Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Friday, December 18, 2009
The young man (Rangi Ngamoki, star of Two Cars, One Night) opens his eyes to the sounds of street traffic. “It’s time to get up for me”. His bed, pillow and sound system are all drawn in chalk. The boy gets dressed as he lies on the pavement, with bed, dresser and Christmas stocking drawn in chalk. “Christmas Day. I can’t wait to see what’s under the tree. Better wash my face and clean my teeth first. And we look in my wardrobe and find my favourite shirt.” We see that he has only one shirt. “Shh. Go quietly downstairs to the livingroom. Check out my presents.” The boy ’sneaks’ down stairs drawn in chalk. We see that the Christmas tree and all the presents are drawn in chalk. “Everyone else will be awake soon. They’re all mine! This one’s from Dad. Haven’t seen him in a long time. Playing my XBox.” Once again - it’s an imagined luxury. “Mmm I can smell the turkey. I wish it was Christmas every day.”
The voiceover is provided by Sam Neill: “One in five children are living in poverty. We’re on a mission to make Christmas happen - for every Auckland child.”
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
That was the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles, talking about the Oxford American Dictionary’s Word of the Year, ‘unfriend.' Other terms considered include ‘netbook’ and ‘sexting’. The Oxford University Press’s decision has sparked a conversation in the media about the English language, and how it has changed in response to the Internet’s rising popularity.
We’re looking at perspectives from ABC News, CTV, KPIX and Urban Dictionary to see what they think about unfriending.
CTV News talks to David Stover, the president of Oxford University Press. Stover explains the process of picking the word of the year, and why unfriending deserves the title for 2009.
“Well there’s a number of ways a word gets in contention. We look for things that are topical, things that are coming into use across the board, and to be honest, the lexicographers want something that’s fun as well so this one hit it on all three criteria."
Urban Dictionary, a user-generated online dictionary, has multiple entries defining what it means to unfriend. Here’s one example.
"Compulsive people prune their friend list periodically, removing people that they no longer have contact with. More often though, unfriending is only done when a particular friend's updates and self-promotions become so annoying that you can no longer stand hearing about them."
But some debate that the term is inaccurate. ABC News talks to an assistant editor of a publishing house. She says that the term “defriending” is a better fit for the description.
"Unfriend… implies a complete lack -- that you are absolutely not friends… Defriend implies that you were once friends…Defriend seems to apply more to the action. Unfriend seems to apply more to the state of being."
Finally, San Francisco’s CBS affiliate takes a look at how the Internet, and Web sites such as Facebook, are changing definitions in the English language.
“Dana, I remember when my daughter was in kindergarten she came home after a little disagreement over a jump rope and said Jordana Rock was not her friend anymore, unfriending was just that simple. Now you gotta have a laptop, the Internet, a Facebook account to unfriend someone, of course preceeding that, you have to friend. Unfriend, as the new Oxford American Dictionary’s Word of the Year, gains that distinction simply because there are more than 300 million users of Facebook." (KPIX)
So is it unfriending or defriending? And what do you think of the Internet's impact on the English language?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
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Friday, November 27, 2009
the fact of adapting products or services that are available all over the world to make them suitable for local needs: As an example of the glocalization of fast food marketing, McDonald’s in France are using Asterix in promotions instead of Ronald McDonald.
The word glocalization is formed from two existing words, globalization and local. There are many words like this in English; for example, edutainment means ‘entertainment which is also educational’, and is formed from entertainment and education, and an infomercial is a commercial which also provides information.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Must be Scotland.
Para picar en el salón.
To sting in the lounge
Potatoes in sauce
Hot sauce, garlic-oil sauce, with goat’s cheese sauce
Iberian ham on toast with spread
Squids fried in batter
Pan of broken eggs and potatoes chistorra
Pan of broken eggs and potatoes and iberian ham
Paedophiles and prawns on drugs?
Jork and cheese
Ham and tomato
Loin little plates
Lean of pig with tomato
Veal in country sauce
Octopus to the Galician
You inhabit chid’s overall with ham
Stirred of asparaguses
Prawns to the pill pill
This soup could use more soap.
Thanks to Isabel for the link!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
George V Hotel, Paris, January 1964
© Harry Benson
Listen to Mr Benson talking about this photo:
Monday, November 9, 2009
They play on women's neuroses (size of boobs), their preoccupations (finding a man, finding a man and finding a man), their weaknesses (Marks & Spencer, fashion and men) and their competitiveness (more covert than that of the male of the species, and therefore far more deadly).
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
No way! I can´t believe it. That guy is a WANKER!
Friday, October 30, 2009
This month all the EOIs in Galicia have staged a 48-hour sit-in in shifts to protest against the new Circular 5/2009. For your information, there is a website which has a compilation of all the news that have been published since Circular 5/2009 arrived. You can also listen to some interviews with some of us teachers here and watch videos here.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
English for seniors
Dobro veče (=good evening in Serbian). Let's start our lesson.
I am a grandmother.
I am a grandmother.
You are a grandmother.
You are a grandmother.
He is a grandmother.
He is a grandmother.
Careful! Something is wrong here. Please think: He cannot be a grandmother.
Bako Bakice (=grandmother in Serbian)...
Shut the fuck up!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Reports said an Asian couple who ran a petrol station in the northern city of Rotorua had fled overseas after Westpac bank mistakenly deposited 10 million dollars (six million US) in their account.
Police and the bank refused to say how much money was withdrawn or give any details of the couple, but the bank said it was "pursuing vigorous criminal and civil action."
Rotorua police Detective Senior Sergeant David Harvey said the bank had recovered some of the money.
"The individuals associated with this account are believed to have left New Zealand and police were working through Interpol to locate those individuals," he said.
A Westpac spokesman said human error was responsible for the windfall.