Monthly Archives: July 2012

It wasn’t cool at all…!

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to lose today with Senegal; however, it was a fair lost. Best referee I’ve seen so far. Senegaleses…RUN FAST! And hit hard. It was a pitty Uruguay couldn’t get over the situation.

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Back to my childhood days!

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I went to see the new Spiderman movie and I LOVED IT!

It reminded me of the Spiderman of my childhood when I used to spend all my afternoons watching my favourite superhero’s adventures. Recovering that feeling (which had been obliterated by the last Spiderman saga) was really cool. So, I suggest you  go and see it if you haven’t done it yet.

However, there’s a warning you might take into consideration.  My cousin (who is 32) went with me and he didn’t like it. He found it too emotional, naive and he found some contradictions in the plot I didn’t noticed at all, maybe because I was really carried by the movie. When we were discussing the matter we realized that he had liked The Avengers a lot while I found it quite simple and dark (not regarding the plot, but the very lack of daylight throughout the movie) and generally unsubstantial. Just blowing and destroying stuff.  Great special effects because everything seems real, but none that’ll keep your mouth (or mind) opened.

So; it might be a matter of ages (I’m older than him, but not that much! 😉 , or just tastes; but if you didn’t like The Avengers much, this is a movie for you. Another hint: Today I met my 11-year-old students and they told me they missed Tobey Maguire.

Well then! How was it like for you?

What the f…!?

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I’m getting ready for going back to work tomorrow after a 60-days-sick-leave due to my knee surgery. I’m a teacher of English and considering the relevance of next coming week,  I’ve been researching all morning about the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Everything was more or less moral and touching until I got to listen to the official song and read the lyrics…

I can just say, what the ef/ ju:/si:/kei… are they thinking! The lyrics revolve around “I won’t forgive, the vengeance is mine, whatever it takes, to stay alive”; ALIVE! For God’s sake! It’s just a sports competition and it’s supposed to get people together towards a better understanding and cooperation among humankind.

Besides the fact that the song itself sucks, they’ve ruined this Olympic Games for me beforehand. What a bunch of craps! I won’t provide any information about the song; not even to support my point of view. They just deserve oblivion!

Further explanations.

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Everybody knows that a joke that must be explained is not THAT funny; however, if you come across these flyers in the net you might wonder what they mean so here I go… It’s something usual among learners of English in Uruguay to play around with the language so as to give some idiosyncratic idioms a literal translation knowing, beforehand, that they’re meaningless and/or nonsense in English.

I just picked the ones I considered most funny or relevant.

In Spanish “Tiranos temblad” One verse of our National Anthem.

In Spanish “Vayan pelando las chauchas” It’s one verse of a humorous folk song. It’s from 1950 when Uruguay had won its second world cup and seemed invincible. It’s a very rude, arrogant, but popular one.

MY FAVOURITE! and a National moto.

In Spanish “Los de afuera son de palo”. History tells that in the final game for the World Cup in 1950, the Uruguayan National Team received a visit at their locker room of FIFA CEOs who basically told the players that their performance had been great so far, beyond what everybody expected and… it was enough. They were going to play against Brazil, the host country and a football superpower! They’d rather play low and go quietly home with a second place. Alcides Ghiggia, the player who scored the winning goal told that nobody said a word when they left the locker room and walked down the corridor, but when they were about to enter the pitch and the team was alone, Obdulio Varela, the captain, faced them and said the phrase “los de afuera son de palo” meaning this is nobody’s business but ours. That day Uruguay won its second world cup.

I think this doesn’t need an explanation, does it? It’s just obvious! 😉

I’d have just changed “the” for “its”, but who’s to blame in matters of articles, pronouns, or prepositions in English?

Ah!! Futbol!

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Yeah! In Spanish… FUTBOL! I wish you bloggers around the world could understand what it means to us Uruguayans. I leave a link to a campaign that was started some days ago to support our National Team at the London Olympics. Unfortunately, most of its humor can be wholly understood only by… Uruguayans. However, I’ll try to explain some of them in further posts. We can’t forget our other athletes! We are proud of all of them!

We are a tiny, tiny nation. Quite poor and not located in a good neighborhood and even so…

One Step Further.

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OK. I’ve had some time now to listen to Madonna’s CD and I’ve got into the reverse process. I’m not skipping songs I don’t like, but repeating and repeating two or three that I really like.  I prefered to pick links to audio only because those from live performances don’t sound that good. I hope you agree with me and enjoy my selection. I also hope you don’t take offence if I say that I don’t see what’s so cool about Nicki Ninaj.