domingo, 1 de octubre de 2017

LONG LIVE "UGLY" words

LONG LIVE   so-called “UGLY” WORDS
REMEMBER WHEN WE COLLECTED THE 100 MOST BEAUTIFUL WORDS IN ENGLISH?
Some of those words voted by my students as the most beautiful sounding words included:
HOUSEWIFE
CAULIFLOWER
WASHING-MACHINE
SUNFLOWER
BUTTERFLY
GALAXY
ETERNITY
ELIXIR
FANTASTIC
GLAMOUR
TALISMAN
SWEETHEART….
Well, now it is the turn of the most disgusting, the ugliest, the most  repulsive and cacophonic words in English.
Subjectivity rules supreme. An attempt has been made to categorize them into semantic fields:
A) ALL 4-letter words to describe bodily functions ,generally considered TABOO: S…;S….; P…:P….; P...P; F…;F…;

B) Liquid dampness:
 MOIST
 OINTMENT
 UNCTUOUS
 PUS
 SNOT,
 PHLEGM,
 MUCUS
CURDLE
 SMEGMA,…

C) Physical actions or conditions:
 PUKE
REGURGITATE
VOMIT
BELCH
BUNION
GESTATIONAL
BLOATED
SWOLLEN
DWARF
GNOME
BORBORIGM
BOMBARDED
TESTOSTERONE
TESTICLES

D) Negative adjectives:

FILTHIEST
RANCID
SLIMEY
STUBBORN
BASTARD
GRUMPIEST
REPUGNANT
WORTHLESS
CORRUPT
FLIMSY
FETID


E) Onomatopoeic dissonance:
HONK
HORN
CHUNK
CHURNING
TREACHERY
SLAUGHTER
MOOCH/SMOOCH
CATACLYSM/ CATASPROPHE
SCAB
BAILOUTISTAN
SHENANIGANS
HOOLIGANS
HARANGUE
EXECUTIONER

F) Some ugly names and surnames:
ZURUTUZA  (Real Sociedad soccer player) MUGURUZA (tennis player)
GUARROMAN  CHICHICASTENANGO


ADD SOME MORE TO THE LISTS ABOVE

G) Which vowel or consonant sounds  are repeated in the words you dislike?

H) Create the name for a brand-new car, textbook, company.

I) WHICH LEXEME sounds "better" LOVE or AMOR?

J) Which language uses more onomatopoeia :Spanish or English?

K) Which Christian name can give you goose flesh or a shudder just to mention it, as the poet said?

l) Your least favourite sound: car alarms; chalk on the blackboard; crying, engines,etc..

M) Your least favourite word: Cool, cute, cruel(ty), haggis, NO

N) Give your original name to  :a new pop group. a new book , a new film, a new dish,...

Ñ) 

jueves, 1 de junio de 2017

Nanofiction,Microfictions,Mini short stories

 

We are dealing with creative short story writing in which 10% is shown and the other 90% is to be conjured up by the reader. The stories have to be very short, sweet and, if possible, with hidden meanings and unexpected endings. Most of the mini stories below have been written by my own students and I feel a debt of gratitude to the likes of Ernest Hemingway(For sale: baby shoes,never worn);Augusto Monterroso ( When he/she/it woke up, the dinosaur was still there) Nathanael Hawthorne, Jorge Luis Borges and Neko Vidal´s Artes Libres inspiration(The crickets were taxed for their serenade and the glowworms refused to pay their electricity bills). These, obviously, encourage creativity in the classroom and promote crosscultural understanding in EFL learning.

 While I was writing this entry, my school colleague , Javier Arón Fernández Ascacíbar, a teacher of Spanish Language and Literature, asked me to read a book of very short stories, called "Patchwork fiction: Stories written by a hairy pen", written in collaboration with Gonzalo Molina. Some of their  nanostories have been rendered in English below as JAFA(Javier Arón Fernández Ascacíbar) :


TODAY IS MONDAY.

JUST A SHORT STORY CALLED SILENCE.

A FAMILY SECRET: BEFORE I WAS BORN MY MUM HAD SERVED 5 YEARS IN PRISON. 

THE MEANING OF DEATH: THE DEATH OF ALL YOUR MEANINGS. 

THE SCHOOL OF LIFE FAILED US ALL. 

ARSENE & JILL DEFENDED SHORT-TERM LOVE AND LIVED HAPPILY FOR 60 YEARS SEPARATELY. 

JULIA´S PET MADE HER FEEL SPECIAL AND SHE MISSED THE RELATIONSHIP SHE WAS IN.

 ANDREW & ANDREA OPENED UP A CAN OF WORMS.SURPRISE:NOTHING IN IT BUT THIS MINUTE.

THE LOCAL CORPORATION GAVE THAT KID A MEDAL AFTER YEARS SPENT EATING AT BUFFET LUNCHES. 

ONCE UPON A TIME A PRINCE ASKED A BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS: WILL YOU MARRY ME? THE PRINCESS SAID "NO" AND THE PRINCE LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER. 

WHILE BERENICE WAS YAWNING PAUL GOT A SURPRISE BJ. 

WHY DID HELL HAVE TO CLOSE DOWN? 

RODERICK ATE LORENA´S HEART WITH ONION AND MUSTARD. 

IGNATIUS SUFFERED A WHOLE LIFE OF CHRONIC PAIN,MISUNDERSTANDING AND INTOLERANCE. 

THAT MUSTARD SEED WANTED DESPERATELY,  ANXIOUSLY TO BECOME A TREE.

 A DREAM WANTED OBSESSIVELY TO BECOME REALITY. 

CECIL DREAMT HIS DREAMS WERE NOT HIS WHILE HE OVERCAME HIS SLEEPLESSNESS. 

AN ANT DREAMED OF BECOMING AN ANTEATER TO EAT ITS NEIGHBOURS. 

 A STONE WANTED TO BECOME WATER AND UNDERSTOOD THAT IT´S JUST A QUESTION OF WAITING

TYPICAL: GIANTS WITH INFERIORITY COMPLEX AND DWARVES WITH GREATNESS COMPLEX,megalomania.

LITTLE DETAILS COLONISE MY THOUGHTS.

 BORN TO SHOP AND DIED WHILE SHOPPING.

 WANTED: HIGH WIRE ACTS OF IMAGINATION.

 Y.O.L.O. but IF YOU SPEND HALF YOUR LIFE ASLEEP AND THE OTHER SMOKING WEED HOW DID YOU SURVIVE?

GOD ABORTED AND HAD ME: TIM. 

THE LOSSES IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES:NOTHING SERIOUS JUST A SLOW BURN. 

YOUR BRAIN TUMOUR DISAPPEARED, SO DID YOU. 

WHEN CRABS DREAM THEY´D LIKE TO BE SEAGULLS.

 I´M ON A DIET: I COMPARE PEOPLE´S WORDS TO THEIR ACTIONS.

LIQUID FRIENDSHIP: JASON KILLED HIS ROOMMATE AND LEFT A BLOODY MESS AROUND. 

FISH MOURNED THE DEATH OF A RIVERSIDE TREE.

 TWO MEN IN THE SAME TOILET: LUST? DRUGS? TERRORISTS? :

2 PLUMBERS LEFT SWEATING. 

FRANK WAS BEHEADED BECAUSE OF A SPLITTING HEADACHE and THE EXECUTIONER MOVED FROM HEALTHY FEELINGS TO TOXIC NATIONALISM. 

ON THE VERGE OF COMMITTING SUICIDE SHE WAS UNTIL SHE BECAME PREGNANT: A DEVASTATING TUMOUR. 

I WANTED THAT APPLE, ATE IT; NO APPLE LEFT (Pablo Cereto Martin) 

THAT WOULD BE AWFUL BUT WHAT REALLY WORRIED ME WAS THAT IT WAS GOING TO LAST FOREVER.(GLORIA M.G.)

 I STILL MAKE COFFEE FOR ONE. 

LIFE´S SHIT, REAL HELL:VIDEO GAMES & CHOCOLATE

fixed a toilet,get paid crap(from the New Yorker)

Inside suburban mom beats urban heart (NY)

You wouldn't  know looking at me (NY)

Love NY; Hate myself(equally).(NY)

Not quite what I was planning(NY)

Hope is stronger than dope(Obama)

God called;mother listened; I responded.

Born in Nerja.Then nothing happened (NY)

Everyone who loved me is dead(NY)

Birth,childhood, adolescence, adolescence, adolescence..

Mountain guide, only got lost once.(NY)

Gonzalo shook the coconut palm so violently that he was killed by a falling coconut.(Ascacíbar)

The snail overcame its shyness, got rid of its shell and became an outspoken slug. (JAFA  ")

Terror had disfigured his face. Treror had disguferd his fcea. Roret gufidsred hfi case.(  "  ). 

As soon as I saw she had my name tattoed on her right armpit, I left her: that was the only part of her skin I deeply loved. ( JAFA. " ) 

 One day before getting married Victoria discovered something about her boyfriend that left her both frozen and speechless for years to come.(J.A.F.A. ") 

I did not cry when I lost my two ears: I just left them on the floor (J.A.F.A.   ")

 Andrew was an ugly man and that turned him into an uglier person.(JAFA " ) 

By staring fixedly at her dog, Inés learned to bark( JAFA  ") 

Tobacco kills, Road kills, Drugs kill, Life kills, Time kills, God is a killer. Why shouldn´t I? (Jafa)

Patchwork fiction is not a frustrated novel(JAFA ") 

My mum gave birth to me and I was the gynecologist assisting her (JAFA ")

They discussed which was worse: physical or verbal violence. The following day they couldn´t practise either.(J.A.F.A.) 

Armando had fallen head over heels with Noelia. He had been unable to forget a single square centimetre of her face. She married Aitor, a friend of Armando ´s. When years later they met, Armando realised there were at least two Noelias: one inside his mind and the other outside...(JAFA)

He both wanted to kiss me and lie to me at the same time: I ignored one action but the other I could not forgive. (JAFA)

I  am an ephimeral  poem with some  mission
I´ve dared enter the realm of patchwork fiction
Since I have not been written in prose
I´ll have to return to where I arose (J.A.F.A.)

Some people should never have been born. I did deserve to have been born. However,my ex- would -be mum would not let me. (J.A.F.A.)

 He showed me my 325 defects, my 5078 mistakes, my 41 recent insults  and my darkest side and even worse....(J.A.F.A.) 

"Good morning", Félix greeted seconds before being slapped in the face by his next-door neighbour..(J.A.F.A.)

"Good afternoon" a mutual greeting in unison. On my way back, an hour later, he was hanging from a cork oak tree. I phoned the coroner.

JOHN  & JOANNE´S MARRIAGE WAS A PERFECT UNION OF HAPPINESS AND MARITAL BLISS. HOWEVER, SHE WONDERED WHAT KIND OF SECRET HE KEPT HIDDEN AWAY IN THE LOCKED DRAWER. ONE DAY, CURIOSITY OVERCAME HER. PRISED OPEN, SHE FOUND....NOTHING. "I JUST NEEDED A SPACE OF MY OWN" HE SAID. 

YOLANDA THOUGHT SHE WAS IRRESISTIBLE AND SHE FELT AN IRRESISTIBLE DESIRE TO BE IRRESISTIBLY DESIRED. 

A NICE NORMAL FAMILY, YOU KNOW: MY FOURTH WIFE, HER DAUGHTERS FROM A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE,, MY STEPSON, HIS DOG, MY STEPSISTER AND THE TWO CHILDREN OF HER LATEST PARTNER..

 AFTER DIVORCING HUSBAND NUMBER SEVEN, PAQUI REALISED SHE HAD BEEN MARRIED TO CHRONICALLY ILL-TEMPERED PEOPLE.

 IRENE RIDICULED ME IN PUBLIC AND ATTACKED MY EGO WITH A MEAT AXE. 

MATILDA DID NOT WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW SEVERAL THINGS ABOUT HER....

VIOLETA HAD TURNED LAUTARO-SO PEOPLE SAID- UPSIDE DOWN, INSIDE OUT AND BACK TO FRONT.

BREAST,WATER, COCOA, COKE,ORANGEADE,BEER. WINE,GIN,WHISKY, DRIP. DRIP, DRIP.

IN SEPTEMBER 2018 THE SWEETS DISPPEARED:NEVER LOOKED BACK.

SHY AT FIRST, LOUDER WHEN I ' M KNOWN.

AN ENDLESS PARTY:YOU 'LL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT I 'M THINKING.

IN THE BEGINNING...EVERYTHING ENDED.

MAD SCIENTIST 'S WIDOW PROMISES YOU HAPPINESS.

THE TEACHER DEMANDED TO SEE MY PHONE AND I REFUSED TO HAND IT OVER.

I HAVEN 'T GIVEN UP ON HER YET: SPRING IS IN MY HEAD.

3 THINGS I NEVER TOLD YOU:

 1) I WASN 'T YOUR PERFECT DAUGHTER;

 2)  I WASN 'T EVEN YOUR DAUGHTER 

3)..................................................

CARMEN WAS HAVING HER THIRD BABY, A WATER BIRTH AND THE BABY DROWNED.

YOU HAVE CREATED MANY MONSTERS

BEATRIX MET A handsome BOY WITH THE SENSITIVITY OF A RHINO.

SOMEONE OCCUPIES MY THOUGHTS 24/7.....GOD?

JOHN THREW ACRONYMS INTO CONVERSATIONS:wywitm...WYSIWYG...wanker...

I 'M LOOKING FOR A  HIGH MAINTENANCE METROSEXUAL MALE: A COMPLEX CREATURE FULL OF WONDERFUL CONTRADICTIONS.

WE ALMOST GOT ARRESTED LAST NIGHT.

WE ARE LIVING LONGER TO PROLONG PAIN, HUMILIATION,...

A SUPERMODEL MET YET ANOTHER BOYFRIEND IN ANOTHER EXOTIC LOCATION  THROUGH A DRUG-INDUCED HAZE. 

VALERIA LIVED A FULL LIFE SHE WOULD NOT REMEMBER WITH A BUILD-UP, A CLIMAX AND A RESOLUTION. (David C. H.)

MY BEST FRIENDS: ALCOHOL, CAFFEINE AND TOBACCO...

PERVERT SCIENCE TEACHER IN A DESINTEGRATING MARRIAGE SEEKS DERANGED HOUSEMISTRESS.

I'VE CREATED A FAKE ME: I 'VE JUST BEEN FACEBOOKED BY SOME IDIOTS.

ANNE INVITED ME INTO HER FLAT AND I ACCEPTED.

FUN IN THE SUN: A WANKER BANKER BOYFRIEND.

SOPHIE REALISED THEN THAT HER MOMENT HAD PASSED.

MARIO & MARÍA WERE MUCH OLDER BUT NOT WISER.

THE BOY BECAME A MAN: IGNORANT?,AMBITIOUS?

WOMEN WHO HATE OTHER WOMEN SPREAD INFERTILITY RUMOURS.

OTHELLO CHECKED IN HER UNDERWEAR DRAWER FOR MISSING ITEMS.

EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT HIM I WANT TO VOMIT

I NEVER KNEW THE  SORDID SECRETS LUCY WAS HIDING.

CONSIDER YOURSELF A CLICHE.

ELIZABETH WALKED  MILES IN HIS SHOES  AND FELT IT RIGHT TO CRITICISE HIM.

EVELYN BURIED HER FEELINGS TOWARDS HIM

I WAS 99% SURE IT WAS HIM

VANESSA'S EMAILING ME: HOPELESSLY DEVOTED.... 

LOLI´S AFFAIRS LASTED LONGER THAN A LONG WEEKEND. 

HOPING FOR A HAPPY OUTCOME; THE GRIM REAPER.

 MY LIFE IS LESS PAINFUL THAN YOURS BUT NOT ENTIRELY PAINLESS 

CHARLOTTE FELT STRANGELY CALM ABOUT THE WHOLE THING

LAST WEEK THE BIOLOGIST ASKED ME IF I WAS A MAN  NOW I ´M A WOMAN.

 MY TWITTER FOLLOWERS KNEW I HAD DIED even though I WAS A GLASS HALF FULL KIND OF PERSON.

SARAH ´S  DAD WAS ONE IN TEN MILLION   

MELANY PLANNED METICULOUSLY TO SEVER TIES WITH CIVILIZATION AND DISAPPEARED INTO THE WILDERNESS.

 WE CAN´T BELIEVE WE ARE 100 YRS OLD  

PATIENTS REFUSED AUTOPSY

WHATEVER HAPPENS NEXT 

TERRIBLE DIVORCE: TRUTH AND BEAUTY SEPARATED

NEOPHILIAC WILL MARRY NECROPHILIAC  

XAVIER COULD FIND NO TITLE FOR HIS SPONTANEOUS STORY.

 MOLLY  SAID "NO"TO HER INNER "YES". 

STILL WALKING A TGHTROPE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.

THERE WE SHARED MANY "FIRSTS": A FIRST KISS, A FIRST SMOKE,A FIRST...

THAT MORNING AGATHA GOT DRESSED, WENT QUIETLY OUT AND DISPPEARED WITHOUT TRACE.

EMERALD WAS A VERY PRETTY GIRL WHO SEEMED TO HAVE NO FRIENDS BUT...

 YOU COULD NOT WAIT FOR ANOTHER DAY. 

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN WHAT THEY KNEW ABOUT ME AND THE SECRETS I KEPT INSIDE WAS INFINITE. 

HECTOR  MADE MANY MISTAKES: 

SPEAK; TALK, CHAT, TWITTER,INSTAGRAM,FACEBOOK, YT,WHATSAPP, SPOTIFY, SNAPCHAT, NETFLIX, TINDER, LINKEDIN...PRESENT-DAY SLAVERY. 

"YOU ARE NOT MY FATHER" KEVIN PROTESTED AND ADDED:"MY FATHER IS A WELL-KNOWN BULLFIGHTER"...

 EARNEST CONFUSED SILENT TEARS WITH TEARS OF SILENCE.

I  FELT AN UNCONTROLLABLE URGE, AN ADRENALINE RUSH. 
 NINE MONTHS LATER SHE PHONED ME FROM HOSPITAL....
TRIPLETS!!!MY WORLD WAS CRUMBLING DOWN I WANTED TO DIE THEN AND THERE...

I HAD TO ASK A SINGLE QUESTION BUT I COULDN´T.
I JUST LISTENED ATTENTIVELY AND FOUND THE ANSWER
TO MY SECRET QUESTION.                    m.c.g.c./M.C.G.C. 

WANTED IMAGINARY ENEMIES; ABSTAIN REAL ONES



lunes, 1 de mayo de 2017

Group Psychotherapy: School as a Therapeutic community

GROUP  PSYCHOTHERAPY: SCHOOL  AS  A  THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY

XXI-century education should be more about developing attitudes, procedures(such as team work) compentences and values than contents. It is vital to get to know ourselves first in the turbulent years of adolescence. My job under my present-day circumstances is more akin to a nursing/carer teacher than a traditional content-based teacher.

RATE THESE THIRTY-ODD ITEMS FROM O TO 10 :

YOUR   SINCERITY ………
   “         MATURITY………
   “         IRRITABILITY………
   “         AGGRESSIVENESS…….. 
   “         STUBBORNNESS……..
   “        ABILITY TO LISTEN……..
   “               “      “   FORGIVE……..
   “                “     “   FORGET……..
   “                “    “    OBSERVE……..
   “                “    “    FLIRT……..
   “                “   “    ADAPT YOURSELF TO NEW SITUATIONS……..
   “      SENSE OF HUMOUR……..
   “      TRUST IN YOURSELF……..
   “       CALMNESS……..
   “       HOPE IN LIFE……..
   “       GUILTY FEELINGS……..
   “       HEALTH……..
   “       WEALTH……..
   “       FAMILY………
   “       PHYSICAL APPEAL/ BEAUTY……..
   “       LIBIDO/SEX DRIVE……..
   “       ANXIETY LEVELS………
   “       NEUROSIS…….
   “       IQ/ INTELLIGENCE………
   “       EMPATHY……..
   “       OCD/ ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOUR……..
   “        PERSUASION POWER……..
   “       SUGGESTIBILITY……..
   “       RESILIENCE……..
   “       NEED TO FOLLOW FASHION……
   “      ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS……..
   “        OVERALL HAPPINESS……..
   “        DEPENDENCE ON MOBILE/CELL PHONES……





As part of a class sociogram we would ask our students to write :
WHO, in their opinion, IS THE MOST         x        IN CLASS?

… REBELLIOUS….
…STYLISH….
…MATERIALISTIC….
…SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS….
…FORGETFUL/ABSENT-MINDED
…RESPONSIBLE….
…DIRTIEST….
…SMELLIEST….
…INDEPENDENT….
…WORST GOSSIP….
…     “        LOSER….
…BEST MANNERS….
…COMPLAINS THE MOST….
…LEAST KNOWN….
..DO YOU TRUST THE MOST/THE LEAST…
…CARING ABOUT ANIMALS….
…would you share a SECRET WITH….




PROUST´S QUESTIONNAIRE (Adapted from Vanity Fair)
_1.__What is your idea of perfect happiness?
__2.__What is your greatest fear?
__3.__What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
__4.__What is the trait you most deplore in others?
__5.__Which living person do you most admire?
__6.__What is your greatest extravagance?
__7.__What is your current state of mind?
__8.__What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
__9.__On what occasion do you lie?
__10.__What do you most dislike about your appearance?
__11.__Which living person do you most despise?
__12.__What is the quality you most like in a man?
__13.__What is the quality you most like in a woman?
__14.__Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
__15.__What or who is the greatest love of your life?
__16.__When and where were you happiest?
__17.__Which talent would you most like to have?
__18.__If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
__19.__What do you consider your greatest achievement?
__20.__If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
__21.__Where would you most like to live?
__22.__What is your most treasured possession?
__23.__What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
__24.__What is your favorite occupation?
__25.__What is your most marked characteristic?
__26.__What do you most value in your friends?
__27.__Who are your favorite writers?
__28.__Who is your hero of fiction?
__29.__Which historical figure do you most identify with?
__30.__Who are your heroes in real life?
__31.__What are your favorite names?
__32.__What is it that you most dislike?
__33.__What is your greatest regret?
__34.__How would you like to die?
__35.__What is your motto?

WILLOUGHBY´S  PERSONALITY  TEST (Adapted from Psychosources): The following questions are  intended to indicate various emotional personality traits. There are no right or wrong answers, just rate  from 0 never to 10 always; or simply state Yes or No:

Do you get stage fright? ......
Do you worry about humiliating experiences? .....
Do you keep in the background on social occasions? .....
Do you daydream frequently? .....
Do you get discouraged easily? .....
Do you like to be alone? .....
Do you say things on the spur of the moment and then regret them? .....
Do you cry easily? .....
Do you cross the street to avoid meeting someone? .....
Do you often feel just miserable? .....
Do you hesitate to volunteer in a class discussion or debate? ......
Do you feel inferior? ........
Do you often tell lies? Do you lie to yourself or to others? .......
Do you regard yourself as a victim? ........
Do you have enemies?  ……..
Do you often feel sad?  ……..
Do you feel lonely?  ……..
Do you use your mobile phone constantly? ......
Do you have low self-esteem?  ........
Do you regularly go to a gym?  ………
Do you like to be in control?.......
Do you enjoy supporting others towards a common goal?.......
Do you prefer to avoid conflict and argument?........
Do you like to get your own way?....... 
Do you find it easy to discuss your feelings?
Are your feelings easily hurt? .....
Are you shy? .....
Are you happy and sad by turns without knowing why? .....
Are you self-conscious about your appearance? ......
Are you self-conscious in front of strangers? ......
Are you afraid of falling when you are in a high place? .....
Are you selfish?/ egocentric?/...... 
Are you afraid of yourself? .....
Are you Politically Correct?......
Are you indifferent to other people´s views/?.......sufferings?.......
Are / Were you closer to your mum/ your dad?
Is your pride easily wounded?........
Is your first memory pleasant/traumatic?
Identity: 3 words to describe you
                3 words to describe your ideal partner
Are you choleric? melancholic? sanguine? Phlegmatic? balanced?
Would you consider yourself to be a "toxic" person?
Which of the five senses do you enjoy the most?
Which, if any, is your idea of God? Invisible/Man/Woman/ Spiritual energy/ driving force/Mystery/Absolute darkness/Absolute light/ Last HOPE/ last despair?
WHO ARE YOU? (there are over 100 ways of looking at and seeing yourself)
WHO ARE YOU TO THINK THAT?
WHO ARE YOU TO THINK THAT YOU CAN CHANGE THE WHOLE WORLD?
HOW DO YOU APPEAR TO OTHERS?
ARE YOU A HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR YOUR HEIGHT?
ARE YOU A NARCISSIST, MASOCHIST, SADIST, SCHIZOID?
DO YOUR EMOTIONS RULE YOU?
ARE YOU FREE or TRAPPED?
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU THINK?
DO YOU THINK WITH YOUR FEELINGS?
HOW GOOD ARE YOU AT ANALYSIS/PSYCHOANALYSIS/....?
DO YOU THINK LIKE A MALE or A FEMALE?
ARE YOU OPEN TO UNORTHODOX VIEWPOINTS?



THE TEN PERSONAL QUESTIONS GAME: (In another entry in this blog)


Do you use perfume every day?........


5 ADJECTIVES WHICH BEST DEFINE YOU:

ABSENT-MINDED
HARD-WORKING   LAZY
SUPERTITIOUS  SCEPTICAL
ORDINARY   EXTRAORDINARY
DIFFERENT   INDIFFERENT
SENSIBLE   SENSITIVE
RESPONSIBLE   CARELESS
RUDE  NOISY  NOSEY
CLUMSY  TALKATIVE  QUIET
SHY  EXTROVERT OUTGOING
FIT FAT  CREATIVE 
DEEP SUPERFICIAL
IDIOT  UNLUCKY
NEGATIVE   +
UNTIDY   DIRTY
BOSSY   WEAK
FUNNY   SERIOUS
OPTIMISTIC  PESSIMISTIC
BORING   BORED
SURPRISING SURPRISED
SELFISH  EGOCENTRIC
ALTRUISTIC GENEROUS
TRANSPARENT  DIFFICULT
UNSOCIABLE  FRIENDLY 
MEAN  CRITICAL
ARROGANT   FORGETFUL
BOORISH  CONTROVERSIAL
CONTRADICTORY  BALANCED
VICTIM PEACEFUL  CHEERFUL




sábado, 1 de abril de 2017

FASCIN8ED with NUMB3RS

  FASCIN8ED WITH NUMBERS


We live surrounded by numbers: your house/flat number,
                                           Your car/motorbike registration number,
                                           Your date of birth,(loss)/imp. meeting
                                             your phone number,
                                              your passport nº,
                                               your identity card number,
                                              your Social Security number 
                                               school, class / number
                                          your favourite/magic number
                                           your weight /height.
                                                your allowance/savings.
                                             
WE have REAL versus IMAGINARY numbers; POSITIVE v. NEGATIVE numbers, RATIONAL v. IRRATIONAL numbers; CARDINAL and ORDINAL numbers;

Historically we have had Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Arabic number systems. Each number may even have a different slang name. For instance:
                  Number 2 is one little duck
                 Number 8 is the garden gate
                Number 22 is two little ducks
              Number 88 is two fat ladies

SEE IF YOU CAN TELL HOW MANY for each number from 1 to   x:

0 from HERO to ….    
1-track-mind; - call away;
2-a tale of ….cities;Diversity
3-  Trinity;holes in a ten-pin bowling ball; tenors. Harmony.
4-Strings on a violin, Beatles; Evangelists;Seasons; Perfection.
5-Wounds of Christ;Prevailing number in Nature and Art.Senses.
6-Strings on a Spanish guitar, Justice;…feet under.
7-capital sins, sages from Greece, spikes on the statue of Liberty´s crown; wonders of the world; musical notes;planets; dwarves...
8- Bits in a byte; legs on a spider
9- Cats have ….lives; Symphonies by Beethoven; Muses;..to 5
10- Downing Street; legs on a lobster; commandments, c.c.
11- seven-…..;ocean´s…..;11/Sept
12- tribes of Israel, Apostles, months, trees at Plaza Cavana
13-witches in a coven;
14- lines in a sonnet;
15-Decisive world battles from Marathon to Waterloo;years old(my love)
16- sweet, candles, tones; string Jack.; school-leaving age.F-16
17-SVT; Heaven……;Learning to drive
18- wheeler: a trucker; coming of age;F-18
19-days and 500 nights (J.Sabina); minutes
20- love poems and a desperate song(P. Neruda)
21- Pilots; grammes;
22- Catch….;
23- Feb.;pairs of chromosomes; first prime made up by two prime numbers
24- hours; St John
25- Silver wedding
26- Saint Anne; St. Stephen
27- Books in the New Testament; age at which famous singers died.
28-days in Feb.
29-Palm trees on the Balcony of Europe
30- Average age British males get married
31-days in January, March, May, July, August, October and December
33- human teeth; Christ´s age at Crucifixion;
34- cousins you might have
36- º degrees average human body  temperature
39- Books in the Old Testament; Steps
40- Thieves; Crisis; UB-40
41-steps at this high school
42- Sex position
43- Liquor
49- the crying lot of…….
50 stars in the American flag; c.c.
52 kilometres from Málaga to Nerja; B-52
55 days in Peking
57 teachers at this high school
60 seconds/ minutes
63 dots in the Braille alphabet.
64 squares on a chessboard; When I´m………..;
65 retirement  age
66- Route
69- Position
70- steps from the basement to the tower  ; heartbeats per minute
80 Round the world in … days;
88 keys on a standard piano
90 Angle
97 kilometres from Granada to Nerja; Number I was given at boarding school
99- Steps;-rule.
100 years of solitude; pence in a pound; cents in a euro/dollar.
101 dalmatians
103 liquor
125 c.c.
168 hours in a week
180 half a circumference
199 steps
220 entries in my blog so far
250 grammes in a quarter of a kilogramme
291 kilometre at which Nerja is on the N-340
300 people killed at the Madrid bombings 11th March 2004
340 National road
350 a former citroen car
360 º radius
365 days a year( on average)
451 Fahrenheit
500 miles
501 brandy
507 box
666 the devil
700 students at our high school
707 plane
720 breaths per hour
747 another plane
1000 days in Venice / kilos in a ton/ windows at the Spanish Royal Palace
1001 nights
1024 bytes in a kilobyte
1066 Norman Conquest
1500 a seat car
1609 metres in a mile
1792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower
1880 nougat
1984 (Novel)
3000 casualties at the World Trade Center on 11th Sept 2001
3165 inhabitants in Frigiliana
6500 windows in the Empire State Building
9000 mobile phones stolen in the U.K. every month
22000 inhabitants in Nerja( four times as many in the summer)
1000000- suns; dollar baby.
55000000 olive trees in Jaén province

(my mind is growing number and number)

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What are the following numbers?

007          016            091          062          902       111           999 
092         112      

Which words are the following?:

W8 (2 different ones) Q8    K9   6T        

domingo, 26 de febrero de 2017

Our In-depth IGNORANCE

IN-DEPTH IGNORANCE: ODD-MAN(one)-IN

Despite having the whole store of human knowledge just a mouse-click away today we are all nearly as ignorant as we were in the dark times of religious superstitions. The power of ignorance is great… (Stephen Fry)( Donald Trump´s success and Brexit are clear examples) We don´t know a millionth of one per cent about anything. (Thomas.A. Edison)
By ignorance the truth is known (Henry Suso The little book of truth) Everything you think you know may be wrong ( The book of general ignorance John Lloyd & John Mitchinson)Where ignorance is bliss ´tis folly to be wise (English proverb) Ignorance might make you happier as the more you know the more you realise how little you  actually know....

"ipse se nihil scire id unum sciat"

"I know one thing; that I know nothing" Socrates


Cuando creía que comprendía todo empecé a entender que no sabía nada, fue entonces cuando comencé realmente a comprender algo . . .



Nekovidal


A deeper knowledge of the world around us is quite necessary as our globalized world has become richer and more complex. There was a time when we simply ordered potatoes or rice and we could not care the least about the varieties of potatoes or rice being served. We have learned and are still learning to value subtlety, varieties and nuances of any given item.

See if you can guess what the following varieties of items refer to:

ADMIRAL, GOLDEN WONDER, JERSEY ROYAL, KING EDWARD, MARIS PIPER, SPUNTA

PARSON BROWN, WASHINGTON NAVEL, SEVILLE, JAFFA, TANGERINE

BACON, HASS, LAMBHASS, REES, STRONG, 

WILD, LONG/ MEDIUM /SHORT GRAIN, JASMINE, BASMATI

LAXTON´S SUPERB, ROME BEAUTY, YORK IMPERIAL,BRAMLEY, COX´S ORANGE PIPPIN, FUJI,

STARKING, GOLDEN, GRANNY SMITH.

RIESLING, ALMERIA, SYRAH, ZINFANDEL, MUSCAT

RING OF FIRE, BIRD´S EYE, SCOTCH BONNET, HUNGARIAN HOT WAX,  JALAPEÑO

BLEWITS, CHESTNUT, OYSTER, SHITAKE, WHITE CAP, AMANITA.

OX´S HEART, GREEN ZEBRA, LIBERTY BELLE, PLUM, RED ALERT, CHERRY.

WOK BROCC, BORDEAUX,CLARET, PURPLE SPROUTING, WHITE SPROUTING

BUTTERCRUNCH, LITTLE GEM,LIZZIE, SALADIN, COS, ICEBERG, CURLY.

DAMSON, GREEN GAGE,VICTORIA, CLAUDIA, LAXTON´S CROPPER,DROOPER.

DERBY DAY, SPRING HERO, WONG BOK, TATSOI, SAVOY,

 RED JEWEL, LOMBARD,BLACK BEAUTY, LONG PURPLE, MINI FINGER, VIOLETTA DE FIRENZA,ALMAGRO, WHITE from MALLORCA

RED ACE, BOLTHARDY, CARILLON, CRIMSON GLOBE, EGYPTIAN TURNIP ROOTED,DETROIT, REDPACK,


 CROSBYDUTCH, MUNCHER, SLICE KING, PICKLING, TOKYO SLICER, BURPLESS TASTY GREEN, KIRBY.

(Cukes)

SPRING, RED BARON,  PEARL PICKLER, DOBIES ALL ROUNDER, MARSHALL´S GIANT FENGLOBE.

METEOR, HISTON MINI,  KELVEDON WONDER,  LITTLE MARVEL,  FELTHAM FIRST.

LONG RED SURREY, REGULUS IMPERIAL, AMSTERDAM FORCING, FIGARO, MORÁ(PURPLE).NOISETTE,

 BEDFORD FILLBASKET, BRILLIANT, CAMBRIDGE N.5, HALF TALL, (BRUSSELS)

MORELLO, MARASCHINO, NAPOLEON, BLACK TARTARIAN, BLACK REPUBLIC.

WHITE GEM, TENDER AND TRUE, HALF LONG GUERNSEY, GLADIATOR(Parsnips)

LISBON, MEYER, SICILIAN, ESCONDIDO, BABOON.GOLDEN BEAUTY, 

CANARY, LADY FINGER, GREEN, RED , CAVENDISH.STAR RUBY, RUBY RED, MARSH, DUNCAN, BURGUNDY.(gr……….

LEMON-FLAVOURED, ANJOU, BARTLETT, CONFERENCE, LOUISE BONNE DE JERSEYBROWN,

 DEMERARA, ICING, CASTOR, BEETROOT, CANE.

MALLARD,MUSCOVY, CRESTED, POMERANIAN, ROUEN, WELSH HARLEQUIN.

MEDJOOL,DEGLET NOUR, HALAWY, THOORY,ZAHIDI.

CANINE,DAMASCENE,GOLDEN CELEBRATION, MR.LINCOLN, DON JUAN…

BALSAMIC, MODENA, CIDER, RICE, SHERRY, WHITE/ RED

MANHATTAN, DAIQUIRI, MOJITO, BLOODY MARY, ANITA, SAN FRANCISCO.

ACORN, BUTTERNUT, BUTTERCUP, HUBBARD, SWEET DUMPLING,(varieties of p…… or s…..)

PURE, REFINED, VIRGIN, EXTRA VIRGIN.

FLORAL, CITRUS, FRUITY, GREEN, ORIENTAL , SPICY, WOODY.

STILTON, WESLEYDALE, EDAM, CAMEMBERT, GRUYERE, CHEDDAR, BRIE.

ALMOND, ROUND, DROOPY, ASIAN, HOODED.

ROMAN, GREEK, SNUB, HAWK , BROAD, NORDIC, UPTURNED, POINTED

COLONIAL, VICTORIAN, MODERN, ECLECTIC, NEO-ECLECTIC.

YAGÉ= AYAHUASCA, BURUNDANGA, ROHYPNOL,HEMP, MANDRÁGORA…

UTE, PAIUTE, SHOSHONE, PUEBLO, SIOUX, CHEYENNE,CHEROKEE,OJIBWA, SHAWNEE

STRATUS, NIMBOSTRATUS, CIRRUS, STRATOCUMULUS, CUMULONIMBUS..

SPIRULINA, WAKAME, KELP, PALMARIA, SARGASSUM, POSTELSIA,PORPHYRA,.

.EUSTACHI, VALSALVA, BARTOLINI, FALLOPIAN, GOLGI, GALVANI, FERMI. 

FRANGIPANI FLOWER, GARDENIA, PATCHOULI, MUSK, AMBER, FREESIA.

 BERGAMOT, CEDAR, SANDALWOOD, VANILLA, HONEYSUCKLE, IRIS. 

BURN, MUNSTER,POWERADE, TAURIN, RED BULL. 

 DKNY, NYC, KYLIE JENNER, LÓREAL, MAYBELINE, C H, C D,..

AMOXICILIN,STREPTOMYCIN, ERYTHROMYCIN,PENICILLIN,.,,

 STRAW, RASP, BLUE, BIL,BLEA,WHORTLE, HUCKLE, HURTLE, MYRTLE,TRACKLE, CRAN..

CHEST, WAL, PEA, BUTTER,BRAZIL, COCO, PINE, GROUND , EARTH, MANILA, MONKEY, ALMOND.

ICE, SLUSH, CRUST, SLEET, HAIL, FLAKES, POWDER. 

AURORA SUPERNOVA RED/ BLUE  /WHITE DWARF  NOVA.  

SOMERSET MAUGHAN, WINSTON CHURCHILL, ISAAC NEWTON, LEWIS CARROLL, CHARLES DARWIN.

RONALD HUBBARD, JOSEPH SMITH, MARY BAKER EDDY, ELIZABETH B. WHITE, MOTHER ANN LEE.

ELVIS PRESLEY, CHARLES CHAPLIN, GROUCHO MARX, BING CROSBY, MARC BOLAN.

JERSEY, IBERIAN, BERKSHIRE, LARGE B BLACK DEVON, WESSEX SADDLEBACK.

BRIXTON, HOLLOWAY, SAN QUENTIN , ALCATRAZ, SPANDAU, STRANGEWAYS, DARTMOOR.

 PACELLI, RONCALLI, MONTINI,LUCIANI,WOJTYLA, RATZINGER, BERGOGLIO.

HEATH, MAJOR, THATCHER, WILSON, CALLAGHAN, CHURCHILL, CAMERON, MAY.

VESUBIUS, STROMBOLI, MAUNA LOA, TEIDE, ETNA.