Monday, January 29, 2018

Have your say! - Birdwatching

From: Lola Villamuera
Date: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 8:43 PM

Aren't you fond of birdwatching yet? Come on! You're missing one of the most stunning things that the Nature provides us.

Come to my mind memories of my first day as a birdwatcher. Being in contact with the Nature,  the colourful plumage, the chirping sounds, the way of flying and hovering, the wide diversity, the difficult sighting and, above everything, the passion transmitted by our coach. Was in that moment when  I realized I'll take up this hobby.

Up to now, I haven't watched the wake of a flying bird but the photographer Xavier Bou, after a hard work and  many years, invites us "to make visible the invisible" through his astonishing pictures. Please, click on this link and enjoy it.

As you probably know, British people are quite keen on birdwatching, more than 2 million birdwatchers. Two associations lead this activity, here you are both websites just in case you were interested in them.

Nevertheless, birdwatching is a minority activity in Spain although it seems to be rising. The Association which leads this activity in Spain is SEO Birdlife that also plays a relevant role defending the Nature. Let me share with you its website and please surf into in order to discover a new world.

In addition, be informed that the international Day of wetlands will celebrate on February 2nd, being the motto of Ramsar in 2018 "wetland for a sustainable urban future". What does Ramsar mean? Here you are,

Finally, I'd like to aware you about the importance of the conservation of wetlands not only for the planet but particularly for the birds. Golden orioles, kingfishers, bee-eaters, robins and more and more birds will be quite grateful to you.

I wish you've found this information of your interest, it could be useful for keeping a more ecofriendly planet.

Have your say! - Laura's artwork

From: Laura Salas Oraá
Date: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 9:52 PM

As I introduced myself the first day we started English' classes, I promised to set up some of my art' pieces and new artistic projects.
My favourite technique is engraving because of the difficulty of working. According to the material of the board, I need to adapt my design into different tools to work with: copper board goes with thinner and stronger gouges and acids; wood board goes with bigger and weaker gouges and without acids, and plastic board goes with a middle-hardness gouges. The pro of those engraving techniques are the range of possibilities to obtain different visual' effects, which are changeable according to the chosen technique. The worse point of view of engraving, is the dimensions and weight of the material to stamp the artworks on: you'll need a special and adapted space to instal the machines, or you'll need to pay to work in an engraving studio. This is the first reason why I decided to introduce myself in watercolor, because is easier to work with it in almost every place, and cheaper.
To sum up with, the best moments are when I draw, it doesnt matter the technique: let your imagination fly, you should try it!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Have your say! - Marches on Sunday set a bright tone for the feminist movement

From: Rebeca M. F.
Date: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 8:52 AM

This video shows the massive women's rallies which took place across the world last Sunday to celebrate the first anniversary of the 2017 Women's March against the Trump's election victory.
The second Women's March has served as a call for the next March 8, the International Women's Day. For this day, several organizations and feminist movements are planning a worlwide women's strike to highlight the vital role we play both in domestic and global economy.
The strike action is to be a protest against the sexual violence, the exploitation, pay gap, racism and LGBT phobia. Organisers urge women from around the world to take the day off from work, refrain from doing any unpaid labor like childcare or household and not to buy needless products on this day. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Have your say! - Thermal baths

From: susana higuero
Date: Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 8:05 PM

The first thing you notice when talking to a person from Madrid is that everyone in the city has what we call a "village". Mine is a little charming one in the North of Spain where I go to put my feet up and forget about the stress of the city. It is called A Portela da Aira Vella.

It is located in Orense, in the South of Galicia. Currently, this Roman city has become popular due to its numerous places where you can try the therapeutic properties of thermal waters by bathing in the open air. Here, you can see a picture of what I am talking about. Not only are the thermal baths a source of relaxation and pleasure, but also are indicated for rheumatism and skin issues. I highly recommend you go for visit.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Have your say! - Are we a shithole country? (According to Trump)

From: José María Iglesias
Date: Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 12:54 PM

President Trump has shocked the world again with a new racist statement: "African and Haitian immigrants hail from shithole countries". These associations are found in our language denigrating explicitly an entire group of people, such as the definition of Africa as the "dark continent", and dominate our perceptions of success and attributions of worth and value.

This kind of ideas are connected with a book I have recently read: Atlas of prejudice by Yanko Tsvetkov, in which the author shows through hilarious maps the different points of view in the history of mankind. The book tries to demonstrate that prejudices almost always turn out to be false when examined closely. Everybody knows the most popular prejudices are often not quite nice and are mostly political incorrect. However, every society is prone to marginalize specific groups, using insults against those who are considered strange. Even in a globalized world stereotypes remain inevitable.

This book soon became a viral online sensation, expanding the initial idea with a large number of memes about any topic of common interest. Have we not yet freed ourselves from our prejudices?

José María Iglesias

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Have your say! - A film analysis

From: Telmo Graña
Date: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 12:28 AM

Hello mates. I would like to share a video that may be interesting to those who love cinema. I think it is a sharp and clever analysis of Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver'. 

As you probably know, TD is one of the most aclaimed films of the Seventies, and one of the most intriguing to boot, to the point that its meaning is still discussed nowadays.

In my opinion, it is the main character Travis' attitude what causes it, along with its enigmatic ending. Both aspects are addressed in the analysis, but your conclusions may be different!

In adition to this, the video brings out the fact that maybe mainstream pictures have lost some depth of meaning in the last decades. Although Scorsese has built a solid reputation based on a bunch of good films, works like 'Taxi Driver' show he reached his prime a long time ago, which doesn't talk well about the Dream Factory's drift.

Have your say! - “The disaster artist” in my view

From: Lucía López Iglesias
Date: Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 10:37 PM

The disaster artist is a film currently available in almost every cinema. Directed and played by James Franco, the film is inspired in the book " The disaster artist: My life inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made". This book, written by Greg Sestero in 2003, details the development and production of the cult film "The Room", as well as the relationship between the Room director, Tommy Wiseau, and the writer.

I didn´t know anything about the book, neither the fim before going to the cinema last week. At least not last Sunday, the first time I went. I enjoyed so much that I went back to the cinema the following Wednesday. That´s why I want to talk to you about it.

Firstly, I am goint to introduce you the plot: there is a young actor contender who feels really insecure about his talent while he is trying to improve his skills going to interpretation lessons. During a daunting lesson, he has the chance to meet a classmate who is totally the opposite, a person who, apparently, is not affected by other´s people opinion at all. His name is Tommy Wiseau, and he lives in his own planet, Tommy´s Planet.

Tommy Planet is a place where people love each other so fear doesn´t exist. Tommy is trying to be famous as an actor when, as a consequence of his unbelievable faith and courage, decide to do his own film, getting to be an actor, producer and director at the same shot. But he, who is a relational person, because love needs more than one to exist, goes hand in hand with the boy who met during the interpretation lessons, his friend. His best friend. Greg.

The rest is ready to discover by yourself enjoying the intricacies throughout the course of this peculiar friendship. Here you have an aperitif:

Lucía López Iglesias