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Saturday, 11 September 2010

The number behind the WTC attacks

The World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City had several buildings. The World Trade Center was most famous for its Twin Towers. These two skyscrapers (rascacielos), the North Tower and the South Tower, were once the tallest buildings in the world. They had 110 floors each. The Twin Towers and the WTC building 7 were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Coincidentally, the number eleven appears in a number of facts related to the World Trade Center attacks.
The date of the attack: 9/11: 9 + 1 + 1 = 11.
911 is the Number for Help in many countries.
Mohammed's birth is celebrated on the 11th day of the 9th month. Mohammed, the prophet of the Muslim faith, died in 632 A.D. - 6+3+2=11.
119 is the area code to Iraq/Iran. 1 + 1 + 9 = 11. The suspected base of the terrorists is Afghanistan - 11 Letters. Osama bin Laden's birthplace is Saudi Arabia - 11 letters.
The Twin Towers, standing side by side, look like the number 11.
The number of Tower windows = 21,800 2+1+8+0+0 = 11.
The first plane to hit the towers was Flight 11. Flight 11 - 92 on board - 9 + 2 = 11. Flight 11 had 11 crew members. The State of New York was the 11th State added to the Union.
New York City has 11 Letters.
The Pentagon has 11 Letters.
George W. Bush - 11 Letters.
Trade Center is 11 letters, and Skyscrapers is 11 letters.
World Trade Center Towers is 22 letters - 2 x 11 = 22.
The first WTC tower hit (North Tower) collapses at 10:28 A.M. -1+2+8=11.
The official death toll from the World Trade Center attacks was 2,801 - (2+8+0+1 = 11).

The Tarot card behind the Twin Towers

The Tarot card number 16 is the Blasted Tower. The card shows a tower which is hit by lightning bolt (rayo) and flames of fire. Two people are falling head-first (de cabeza) to the hard rocks below and one can only fear what will happen to these poor people when they "hit rock-bottom" (= reach the ground). The full name of this card is "The Lightning-Struck Tower", and that adds an electrifying element of sudden "shock" to the scene. The people inside the tower couldn't see this coming, and then suddenly their whole world was turned upside-down.
The tower card symbolises destruction. It may be a reference to the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, where God destroys a tower built by mankind to reach Heaven. It might then symbolise God's punishment for pride.
Some people, like Ian R. Crane, believe in the conspiracy theory and relate the tower tarot card to the attacks on the Twin Towers on the 11th of September, 2001. The fact that the flames go sideways, instead of upward, the falling/jumping people, the rubble (escombros) in front of the tower and the meaning of the card (negative change), make people like him believe, as he said in a presentation, that "the world drew (extrajo) the tower tarot card on 9/11".

Sunday, 5 September 2010

The rock singer behind Jane Eyre

Few people know that the heroine of the film Jane Eyre is not only an actress but also a singer and a song-writer. Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg (born 21 July 1971) was born in London, and was raised in Paris. She is the daughter of British actress and singer Jane Birkin and French singer-songwriter, actor and director Serge Gainsbourg. Her maternal grandmother was actress Judy Campbell and her uncle is the screenwriter Andrew Birkin, who directed her in The Cement Garden.
Gainsbourg is not married but she has a longtime partner: the French-Israeli actor/director Yvan Attal, with whom she has two children, Ben and Alice.
In 1996 Charlotte played the main role in the adapted version of the book Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Brontë. In 2000, Gainsbourg appeared on the Madonna album called Music on the track "What It Feels Like For A Girl". There is a long introduction made by Gainsbourg, taken from the film The Cement Garden, which inspired the title of the song.

On 5 September 2007, Gainsbourg was taken to a Paris hospital where she underwent (= went through) surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage. Before this operation, she had been having headaches since a minor water skiing accident in the United States.
In late 2009, Gainsbourg released a studio album produced by Beck. Her song, Trick Pony, appeared at the beginning of Grey's Anatomy episode "Perfect Little Accident".

* Watch the video:

Trick Pony - Charlotte Gainsbourg

Oh, yes!: Vampires Suck!

Vampires Suck is a 2010 parody film based on the Twilight Series.
Though Vampires Suck was seen by a large audience, it gained strong negative reviews in the United Sates.
The plot (= argumento) of the film is the following: Becca Crane moves to Sporks to live with her  father, Sheriff Frank, after her mother starts an affair with Tiger Woods. Meanwhile people have been killed and the number one suspects are the Kardashians. Becca quickly makes new friends at her new high school, but she is intrigued by the mysterious Edward Sullen, who perplexes her during their time in the biology class.  After reaching the wrong conclusion that Edward is a Jonas Brother, Edward corrects her saying he's a vampire, though he only consumes animal blood.
The pair fall in love. When Edward introduces Becca to his vampire family on her birthday, Becca accidentally gets hurt. On seeing her blood, Edward's family attempts to kill her. Realizing the danger that he and his family respresent for Becca, Edward decides to save Becca from  these nomadic vampires who have been killing humans.

There are interesting points related to the movie which are connected with language. To begin with, the title Vampires Suck is a pun (= juego de palabras). To suck in English means "to draw liquid (in the case of vampires, blood) into the mouth" and also "to be disgusting". The names of the protagonists are also punny. Edward Sullen is a pun on Edward Cullen and Becca Crane is a pun on Bella Swan. Sullen is an adjective which means "angry and silent, especially because you feel life has been unfair to you" (= hosco, huraño) and crane is a water bird with very long legs, similar to the swan (= cisne).

* Watch the movie:

Vampires Suck Movie Trailer (Subtitulado)