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Something for the weekend!

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Movie of the week: Looper

Looper is a time travel movie, set in a near future where time travel doesn’t exist but will be invented in a few decades. It’s dark in tone and involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is to simply shoot them so the target will vanish from the future but there are some problems.

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Album of the week: Red by Taylor Swift

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Amazing fact of the week: Popsicles

 The Popsicle was invented by an 11 year old who kept it secret for 18 years. The inventor was Frank Epperson who left a mixture of powdered soda and water outside, which contained a stick. That night, temperatures in San Francisco reached a record low temperature. When he woke the next morning, he discovered that it had frozen to the stick, creating a fruit flavoured ice treat. 18 years later he patented it and called it the Popsicle.

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time travel (n.) = travel to the past or the future = viaje a través del tiempo

crime syndicate (n.) = organised ring of illegal activity = mafia

blindfolded (adj.) = when the eyes have been covered = con los ojos vendados

to vanish (v.) = to disappear = desaparecer

singer-songwriter (n.) = someone who writes and sings their own songs = cantautor

record deal (n.) = recording contract = contrato de grabación

patented (adj.) = exclusivity to sell something = patentado

Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Taken 2

Bryan Mills, the former CIA man who rescued his daughter Kim from some Albanian human traffickers in the film ‘Taken’, is being targeted by the families of the men he killed. When he goes to Istanbul on a job, he invites Kim and her mother, Leonor, whose marriage is on the rocks to join him. When the Albanians learn of this they try to kidnap them and are seeking revenge against Bryan. Haz click para conocer los mejores Cursos de Inglés Online

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Album of the week: ‘Battle Born’ by the Killers

The Killers are an American indie-rock band. Hailing from Las Vegas, they rose to fame with the release of their debut album, Hot Fuss in 2004. The line-up of the band is Brandon Flowers on lead vocals and keyboards, Ronnie Vannucci Junior on drums, Mark Stoermer on bass and vocals and Dave Keuning on guitar and vocals. ‘Battle Born’ is the name of their new album, which they released after a hiatus.

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Amazing fact of the week: Giraffes

It’s not easy to catch a giraffe when it is sleeping, because they get so little of it! Always vigilant for predators, giraffes just sleep for a few minutes at a time, and usually only get about 30 minutes total in a single day.

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on the rocks (adv.) = in trouble, falling apart = desmoronándose

to seek revenge (v.) = buscar revancha

to hail from (v.) = to come from a place = ser de

hiatus (n.) = a break, pause = interrupción

vigilant (adj.) = alert = alerta, vigilante 

What to do this weekend in Madrid!

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Muse concert

Welcome to Love Speaking’s weekend guide. This week we are focusing on a concert in Madrid, which you can read about and improve your English at the same time!

Whether you enjoy watching movies, going to the theater, attending concerts and sports events or enjoying the nightlife, there is always something for everyone!

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Quick Facts!

  • Date: 20th October 2012
  • Where: Sports Palace, Madrid
  • Metro: Goya (L2, L4) / O’Donnell (L6) / Príncipe de Vergara (L2, L9)
  • Band: Muse
  • Genre of music: Alternative rock

Description

The English alternative rock band presents its new album, ‘The 2nd Law’. The new work by the group made up of Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard is influenced by dubstep, marking an unexpected new step in their successful music career.

The members met during their stay at Teignmouth Community College and Coombeshead College in the early 1990s. They each played with different groups until 1994, when they got together under the name Gothic Plague, which they later changed to Fixed Penalty.

After winning a local battle of the bands, they decided to leave Teignmouth, quit college and their old jobs, and adopted what would be their definitive name: Muse. From then on, their career has been one continuous ascent to fame, boosted by critics and fans alike.

The band has got a very special relationship with Madrid: on November 28, 2009, a large number of cameras recorded the show they did in the capital to make the music video ‘Resistance’, and their concert at Vicente Calderón Stadium in June 2010 can be described as historic.

Nuevo vocabulario

Dubstep (n.)  =  instrumental music similar to electronic  = música instrumental y electrónica

Definitive (adj.)  =  fixed and final form  =  definitivo/final

Ascend to fame (v.)  =  to become famous and well-known  =  ascender a la fama

Historic (adj.)  =  important or well-known in history  =  histórico

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