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American Hustle

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Movie of the week: Warm Bodies

WARM-BODIES-Image-022A funny new twist on a classic love story, Warm Bodies is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R  encounters Julie, and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.

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Album of the week: Love Songs by Destiny’s Child


Love Songs is the third compilation album by American R&B girl group Destiny’s Child. The album differs from their first two compilations in that it features mostly album-only selections as well as the newly recorded song “Nuclear”, the first original song from Destiny’s Child since the group disbanded in 2005 which you can hear below. Destiny’s Child recently performed together at the Superbowl halftime show which sparked rumours that they were recording new songs together for future albums.

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Amazing facts of the week: Valentine’s Day

valentines-day-2013-hd-wallpapers1More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day each year.

Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets given on Valentine’s Day.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

Nuevo vocabulario

poignant (adj.) = strongly affecting or moving emotions

epidemic (n.) = a rapid spread or increase of a disease

comical (adj.) = producing laughter; amusing; funny

to disband (v.) = to break up

to spark (v.) = to stimulate interest or activity around something

Valentine’s Day (n.) = February 14, observed in honor of St. Valentine as a day for the exchange of valentines and other tokens of love.

bouquet (n.) = a bunch of flowers

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Movie of the week: Flight

flight-movieIn this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

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Album of the week: The Awakening by James Morrison

UK-Charts-James-Morrisons-The-Awakening-schlaegt-Nirvana-mit-VideoJames Morrison is an English singer-songwriter who first gained fame with his debut single ‘You Give Me Something’ which was a hit in Europe, Australia, Japan, entering the top 5 in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He has collaborated with other singers such as Jessie J and Nelly Furtado on some songs in his albums. The songs in ‘The Awakening‘ have deep meaning for James since he became a father as he was in the recording studio.

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Amazing facts of the week

MON_12_01285_Screenshot_01_800x600People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t as it lowers stress and strengthens the immune system.

The longest Monopoly game in history lasted 70 days straight.

Think of a number. Multiply it by 2. Add any even number. Divide your answer by 2. Subtract your original number.  Your answer will always be half of the EVEN number you added.

Nuevo vocabulario

miraculously (adj.) = something so astounding as to suggest it is miracle

catastrophe (n.) = a complete failure

to hail (v.) = to be acknowledged as

to collaborate (v.) = to work together in a joint effort

awakening (n.) = the start of anawareness or feeling about something

healthier (adj.) = being in good health

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Movie of the week: Silver Linings Playbook

Silver-Linings-Playbook-posterLife doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano has lost everything – his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

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Album of the week: Right Place, Right Time by Olly Murs

Olly-Murs-Right-Place-Right-TimeOlly Murs is an English song-writer who came into the public eye when he auditioned for the talent show, The X Factor UK where he instantly became a favourite among the show’s fans. He progressed through all stages of the show and reached the final where he finished an impressive second place. He has gone on to release a number of albums in Europe but is now hoping his new album can help him break into the American market. His hit song from his new album is called ‘Troublemaker‘ and features American rapper Flo Rida.

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Amazing facts of the week

detail_venusIf you are struck by lightning, your skin will be heated to 28,000 degrees Centigrade, hotter than the surface of the Sun.

“Bookkeeper” is the only word in English language with three consecutive double letters.

All the planets in our solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Nuevo vocabulario

to reconnect (v.) = to link or be linked together again

unexpected (adj.) = something that comes without a warning or is unforeseen

silver lining (n.) = a comforting prospect in an unhappy situation

instantly (adv.) = immediately

impressive (adj.) = making a strong impression

troublemaker (n.) = someone who stirs up trouble

anticlockwise (adv.) = counterclockwise, opposite direction of the clock

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Movie of the week: Django Unchained

django-unchained-movie-image-christoph-waltz-jamie-foxxIn 1858, several male slaves are chained and being transported after being purchased by the Speck Brothers. Among the slaves is Django, who has been sold away from his wife, Broomhilda. The Speck brothers encounter Dr. King Schultz, a German immigrant dentist from Düsseldorf and, unbeknownst to them, bounty hunter. Schultz takes Django and kills one of the Speck brothers, leaving the fate of the other Speck brother to the remaining slaves.

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Album of the week: Plus by Ed Sheeran

ed-sheeran-concertsAfter dropping out of school at the age of 16, Ed Sheeran spent his student grant on rail tickets moving place to place performing at open-mic nights across the United Kingdom where he would sleep on fans’ sofas. This album was his first commercial breakthrough which saw him rise to fame with his singles such as ‘The A Team’ and ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’. Regardless of how successful the album was, some critics still gave negative reviews.

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Amazing facts of the week

taco-bellAlaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys.

Until coffee gained popularity, beer was the breakfast beverage of choice in some parts of the United States.

Taco Bell is named for its founder, Glen Bell.

Nuevo vocabulario

unbeknownst (adj.) = without someone’s knowledge

bounty hunter (noun) = someone who hunts criminals in return for money

grant (noun) = an amount of money given to support something

open-mic night (noun) = where anyone can perform or sing in a pub or club

breakthrough (noun) = the act of overcoming an obstacle to achieve a goal

beverage (noun) = a drink, usually excluding water

founder (noun) = the person who started the company

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Movie of the week: Zero Dark Thirty

zero-dark-thirty1Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden.

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Album of the week: Babel by Mumford & Sons

mumford-album_320Babel is the second studio album by British indie folk band Mumford & Sons. In late 2010, Mumford & Sons had already begun road-testing new material that they had been working on. Most of these songs, including “Broken Crown” and “Below My Feet”, had already been played live on numerous occasions before the album’s release. Mumford & Sons decided not to change their sound on Babel, which is the follow-up to 2009′s highly successful Sigh No More, which elevated them to international fame.

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Amazing facts of the week

080313-snakes-ireland_bigThe area that has the longest life expectancy in the world is Japan. It is believed the longevity of its locals has something to do with their daily menu, which is full of vegetables, fish, grains and dairy products.

Ireland is the only European country where there are no snakes. New Zealand and Hawaii are other places in the world where there are no native snakes.

Nuevo vocabulario

Reluctant (adj.) = not eager; unwilling

Detainees (n.) = a person held in confinement

To uncover (v.) = to reveal or disclose

Road-testing (n.) = to test something in a real environment or context

To elevate (v.) = to raise to a higher position

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Movie of the week: Les Miserables


‘Les Miserables’ follows Jean Valjeun, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child. Valjean promise to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets.

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Album of the week: All That Echoes by Josh Grobanall_that_echoes_2

‘All That Echoes’ is the new album by American singer-songwriter Josh Groban, produced by Rob Cavallo. It is his sixth studio album which features tracks such as ‘False Alarms’, ‘Below the Line’ and ‘She Moved Through the Fair’. The main single is called ‘Brave‘ which you can listen to below. Josh Groban has to date, sold over 25 million records worldwide and is the top selling classical artist of the 2000s in the US.

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Amazing facts of the week

  • ken marshall4The 2nd president of the United States (John Adams) and 3rd president of the United States (Thomas Jefferson) both died within just a few hours apart of each other on the same exact day. They are the only two presidents to die on the same day of the same year.
  • When the Titanic departed from the port it was documented to have carried around  1000 loaves of bread, 86,000 pounds of meat, 40,000 eggs and 36,000 apples to feed the passengers and crew on the 7 day voyage.
Nuevo vocabulario

Ruthless (adj.) = Having no compassion or pity; merciless

Barricade (n.) = Something that serves as an obstacle; a barrier

Innkeeper (n.) = One that owns or manages an inn or hotel

Brave (adj.) = Possessing or displaying courage; valiant.

To depart (v.) = To go away; leave

Voyage (n.) = A long journey to a foreign or distant place, especially by sea

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This week’s Something for the Weekend features the movie ‘The Hobbit’ which has finally been released after a long and exciting wait, the new album ‘Unorthadox Jukebox’ by Bruno Mars and some interesting laws from around the world! Check it out!

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Movie of the Week: The Hobbit

The Hobbit” follows the main character ‘Bilbo Baggins’, who is swept into an quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by a dragon. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining the company of thirteen dwarves led by a legendary warrior.

Album: Unorthadox Jukebox by Bruno Mars

Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was born on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. By the late 2000s, he started finding success by writing songs for other popular artists such K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag,” the theme song for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. After several years as one of the pop music’s premier songwriters, he broke out as a singer in his own right with the 2010 hit “Nothin’ on You.” His new album is called Unorthadox Jukebox and features the single ‘Locked Out of Heaven’.

Interesting laws!

Denmark: Attempting to escape from prison is not illegal, however, if one he is caught he is required to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

Israel: Bicycles may not ridden without a license.

Isle of Jersey: It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season because they needed every man to help with the fishing during the busy seasons.


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Movie of the week: The Life of Pi

Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, The Life of Pi is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.

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Album of the week: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

The album’s music is typified by Alicia Key’s’ heightened singing and piano playing. It is an R&B album, which also showcases her attempt at different styles, which range from electro soul and hip hop, rock and reggae flourishes. The songs are mostly mid-tempo and feature unconventional chords and melodic changes. Even with lots of promotion on MTV and at iTunes festival, the album received mixed reviews with most critics disliking the cliches in the lyrics of her songs.

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Amazing facts of the week

  • By 2010, India became home to the largest population of English speakers in the world.
  • The subway in London, more commonly known as the Underground or “tube” in London, has 970,000,000 passengers each year. That is over 3 times the population of the entire US.
  • The city of Istanbul, Turkey, one of the largest cities in Europe, is on two different continents - Europe and Asia.
Nuevo vocabulario

precocious (adj.) = showing  mature qualities at an unusually early age

freighter (n.) = a ship used in the transportation of goods

shipwreck (n.) = the destruction or loss of a ship in the ocean

flourishes (n.) = with a hint of drama and style (in the music)

unconventional (adj.) = not conforming to the accepted rules

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Movie of the week: The Words

The Words follows young writer who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There’s only one catch – he didn’t write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary stardom continues to rise, he is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man’s work, and for placing ambition and success above life’s most fundamental three words.

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Album of the week: Take Me Home by One Direction

‘Take Me Home’ is the title of One Direction’s latest album after the huge success of their previous album, ‘Up All Night’. One Direction are also set to embark on their second concert tour, the 2013 World Tour, in February 2013. Announced by member Liam Payne at the 2012 BRIT Awards in early 2012, the original concert tour was billed as the UK & Ireland Arena Tour. In mid-2012, the concert tour expanded with legs in North America and Australasia following the band’s international breakthrough. Critical reception for the album was mixed, with positive reviewers praising the show-stopping pop anthems.

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Amazing fact of the week: Honey

There’s a lot of commotion around the “buy local” mantra these days, but there may be more in it for you that you realize, especially when it comes to honey. By buying locally-produced honey, your body gets small doses of the same pollen that can trigger your allergies. In the same fashion that a vaccine works, by giving your body the honey, allergies may be dramatically reduced. So the closer you live to the beekeeper, the better off you are!

Nuevo vocabulario

stardom (n.) = fame, success = estrellato

fundamental (adj.) = basic, essential = fundamental

legs (n.) = part of the course of travel = tramo

mantra (n.) = a constantly repeated word or phrase = mantra

pollen (n.) = powder substance produced by seed-bearing plants = polen

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Movie of the week: Cosmopolis

New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut, his eyes are glued to the Yuan exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying his bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every minute.

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Album of the week: The 2nd Law by Muse

‘The 2nd Law’ is the sixth studio album by English alternative rock band Muse. Critical reception was favourable, with praise directed towards the album’s ambition and bombastic tendencies; whilst also being criticized for incorporating too many genres and influences.  In an interview, the band mentioned that they had experimented with music and sounds in particular, which makes this album their most experimental piece they have ever created.

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Amazing fact of the week: Rubix cubes

Every possible state of a standard Rubix cube can be solved in 20 moves or less. Anyone who is serious about trying to solve the Rubix cube can use algorithms and sequences to solve the puzzle in a little number of steps. Algorithms that can be remembered by humans can be used to solve it in 40 moves or less, but with the use of a computer, this number can be halved to 20.

Nuevo vocabulario

civilization (n.) = culture, society = civilización

uncontested (adj.) = not challenged = incontestado

chauffeured (v.) = privately driven = conducido

bombastic (adj.) = high-sounding, pretentious = bombástico

experimental (adj.) = testing technique = experimental

algorithm (n.) = problem-solving sequences = algoritmo

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