Showing posts from November, 2008

Maradona . Thank you for 1986!

Here is the goal that most Scots celebrated, much like the Argentine commentator.

What other goals do you consider memorable and why?

Maradona - back in the headlines

Maxi Rodrigez scored after eight minutes to mark Diego Maradona's debut as Argentina head coach with a 1-0 victory at Scotland in a friendly on Wednesday.

Back at Hampden Park where Maradona, an 18-year-old then, scored his first international goal in a 3-1 win over the Scots in1979, the controversial star made another winning start -- to his reign over the national team this time.

The football legend looked happy when the whistle announced his first victory in charge and hugged the entire team as they walked off the pitch to the spectators' ovation.

Rodriguez gave the visitors the early lead at the end of a superb passing move involving Carlos Tevez and Jonas Gutierrez.

Scotland seemed overrun in the first 30 minutes and were unable to find a way past a resolute Argentina defence despite a better second half.

Argentina, fading after the break, also could not add to their advantage.

A chilly rain early on could not dampen local fans' enthusiasm to see their hero, whose &qu…

Linkword - Memory Technique

What do you think of this way of learning vocabulary? Do you think it would work for Spanish learners of English? What do you think the drawbacks are?

I have picked 5 words at random from a course book:

have a hangover

How would you memorize them using the suggestions of Michael Gruneberg?

I find it funny how he swings his arms up and down like Zapatero.

Palin's Prank Phone Call

This is so funny.

They always say how the States is the land of opportunity, where anyone can reach the top. But it is worrying too!

Berlusconi puts his foot in it again

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's gaffe-prone Prime Minister, today found himself accused of racism after calling Barack Obama "suntanned".

Speaking in Moscow at a joint news conference with President Medvedev, Mr Berlusconi said Mr Obama's election had been "hailed by world public opinion as the arrival of a Messiah".

He added: "I will try to help relations between Russia and the United States, where a new generation has come to power. I don't see problems for Medvedev in establishing good relations with Obama, who is also handsome, young and suntanned".

Mr Berlusconi said he had intended the remark as a compliment and those who failed to understand this were "imbeciles".

Earlier Mr Berlusconi, 72, had said he would be in a position to offer Mr Obama advice on politics because of his age and experience. The Italian leader himself boasts a perma-tan, and has had plastic surgery in an attempt to make him look younger.

Dario Franceschini, a …

Victory / Concession Speeches

Listen and read the victory speech made by Barack Obamahere.

Listen and read the concession speech made by John McCainhere.

Source: New York Times

USA's oldest voter

Obama hails the 106-year-old black woman who symbolises the spirit of his triumph

Barack Obama highlighted the life of 106-year-old black voter Ann Nixon Cooper as capturing the spirit of his election triumph.

'She was born just a generation past slavery, a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky, when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons - because she was a woman and because of the colour of her skin,' he said.

'And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America - the heartache and the hope, the struggle and the progress, the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: "Yes we can."'

Mrs Cooper has seen 18 presidents come and go and outlived most of them, but, like all black Americans, she had to wait until 1965 to gain the right to vote - when she was 63.

Born Ann Louise Nixon on January 9 1902 in Shelbyville, Tennessee, she was one of six siblings. W…

Next - ban bullfighting!

Antonio, this ties in with the text that you read for today's class. I remember being surprised when reading it at the time; as I wouldn't expect a country with the track record of Spain to produce a law supporting animal rights.

Apes get legal rights in Spain, to surprise of bullfight critics

Spain is to become the first country to extend legal rights to apes, wrongfooting animal rights activists who have long campaigned against bullfighting in the country.

In what is thought to be the first time a national legislature has grantedsuchrights to animals, the Spanish parliament’s environmental committee voted to approve resolutions committing the country to the Great Apes Project, designed by scientists and philosophers who say that humans’ closest biological relatives also deserve rights.

The resolution, adopted with crossparty support, calls on the Government to promote the Great Apes Project internationally and ensure the protection of apes from “abuse, torture and death”. “Th…