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Sunday, 13 March 2011

Charlene, Albert & the Grimaldi Curse

An ancient curse predicted: "Never will a Grimaldi find true happiness in marriage." Looking at the marital histories of certain members of the clan, it is hard to say that the witch who cursed the family was wrong. Will the curse also ruin the marriage of Albert and Charlene? Only time will tell...

Cool Link:

All about the Grimaldi curse:
Did Curse Put the 'Grim' in Grimaldi?

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Fashion in the UK

Two interesting fashion links about national dress and British styles and designers.

Cool Links in English:
* Fashion, Clothes and National Costumes in the UK
UK Fashion

Thursday, 3 March 2011

William & Kate: an ominous foreshadowing?

Street artist Rich Simmons created a mural showing the betrothed royals William and Kate as the Sex Pistol's Sid Vicious and his girlfriend.  
The mural portrays Prince William as the punk icon himself and Middleton, wearing leather and smoking a cigarette, as his Nancy Spungen.
The love story of Sid and Nancy ended violently on October 12, 1978, when Spungen was found on the bathroom floor of their hotel room, dead from a single stab wound to the abdomen. The knife belonged to Vicious. It was a "007" hunting knife he had obtained after seeing Dee Dee Ramone give one to Stiv Bators.
Vicious was immediately arrested and charged with murder. Vicious pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. Four months after Nancy's death, prison and drug rehabilitation, he took a lethal amount of heroin, and died before the trial could take place. After Vicious died, the police closed the case. Nancy was buried in her hometown in Philadelphia.
A few days after Vicious' cremation, his mother found a suicide note in the pocket of his jacket:
We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye.

Rich Simmons also created another royal wedding themed mural. This piece of art  shows a stencilled portrait of the queen spraying a heart. The aerosol paint looks like dripping blood and the two royal names are ominously joined by a cross.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Special Vocabulary: Fruit Spreads

Fruit spreads are substances made from different fruits that can be spread on bread, toast, etc.

Kinds of spreads

jam: dulce
jelly: jalea
lemon curd: crema de limón
marmalade: mermelada
preserve: conserva

The Mad Hatter's Orange Hair

Alice in Wonderland is a popular children's fairytale that has attracted fans over several generations. One of the most popular characters is the Mad Hatter. Surprisingly, many people do not think he was crazy without reason. There are different theories that explain the Hatter's strange behaviour.
The story of Alice in Wonderland has produced a number of memorable characters, but one of the most intriguing seems to be the Mad Hatter. He’s unpredictable, witty, charming one minute and sinister the next. 

Johnny Depp, who portrays the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s film about Alice, said, "I think he was poisoned, very, very poisoned, and it was coming out through his hair, through his fingernails and eyes." In the 2010 movie, his orange hair indicates that the Hatter was suffering from mercury poisoning, which happened to many hatters who used a toxic mercury solution to cure felt in the mid 17th to the mid 20th centuries.