27.11.13

BALCONING: ALCOHOL PLUS DRUGS

BY MARTA MARTÍNEZ, BTO2C
Since many years ago, young people tourist (mainly the English ones) HAVE PRACTICED this dangerous trend that consists OF jumping from balcony to balcony, or from a balcony to a pool. This is usual on Mediterranean hotels. The authorities, and even the hotel owners, don´t know how to end with this "activity", because it's impossible to watch and control all young tourists that stay in the hotels. It was decided to use advertisement campaigns, here and in their countries, to make the people be aware of the risk: they can't lose their lives when the only thing they have to do is to have fun on holidays.

In my opinion, this is a problem with a difficult solution, because each person decides to practise balconing or not (knowing that, usually, people who practise it take drugs and alcohol, whose mix is very dangerous). It is usual on young people to confuse risk with fun, a mistake that sometimes ends in a tragic case.

I hope that's just a passing trend, like so many others with no positive effects, so young people (with a long future) will stop dying.

26.11.13

VIOLIN (INFOGRAPHIC)

Mª MAR MARTÍNEZ, BTO2C
Have a look at this great infographic about the VIOLIN:

25.11.13

TATTOOED PEOPLE

BY DARÍO CALA, BTO2C
We live in a sort of society which is really rudimentary in a lot of aspects.
One of them is judging people for their personal image. More specifically, a lot of people are not hired for a job just because they have got tattoos on their skin.
Tattoed people are considered rebel, immature, less capable or less "person" than someone with a totally clean skin.
I think it´s a mistake to judge people's values and talents just because of their personal-image preferences. Here in Spain, people are still judge because of that, among many other things. However, in other European countries, companies hire tattoed people for important positions; we should really learn from them because everyone has the right to work.
I think tattoed people should be able to denounce people who harras, bully or insult them. Everyone has the right to work, and a tattoo shouldn´t be an obstade for that.

18.11.13

SPORT IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

BY JAIME IBÁÑEZ, BTO2C

Nowadays there are more and more people who are having health problems because of the lack of exercise on their daily routine. The number of children who have obese problems is increasing, so we must do something about this.

With the introduction of technologies, our society is becoming lazier and as a consequence of this, people prefer watching TV rather than going for a walk. The solution to all these problems is simple: we must teach people how to have a good time doing exercise because everyone doesn’t like the same sport. Furthermore, these “new sportmen or sportwomen” should do it about more than three days a week.

In my opinion, this is the best way to fight against obese problems because the more sport you practise, the fitter you’ll be. So, if you read this and you don’t practise sport, you must take your trainers and go for a walk at least!

16.11.13

EMPRESSES IN THE PALACE

BY CAROLINA CHEN, BTO2A

Red walls, enormous gardens, dark plots within the shadows... A not so common side of the Forbidden City for foreigners, but common sense for Chinese people. This is the background of the phenomenal TV series named "Empresses in the Palace". It has reached millions of views, but personally I don't think that it is educational or recommendable to watch.

The plot is about the young Zhenhuan, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a functionary of the royal court, who enters as a fresh maiden to the Emperor's harem, AND WHO is stuck between the two powers reigning in the shadows: the Empress and Consort Hua. Summarizing in my own words, it's a story about how an innocent white sheep turns into a calculative dark vixen.

Even though the storyline is fantastic and very interesting, it's also very dark and nerve-wrecking. Positive values, such as kindness and honesty, are the reason of the fall of Zhenhuan during the first season. They are portrayed as utopic and useless, when facing the ideals of power, lust and betrayal. This makes people's hearts' heavy, full with pesimism towards life.

14.11.13

LONDON WEBQUEST

Try to do this London City webquest:
http://www.onestopenglish.com/teenagers/topic-based-materials/city-webquests/pdf-content/city-webquests-london-webquest/147150.article

MISS DOUBFIRE

BY BLANCA BESTEIRO, BTO2A

The comedy film I'm going to talk about is Miss Doubtfire. It is a fantastic film about divorce, how difficult it is for parents, and how much their children suffer.

I have chosen this film because it is my favourite. It is very funny and moving. If you watch it ,  you will understand why.

I would like to highlight that Robin Williams´ performance in this film is outstanding. His voice is absolutely perfect for the role of Miss Doubtfire. It has excelent dialogues and incredible moments. Another amazing aspect to bear in mind is Miss Doubtfire's aTtitude. She is crazy and modern in spite of her age.

On the other hand ,  there are general aspects which we should mention about this film. Maybe the end is a little long and boring. And perhaps the dialogues are a little difficult for young people. It is impossible that you won´t laugh with them. Perhaps we could think that Robin Williams shows off a little; That´s to say, it is the only important character in the film. 

To sum up, Miss Doubtfire is an amazing film which both children and adults will enjoy. If you like to laugh and you appreciate sense of humoUr, you will love this film. Don´t miss it¡¡

12.11.13

SHOT PUT

BY NURIA DÍAZ, BTO2C

Here you are my infographic about SHOT PUT, the sport I practice.
If you want to know more about it, please click on picture to enlarge (=make it bigger).

10.11.13

USA AGAINST SYRIA

BY CLAUDIA GALÁN, BTO2C

Syria's situation (known in all the whole world) has forced the United States to react. But, why now? Why didn't they act before?

Most of mass media try to make us believe that the USA have decided to interfere in this moment because of the chemical weapons. Chemical weapons are extremely dangerous, and of course, they're forbidden worldwide.

In spite of that, some other people have a point of view completely different. Barack Obama and his government have decided to intervene just because they don’t want anyone, any country, to be more powerful than the USA. If they really cared about all children and all innocent people, they would have stopped Bashar al-Assad a pretty long time ago. It’s even degrading how ‘the richest and most powerful country in the world’ let all that people die, being killed, and they try to repair all the damage now.

Sorry, USA, I do not believe in your goodness.

8.11.13

THE HOST, BY STEPHANIE MYERS

BY BEATRIZ BOLADO, BTO2A

“The Host” by Stephenie Meyer: My review.

The Host is a science-fiction and romance novel by Stephenie Meyer. The idea of this book is alien souls who travel from planet to planet, taking the inhabitant species and learning about their ways of life.

In my opinion, Stephenie Meyer did a good job with this book because it's something different from "Twilight" Saga. The characters have very special personalities, and Melanie, the human whose body is being handled by Wanderer, the host, was very interesting to read. The ending of this book was very touching, probably the best part of the whole book.

However, the book takes much too long to get interesting. The first pages were so boring to read because they repeated the same things again and again.

In general, this book is a good read if you have nothing else to do. The beginning is so frustrating, but the novel has some plot twists that make it a good story to read.

7.11.13

HOW TO MAKE A CAKE OF BISCUITS & CHOCOLATE

MARTA LÓPEZ, BTO2B
Watch this video if you want to prepare a cake of biscuits and chocolate for your mum's birthday:

6.11.13

CROSSWORD: HAIR

A new mini Crossword by BBC Learn English: HAIR
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CHEMICAL WEAPONS

BY ESTRELLA SAN NARCISO, BTO2C

Nowadays, everybody has heard about the civil war in Siria. As a result, over six million people have been forced to abandon their homes and become refugees.

What's more alarming is the fact that chemical weapons have being used. The UN investigators HAVE CONFIRMED that and GIVEN convincing evidences about it. (For example, people dying due to the use of sarin gas). Plus, the descent movement of air made even bigger the scope of it.

The effect of this dangerous gas is that it affects jitters ans muscles, and it ends up with death by asphyxia.

The spokesman of the White House informs that Al Asad was responsible for this attempt.
In my opinion, war is not a way to solve problems. Also, I think people who are responsible should be sentenced for life in prision because they could have damaged people's health, hurt innocent people and spoilT the tranquility in the Sirian community even more, resulting in never ending war.

3.11.13

IRREGULAR PLURAL

Have a look at this infographic by Grammar.net to know more about IRREGULAR PLURALS in English (click to enlarge):