jueves, 18 de enero de 2018


If there's one topic I never have trouble finding something new about, that's technology. Every year, what am I saying?... every month, every week... could I say every minute? I come across some amazing news about technology. The latest is planned obsolescence.
Although  it is nothing new, it was just last week that we talked about it in class. And it was all because of a video I showed my students to give them ideas about technology.

I leave the video I showed in class down here plus an article from The Guardian newspaper.

If you click HERE you can read an article from The Guardian: France investigates Apple over claims of planned obsolescence.

domingo, 10 de diciembre de 2017


Watch the video below to revise vocabulary about crime and criminals, then do the exercise that follows to practise.

Created by María José Díaz

domingo, 3 de diciembre de 2017


And this is what you have chosen. Great job!

Can you name all the works of art? And the artists? Once you have watched the video, you can read the names of the works of art and the artists below.

  • The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan Van Eyck
  • Eugenia Martínez Vallejo by Amado González Hevia
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • El Expolio by El Greco
  • Figure at a Window by Dalí
  • The Gardens of Earthy Delights by H. Bosch
  • Girl with Balloon by Banksy
  • Hachiko by Takeshi Ando
  • The Gleaners by Millet
  • Pen on the Longest Piece of Graph Paper I Could Ever Get Printed by Kate H. Bakewell
  • A cup (anonimous)
  • Jameos del Agua by César Manrique
  • Jeanne Hebuterne with Hat and Necklace by Modigliani
  • Las Meninas by Velázquez
  • Mobile Lovers by Banksy
  • Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and one of his pupils
  • Night Hawks by Edward Hopper
  • Pelayo Statue  by Gerardo Zaragoza
  • The Persistence of Memory by Dalí
  • Pieta by Michelangelo
  • Church of Sacred Family by Gaudí
  • Tutankhamun's Mask
  • I speak to the Hand by Tapies
  • Taj Mahal 
  • Women by H. Anglada Camarasa
  • The Artist is Present by Marina Abramovik (Video. See below. Read the 'story' after watching the video, not before.)

Long story short, “Marina Abromovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.
At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and that is what happened.”     (Source http://eco-chick.com)

jueves, 23 de noviembre de 2017


Think of a work of art that has struck you and be ready to talk about it. I leave two examples here. 
                 La Gioconda by Leonardo Davinci. 

       I first saw it in a textbook when I was studying Art at the high school and, no matter how much I was told about how good it was, I couldn't see why people said it was so magnificent. It struck me as being meaningless and common.
        It was some years later that I had the chance to see it in the Louvre Museum, where it still is: total disappointement. A postcard would have had the same effect on me. And those hordes of people taking pictures!!

      I concluded that I do not appreciate art.


Man and Woman by Tamara Kvesitadze

      I first heard about this statue this summer. A friend of mine sent me a picture and I went online to read about it. 
      It's a 7-ton metal statue by a Georgian sculptor. It is in Batumi (Georgia). It represents two lovers, Ali and Nino, who had to separate after the Soviet invasion, Ali is a Muslim Azerbaijani boy and Nino a Christian Georgian princess. 
      It is said that the artist got the idea for her work of art from a novel: Ali and Nino, the novel was later made into a play, then a musical, and in 2016 a film was released based on the same story and with the same title. The female role is played by a Spanish actor: María Valverde. 
      The two figures move towards each other, merge into one and separate again. The statue represents how war, religion and culture pull people apart. 


martes, 7 de noviembre de 2017


Here are the videos you need to do the assignement I have given you.

Please, stick to the religion you have been assigned and do not watch the others. If you have not been assigned a religion because you have not attended lessons lately, choose one at random and answer the questions.

Deadline: 13th/14th November.


a. What does man want to achieve through religion?

a. What does reincarnation mean?
b. How do people collect karma?
c. What is Nirvana?



a. What does man what to achieve through religion?

a. What didn't Sidharta Gutama (the man who started Buddhism) like about HInduism?
b. What do the four noble truths mean?
c. Why do Buddhists have to follow the 8 fold path?



a. What does man what to achieve through religion?

a. What makes Judaism different from the religions that came before it?
b. What did God expect from his followers as stated in the 10 commandments?
c. What is the Torah?



a. What does man what to achieve through religion?

a. What did Jesus tell Israelis while travelling through their country?
b. What's the difference between Jews and Christians?
c. What is the name of the 27 books that gather all the writings about Jesus?

domingo, 5 de noviembre de 2017


I hope this video is useful to help you understand what Fair Trade is and how it works.

HERE is a link to Fairtrade International.

domingo, 29 de octubre de 2017


One never knows... But it seems this is the end of the story.

Listen, revise and enjoy.

From BBC Radio 4. The World at One.

It was last week that I told you about the English pages of El País and one of my ex-students has just sent this link to an article in that newspaper about the topic in this post. 
I am grateful and also very happy because I see some of you got really engaged in the lessons and still continue reading in English about current affairs. 
You have the LINK here to read the article.