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.
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.
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