tired of; capable of picking me up when I am down and my all time favourite as a consequence. 6.    exerted a power over me nothing else could.
7.    his music became my guide into another world. A
8.    should you have listened to some of his earlier material, it certainly ...

     SET2   1.    intoxicating. And he just kept getting better.
2.    agonising few hours spent on the phone and I had tickets to I was ecstatic. 
3.    I bored people at school to death about it.  
4.    admit I blubbed like a spoilt child.
5.    I never cried again about Prince until this week.
6.    Watching him perform was like nothing else....
7.    He was relentless. And I loved every single minute.
1.    Granted, but there was always something which made him worth it.  
2.    had I not just splurged yet more money on his concert tickets. 
3.    He was a constant. A physical link transporting me  
4.    nothing worse than a proper grown-up with an obsession about a pop star said things which I didn’t agree with  
5.    I liked the fact he rarely gave interviews,
6.    even when he was doing daft things like threatening fans  
7.    his live shows were, without exception, the most thrilling events I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing.

1.    It’s a cliché to say with Prince goes a chunk of my life that I clung to like a rock. 
2.    No more will the panic button be hit when ....
3.    No more will my cousin and I - my partner in crime 
4.    On the day he died I could not bring myself to listen to his music.
5.    That must surely come later. Now the pain is too raw.
6.    embarassingly,  tears streamed down my face.
7.    It was a sobering moment.
8.    his place in my life will never be forgotten. As silly as I know that is.