Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Rocky Horror Picture Show


It's Halloween time and the first thing that comes to my mind is HORROR, but not necessarily the horror has to be scary, in this post we would like to remember one of the most thrilling movies and musicals ever. If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for?   

A story of creation, love, hate, adventure, and, most of all, sex; the story begins in Denton, Ohio as Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, after getting engaged, they travel to see "the man who began it," but wind up (terminan) at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite alien from the planet of Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania. And they meet Riff Raff, Magenta, and Columbia which leads (lleva) to "doing the Time Warp again!" They discover they have been there on a "special night." Frank's creation is to be born! As Rocky has been revealed (desvelado), rebel Eddie, Frank's last-recent creation, ponders in on his motorcycle whom Frank kills. In comes Dr. Everett Von Scott, he's come for Eddie which results in the discovery of Eddie's deceased (muerto) body. Frank chases Janet and Brad and Dr. Scott chase Frank which results in everybody (but Frank) getting frozen (congelado). Enter the floor show which then turns into the horrifying death of both Frank and Columbia die and the castle's blasting off (despega) Brad, Janet, and Dr. Scott survive and leave (se marchan) with torn clothes (ropas rasgadas) and battered (maltrecho/herido) bodies

Here you can sing one of the most famous songs of the movie.


It's astounding;

Time is fleeting;

Madness takes its toll.

But listen closely...

Not for very much longer.

I've got to keep control.

I remember doing the time-warp

Drinking those moments when

The Blackness would hit me

And the void would be calling...

Let's do the time-warp again.

Let's do the time-warp again.

It's just a jump to the left.

And then a step to the right.

Put your hands on your hips.

You bring your knees in tight.

But it's the pelvic thrust

That really drives you insane.

Let's do the time-warp again.

Let's do the time-warp again.

It's so dreamy, oh fantasy free me.

So you can't see me, no, not at all.

In another dimension, with

voyeuristic intention,

Well secluded, I see all.

With a bit of a mind flip

You're into the time slip.

And nothing can ever be the same.

You're spaced out on sensation.

Like you're under sedation.

Let's do the time-warp again.

Let's do the time-warp again.

Well I was walking down the street

just a-having a think

When a snake of a guy gave me an

evil wink.

He shook-a me up, he took me by surprise.

He had a pickup truck, and the

devil's eyes.

He stared at me and I felt a change.

Time meant nothing, never would again.

Let's do the time-warp again.

Let's do the time-warp again.

It's just a jump to the left.

And then a step to the right.

Put your hands on your hips.

You bring your knees in tight.

But it's the pelvic thrust

That really drives you insane.

Let's do the time-warp again.

Let's do the time-warp again.

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Taste of Ireland (2)

 Pub Culture

You have probably noticed (fijado ) that there seems to be an Irish bar in every town in the world. But these are often poor imitations of a real Irish pub. Pub culture is a very important part of society and in rural communities the village pub is the centre of all social life. Men (and many women) drink pints (pinta 0,57 litros) of stout (only tourists ask for half a pint!).

Make sure you buy a “round”(ronda) for everyone in your group!

A Glass of Whiskey

An Irish pub is the perfect place to try (probar ) one of its excellent whiskies. Many whisky connoisseurs prefer it to Scottish whisky because of its smooth (suave) taste. The Irish have had a lot of time to perfect their distilling; they have produced whisky for more than a thousand years. For something special, try a glass of 12-year-old Jameson’s or Bushmill’s.

Oysters and Guinness

 With its long coastline, it is not surprising that Ireland has excellent fish and seafood.(marisco) Salmon, trout, prawns,(gambas ) mussels (mejillones) and oysters are some of its specialities. In fact ( de hecho ) there is a festival dedicated exclusively to oysters. The Galway International Oyster Festival is more than fifty years old and attracts visitors from different countries (see www.galwayoysterfest.com). You can eat oysters with champagne, but an authentic combination is to accompany them with a pint of Guinness!

 The Irish love cakes, and one of their favourites is Barmbrack. It is made with dried (secos ) fruit soaked (puesto en en remojo ) overnight  in tea. Originally it was a cake that was eaten at Halloween and contained a pea,(guisante ) a piece of cloth, a stick (un palo) and a ring.(X) The person who received a piece with the ring would be married before a year had passed! Now it is served all year with butter and lots of tea. Maybe  you will still find a ring in your slice!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Story of Jack O' Lantern.

The original Jack O'Lantern was not a pumpkin (calabaza). The Jack O'Lantern legend goes back hundreds of years in Irish History.

Jack, an Irish man, grew up in a simple village where he earned a reputation for cleverness as well as laziness (vagancia). In order to earn money to spend at the local pub, he looked for an "easy shilling" from gambling (juego), a pastime at which he excelled. In his whole life he never made a single enemy, never made a single friend and never performed a selfless (desinteresado) act for anyone. Stingy Jack, a miserable and old drunk, liked to play tricks on everyone: family, friends, his mother and even the Devil (demonio) himself.

One day, he tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree (manzano). Once the Devil climbed up the apple tree, Stingy Jack hurriedly (apresuradamente) placed (colocó) crosses around the trunk (tronco) of the tree. The Devil was then unable to get down the tree. Stingy Jack made the Devil promise him not to take his soul when he died. Once the devil promised not to take his soul, Stingy Jack removed the crosses and let the Devil down.
Many years later, when Jack finally died, he went to the pearly gates of Heaven (las puertas del paraíso) and was told by Saint Peter that he was too mean and too cruel and had led a miserable and worthless life on earth. He then went down to Hell.

But the Devil kept his promise and would not allow him to enter Hell. Now Jack was scared and had nowhere to go but to wander (deambular) about forever in the darkness between Heaven and Hell. He asked the Devil how he could leave as there was no light. The Devil tossed him a burning coal (carbón ardiendo) from the flames of Hell to help him light (alumbrar) his way. Jack placed the ember (brasa) in a hollowed out (agujereado) Turnip (nabo), one of his favorite foods which he always carried around with him whenever he could steal one.

For that day onward (a partir de ese día), Stingy Jack roamed (vagar por) the earth without a resting place, lighting his way as he went with his "Jack O'Lantern".

Since, on all Hallow's eve, the Irish hollowed out turnips, rutabagas, gourds,  potatoes and beets. They placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away.

The Irish brought the tradition of the Jack O'Lantern to America. The Irish immigrants quickly discovered that Pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve out (esculpir). So they used pumpkins for Jack O'Lanterns.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Hobbit

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves (enanos) , in search of gold guarded by a dragon called Smaug. A reluctant partner (socio) in this dangerous search is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving, unambitious hobbit. Encounters ( encuentro, especialmente por casualidad) with trolls (gnomo)  goblins (duendes) , dwarves , elves (elfos) and giant spiders,conversations with the dragon and the presence at the Battle of the Five Armies are some of the adventures that happen to Bilbo. But there are lighter moments as well: good fellowship (compañerismo) , meals, laughter and song.

First published in September 1937, the Hobbit was originally written by Professor Tolkien for his own children. It was immediately successful when published and forms a prelude to "The Lord Of The Rings".
The first part of the long-awaited film directed by Peter Jackson will be released in December 2012 . Don't miss it !

Meanwhile,enjoy the trailer (subtitles in Spanish)!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Incredible Edible Todmorden

 Todmorden  town lies 17 miles North-East of Manchester.A few years ago a group of people decided to invent something that would perhaps make their town better, perhaps make more people aware of the importance of the environment but do it by talking about local food.  Everybody has got to eat and this  seemed a simple method to unite people. So they started planting  vegetables in municipal tubs (jardineras) by the bus stop , on the railway platform, at the school, in the cemetery, outside the doctor's office...  Their goal was to inspire others to start growing vegetables wherever they could.

Todmorden Police Station
 Planting in the cemetery
Check the results by watching this short film highlighting the work of radical new  food growing movement 'Incredible Edible Todmorden'.