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domingo, 26 de junio de 2011

COMMERCIALS

A TV Commercial or a television Advertisement
is a notice or display advertising something on TV.


Advertising is a form of communication used to persuade an audience (viewers, readers or listeners) to purchase or take some action on products, ideas, or services.

It includes the name of a product or service and how that product or service could benefit the consumer, to persuade a target market to purchase or to consume that particular brand . 
 
A television commercial or television advertisement (often just commercial, advert, or ad) is a span of television programming produced and paid for by an organization that conveys a message.

Most television advertisements today consist of brief advertising spots, ranging in length from a few seconds to several minutes.
The effect of commercial advertisements on the viewing public has been successful and powerful.

To Emphasize the POWER OF MUSIC in commercials, watch the next TV advert from Thailand with no lyrics. Just music and images. Simply brilliant !!
Enjoy it!
The story of a deaf and mute girl who learns to play the violin against all odds. One of the most touching advertisements I've seen in a long, long time.


jueves, 23 de junio de 2011

TENNIS IN WIMBLEDON - GLORIOUS HISTORY

The very first Wimbledon Tennis championship take place in 1877 at the All England lawn tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London,United Kingdom - the real home of modern tennis and wimbledon tennis history. All England Crocquet Club was the sponsor and the event was initially made to produce money to repair a broken roller at the private club but instead, has grown to the most respected tournament in the whole world. Just 22 players introduced the Mens Singles and spectators pais a mere one shilling to watch the final match.

This year the tournament  takes place from 20 June to 3 July 2011 OFFICIAL WEB 


domingo, 19 de junio de 2011

SUMMER SOLSTICE 2011

In the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice begins on Jun 21 2011 at 1:16 P.M. EDT

In the UK June 21, 2011 at 17:16 UTC.

Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.
As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.

The Celts & Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun's energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. 

Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids' celebration of the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth", resulting in the present day belief of a "lucky" wedding in June.

Today, the day is still celebrated around the world - most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.
Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups assemble to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn.

Summer Solstice Fun Facts
Pagans called the Midsummer moon the "Honey Moon" for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice.

Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.

Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of them was a plant called 'chase-devil', which is known today as St. John's Wort and still used by modern herbalists as a mood stab

More about summer solstice around the Web:
On the Web, discover more about the topic, where & how Summer Solstice is celebrated around the world along with related history, folklore and rituals that mark the much-awaited long, bright days of summer ....
Summer Solstice - Good overview of its history, customs & holidays, illustrations, date & time charts and related links, from Wikipedia.
Summer Solstice Celebrations - Ancient & Modern - Skip past the intrusive ads for a detailed discussion about how the day has been celebrated over the centuries, and in many cultures, with suggested reading and related links.
BBC Religion - Summer Solstice - A brief overview of Pagan rituals and ceremonies with related links to more facts & information.
Weird Wilstshire - Summer Solstice - Archived pictures with a report on one particularly successful UK sunrise celebration, including related links & online forum.
The Pagan Festival of Litha - The origins of Druidic Summer Solstice celebrations and their meaning in the natural cycle of seasons.




domingo, 12 de junio de 2011

PRONUNCIATION TIPS

The sounds of English
There is a system of symbols for writing the sounds of English. We have a guide to these symbols and also videos to show how to pronounce each of the sounds.
There are also activities to practise identifiying the difference between certain sounds which may sound similar.

Features of English

Information about different elements of English pronunciation.
There are also interactive and downloadable exercises to help you build your understanding of these areas.

Quizzes
Interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of and help you learn about English pronunciation.

Programmes
Three radio programmes from 2005 on the topic of pronunciation. You can download the full programmes along with the script and audio examples.

CLICK HERE TO START

WHIT SUNDAY

Pentecost comes from the Greek, meaning Fiftieth Day, as it is the 50th Day after Easter Sunday, 10 days after Ascension Day. It was the Greek name for the Jewish festival of Shavuot, although the dates for the two celebrations rarely correspond.
In the Orthodox church, Pentecost falls on the same day as Trinity Sunday.
Pentecost is also known as Whitsunday (the old-English for White Sunday) in the UK and other English speaking areas. 
The day after Pentecost is sometimes called Whit Monday and is a holiday in many countries.
Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit as described in Acts, Chapter 2, when tongues of fire are said to have descended from heaven causing the disciples to start speaking in many different languages and leading to the conversion of some 3,000 witnesses.
Pentecost is observed in churches across the world, but customs differ from country to country. Italian celebrations feature rose petals; the French blow trumpets to simulate a mighty wind; horse-racing and Whitsun ales used to be a major element in England, suppressed by the Puritans; In Poland people decorate their houses with green branches. In the Eastern Orthodox Church the whole week is regarded as an ecclesiastical feast and celebration.


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