It’s Friday! Flickr Friday!

It’s Friday again! And today the Flickr Friday is back! As I wanted to celebrate that I’m on vacation I decided to do a colorful selection today! I hope you like it!

And remember, all the photos are the property of the photographers, to go to the original page, just click on the photo.

© ms holmes

© ms holmes

Tibor Arva

© Tibor Arva

© amy lewis

© amy lewis

© Catherine MacBride

© Catherine MacBride

© Ernani Cabañas

© Ernani Cabañas

© Hande Aksoy

© Hande Aksoy

© Hannah McMillan

© Hannah McMillan

© Komkrit Muanchan

© Komkrit Muanchan

© mebemelissa

© mebemelissa

© D. Sharon Pruitt

© D. Sharon Pruitt

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“The Old Man and The Sea” Stop-Motion-Film

Today I stumbled upon a stop-motion film inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Mand and The Sea”. This book was my first contact with Hemingway when I was about ten years old, and I remember that I loved it, I was obsessed with this story for some time.

I read it at the library of the school I studied at. But I had to read the book during the intervals between classes because the librarian did not let me loan the book, she said I was too young for it, and that I should read books for my age. Seriously, she actually told me that. If she only knew how many of her “forbidden” books I read right under her nose by lying down in the back of the library where she wouldn’t see me, or putting the book inside an encyclopedia and pretending to be making a research. I wonder what she would say if she knew this!

Anyway, that’s not what I was supposed to be talking about. What I really wanted was to show you this stop-motion-film that I really liked. It made me want to read “The Old Man and The Sea” again! I hope you enjoy!

 

the old man and the sea from Marcel Schindler on Vimeo.

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Quote of the Week (It’s Shakespeare’s birthday)

Today is William Shakespeare’s probable birthday and also his death anniversary, which I find very creepy to be honest. But, whether he was born on April 23rd or not is not what matters. What matters about Shakespeare is the fact that he introduced more than 3000 words to the English vocabulary that we now make daily use of. What matters is that he wrote 37 plays and 154 works that are known. And there are many other reasons why Shakespeare matters, I could sit here writing the entire night. So, there was no way I could select a Quote of the Week that wasn’t by The Bard. So here it goes, again from one of my favourite plays, Much Ado About Nothing (if you want to see the previous quote from this play click here).

 

Beatrice: I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior Benedick: nobody marks you. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

Beatrice: I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior Benedick: nobody marks you.
Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare

 

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I’m back! And I can actually speak English (apparently)

Hello everyone! I’m so sorry for having disappeared last week. As I had told you some time ago, my computer broke and I had to buy a new one. It took me some time to choose and then the store where I bought it didn’t deliver it when they should have. So I was basically offline last week, and I apologize for that. But now I’m back!

There’s something personal I wanted to share with you, my readers. I recently took an English proficiency test at the university where I study and I’m glad to report that I got 647 in 677. So apparently, I can actually read, write and speak in English and understand the language when spoken! And I bet that I didn’t get a better grade because of the two translations that I had to do in the written test. Which, by the way, I do not agree should be on the test. I mean, how can being able to translate something to Portuguese attest to my proficiency in English? I learned English avoiding translations at all costs because I believe that’s the only way to truly learn another language. And there are words I know in English but I have no idea how to say in Portuguese (yes, it’s true people). So I don’t think that these two translations should have been in the test, but I won’t complain since I got good grades anyway and much more than the 550 that I needed!

Enough about me. I just wanted to comment on another thing before I go back to preparing my seminar presentation about “The New Dress” by Virginia Woolf for my Short Stories in English class. Two hours ago the Kickstarter campaign for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD finished. And they made almost half a million dollars, which is amazing and I’m very proud to be one of the backers of this project. If you like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, keep checking the blog. I’m preparing a special post about it that I will probably post next Monday! Don’t miss it!

See you all tomorrow!

final kickstarter lbd.fw

kickstarter

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Quote of the Week

Walden

Walden – Henry David Thoreau

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“What is a week-end?” – About Downton Abbey

D2_Ep3_LadyVioletI finally finished watching the third season of Downton Abbey last Sunday. The first thing I have to say is that I read a spoiler about the last episode accidentally, and I absolutely hatted it. One might say that it was a good thing so that I was prepared for such happenings, but I’d rather have been surprised. That said I must follow by saying that I actually liked this show.

What got me to watch Downton Abbey at first was purely a historical interest. I am fascinated by the English society of the 19th century. I love the culture, the literature, the lesser amount of meaningless work and, if we could fix women’s situation at the time, I think I would have liked many things to be like they were back then (yep, like having more time to read or walk among nature and less time wasted in traffic). Yes, I know the story is not happening in the 19th century, but it represents the transition from the way the English society was organized to a completely new form and it is wonderful to watch this.

It’s very interesting to see the older and more traditional characters struggling to keep the beliefs they were brought up with alive and still survive in a world that is changing too fast for them to follow. Don’t ask me why these things fascinate me so much, I cannot explain, but I really enjoy watching the conflicting ideas of the landed gentlemen of the time in trying to keep their states and not knowing how to do it without accepting the new ways of the economic and social organization of England.

Historical aspects aside, I also enjoyed all the drama in the show. I’m not going to talk specifically about anything here because I do not want to give spoilers to anyone who might want to watch Downton Abbey. There are many compelling characters, there is no doubt about that, although I think not all of them are explored as much as they could.

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One of the highlights of the show for me is Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. Could she be any more perfect? Smith is astounding in her role. Her character, Violet, is one of the most interesting too. She believes in the old social conventions and traditions, and she will do all she can to keep them alive. But she also seems aware that things will change, and there’s not much she can do. In my opinion, Violet is more open to new ideas than her son, Robert. The title of this post “What is a Week-end?” is one of my favourite lines from the show. This is from the first season and the Dowager Countess of Grantham asked this question at the dinner table after Matthew says that he has got a job, but will have time to learn about the estate on the weekends. The scene is just hilarious and delightfully well done!

Another aspect that I want to bring attention to is that, in my opinion, the show seems a bit too much sometimes. That is probably because everything, and I mean everything, that could possibly happen to a landed family that is part of the English aristocracy at this time of change, happens to the Crawley family. There are just too many coincidences sometimes. Once again, I won’t mention any specific events, but if you have watched all the three seasons, you know what I’m talking about.

All in all, Downton Abbey is a show worth watching, especially if you are interested in historical aspects of the beginning of the 20th century! And if you are not interested in history or in the dramas of the English aristocracy, then you should still watch it because of Maggie Smith (I’m serious, she is great!).

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Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

krik krakSeparation and memory. These are the two things that, for me, define the lives of Edwidge Danticat’s characters in Krik? Krak!. The nine interconnected stories present us with the struggles of different women that have to deal with the political tension and the poverty in their country, Haiti, and how they affect their lives. Each story tells us about the pain and suffering that are the common trait of characters that have different backgrounds and varying expectations of life.

The opening short story, “Children of the Sea”, grabs the reader’s attention in such a way that it is impossible to put the book down. Two narrators, a young man and woman who love each other are writing letters that they will never exchange. Through their letters you learn of their haste and forced separation and the promise to write daily to one another so when they meet again they can read the letters and know what each of them went through. But the separation will not be temporary, as they hoped, and only the memory of that love will remain in the unread letters.

In these stories memory is the way that women find to stay alive forever. They keep in mind what the generations past lived, and they want to make sure to let their stories for posterity. Some of them are away from home, like Grace’s mother in “Caroline’s Wedding”, and try desperately to keep their culture alive by passing everything on to their daughters who live in a different world and cannot truly understand the traditions of their Haitian antecedents.

Danticat’s language is compelling; it urges us to feel the pain of those characters and to understand their nature and sympathise with them. All those characters have lost something or someone due to the political and economical instability of Haiti. By the end of the book you feel like you can really understand the narrator of the epilogue when she says:

“You have never been able to escape the pounding of a thousand other hearts that have outlived yours by thousands of years. And over the years when you have needed us, you have always cried ‘Krik?’ and we have answered ‘Krak!’ and it has shown us that you have not forgotten us.” (224)

This is the weigh of the memory of women’s lives. In this case it is that of Haitian women, but what it brought to my mind was the memory of all the women in the world that have suffered so much and fought for a better life for us. And it reminded me that we still have a long way to go.

The edition I read was:

Danticat, Edwidge. Krik? Krak!. Vintage Contemporaries: New York. 1996. Print.

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Library Dream

Hello everyone! I still don’t have a new computer. Yep, this is really sad. I hope the new one will be delivered tomorrow, but I’m not sure it will. The computer I’m using works, but not so well and many of the softwares I use wouldn’t work so I didn’t even bother to install them.This means that I don’t have Photoshop for the time being, or Fireworks, or my English grammar and dictionaries. Ok, let’s stop complaining, at least I can still access the internet, right?

Library Dream is a new section I’m starting today. If you have been reading my blog for some time now, you know that I’m a book lover and as such I want to have a home library. That isn’t a cheap thing, as you can probably imagine, especially living here in Brazil where books are very expensive. Nonetheless, I have been buying and collecting books for some years now. The biggest problem I have is space! I have literally no more space for books, not that I’ll let this stop me from buying them. I’ll find a way to keep them all.

So this is what Library Dream is about. If I had the money to have a proper home library, how would it be? To be honest, I’m not sure, but I’ll be showing you some ideas that I have found on the internet and that I liked. For today I’ve selected the library below:

What I really like about this one is the natural light and the view. I can imagine myself spending many lazy afternoons in that window seat with a good book and a cup of tea. What do you think? Would you be happy with this library?

See you all tomorrow (hopefully, if I can still use this computer!).

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just keep swimming

Hi everyone!

Disney and Pixar announced that a sequel to Finding Nemo will arrive in US cinemas in November, 25th, 2015.  I’m just so excited for this! I’m an animation lover, there’s no use denying it! Finding Nemo is one of my favourite animations and now my favourite character (maybe because I’m as memoryless as she is?) will be back on the big screen!

How great is this? The only sad thing is that we’ll have to wait until 2015! I want to watch this now! But, there is no other way so we better just keep swimming until then!

finding dory

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The C4 Project: Raise awareness for Celiac Disease

Today I just want to invite you all to check Ashley and Ellie’s blog The C4 Project. And why should you do that? Well, because these two friends had the great idea of creating a project to raise awareness for Celiac Disease. In case you don’t know, this disease basically means that people who have it cannot eat gluten because their small intestine cannot absorb it.

If you are a label reader like me, you have probably noticed that everything, especially food, comes with an indication saying if the product contains gluten or not (or at least, this is how it’s done here in Brazil). Have you ever wondered why it is so? The answer is simple: the information is given because of people who have Celiac Disease.

I have some friends who have the disease and that’s why I know about it. But truth is, very few people actually know anything about it. So this is what Ashley and Ellie are trying to do with their project; they want people to get information about Celiac Disease, especially because it is very important that the diagnoses is done correctly as soon as possible, which does not always happen.

I invite you all to check the page for the project, watch the video below and help spread the word!

The C4 Projec – Vimeo

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