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All things Valentine

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Find out all you could wish to know about Valentine's Day by clicking on the main title. There are also a few related links to explore.

Anti-Valentine

Valentine’s Day is a torment for single people all over the world but few have as much to endure as young Japanese such as Hiroyuki Egami.

The soppy pink cards and boxes of over-priced chocolate start appearing in shops in early January. By the timeFebruary 14 finallycomes around shops, advertisers and the mass media are united in a sugary hymn to the virtues of romance.

“It’s this idea that you only have value if you’re half of a couple, that you have to be in a relationship,” Mr Egami, a 23-year-old website designer, said. “But I never had a girlfriend. I am still a virgin. I think I am more unpopular than most people. And there are others like me.”

Rather than suffering in silence, a few months ago Mr Egami set up a social networking site, along the lines of Facebook and MySpace. Instead ofencouragingmembers to get together to find friendship and love, however, it is intended for socially awkward* people who revel in their isolation, undesirability and gaucheness.

They call themselv…

Animal Quotes

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If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ~St. Francis of Assisi
God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. ~Jacques Deval, Afin de vivre bel et bien

I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it. ~Abraham Lincoln

Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game. ~Paul Rodriguez

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. ~Alice Walker

Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage. ~Sri Aurobindo
Deer hunting wouldbe fine sport,if onlythe deerhad guns. ~William S. Gilbert


Source: Quote Garden

Which of the above quotes do …

Ghandi Quotes

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" M. Ghandi

I like to think the above quote from Mahatma Ghandi is true.

Here are some more Ghandi quotes:
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.In a gentle way, you can shake the world.Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.

Read more Ghandi quoteshere. What are your favourites? Read the quotes of other famous peoplehere. What are your favourites and why?


Source: Brainy Quote

Gandhi auction

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Mahatma Gandhi's iconic spectacles, which he once said gave him "the vision to free India", are to be sold at an auction in New York.

A pair of the Indian independence leader's sandals and his pocket watch also form part of the sale next month.

Auctioneers have put an estimate of £30,000 ($42,000) on the items but expect the winning bid to be higher.

Because Gandhi had so few possessions, the sale is expected to attract huge attention from across the world.

Gandhi presented the spectacles to Indian army Colonel H A Shiri Diwan Nawabin in the 1930s, after he had asked the great leader for inspiration.

"Gandhi gave him the glasses and said: 'These gave me the vision to free India'," said Michelle Halpern, from Antiquorum Auctioneers in New York which will stage the sale on 4-5 March.

Peaceful resistance

Gandhi's modest lifestyle - epitomised by his simple white robe and few possessions - helped to inspire a generation of Indians to peaceful resistan…

Viva La Vida - Coldplay

Source: Youtube (joabe24122006) Key Words: Coldplay la vida


I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used toroll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing
"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
Once you go there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king…

Javier Bardem in English

Listen to Javier and write a summary of what he says. Consider the following questions

When did he first realize that he wanted to be an actor?

What are his memories of the first film that he ever saw?

What is his favourite sport? What did it teach him?

How did he react when he first read the script from Woody Allen?

What did Victoria Abril say that he liked? How did that help him play the character in "No Country for Old Men"?

What do the Oscars mean to him?

How does he rate his English?

Pe's chat show appearance

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The clip of Pe talking about her prospects of winning an Oscar was removed so here is her appearance post Oscar:

Source: You Tube Key words: Penelope Cruz Ellen


Was it easy for you to follow her?

What were some of the questions that Ellen asked?

What did Penelope say?

Penelope Cruz speaking English

How do you rate her English? Can you answer the following questions? Write a summary of what she talks about.

Where did Penelope live when she was very young?

When did she first think about trying to become an actress?

How does she feel about New York?

How does she feel about LA?

When did she first see the film "Tie me up, tie me down"?

What was she doing when Almodovar called her for the first time? How did she react? What did she used to do that shows how obsessed she was with Almodovar? What did Almodovar promise her?

What do people think of Woody Allen in Spain? What memories does she have about the film "Deconstrucitng Harry"? What normally happens when people have a meeting with Woody Allen? Why was she surprised by the audience's reaction in Cannes?

What often happens the day after the Oscars? What did she do after the ceremony?

What did ballet teach her?

The Santiago Way

Watch this video about Maggie Devos and try to answer the following questions:

What does Maggie love to do?

How often does she do it?

How old is she?

What is she going to do?

When is she going to start?

How long is it going to take her?

Who is she going with?



Listen out for the following words and expressions:


she can be seen out and about......

wilderness

be at one with myself

a route that has been trodden for more than a 1000 years.

....ending up at the santiago compostela.......

I'm going to go and crochet and take life easy.......

Pilgrimsreckon to do about 18 to 20 miles a day along these roads....

I'll look back and think I wish I had done that.

......to raise thousand of pounds for Alzeimers sufferers

......as well as a few blisters


Source: BBC News


Do you know anyone who has done somethingout of the ordinaryin retirement?

Ban hunting!

I have always been concerned about animal rights. A couple of weeks ago I decided to participate in the action of Equanimal. We went to Galicia in order to disrupt the fox hunting championship being held there. I have been following their news with great interest for one or two years now.


What are the arguements for and against hunting?