Monday, 20 November 2017

TOP 5 FAVOURITE HUNGER GAMES CHARACTERS


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Hunger Games is a beloved dystopian book/to screen trilogy and one of my best favourites. Set in future North America, it depicts a society based on twelve districts built around a city called Capitol City. The districts have to supply Capitol City with many different things such as wood, paper, clothes, meat, fish, vegetables...
Many years before the novel begins there had been a revolution between the districts and Capitol City. It had been caused by the oppressive behaviour of Capitol City. Eventually the districts lost the revolution and Capitol City created the Hunger Games to punish them. Every year two people for each district (a male and a female) go into an arena full of weapons. These people are the tributes and they have to fight against each other. They fight till death. Only one of them survives and he becomes the winner.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

DISCOVERING CENTRAL PARK



Do you like animals? If you do, you’ll probably  know that in Central Park there is one of the biggest zoos in the world, situated in New York. It contains 130 species of animals. Here you can find Pandas, tropical birds, leopards and many other animals.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

WHEN THE STARS START FALLING




You’ve heard  about Harvey Weinstein’s scandal, haven’t you? Who is he? And what happened to him? Let’s go discover more about him together!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

DISCOVERING IRELAND

Last summer I went to Ireland for two weeks and I can say that it was one of the best holidays in my life (till now, of course!!).
I stayed in a host family in Shankill, South Dublin. My host parents, Mary and Alan, were very kind and friendly to me. Those 2 weeks have been amazing also because of them!
But … let’s stop talking about myself... let's talk about somenthing interesting that I discovered while in Ireland.
Probably, you don't know that Ireland enter people's hearts and never leaves them.
So I hope you will have the fortune to go there one day. I am sure that you will agree with me, then.

Monday, 13 November 2017

HAS TECHNOLOGY RUINED OUR LIVES?



Has technology ruined our lives? Should we consider it progression or regression ? We watched two videos in our English lessons, we discussed them together and we also wrote our reflections on the issues they deal with.  
In the first video Simon Sinek tells us about Millenials, people born approximately 1984 and after.  He tells how the Millenials are rarely truly happy or satisfied and that they are accused of being entitled, unfocused, lazy and narcissistic. But he also explains that it is not their fault, there are  several different reasons and one of them is their excessive use of technological devices and social media.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

LEWIS HAMILTON



Happy Sunday, everyone! Today it's F1 day and we are ready to celebrate Hamilton. Yes, because, as you will surely know, he is the new  F1 World Champion with 2 races remaining. He was in competition with Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari’s first driver and Valterri Bottas, his teammate in Mercedes. This is his fourth world title after 2008, 2014 and 2015.  So far this year he has won 9 races collecting 333 points, while his principal rival, Vettel, has 277 points.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

REMEMBER, REMEMBER... V FOR VENDETTA



Few days ago it was Guy Fawkes Night in Britain, the 5th of November national festivity. They celebrate the day a group of Catholic plotters decided to kill their protestant king, James I. But they actually celebrate the fact that the king was saved, the plot discovered and the culprits executed.

Anyway,  we are not telling you the story of Guy Fawkes today, only that  he is the inspiration of what happens in the story of one of my favourite comic book, V for Vendetta.


Friday, 10 November 2017

WILL: DISCOVERING SHAKESPEARE’S GLAMOROUS WORLD

 
There are many theories about who William Shakespeare was. What makes him unique is that, unlike his contemporaries, he wasn’t university educated; he was a glove maker. He approached plays and theatre from a very different background.
Shakespeare wrote plays for everyone. He  was - probably - a  Catholic writing  plays in a  protestant world; he had to be very, very careful.
He wrote a lot of plays and people liked them. A lot of people went to see his plays performed in London theatres and, especially at  the Globe theatre after 1599.
Now, probably you are thinking about how I can know all these thing. The answer is … yes, I studied something for school but I  have also seen  an amazing tv series about Shakespeare: WILL.

Monday, 6 November 2017

THE CATALAN QUESTION AND OUR INTERVIEW WITH JOANA CABRATOSA PONS





We asked Joana, a Catalan girl we know,  to answer a few questions for our blog about what has happened in Catalonia in the latest weeks and she kindly accepted to answer.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

HIP-HOP & METAL, CLASHING CULTURES?




Have you ever heard about Scarlxrd? Or Ghostemane? Or Keith Ape? Or SkiMaskTheSlumpGod? Or XXXTentacion? Or Pouya?
If you're aged between 14 and 20 you must have heard some of those names, and if you listened to a song from those rappers you would probably remember all the violence associated with their sound...
Yesterday, while I was buying two tickets for a live show of Bones - another trap rapper with a very aggressive sound -  I started wondering on what happened to trap and rap music, and when we started loving this sound. (NB: I'm not talking about the lyrics, those have always been rough and violent, for example, some of  Immortal Technique songs were simply too much to handle).

Monday, 30 October 2017

FOOTBALL MANIA: THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTERS & BEST STADIUMS

 
Do you often watch football or other sports on TV?
If your answer is YES, and you usually watch  football on tv, you know that supporters are the twelfth man in the field.
Supporters push the team to victory with stadium chants, thunders and choreographies.
Usually we think that just the most important teams have fascinating supporters, but this is not true.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

TRYING TO COOK ITALIAN


We all know what comes to non-Italians minds while talking about Italy’s food. Yes, food. Maybe Berlusconi sometimes but that’s another story...
 
There’s plenty of delicious dishes here and that’s one of the reasons why Italian cuisine has a lot of charm everywhere.

Italian cuisine is one of the most imitated  in the world and this, unfortunately, brought to the creation of some crazy dishes.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY



“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”. Have you ever heard or seen this phrase in the opening scene of a movie? If not, it means you have never seen a Star Wars movie.

Friday, 27 October 2017

CIGARETTES vs E-CIGARETTES




Dear smokers, this post is for you! I’d like to help you stop smoking and change your mind about cigarettes, shall I try?

Thursday, 26 October 2017

ROGER "THE KING"


Have you ever played tennis? I am going to confess that I am a big tennis fan so I would like to tell the story of one of the greatest tennis players ever. Can you guess who I’m talking about?

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

LOTS OF LAUGHS

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Have you ever roared with laughter? Well, we are sure you'll do it today, reading our post!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

A REVOLUTIONARY DISCOVERY: GRAVITATIONAL WAVES



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2017 Nobel Prize for Physics

Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. The three American scientists are members of the LIGO-Virgo collaboration that discovered gravitational waves in 2015. The price was awarded “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves” , the committee said in a news release.

Monday, 23 October 2017

ONCE UPON A TIME




ONCE UPON A TIME is coming back with another magic season and our favourite fairy tales. This time with an almost completely different cast.                                                                                          The majority of the main cast members wouldn’t be returning for season 7 for many different reasons

Sunday, 22 October 2017

LET'S CELEBRATE! OCTOBER FESTIVITIES



                                                       

 Do you like travelling all over the world? Let’s talk about the main October festivities in different countries. We hope you’ll  find out what the perfect festival for you is!  

Saturday, 21 October 2017

DISCOVERING FOOTBALL STADIUMS



Stadiums are very important for football teams because they are   “home” for supporters and players. Many of them are famous for the atmosphere created by fans or for their history. A supporter knows that to see a match at the stadium is better than at home, because emotions are greater.

Friday, 20 October 2017

 TO SMOKE OR NOT TO SMOKE? THAT IS THE ADDICTION





Over half a million EU citizens die every year due to tobacco addiction. A smoker is a person who habitually smokes tobacco. Most smokers start smoking between 13-17.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

5 CHRISTOPHER NOLAN MOVIES YOU CAN'T MISS


If you know Christopher Nolan you’ve probably seen these movies and I’m glad to share with you mates!   If you don't know him, I must first of all tell you he is an outstanding filmmaker, screenwriter and producer. To be honest I think he's just an amazing genius. He has directed quite a few great movies and you have probably heard about them, if not seen them.
So, keep reading, have a look at my list and trust me,  Christopher Nolan is a genius!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

NEW IDEAS FOR THE BLOG? HERE THEY ARE !



So, let’s not waste any time, I had an idea or two or even three actually regarding the graphic area of our little blog.
But I don’t want to just go ahead and do everything that comes to my mind.
So I decided to make things a little bit more interactive, I’ll begin by explaining what actually these small ideas are, then I will ask you if you liked it or if you want to have something different, which means I’m open to suggestions..
Now,  let’s start.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017

A BRIEF HISTORY OF 20th CENTURY MUSIC




Like Benny, I love Rock’n’Roll! Have you read her posts? (part I & part II)
Rock 'n' roll was born in the USA in the 1950s. It was a mixture of blues and country music. Elvis Presley was the first rock 'n' roll superstar.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

THAT’S SO RAVEN IS COMING BACK!




Ladies and gentleman,  I’m glad to announce Raven Baxter’s return! When I was a child I always watched “That’ so Raven” on Tv, and when I heard there would be a sequel I was so happy because Raven Baxter was part of my childhood . Hearing  about this news you can have two reactions:

Saturday, 17 June 2017

THE THIRD MILLENNIUM SHERLOCK HOLMES!





If you are a fan of mystery stories and you love Manga, this is the right article for you! Detective Conan is here!! This comic, created by Gosho Aoyama in 1996, is famous all over the world. For this reason, an animated version was released. Now the Anime of Detective Conan is one of the most watched.

Friday, 16 June 2017

REIGN: LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!




To be a fair king or queen is not easy. You have many duties, you have to defend and protect your people and, sometimes, you have to make choices for the sake of your country, even if they don’t make you happy.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

SONGS TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE



Artists, especially singers, when the world experiences periods of difficulty, give a hand doing what they know best. These are among the most famous songs that were meant to help the world to become a better place!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

YOU TUBE’S ANCESTOR: MY SPACE!


WHAT IS IT?

MySpace can be considered   YouTube’s ancestor. Before YouTube, ,Facebook and Twitter, MySpace was the social network par excellence. Thanks to this social, a lot of present-day artists became famous; for example Mika, Adele, Lilly Allen put their songs on this site. But after a great period of success the popularity of MySpace started declining.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CLOWNTHERAPY



Clownteraphy is a program in health care facilities involving visits from especially trained clowns. They are called “clown doctors”. Those visits to hospitals have been shown to help in lifting patients moods with the positive power of hope and humor .

Sunday, 11 June 2017

BILLIONS, TRICKS AND DEALS!




Supercars, luxurious houses, swimming pools, helicopters and private jets: everyone would like to have these properties and enjoy them. The question is: do money and riches make you happy?

Saturday, 10 June 2017

WELCOME TO COACHELLA


If you want to have fun with your friends and you like all kinds of music COACHELLA FESTIVAL MUSIC It's the perfect party for you. It's a music festival that takes place every year in California, in the United States of America. Usually it's a 2-3 days long event (usually in April). The festival features several music groups that play different genres, with a preference for electronic, rock, indie and hip hop music.

Friday, 9 June 2017

A TIMELESS FAIRY TALE: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, FROM THE CARTOON TO THE MOVIE


Disney always bewitches us with its fantastic stories, proposing its great classics again in live action! Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale that everyone has watched at least once, this is the strongest point of the movie: we all may turn back in time, when we spend time seeing these wonderful stories.
Everyone knows the enchanting story of Belle and Beast, but if you don’t … click here.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

TOTTI’S DAY: FAREWELL, CAPTAIN!


Last Sunday many Italian people watched Totti's tears  during his last ride around the football field as    ''Roma's Captain''. ''Time has come'' Totti said in a post-match speech, from the centre of the pitch, in front of almost 60,000 fans inside the 'Stadio Olimpico'

The weeping of ''er Pupone'' (Italian people call him  this way) was accompanied by the soundtrack of the movie  ''The Gladiator''; his hug to his children, The King Lion song,  Ennio Moricone's music, Francesco Totti's  close-up face on the giant screen and when the songs by Antonello Venditti started from the speakers of the Olimpic Stadium, we were all in tears.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Monday, 5 June 2017

MESSI VS RONALDO






Hello world! We are Gabriele and GB and today we’d like to tell you how Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the best footballers in the world, lived before they became famous. If you are a football lover, go on reading.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

JAZZ IS... FEELING! LOUIS ARMSTRONG


Everybody should know him... but if you don't, no problem! We are here to introduce him to you! 
Ladies and gentleman, he is the amazing, the unique, the inimitable... Louis Armstrong!!!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

CAVES, CAVES AND MORE CAVES!


If you wish a unique trip, you should absolutely go and visit caves in Italy. Our country boasts a big quantity of awesome caves, almost all accessible. There are caverns with compelling landscapes placed especially in the subsoil where there is always a cool climate. Speleological tourism has developed in Italy during the last years. Before an excursion you’d better be sure to have the necessary equipment: a pair of trekking shoes, appropriate clothing, a good flashlight and, finally,   a reliable guide.

Friday, 2 June 2017

THE HISTORY OF THE JOKER!

Quick everybody! Take your seats and enjoy the ride! We are going to dive into the world of the craziest yet, most loved and famous villain of all, the Joker.
Now a lot of you already know this character, I mean who doesn't at this point?
He is one of the most famous pop culture character ever created, with many fans even outside of the comic books field.
But now let's see how he came to be.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

WELCOME TO "PIANA DELLE ORME", A WWII EXHIBITION

Thanks to school you can make lots of new experiences and learn a great deal about the past. A very special way to learn about the past is going on a school trip.  On 27th March we visited the “Piana delle Orme Museum" where you can get to know quite a bit about 20th century history and, especially, WWII.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

HOW TO ORGANIZE AN EXCURSION



Do you want to organize a full immersion in nature or an excursion ? We think you should follow our advice.

Monday, 29 May 2017

BARCELONA...THINGS TO KNOW

                                                    
Hello guys! I’m back to tell you about some curiosities... Let’s start from the first point:

GAUDì’S ART

In the “Sagrada Familia” the use of organic forms reflects the forms Gaudì found in nature. He used to say that there is no better structure than the trunk of a tree or a human skeleton.

DEAD POETS SOCIETY



There are some films that if you watch them for the first time at the right age have the capacity to inspire you : Dead Poets Scociety is one of those.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

NETFLIX: BINGE WATCHING (AND LEARNING ENGLISH) HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER!




Teenagers have a good reason not to study: in fact a new on demand platform has become more and more popular since it was launched in 1997 in California, USA.

We are just joking: boys and girls should study, but after spending some time on school books, they could rest on their sofa while watching a good TV series or a movie, in English to improve their competence or in Italian if they are not good enough.

Friday, 26 May 2017

TOP 5 USEFUL APPS




More than two million apps a day are downloaded all over the world; every kind of app is downloaded,  from the useless to the useful app. But what are the best apps you can download? These are some of the best apps in the world.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

STUDY TRIPS: THE BEST WAY TO LEARN ENGLISH & MUCH MORE

 London’s calling

Hi guys! Summer is coming and I cannot wait! After a year of hard work and study, we all deserve three months of rest. Three months, in which we can do all the things that we could not do during the school year: sleep all day, go to the cinema or to a concert, go out for a walk, see many TV series on Netflix all day and all night, make a trip. In fact, many of us will surely travel somewhere. Where are you going this summer? To the seaside? Or to the mountains? Will you stay in your country? Or will you go abroad?  In a hotel or in camping site?