Showing posts from November, 2007

Tennent's Lager Advert

Source: tenentsteam (You Tube) Key words: tennents advert

This is the advert for a popular lager made in Scotland.

The song, a popular one in Scotland, is called "Caledonia" (see the lyrics below)

The man in the advert is a Scot who lives and works in London.

He returns to Scotland.

Can you tell the story of what happens to the man? How does he feel? Why do you think he leaves London? Describe all that you see in the advert.

Caledonia - Lyrics

I don't know if you can see
The changes that have come over me
In these last few days
I've been afraid
That I might drift away

So I've been telling old stories, singing songs
That make me think about where I came from
And that's the reason why I seem
So far away today

Oh, but let me tell you that I love you
That I think about you all the time
Caledonia you're calling me
And now I'm going home
If I should become a stranger
You know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everythingI've ever had

My Worst Journey

My worst journey was last Christmas when it took me 50 hours (without much sleep) to get from Madrid to my hometown in Scotland. But it is too long a story to tell here.

My worst car journey was from Madrid to Bilbao in February four years ago. A friend of mine was going to Bilbao on a business trip and invited me to join him there at the weekend. He flew there during the week and lent me his car to drive up to meet him.

I don't like driving much as I often get stressed outbehind the wheel. However, I thought the journey would be worth it because I had never been to Bilbao before. I was lookingforward to the weekend.

I began to worry after seeing the weather forecast for that weekend. It warned there was going to be heavy snow in the north of the country and advisedagainst travelling. But my friend was already in Bilbao so I felt I had to go.

I set off, quite apprehensively, early on Saturday morning. The motorway was empty as most people had heeded the warning not to travel. It t…

Boomtown Rats - I don't like Mondays

Source:Musiclife32294 (You Tube) Key words: boomtown monday live aid
Boomtown Rats: I don't like Mondays

(When) The silicon chip inside her head
Gets switched tooverload
And nobody’s gonna go to school today
She’s gonna make them stay at home
And daddy doesn’t understand it
He always said she was good as gold
And he can see no reasons
'Cos there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be show-ow-ow-ow-own?

Tell me why I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why I don’t like Mondays
I wanna shoo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oot the whole day down

The Telex machine is kept so clean
And it types to a waiting world
And mother feels so shocked
Father’s world is rockedAnd their thoughts turn to their own little girl
Sweet 16 ain’t that peachykeenNow that ain’t so neatto admit defeat
They can see no reasons
'Cos there are no reasons
What reasons do you need?
Oh Oh Oh Oh

Tell me why I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why I don’t like Mondays
I wann…

False Friends

Source: Wikipedia"die" (Dutch) - "that one" False Friends are words that look similar but have different meanings. They can lead to confusion and embarrassment. Take for example - actual:

Actually there are 100 people on the staff but the company hopes to expand in the near future. (This is incorrect - "actualmente" doesnt translate as " actually") The sentence should read:
Currently there are 100 people on the staff but the company hopes to expand in the near future.
Depending on the context "actually" can translate as "now", "at present" or "nowadays".
"Actually" is used in a few different ways:
Student: This is my teacher, Graham and he's from England. Graham: Actually, I'm from Scotland.

Here is anA - Z Listof some other False Friends. And here is a list ofFickle Friends; words that are sometimes used similarly, other times not.

Look at this list of sentences that I have created. Can you…

Famous People but who are they?

Photo Sources:
Caltagirone Group (Wikipedia)
Michael Vadon (Wikipedia)
Dmitry Rozhkov (Wikipedia)
Mark Freeman (Wikipedia)
VisitCopenhagen (Wikipedia)
Malta Today

I bet you don't know anything about the people above but they are in fact famous in their country.

Describe their appearance. What do they look like?

Can you guess their nationalities? There is an American, an Australian, a Russian, an Italian, an Englishman, an English woman and a Frenchman or woman.

How old do they look?

What do they do? Among them there is a businessman or woman, a princess, a writer, a politician, a journalist, an actor or actress and a chef.

Also three of them have relatives who are much more famous than they are - do you see any resemblance?

eg The woman in the centre is very pretty. She's got long, dark hair and dark brown eyes. She has a pale complexion. I think she looks French. She looks in her late twenties. She looks like an actress. She looks friendly.

eg The man in the top left looks like an E…