Apr 29, 2012

Exercises from 'Spain changes size in clothes for women'

  1. Complete the sentences using information from the text

a) If the agreement is successful…, weight-related disorders such as anorexia or bulimia would fall in all the country.
b) Information on hip and shoulder sizes…will be obligatory in all women's clothes.
c) Minister Elena Salgado said that male's size will change if the agreement with fashion companies goes well.
d) The agreement… between Spanish goverment and fashion houses such as Zara or El Corte Ingles will mean the change in clothes size for women.

  1. Can you summarize the basic aims and terms of the agreement?

The text mentions that the Spanish Ministry of Health, Elena Salgado and some Fashion houses have approved that the size of women in the clothes are more comfortable for everyone. For that, mannequins in fashion stories will be more size 38 and size 46 will no longer be considered extra-size. Information on hip and shoulder sizes will be obligatory in all clothes.

  1. In your opinion, is there a direct connection between the world of fashion and weight-related disorders (anorexia, bulimia, etc.)?

From my point of view I think that is there a direct connection between the world of fashion and weight-related disorders because some clothing companies make t-shirts or dresses of small sizes. Therefore I agree with these measures.

Apr 13, 2012

Pinterest: Books

Source: melibro.com via Jose on Pinterest

A beautiful novel about the simplicity of life, happiness, friendship, love and maturity.

The novel anticipates the development of reproductive technology and sleep-learning that combine to change society. The future society is an embodiment of the ideals that form the basis of futurology. A disturbing story about the future of humanity.

Source: google.es via Jose on Pinterest

In I Am a Cat, a narrator arrogant cat describes the life of a variety of Japanese middle-class people. A funny story about humanity as seen through the eyes of a cat.

Apr 7, 2012

Falling Down - Bad day

A laid-off defense worker, kept from seeing his child on her birthday by a restraining order, looks at the landscape of moral decay in Los Angeles on one hot, congested day and, after being mugged, snaps. What follows is his bitter and pathetic mission of justice, vengeance and vindication that reads uncomfortably like too many news stories. 

Mar 10, 2012

Movie for A Rained-Out Ball Game presents: The Stupid

"People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history." George W. Bush

Mar 4, 2012

My Daily Spanish Routines! (with SoundCloud)

Hi, my name is Jose, I study at the IES Mediterranean Institute of Cartagena (Murcia) in Spain. To learn more about Spain I'm going to tell you my every day in this beautiful country. 

Every day I wake up at 7:30 a.m., I get dressed and I comb my hair. I have a typical breakfast in Spain, a carajillo with a 'sobado'. I say goodbye to my father who get up later to try to find a work. I leave my house to the Institute at 8:04 a.m. and I'm always late, as a good Spanish man.

Mondays in class are horrible, despite of the fact that I go back to see my buddies we're all tired but it happens every day and we want to arrive at the break in the refectory where the barwoman serves tapas of potato omelette, ham or squid (delicious!). When everyone has finished eating, the barman put on well-known songs here as Paquito El Chocolatero, Que viva España of Manolo Escobar or El Torito bravo of El Fary and we dance with emotion and joy.

Every day we have class of Latin, Greek, philosophy, History of Art, classes of Spanish guitar and typical dances of the country. We can't forget English class where we learn to thank the Lords of Despeñaperros who impersonates a nice Anglo-Saxon. In Spanish language classes we read a chapter of Don Quixote and analyze it on syntax. In History of Spain we watch every day a film about the Civil War of Spain although sometimes the teacher prefer some Paco Martinez Soria's movie or Andrés Pajares's and Fernando Esteso’s.

At the end of classes I come home where my father, who is looking for work, has prepared a succulent and very Spanish food: potato omelette with squid and tapas of olives and ham. After finishing eating around 4 p.m. I need some sleep and I have a siesta. At 6 p.m. I wake up, turn on the computer and I watch on youtube the Iniesta's goal in the final of the World Cup to remember one of the most important event in Spain. In the afternoon I do homework and study all subjects although I do breaks to read a daily sports newspaper.

At night, I have a paella or 'callos' for dinner and a good banana Canary Islands for dessert. At 12 p.m. I go to my bed until the following day and until the weekend where I go to Cartagena center where, as in all Spain, there are many bars in every corner where you can imbue with a friendly atmosphere.

If you want to come to Spain, doubt, it's a fabulous place for a crazy and intercultural party (though not for employment and honesty), you will have a good time in La Tomatina, San Fermines or Fallas from Valencia, I assure you. We're the country with more unemployment in Europe but we have a joy in the body that no one in the world has. Olé.