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What a waste of wine!

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La Rioja's wine battle
Thousands of litres of wine are needed every June for the San Pedro festival which is held the end of the month in the town of Haro, in the north west of the wine region of La Rioja. Some of it is drunk, but the vast majority is used as ammunition for Haro’s ‘Batalla del Vino’, the ‘Wine Battle’ which is held every June 29.

Source: typicallyspanish .com

Would you like to go to the Wine Battle?

Have you ever been to or heard of a strange festival?


Vocabulary:

a p______ - a person who goes on a journey to a holy place / a p________ - the religious journey

to r____ sth - to increase or to put sth to a higher position

to d__ - to give sth or sb a paricular name

to b___ - to put a dead body in the ground / a b_____

to t____ - to send sth through the air, using your arm / t____ (past) which has the same pronunciation as t______ (prep), t_____ (past part)

to c____ (inf) - means the same as the previous verb but in a careless way

a b____…

Wouldn't we all be guilty of this "crime"?

Mijas teenager charged with misappropriation for eating chocolates sent to her house by error
The 14 year old ate half the chocolates in the box after the courier de livered them to the wrong address.

A fourteen year old girl from Mijas, Málaga, has been charged with misappropriation for eating a gift of chocolates which was delivered to her house in error.

The teenager was unable to resist the temptation when she opened up the package after it was delivered to her house by courier and found pieces of chocolate *laid out inside the box to form the words, ‘Feliz cumpleaños’ – ‘Happy birthday’.

The error in the delivery was discovered when the true recipient contacted the courier service enquiring about a package his wife had sent to his office in Fuengirola. The courier went back to the Mijas address and, despite finding on arrival that half the chocolates had been eaten, took away what remained and they were sent on to their destination.

ABC newspaper reports that the recipient place…

Penguin far from home

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Ailing penguin offered a lift home
The bird arrived on Peka Peka Beach, about 40 miles north-west of Wellington on Monday, the first time in 44 years that an emperor penguin has been spotted in the wild in New Zealand. Typically, emperors spend their entire lives in and around Antarctica.

At first it seemed fine, but as the week progressed, it became more lethargic. It ate a lot of sand, apparently mistaking it for snow, which emperor penguins eat in Antarctica to hydrate themselves during the frozen winters.
Source: Scottish Daily Express


What do you think should happen to the penguin?

Why do you think stories like these make the news?

Do you remember any similar story?

Vocabulary:
to s___ - to notice or to see something
f_____  (adj) - extremely cold  /  to f_____
to w_____ - the opposite of improve = to get w____
to h____ - when a baby bird comes out of the egg

to give sb a l___ somewhere - to take sb in your car to a place
a s________ - a person on holiday who visits interesting place…

Airline dress code controversy

A man who ignited a row about airline dress codes after he was allowed to wear skimpywomen's panties and mid-thigh stockings on a U.S. Airways flight has said that he does it to make business travel more fun.

The 65-year-old Phoenix man, who works as a business consultant and flies several times a month as a preferred customer on the airline, said that he has flown inscantyfemale clothing for several years.

A dispute erupted after pictures emerged of the man dressed in a blue bathing suit andheels on a flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, days before a college football player was arrested on a flight following a row over his baggy pants.

Source: Daily Mail

Do you think the football player should have been taken off the flight?

Do you think the cross-dresser should have been allowed on the flight?

What do you wear when you fly?

Vocabulary:

to have a r__ - a noisy arguement

at s____ - when sth of value is in danger of being lost

to f___ charges - to officially accuse sb in a court of la…

BeautifulPeople.com suffers "ugly invasion"

A social networking site for ''beautiful people'' has been hit by a ''Shrek'' virus which allowed tens of thousands of ''ugly'' applicants to sign up.
Members of BeautifulPeople.com must traditionally pass a strict ''rating'' stage where existing users vote on whether someone is attractive enough to be accepted into the online community.


But this screening process was brought down last month, allowing anyone to join, regardlessof their looks.

Owners today apologised to more than 30,000 ''unfortunate'' people who were ''wrongly admitted'' to the site and subsequently banished.


Source: Daily Telegraph
What do you think of this website and the people who want to join it?

How do you think the people who were kicked out feel?

Would you ever try to join such a club?

Don't you think it is all just a publicity stunt?

Vocabulary:
to s___ __ - to become involved in an orgnized activity
to c___ to t__…

EFile Pre Int Units 1 - 6 Revision

Correct the sentences that are wrong:
She was born in the third of April.How much costs a ticket to Malaga?He likes go to the countryside at the weekends.Who did say "veni, vidi, vici"?We haven't to get up early tomorrow.I'd like seeing that film.I think they win the match. They are playing well at the moment.Where do you go for your holiday this summer?The weather is worse this week that last week.Did you write to your grandmother yet?She taked the bus to work yesterday.They bought the house ago two years.If you will come with us to the party, you will meet a lot of people.You shouldn't to talk to your father like that.I might don't go to work tomorrow.Madrid isn't as expensive as Paris and the people are friendlier.Have you ever forgot your wife's birthday?I going to look for a new flat after the summer holidays.She lived in London when she met her husband.I am thinking to go to the theatre this weekend.A washing machine is something where cleans you…

Winehouse booed by angry concert-goers

They tried to make her go to rehab -- and she did.

But perhaps Amy Winehouse should’ve stay in rehab a little longer.


Source: newsy.com
How would you have reacted if you had seen her give such a performance?
Why do you think so many stars have to go to rehab?
Have you ever been to a concert that you didn't enjoy? Why?
Vocabulary:

w____ - the money that you receive from your work at the end of the month

to s_______ - to have difficulty doing something

k______ - the time when an activity starts eg football

to b__ - to make a noise that shows disapproval

the s____ - the place where actors are in the theatre

to w_____ - to walk around slowly without any clear purpose or direction

to s____ ___ - to express opinions forcefully

upcoming (adj)

to shell out -

a week's worth -

a mouthpiece -

shortly afterwards -

needless to say -

a comeback tour -

sober (adj) -



Grammar point:

"...spending most of the time wandering around the stage"

How much time do you spend watching TV each day…

Man is dogs' worst enemy

Jerusalem rabbis 'condemn dog to death by stoning' 
A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges, reports say.

The dog entered the Jerusalem financial court several weeks ago and would not leave, reports Israeli website Ynet.

It reminded a judge of a curse passed on a now deceased secular lawyer about 20 years ago, when judges bid his spirit to enter the body of a dog.

The animal is said to have escaped before the sentence was carried out. One of the judges at the court in the city's ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood had reportedly asked local children to carry out the sentence.

An animal welfare organisation filed a complaint with the police against a court official, who denied reports that judges had ordered the dog's stoning, according to Ynet.

But a court manager told Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot the stoning had been ordered as "as an appropriate way to 'get…

Hooligans at Royal Ascot

A drunken brawl, a celebrity call girl and tattooed men (and women)... whatever happened to a genteel day out at Ascot?

For 300 years, it has been the highlight of the summer calendar for the well-off and well-connected.

But these days, it seems, the enclosures and stands of Royal Ascot are becoming increasingly popular with a much less distinguished breed of racegoer.


Source: Daily Mail

What does this say about British society?
What is the poshest event you have been to?


Vocabulary:

a b____ - a particular type of animal eg dog, in some cases a type of person

k_______ (adj) - given the title "sir"

vice (n) - illegal and immoral activity, usually connected to sex

a g___ - a long woman's dress worn at formal occasions

f___ t__ - a substance that you put on your skin to make it appear that you have been in the sun

a p____ - a danger / p_______ (adj)

a b____  = a f_____ - a noisy, uncontrolled fight

to s____ - to push forcefully

a s_____ - a place where horses are kept

to e__ s…

Saudi women defy driving ban

Saudi Facebook campaign sees women drive cars
The call to defy the ban that spread through the social networking sites is the largest en masse action since November 1990, when a group of 47 Saudi women were arrested and severely punished after demonstrating in cars.


"We've just returned from the supermarket. My wife decided to start the day by driving to the store and back," said columnist Tawfiq Alsaif on his Twitter page.


Source: Daily Telegraph




Vocabulary:
to t_____ - to cause sth (eg a governement, a statue) to lose balance and fall down
b______ (adv) - for a short time
f______ (unc n) - a piece of film that shows an event
to d___ - to refuse to obey a law, a person etc / to do sth in d_______
a s______ d___ - someone who is very easy for an enemy to shoot at or attack
from h___ to t__ - completely covering your body
a p_______ - a thin book of only a few pages which gives some kind of information
a w____ - a prostitute
to h___ an event - to make an event happen / h___…

Gay girl in Damascus

When the world caught wind last week of the disappearance of an out lesbian blogger in Syria -- journalists and activists went on the hunt.

CNN, JUNE 6, 2011: “A well-known female blogger has allegedly been abducted in Syria. Relatives of Amina Abdullah say she hasn't been seen since she wasbundled into a car yesterday. Her blog, ‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ has made her an icon of the Syrian uprising, often challenging the al Assad regime. Her disappearance has prompted thousands to join online campaigns on Facebook and Twitter demanding her release.”

Only -- the Gay Girl in Damascus -- was actually a heterosexual man in Scotland.

Source: newsy.com

Have you ever read blogs of people from other countries?
Do you doubt what you read in the news?
How do you think this deception will affect gays in countries where homosexuality is against the law?


Vocabulary:
to c____ w___ of sth - to hear a piece of information that someone else was trying to keep secret
to h___ - to do damage sth or to hurt…

Do controversial ads work?

Tunisia defends 'provocative adverts' to woo tourists
Tunisia has defended a controversial advertising campaign to attract tourists who deserted the country after its revolution in January.

It includes billboards in London of a woman getting a massage, next to the words: "They say that in Tunisia some people receive heavy-handed treatment."

Source: BBC News

Do you think the ad campaign will be successful?
Do controversial ads work?
Can you think of any other controversial adverts?

Vocabulary:
a b________ - a very large advertisement at the side of a road
to l___ to a situation - to cause to arrive at a situation / l__ (past, past part)
to c___ __ ____ sth - to suggest or think of an idea or a plan
b___ (n) - a feeling of excitement / to get a b___ out of sth
to t_____ - to direct advertising at sb
to s____ - to spread quickly or to brush a floor / s____ (past, past part)
to r____ from sth to sth - to have an upper and lower limit in amount, number etc
to deny sth -
to wo…

Poll (1)

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Who annoys you most?

A. People with prams (11%)

B. Couples holding hands (0%)

C. Cyclists (22%)

D. Dog owners (66%)

All of the above annoy me.

I can't stand people who push their prams as if they were armoured tanks and flatten all that is in their way.

I have nothing against people holding hands with their partner but please leave it for a romantic walk in the countryside. Many pavements in Madrid are very narrow and many couples seem to have their hands superglued to each other. And I won't walk in the gutter for anyone!

Bike manufacturers seem to be doing a roaring trade. Suddenly everyone is riding around the city centre. I applaud that but please, learn some manners. Red lights mean stop for you too and pedestrians have right of way when crossing a zebra crossing. If  the road is dangerous, cycle on the pavement but don't expect me to jump out of your way.

I wish I could have a dog but I am not really in favour of keeping dogs in the city centre. A dog needs lots of…

The Angry Won

Protestor pockets $1.8m lotto win
 A demonstratorcamped in a central Madrid square to protest the economic crisis has won 1.3 million euros in the national lottery.

 "The prize of 1.3 million euros ($1.77 million) has been attributed this weekend.

We tried in vain to get in touch with the winner all day on Sunday," said Ignacio Garcia, the head of Serviapuestas, the website of the Spanish lottery.

"We were finally able to speak to him today (Monday) and he told us that he was in the encampment in the Puerta del Sol, so that is why he had not been able to reply by telephone or check his emails," he said.

The winner is a 34-year-old man from Madrid.

Protests over the economic crisis and soaring unemployment began in Madrid on May 15 and fanned out to city squares nationwide as word spread by Twitter and Facebook among demonstrators also known as "M-15", "Spanish Revolution" and "Real Democracy Now".

Protestors installed in Madrid's P…

Just 60cm tall

Video: itnnews (You Tube) key words: shortest man 60 centimetres
Philippines man crowned world's shortest
A teenager from a poor family in the rural Philippines has been declared the world's shortest man as he turned 18.

Guinness World Records presented Junrey Balawing, who is 59.93cm (23.6 inches) tall, with a certificate at his birthday party.

Source: BBC News

Vocabulary:
a s______ (formal) - a brother or a sister
to c____ - to give a loud shout of approval or encouragement
s_____ (adj) . weak , unhealthy and often ill
a c_____ - what you find on top of a birthday cake
a w___-w_____ - a person who encourages you and supports you
a r_____ h______ - someone who is the best or fastest etc at something
m_____ (adj) - (of amounts or numbers) very small or not enough
to b___ ___ - to stop a flame from burning (with air)
s______ - the money you keep in a bank or similar organization
an i____ - a small measurement of length used in UK
to t___ - to become a particular age


Grammar point:

Clubber sues and walks away with £28,000

Clubber wins compensation for dance floor fall
A clubber who broke her wrist in a fall on a dance floor has won £28,000 compensation.


Source: STV

Do you think this woman deserves the compensation?

Do such cases happen in Spain?


Vocabulary:
l_________ (n) - the way sb earns money to pay for food, a place to live etc

to l____ - to make an official complaint, claim, protest etc about sth

w____ (n) - the part of the body that links the arm and the hand

s_______ (adj) - wet, smooth or oily that it slides or causes to slide easily / to s___

to k____ - to hit and cause to move or fall

to s_____ ___ __ c____ - to solve a legal disagreement without taking legal action

s__ (adj) to do sth - likely or ready to happen

to c____ - to fight or argue

to s____ - to cause to fall over an edge eg a cup of tea / s____ (past, past part)

l__ a____ - used after a negative expression to show how unlikely something is

a pin -

to jostle -

to claim -

a civil hearing -

Read the first post on this clubber's stor…

More skirt controversy

Boy wears skirt to school in protest against 'discrimination'
Chris Whitehead wore a girls' knee-length skirt to classes at Impington Village College, near Cambridge, Cambs.

He is protesting against a school uniform policy which bans boys from wearing shorts during the summer months.


Source: Telegraph
Did you have to wear a school uniform?
Could boys wear shorts in the summer?
Do you think school uniform is a good idea?

Vocabulary:
b_____ (adj) - clever and quick to learn
b____ (adj) - showing no fear of dangerous or difficult things
to p_____ - to admire and say postive things about achievements or characteristics of sb or sth
o_______ (adj) -  describes a feeling of shock or anger / o_________ (adj) - shocking
s_______ (adv) - very hot
to p_____ - to make a serious or formal promise to do or give sth

to be d__ __ - because of

to m____ - to walk while taking part in a demonstration

a l_______ - a small mistake in an agreement or law that allows you to avoid having to do sth eg…

A very ugly break up

Man with 'face that makes children cry' splits from woman he met on website for the aesthetically challenged

The self-confessed 'ugly' couple who got engaged through Britain's first dating agency for the 'aesthetically challenged' have split up.

Source: Daily Mail

Do you know any couples who met over the internet?


Do ugly people only marry other uglies?


If you had to choose, would you marry an ugly exterior/beautiful interior?
Vocabulary:
c________ (n) - the years when you aren't an adult
to p__ sth ___ - to postpone sth doing sth
to s___ - to notice sth or sb
w________ (adj) - describes events such as tours and romances which happen very fast
to get c___ f___ - to suddenly get scared of sth important that you had planned to do
h___-____-_____ in love - to be very much in love
e___ (adj) - nervous or worried abt sth
b_____ is in the eye of the b_______ (saying) - this means that not everyone has the same opinion about what is attractive
to p___ sb over the e___ (inf)…

Deadly bacteria spreads

E. Coli outbreak escalating
A deadly E. coli outbreak in Europe is causing some shoppers to cross off fresh vegetables from their grocery lists.

According to CBS News, Germany’s national disease control center reported a total of more than 1,000 people have been infected.


Source: newsy.com

Vocabulary:

un granjero -

un brote -

un coágulo sanguíneo -

rechazar -

negar -

los científicos -

una corbata -

acusar -

echar la culpa

tachar -

la lista de la compra -

¿Cual es el problema?

un riñon -



Pronunciation:

produce (n/adj) / to produce