viernes, 27 de mayo de 2016

JOSEPHINE TEY, THE DAUGHTER OF TIME (1951)

JOSEPHINE TEY, THE DAUGHTER OF TIME (1951)



Alan Grant, Scotland Yard Inspector (a character who also appears in five other novels by the same author) is confined to bed in hospital with a broken leg. Bored and of restless mind, he becomes intrigued by a reproduction of a portrait of King Richard III brought to him by a friend. He prides himself on being able to read a person's character from his appearance, and King Richard seems to him a gentle and kind and wise man. Why is everyone so sure that he was a cruel murderer? With the help of friends and acquaintances, Alan Grant investigates the case of the Princes in the Tower. Grant spends weeks pondering historical information and documents with the help of an American researcher for the British Museum. Using his detective's logic, he comes to the conclusion that the claim of Richard being a murderer is a fabrication of Tudor propaganda, as is the popular image of the King as a monstrous hunchback.
Further, the book explores how history is constructed, and how certain versions of events come to be widely accepted as the truth, despite a lack of evidence. "The Daughter of Time" of the title is from a quote by Sir Francis Bacon: "Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority." Grant comes to understand the ways that great myths are constructed, and how in this case, the victorious Tudors saw to it that their version of history prevailed.

Read the following passage from the book then answer the questions below

(chapter 8, pp. 105-107)

'About that murder--' the boy said; and paused.

'Yes?'

'About the murder the murder of those two boys--isn't it odd that no one
talks of it?'

'How do you mean: no one talks of it?'

'These last three days I've been going through contemporary papers:
letters and what not. And no one mentions them at all.'

'Perhaps they were afraid to. It was a time when it paid to be discreet.'

'Yes: but I'll tell you something even odder. You know that Henry brought      
a Bill of Attainder against Richard, after Bosworth. Before Parliament. I
mean. Well, he accuses Richard of cruelty and tyranny but doesn't even mention the murder.'

'What!' said Grant, startled.

'Yes, you may look startled.'

'Are you sure?'

'Quite sure.'

'But Henry got possession of the Tower immediately on his arrival in London after Bosworth. If the boys were missing it is incredible that he
should not publish the fact immediately. It was the trump card in his hand.' He lay in surprised silence for a little, The sparrows on the window-sill quarrelled loudly. 'I can't make sense of it.' he said. 'What
possible explanation can there be for his omission to make capital out of
the fact that the boys were missing?'

Brent shifted his long legs to a more comfortable position. 'There is only one explanation,' he said. 'And that is that the boys weren't missing.'

There was a still longer silence this time, while they stared at each other.

'Oh, no, it's nonsense,' Grant said. 'There must be some obvious explanation that we are failing to see.'

'As what, for instance?'

'I don't know. I haven't had time to think.'

'I've had nearly three days to think, and I still haven't thought up a reason that will fit. _Nothing_ will fit the facts except the conclusion
that the boys were alive when Henry took over the Tower. It was a completely unscrupulous Act of Attainder; it accused Richard's followers--the loyal followers of an anointed King fighting against an invader--of treason. Every accusation that Henry could possibly make with any hope of getting away with it was put into that Bill. And the very worst he could accuse Richard of was the usual cruelty and tyranny. The boys aren't even mentioned.'

'It's fantastic.'

'It's unbelievable. But it is fact.'

'What it means is that there was _no contemporary accusation at all_.'

'That's about it.'

'But… but wait a minute. Tyrrel was hanged for the murder. He actually confessed to it before he died. Wait a minute.' He reached for Oliphant
and sped through the pages looking for the place. 'There's a full account
of it here somewhere. There was no mystery about it. Even the Statue of
Liberty knew about it.'

'_Who?_'

'The nurse you met in the corridor. It was Tyrrel who committed the murder and he was found guilty and confessed before his death.'

Was that when Henry took over in London, then?'

'Wait a moment. Here it is.' He skimmed down the paragraph. 'No, it was
in 1502.' He realised all of a sudden what he had just said, and repeated
in a new, bewildered tone: 'In--1502.'

'But--but--but that was--'

'Yes. Nearly twenty years afterwards.'

Brent fumbled for his cigarette case, took it out, and then put it hastily away again.

'Smoke if you like,' Grant said. 'It's a good stiff drink I need. I don't think my brain can be working very well. I feel the way I used to feel as
a child when I was blindfolded and whirled round before beginning a blindman's-buff game.'

'Yes,' said Carradine. He took out a cigarette and lighted it.
'Completely in the dark, and more than a little dizzy.'

He sat staring at the sparrows.

'Forty million schoolbooks can't be wrong,' Grant said after a little.

'Can't they?'

'Well, can they!'

'I used to think so, but I'm not so sure nowadays.'






Questions


  1. Who is Alan Grant?
  2. What is he investigating on? Why?
  3. Who is he talking to in the passage above?
  4. What are  the two men discussing?
  5. What is unbelievable?
  6. What does Grant mean saying: “Forty million schoolbooks can’t be wrong”?





miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2016

GRAMMAR: Using defining and non-defining relative clauses

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/grammar-videos/relative-clauses









You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond






6 Minute Basic Grammar: Defining relative clauses - BBC Learning English

You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

You're the one that I Want - Relative clauses

Boarding Schools in the UK: Class

You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

Settling in to UK student life Education UK

lunes, 23 de mayo de 2016

Oasis-Wonderwall lyrics

You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams





TAYLOR SWIFT Wildest Dreams lyrics

He said let's get out of this town
Drive out of the city
Away from the crowds
I thought heaven can't help me now
Nothing lasts forever
But this is gonna take me down
He's so tall, and handsome as hell
He's so bad but he does it so well
I can see the end as it begins, my one condition is

Say you'll remember me
Standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset, babe
Red lips and rosy cheeks
Say you'll see me again even if it's just in your wildest dreams
Wildest dreams

I said "No one has to know what we do,"
His hands are in my hair, his clothes are in my room
And his voice is a familiar sound, nothing lasts forever
But this is getting good now
He's so tall, and handsome as hell
He's so bad but he does it so well
And when we've had our very last kiss
My last request is

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
Say you'll remember me
Standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset, babe
Red lips and rosy cheeks
Say you'll see me again even if it's just in your wildest dreams
Wildest dreams

You see me in hindsight
Tangled up with you all night
Burnin' it down
Some day when you leave me
I bet these memories follow you around
You see me in hindsight
Tangled up with you all night
Burnin' it down
Some day when you leave me
I bet these memories follow you around

Say you'll remember me
Standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset, babe
Red lips and rosy cheeks
Say you'll see me again even if it's just pretend

Say you'll remember me
Standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset babe
Red lips and rosy cheeks
Say you'll see me again even if it's just in your wildest dreams
In your wildest dreams
Even if it's just in your wildest dreams
In your wildest dreams




 You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

Taylor Swift - Out Of The Woods








"Out Of The Woods"

Looking at it now
It all seems so simple
We were lying on your couch
I remember
You took a Polaroid of us
Then discovered (then discovered)
The rest of the world was black and white
But we were in screaming color
And I remember thinking…

[Chorus 2x:]
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet?
Good

Are we out of the woods?

Looking at it now
Last December (last December)
We were built to fall apart
Then fall back together (back together)
Your necklace hanging from my neck
The night we couldn't quite forget
When we decided (we decided)
To move the furniture so we could dance,
Baby, like we stood a chance
Two paper airplanes flying, flying, flying
And I remember thinkin'

[Chorus 2x]

(Are we out of the woods?!)

Remember when you hit the brakes too soon?
Twenty stitches in the hospital room
When you started cryin', baby, I did, too
But when the sun came up, I was lookin' at you
Remember when we couldn't take the heat
I walked out and said, "I'm settin' you free,"
But the monsters turned out to be just trees
And when the sun came up, you were lookin' at me
You were lookin' at me
You were lookin' at me,
I remember, oh, I remember

[Chorus 4x]

viernes, 6 de mayo de 2016

Are you a romantic? "ROMANTICISM" IN ENGLISH, PHRASES AND ROMANTIC WORDS (Cheesy alert!)

warning: cheesy content! :)


Expresiones palabras románticas en ingles y Formas cariñosas de llamar a alguien en inglés:
Angel=ángel
Beauty=preciosa
Baby=bebé
Babe/ babes=pequeña/o
Cutie=monada
Darling/Dear=cariño
Doll=muñeca
Gorgeous=preciosa
Honey=cariño
Hun=cariño
Kitten=gatita
Love=amor
My love=mi amor
My everything=mi vida
Sweetheart=corazón
Sweetie=dulzura
Formas cariñosas de llamar a alguien en inglés menos comunes:
Honey bunch
Boo
Pet
Seugar lips
Cutie pie
Sweet muffin
Sweet cheeks


Expresiones de amor en inglés: Kiss me=Bésame
Hug me=Abrázame
I need you=Te necesito
I desire you=Te deseo
I miss you=Te echo de menos
I dream about you=sueño contigo
You smell good=Hueles de maravilla
I am attracted to you=Me siento atrído por ti
True love=Amor verdadero
You are gorgeous=Eres divina
Love at first sight=Flechazo
You’re very sexy=Eres muy sexy
Take care of yourself=Cuídate
I like you=Me gustas
You are beautiful=Eres preciosa
You are very lovely=Eres encantador
You have a beautiful smile=Tienes una sonrisa preciosa
I am crazy about you=Estoy loco por ti
Would you like to be my boyfriend (girlfriend)?=¿Quieres ser mi novio (novia)?
I’m very lucky to know you=Soy muy afortunado(a) de conocerte
Since I met you I do nothing else but thinking of you=Desde que te conocí no hago nada más que pensar en ti
You have the prettiest eyes in the world=Tienes los ojos más bonitos del mundo
You have a very beautiful smile=Tienes una sonrisa muy bonita
You are the most wonderful person in the world=Eres la persona más maravillosa del mundo
Give me a kiss=Dame un beso
I wish we were together: desearía que estuviéramos juntos
You are the love of my life=Eres el amor de mi vida
I’m hopelessly in love with you=Estoy locamente enamorado de ti
I always think of you=Siempre estoy pensando en ti
You make me very happy=Me haces muy feliz
I can’t live without you=No puedo vivir sin ti
My first love=Mi primer amor
You are the love of my life: eres el amor de mi vida
I want to be with you forever=Quiero estar contigo para siempre
You are mi soulmate= eres mi alma gemela
I am in love= estoy enamorada/o
I love you so much/madly: te amo con locura
You are my everything= eres mi todo
You are my world= eres mi mundo
You make my heart beat faster= haces que mi corazón se acelere
You give meaning to my life= das sentido a mi vida
I could stare at you forever= podría mirarte para siempre
I want to spend the rest of my life with you= quiero pasar el resto de mi vida contigo
You´ve made my dreams come true= has convertido mis sueños en realidad
My heart melts every time you smile= mi corazón se derrite cada vez que sonríes
I wish you were here=ojalá estuvieras aquí
I never felt like this before= nunca me he sentido así antes
You complete me= me completes
You make me tremble= haces que me estremezca
Never leave me= no me dejes nunca


Diferentes maneras de expresar “te quiero”: I love you: Te amo
I’m in love: Estoy enamorado/ enamorada
I adore you: Te adoro
I miss you: Te extraño
I care about you: Me importas, me preocupo por ti
I like you: Me gustas
I miss you: Te extraño
I need you: te necesito
I think about you: pienso en ti

Otras palabras de amor,cariño y amistad: Abrazo: hug
Admiración: admiration
Adorar: to adore
Afecto: fondness
Amar: to love
Amistad: friendship
Aprecio: regard
Beso: kiss
Boda: wedding
Caricia: caress
Cariño: affection
Casado: married
Compatibilidad: compatibility
Comprometido: engaged
Compromiso: engagement
Coquetear: to flirt
Corazón: heart
Cuidado: care
Deseo: desire
Enamorado: In love
Esposa: wife
Esposo: husband
Extrañar: to miss
Felicidad: happiness
Fidelidad: loyalty
Matrimonio: marriage
Mimos: cuddle
Novia: girlfriend
Novio: boyfriend
Pareja: couple
Pasión: passion
Querer: to love
Relación: relationship
Romance: romance
Sentimiento: feeling
Ternura: tenderness


Mensajes de amor en inglés y español Every moment I spend with you, is like a beautiful dream come true.
(Cada momento que paso contigo, es como un lindo sueño hecho realidad).
When I close my eyes I see you, when I open my eyes I miss you…
(Cuando cierro mis ojos te veo… cuando los abro te echo de menos).
You are the first and the last thing on my mind each and every day.
(Tú eres mi primer y último pensamiento todos y cada uno de mis días).
I’m in LOVE with you.
(Estoy enamorado de ti)
In you, I have found the love of my life and my best friend.
(En ti, he encontrado el amor de mi vida y a mi mejor amigo)
LOVE is not about how much you say: “I love you”, but how much you can prove that it’s true.
(El AMOR no consiste en cuantas veces dices: “te quiero”, sino cuántas veces puedes demostrar que es cierto).
True LOVE bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
(El verdadero AMOR todo lo aguanta, todo lo cree, todo lo espera, todo lo soporta).
LOVE doesn’t make the world round. LOVE is what makes the ride worthwhile.
(El AMOR no hace girar al mundo. El AMOR es el que hace que el viaje valga la pena)
I want someone who says I love you every night and proves it every day.
(Quiero alguien que me diga te amo cada noche y me lo demuestre cada día).
True LOVE doesn’t mean being inseparable; it means being separated and nothing changes.
(El verdadero AMOR no significa ser inseparables, significa que cuando estás separado nada cambia).
LOVE is when you look into someone eyes and see everything you need.
(AMOR es cuando miras a una persona a los ojos y ves todo lo que necesitas).