Monday, 4 December 2017


"This map, inspired by a Reddit thread with a similar map, shows the national days of the world's countries. As you can see, the world is mostly divided between countries that celebrate a national independence day and countries that celebrate a national unification or revolution day. The outliers are a tiny minority, and only two countries have no formal national day at all. 
... Spain celebrates Columbus Day (yes, the holiday is a little controversial there as well, although not as much as in the U.S.), ... , in Greenland, they celebrate the longest day of the year." The Washington Post.

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Colour-coding children

November 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Pics and vid of the event, thanks all for turning up.

November 2017

November 2017

November 2017

November 2017

Sabía Leer el cielo from Carlos Plusvalias on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

This is the real thing...

... and this is the dubbed version:

Or else...

... and...

So, which one do you prefer?

Monday, 30 October 2017


... scary, spooky, frightening, terrifying...

One of the most uncanny films ever...

... definitely unmissable.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Communication failure

From BBC capital:

Native English speakers are the world's worst communicators

In a room full of non-native speakers, ‘there isn’t any chance of understanding’. It might be their language, but the message is often lost.

... “A lot of native speakers are happy that English has become the world’s global language. They feel they don’t have to spend time learning another language,” says Chong. “But… often you have a boardroom full of people from different countries communicating in English and all understanding each other and then suddenly the American or Brit walks into the room and nobody can understand them.”

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Monday, 2 October 2017

The International Picture

From The Guardian, Sunday 1 October 2017

Editorial: The Guardian view.

On Sky News:

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Seas in trouble

A small estuary seahorse, Hippocampus kuda, drifts in the polluted waters near Sumbawa Besar, Sumbara Island, Indonesia.

“It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it,” he wrote on Instagram. “What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little sea horse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans.”

Read more.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

In just 100 pictures

Migrant Mother. Dorothea Lange, 1936

"There is no formula that makes a picture influential. Some images are on our list because they were the first of their kind, others because they shaped the way we think. And some made the cut because they directly changed the way we live. What all 100 share is that they are turning points in our human experience." Read more about the project.

See the full collection:

Time 100PHOTOS-The Most Influential Images of All Time.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Tourists galore!

From a fresh article in The Guardian:

"But there is no denying the innate imperialism of much tourism. We tread heavily through the homes of others as if we owned them. No wonder they wish we weren’t here."

Read the full article here.

Photo by Martin Parr.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Friends from Africa

Want more? Read the full article, then watch Simon's Cat.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Manly matters

Written by Liz Potter

"Public transport in our cities seems to grow more crowded all the time. It therefore came as no surprise to learn this week that the transport authorities in Madrid have sought to remind passengers of the importance of respecting their fellow passengers’ personal space. What is slightly surprising is that they have chosen to do so by using an English word. In response to a campaign from a women’s group using the hashtag ‘MadridSinManspreading’, the capital’s Municipal Transport Company has agreed to put up signs on city buses and trains to discourage ‘el manspreading.’ The signs show a faceless male figure with legs – and arms – spread wide to invade the neighbouring seat."

Read the full blog entry from Macmillan Dictionary Blog here.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Let's talk

Patriarchy: the invisible skin 

by Marta Ruber.

Tue 23d May, 15:00h. 
Room 003, A.F.E.

Links to photo here and here.

See you there, OK?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Cycling for the planet

"europeonfourwheels: Inka and Fabi
Cycling across Europe to promote low carbon travel and raise awareness about climate change in conjunction with the UNFCCC FB: europeonfourwheels"

Photo: Inka and Fabi

"One man, one woman, two bikes,  about 10,000 km and 9 months to complete it in."

Visit their website and their Instagram for interesting stories and stunning photos!

And they'll be visiting us at the CULM on Monday 15th, at 16:30h.; "Salon de Actos, antigua Fac. Educación". See you there!

Friday, 5 May 2017


Little Boxes, by Malvina Reynolds, as discussed in class:

And, with lyrics, Pete Seeger's cover:

There's a pink one and a green one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same...

Photo: The Vagabond Photographer

Friday, 14 April 2017

At dusk

14th April, springtime. Photo: E.G.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


Mark Lennihan/Associated Press


‘Fearless Girl’ Statue to Stay in Financial District (for Now).

Fearless Girl,” the wildly popular statue that has spent the last few weeks staring down the financial district’s well-known “Charging Bull,” has received a new lease on life. Originally scheduled to be removed next week, it will now remain in place until early 2018, officials said on Monday." NY Times: read more.

Some views on The Fearless Girl:

“She’s not angry at the bull — she’s confident, she knows what she’s capable of, and she’s wanting the bull to take note.” Read more.

"The Wall Street girl celebrates all the people who resisted by staying in place." Read more.

And a more critical approach:

"It is that building a bronze monument to the plight of the more than 14 million women who make up two-thirds of the low-wage work force would also be worthy." Read more

What are your conclusions?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Joliet Bound: pics and vids

Joliet Bound, 16th March 2017: 
great success!!!

Joliet Bound-E.G.

Joliet Bound-E.G.

Joliet Bound-E.G.

Joliet Bound-E.G.

And a couple o' (short) videos

 More pics and info here.

Thanks for coming, folks!!!

Monday, 20 March 2017

World Sparrow Day

Today is World Sparrow Day!

"The diminutive house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is perhaps one of the earliest birds you can remember from your childhood. Their nests dotted almost every house in the neighbourhood as well as public places like bus bays and railway stations, where they lived in colonies and survived on food grains and tiny worms. Many bird watchers and ornithologists recall with fondness how the house sparrow gave flight to their passion for observing birds."

  Sparrows are everywhere, but there are many different species of them, as you can see here.

"Unfortunately, the house sparrow is now a disappearing species. But like all other plants and animals which were once abundant and are now facing an uncertain future, their numbers are also declining across their natural range. The reasons?" Read more here.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Hillbilly Nite !

Joliet Bound & Friends: this extraordinary, 7-musician international combo, especially put together for this occasion, will be presenting their exclusive repertoire of the best Appalachian, Bluegrass and Old Time music dug out of the deepest layers of Americana Music.


Featuring the best banjos from both sides of the Pyrenees...

Can't miss this, you'll end up thunderstruck!

See you all on Thursday!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017