22 March 2011

Mandatory Task 7th grade - definite and indefinite articles

Replace the numbers by the;a;an or - (zero article)

Vilamoura's history goes back to (1) 1st century A.D. when (2) Romans started living here. Visit (3) Cerro da Vila Museum and (4) Archaeological Site to take (5) glimpse back in (6) time when those early settlers
made this place their home. In (7) Roman times, this location was important in producing (8) fish paste known as "garum". (9) ruins also include (10) baths in which (11) mariners used to bathe.
Whether at (12) Marina, (13) Golf Courses or (14) colourful and diversified shopping area, Vilamoura has everything you could ask for, including (15) tranquillity and (16) good taste.
There is always something to do. Whether you look out to (17) sea and spy sails reflecting against (18) endless blue backdrop or turn in land and watch horses at (19) equestrian centre, (20) odds are you'll pay (21) visit to (22) resort at (23) time of (24) major international golf tournament. But golf, sailing and equestrianism are not (25) only sports at Vilamoura.
Residents and visitors alike can unwind at (26) Lawn Bowling Club, TennisClub, Diving Club or other top quality sports facilities.

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15 March 2011

St. Patrick's Day Parade Dublin Ireland 2010

W.B. Yeats

William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the most popular figures of 20th century literature among pro-Irish Americans.
Yeats's long and prosperous career was crowned in 1923 by the Nobel Prize “for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” Amongst his most famous works are ‘Easter 1916’, ‘The Second Coming’ and ‘Sailing to Byzantium’. Besides being a poet, he also composed 26 plays, the most notable being ‘The Land of Heart's Desire’ (1894), ‘The Shadowy Waters’ (1900), ‘Cathleen in Houlihan’ (1902), ‘Deirdre’ (1907), ‘At The Hawk's Well’ (1916), ‘Calvary’ (1921), ‘The Cat and the Moon’ (1924), as well as the ‘The Words Upon the Window-Pane’ (1934). As a visionary artist, Yeats presented his rather ambiguous views in all of his writings.

“Dublin is a city full of humour, Dublin is a city full of wit. Dublin is a city full of buskers, playing old Waterboys hits.”

Vanessa Oliveira, 1114

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today, he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the tragedy of his imprisonment, followed by his early death.
Wilde's parents were successful Dublin intellectuals, and their son showed his intelligence early, becoming fluent in French and German. At university Wilde read Greats, and proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. However, he became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism.
After university Wilde moved to London, into fashionable cultural and social circles. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities; he published a book of poems, lectured America and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art" and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde had become one of the major personalities of his days.
At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays; and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, combined with larger social themes, drew Wilde to writing drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French in Paris, but it was refused a license. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London.
At the height of his fame and success, whilst his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), was still on stage in London, Wilde sued his lover's father for libel. After a series of trials, Wilde was convicted of gross indecency with other men and imprisoned for two years, held to hard labour. In prison he wrote De Profundis, a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. Upon his release he left immediately to France, to never return to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life. He died destitute in Paris at the age of forty-six.

Daniela e Sara, 802

James Joyce

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2nd February 1882 –13th January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers of the early 20th century. James is best known for Ulysses (1922), the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939).
Joyce lived outside their home country most of his adult life and his Irish experiences are essential to their work. His fictional universe stood strongly in Dublin. He is both one of the most international and one of the most local of all the English language modernists.
James was born into a wealthy family in the Dublin suburb of Rathgar.
In 1891, James wrote the poem, Et Tu Healy, On the Death of Charles Stewart Parnell. In 1892, James had to get out Clongowes because his father can no longer pay their tuition. In 1893, John was dismissed with a pension. So, he started a descent into poverty for the family, mainly due to alcohol consumption by John and his general financial mismanagement. John Joyce was the model for the character of Simon Dedalus in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses, as well as the uncle of the narrator in several short stories in Dubliners.

Luís Bezerra, Joana Chaves, 802

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh, the middle of three children, was born and brought up in Belfast, the son of working class Protestant parents Frances and William Branagh, a plumber and joiner who ran a company that specialised in fitting partitions and suspended ceilings. Kenneth was educated at Grove Primary School. At the age of nine, he relocated with his family to Reading, Berkshire to escape "the troubles".

He attended Whiteknights Primary School, then Meadway School Tilehurst, where he appeared in school productions such as Toad of Toad Hall" and Oh, What a Lovely War! At school, he affected an English accent to avoid bullying.

On his identity today he has said, "I feel Irish. I don't think you can take Belfast out of the boy," and he attributes his "love of words" to his Irish heritage. He then went on, to train at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts on a BA Fine Arts Degree.

Branagh is known for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare, beginning with "Henry V" (1989), followed by "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993), "Hamlet" (1996), "Love's Labour's Lost" (2000) and "As You Like It" (2006). "As You Like It" premiered in theatres in Europe, but was sent directly to television in the U.S., where it aired on HBO in August 2007. Kenneth Branagh was also in the 1995 film version of Othello where he played Iago. However he did not direct the film, it was directed by Oliver Parker.

Catarina Oliveira, 1006

Collin Farrell

Farrell was born in Dublin, the son of Rita, a housewife, and Eamon Farrell, a footballer who played for Shamrock Rovers FC (Rovers) and owned a company importing and exporting canned goods in Dublin City. He was raised Roman Catholic. His uncle Tommy Farrell also played for Rovers. Farrell has two sisters, Claudine (who is his personal assistant) and Catherine, and a brother, Eamon Jr. When he was ten, the Farrells moved to Castleknock, a Dublin suburb. Farrell was educated at St. Brigid's National School Castleknock followed by Castleknock College and Gormanston College. Farrell auditioned for the Irish group Boyzone when he was still unknown, but was unsuccessful. Farrell attended The Gaiety School of Acting, but dropped out and was cast in the part of Danny Byrne on Ballykissangel, a BBC television drama. Farrell appeared on the show 7 times from 1998 to 1999.
Farrell has mentioned in interviews that he is uncircumcised, and also that he is against circumcision. Farrell was married to English actress Amelia Warner from July 2001 to November 2001. Farrell has a son, James Padraig (born 12 September 2003), with US model Kim Bordenave. In October 2007, Farrell revealed that his son has Angelman Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by intellectual and developmental delay, speech impediment, sleep disturbance, seizures, hand flapping movements, and frequent laughter/smiling.
In December 2005, Farrell voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation treatment center for addictions to recreational drugs and painkillers His publicist commented that Farrell had started taking painkillers due to a back injury. He was released in January 2006. In May 2006, Farrell started attending rehabilitation meetings.
It was announced on 14 September 2009, that Farrell and his Ondine co-star Alicja Bachleda-Curus were expecting a child together. Their son, Henry Tadeusz Farrell, was born on 7 October 2009 and was baptised in the Catholic Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Krakow, Poland.
It was reported on 15 October 2010 that the couple had split up.

Flávia Araújo, 1114

George Best

George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional football player, best known for his years with Manchester United. He was a winger whose game combined pace, acceleration, balance, two-footedness, goal scoring and the ability to beat defenders. In 1968, his annus mirabilis, he won the European Cup with Manchester United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year. When fit, he was an automatic choice for the Northern Ireland team, but he was unable to lead them to the World Cup qualification, despite being capped 37 times and scoring nine goals.

In 1999, he was voted 11th at the IFFHS European Player of the Century election, and 16th in the World Player of the Century election. Pelé named him as one of the 125 best living footballers in his 2004 FIFA 100 list and Best was named 19th, behind Gerd Müller, at the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. In his native Northern Ireland, the admiration for him is summed up by the local saying: "Maradona good; Pelé better; George Best."

He was one of the first celebrity footballers, but his extravagant lifestyle led to problems with alcoholism which curtailed his playing career and eventually led to his death in November 2005 at the age of 59. His cause of death was multiple organ failure brought on by a kidney infection, a side effect of the immune-suppressive drugs he was required to take after a liver transplant. In 2007, GQ named him as one of the 50 most stylish men of the past 50 years.

Yang Qi, 1110

Gary Moore

Gary Moore was an internationally highly regarded guitarist, featuring prominently in many world's top guitarists lists. He played a diverse range of styles - psychedelic, jazz-rock, melodic hard rock, heavy metal and blues rock. He started his career at the young age of 16 when he moved from his home town of Belfast to Dublin and joined Skid Row. His playing at that stage was very mature and complex - you would never think it was coming from a teenager! In his Skid Row days he got noticed by another guitar legend, and one of his own guitar heroes, Peter Green. Skid Row had opened for Fleetwood Mac in Dublin and Peter was so impressed with what he heard that asked to meet Gary and invited him back to his hotel to jam with him. While in Skid Row Gary met Phil Lynott who also briefly was a member. Gary had a long association with Phil as a member of Thin Lizzy and contributing to each other's solo projects. Gary did a brief stint with Thin Lizzy in the early seventies was a member of the jazz rock outfit Colosseum II in the mid-seventies and was back with Thin Lizzy in 1978. In the 80s Gary was a leading heavy metal guitar hero and released a string of blazing solo albums. He turned back to his blues roots in the 90s and successfully reinvented himself as a bluesman. Sadly, Garry passed away on 6th Feburary 2011.

Bruna Marques , 1114

The Corrs

The Corrs are a Celtic folk rock band from Ireland formed by three sisters and a brother of the Corr family: Sharon, Caroline, Andrea and Jim. All the members were born in Dundalk, County Louth (Ireland), children of musicians Gerry and Jean Corr.
The band was formed to a hearing of the 1991 film The Commitments. Jim, Sharon and Caroline had a small part as musicians, while Andrea had a talk as Sharon Rabbitte, sister of the protagonist. At that time were perceived by their future manager, John Hughes.
Gained prominence in the late 1990s and has surpassed the sixty million albums sold worldwide, with several singles reaching the top spot of the charts in Europe, Australia and USA.

Sara Araújo, 1114

About Not Romeo and Juliet

Daniela said:
I loved “Not Romeo and Juliet”. It was a really funny play and it was super interesting because it tells us the story of “Romeo and Juliet” in a simple way! I think it was even better to everybody because the actor came to us and talked to the audience. In my opinion that is very important to make a play pleasant. I would totally repeat the experience!
Carolina said:

Thursday, we went to see a play. This play was about the story of Romeo and Juliet in a different way! The play is called “Not Romeo and Juliet”. It was very funny and interesting, because the actors talked to the public the all play! I would like to see it again!
César said:
It was very nice! We could participate on the play and that was wonderful because we could see how it is to be on stage and how it feels like to be watched by many people. When I was Romeo I was a little scared, but then I became comfortable with my character! The show was very exciting and very helpful to improve English, because we improved our ability to understand the English people. I think the way they improvised was fantastic, for example the “killer finger”! in the beginning, the actors and the public were very nervous, but then, the stress was gone and the show was awesome!

11 March 2011

The Right Time, 6th February 2011

McDonald’s falls down

Yesterday, the director of McDonald’s, Andrew J. McKenna has declared that the company is going to close. This happened in London, at 3 p. m., during a press conference.
We dare to say that is a shock for the world to know that McDonald’s, the most famous fast food restaurant on Earth, will be out of business soon.
Apparently, an inspection found bacteria in their pork, which has caused an epidemic all over the country. The company blames the caterer, but McKenna admits that there’s no way to get out of this unpleasant situation «We are very sorry for those who were affected by this epidemic. We hope they can get better soon... and it’s very sad for me to say that McDonald’s is no longer alive! », said the director.
What now? What's going to replace McDonald’s? Is this the opportunity that the competitors needed to step up on the fast food business? All we have to do is waiting for The Right Time!

Daniela; Davide; Filipa R. e Rafael, 802


Brown Cow gives chocolate milk!

On 15th of February 2011, something paranormal happened. On a farm, in Azores a brown cow was milked chocolate milk!

Everything happened when the owner of the cow was having her breakfast. She accidentally dropped a spoon of cocoa powder in the water drinker of her cow. She thought that this wouldn’t have any importance, so she didn’t renew the water. Moments later, she saw that the cow drank the water with the cocoa powder, and she decided to milk the cow. To her surprise the milk was brown! She tasted the milk and she realized that it was chocolate milk!

The owner said: “I can’t believe this! My cow gave chocolate milk, and it is delicious! What a spoon of cocoa powder can do!”

Carolina Couto; Ana Pinto; Maria Ferreira e Beatriz Silva, 802


«Love is irrational (...) the more you love someone, the less sense anything makes. » Stephenie Meyer, in New Moon

Love... Some say it’s healthy, some say it’s stupid, others say it’s addictive.... I believe it’s a little bit of everything.
Love is a state of mind, an extracurricular activity, a way of expressing who we are in a sweet, ridiculous behaviour. It’s happiness for the ones who use it with wisdom. It’s a mistake for those who don’t know what it is!
Love can also be dangerous... if you put all your love in only one person, it will blind you, you’ll forget about your friends, family and loved ones, and you’ll fall without somebody to catch you.
In our opinion, love is not a thing we must run to... it’s something we must wait for, so when it gets to us, we know exactly what it is and how to deal with it...and in that moment... love... is simply the best feeling in the world!!!
Daniela, Luís Azevedo e Nuno 802