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domingo, 27 de abril de 2014

PILGRIMAGE OUR LADY OF CABEZA - 27th APRIL2014


Our Lady of Cabeza (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza, La Santísima Virgen de la Cabeza, Virgen de la Cabeza, Nuestra Señora la Virgen de la Cabeza), is a Marian apparition whose cult is centered at the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza, located in the Natural Park of the Sierra of Andújar, 32 km north of the city of Andújar, Spain. A Black Madonna, she is known popularly as La Morenita (“The Dark Lady”)

She is one of the patron saints of Andújar (the other is Saint Euphrasius) and the diocese of Jaén. Her name refers to the Cerro del  Cabezo ridge where she is said to have appeared. She was declared patroness of Andújar by Pope Pius X on March 18, 1909 and of the Diocese of Jaén by Pope John XXIII on November 27, 1959.
The pilgrimage is celebrated on the last Sunday of April. This celebration has its origins in the 13th century, and some half a million people gather to see the Virgin paraded among the forests for over 30 kilometres.


Regarding its popular customs, there is the pilgrimage in honor of the Virgen de la Cabeza, patron saint of the city and of the diocese of Jaen, which has its sanctuary 32 kilometres from the city and where more than five hundred thousand people congregate during the last weekend of April.
Calderón de la Barca and Miguel de Cervantes talk about it in some of their books and it is verified that it is the first pilgrimage of which there is known proven information that it has been celebrated since before recorded history in Spain.
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jueves, 10 de abril de 2014

THE BEATLES

On 10 April 1970, Paul McCartney announced the end of the band known as the Beatles. The the band officially split on 31 December 1970.

Who were the Beatles?
The Beatles, or the Fab Four, were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. They were one of the most famous rock groups of all time. 







Musicians John Lennon and Paul McCartney played together in the late 1950s as 'The Quarrymen'. With Harrison they formed 'The Silver Beatles' in 1959 and then in 1962, Ringo Starr joined the trio and thy dropped the Silver to be know as the Beatles.

Why are the Beatles so famous?
They were the first British band to write their own songs and music.
They are the only group in recording history to have 20 songs reach number one.
How many songs did the Beatles record?
The Beatles recorded 214 songs from 1962 to 1970. Their first UK single was 'Love Me Do', released on 5 October 1962.
The 1964 song 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' sparked “Beatlemania” in the United States and the band became an international success.  
Other songs included:
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Help!
  • Yesterday
  • Hey Jude
  • A Little
  • Help From My Friends
  • Paperback Writer
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
The group's albums include 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964), 'Revolver' (1966) and 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1967). The Beatles last album recorded was 'Abbey Road' (pictured right). 
                                    






THE BEATLES

On 10 April 1970, Paul McCartney announced the end of the band known as the Beatles. The the band officially split on 31 December 1970.




Who were the Beatles?

The Beatles, or the Fab Four, were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. They were one of the most famous rock groups of all time.

Musicians John Lennon and Paul McCartney played together in the late 1950s as 'The Quarrymen'. With Harrison they formed 'The Silver Beatles' in 1959 and then in 1962, Ringo Starr joined the trio and thy dropped the Silver to be know as the Beatles.

Why are the Beatles so famous?

They were the first British band to write their own songs and music.

They are the only group in recording history to have 20 songs reach number one.

How many songs did the Beatles record?

The Beatles recorded 214 songs from 1962 to 1970. Their first UK single was 'Love Me Do', released on 5 October 1962.

The 1964 song 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' sparked “Beatlemania” in the United States and the band became an international success.
Other songs included:

I Want to Hold Your Hand
A Hard Day's NightHelp!
Yesterday
Hey Jude
A Little
Help From My Friends
Paperback Writer
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

The group's albums include 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964), 'Revolver' (1966) and 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1967). The Beatles last album recorded was 'Abbey Road' (pictured right).







THE BEATLES

In the 1960s a new band known as the Beatles burst on the pop music scene and changed it forever. Band members included George Harrison (1943–2001), John Lennon (1940–1980), Paul McCartney (1942–), and Ringo Starr (1940–). With the release of three anthologies (collections) in the mid-1990s, the Beatles remain one of the best-selling musical groups of all time.



ED SULLIVAN SHOW
The Beatles appeared on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964 to great anticipation and fanfare as "I Want to Hold Your Hand" had swiftly risen to #1 in the charts. Their first appearance on February 9 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers, at the time a record for US television, and was characterized by an audience composed largely of screaming hysterical teenage girls in tears. The Beatles followed Ed's show opening intro, performing "All My Loving", "Till There Was You" which featured the names of the group members superimposed on closeup shots, including the famous "Sorry girls, he's married:" caption on John Lennon, and "She Loves You". They returned later in the program to perform "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand".









THE BEATLES. SHEA STADIUM (1965)

Concert At Shea Stadium
Read about one of the main events in the Beatles' history: the concert that they performed at the Shea Stadium, in August 1965, which probably remains the greatest and the craziest live moment of their career. READ

If you want to watch the concert, here you have the link. It's incredible but real.








lunes, 7 de abril de 2014

WORLD HEALTH DAY 2014



World Health Day 2014 banner

Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO.
World Health Day is a global campaign, inviting everyone – from global leaders to the public in all countries – to focus on a single health challenge with global impact. Focusing on new and emerging health issues, World Health Day provides an opportunity to start collective action to protect people's health and well-being.

World Health Day 2014
More than half of the world's population is at risk from vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue. Yet, we can protect ourselves and our families by taking simple preventive measures, including vaccination.
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domingo, 6 de abril de 2014

NATIONAL TARTAN DAY - USA - 6TH APRIL

             


National Tartan Day honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. Canada has been celebrating Tartan Day since 1993 and the U.S. Senate officially passed it into law in 1998.

There are three groups of people that came from Scotland to America -- the Lowland Scotts, the Highland Scotts, and the Scotch-Irish. Each of these groups has influenced American culture. They've passed on Scottish last names, introduced the sport of golf, shared the sounds of the bagpipes, and made tartan a fashion staple!
Tartan is a crisscrossed pattern of horizontal and vertical bands woven into cloth. It is made by weaving colored threads at right angles to each other. The Dress Act of 1746 attempted to ban tartan and other aspects of Gaelic culture in order to bring people under tighter government control. The law was repealed in 1782 and tartan became symbolic as the national dress of Scotland. 
To celebrate National Tartan Day, wear your favorite tartan and celebrate Scottish-American culture!

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martes, 1 de abril de 2014

APRIL FOOLS' DAY

April Fools' Day is always celebrated on April 1st. It is the name given to the custom of playing practical jokes on friends, or sending them on fools errands. Sometimes, elaborate practical jokes played on friends or relatives might last the entire day. Even the news media and major companies sometimes get involved. Whatever the prank, the trickster usually ends it by yelling to his victim, "April Fool!"

The history of April Fools' Day, sometimes called All Fools' Day, is not clear. There is no first "April Fools' Day" that can be pinpointed on the calendar, although it is known to date back at least to the sixteenth century. Most historians believe that April Fool’s Day originated in continental northern Europe and then spread to Britain.


THE HISTORY OF APRIL FOOLS' DAY



APRIL FOOLS' DAY

History and Traditions :


    Vocabulary :
    Listening :

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    Exercises TO PRINT :
    • April Fools' Day  UPDATED
      "Fill in each blank space with the correct response."
      ex : "Another word for "practical joke" is ... (prank/plank)."
      (eslpdf.com)


    Lesson plans :
    • April Fool's Day.
      "Take a look at the article, story, cartoon, trivia, links, history and word game."

      (British Council)
    • April Fool's Day - a lesson plan (eslholidaylessons.com) 
      Word Doc | PDF | MP3 Listening  | Online Exercise
    • April Fool's Day - a lesson plan (British Council) 
      Level - Intermediate and above "This lesson gives students the opportunity to find out about what happens on April Fool's Day, April 1st, in the UK.
      It's the one day of the year when it's acceptable to play jokes on your friends and colleagues.
      Many countries have their own equivalent of April Fool's Day."
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    INTERACTIVE games :


    Songs :

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