29 March 2008

Cornwall ...only an obsession!

Cornwall’s history has been formed by the geological make up of this rugged peninsular that divides the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel. Prior to the Carboniferous and Devonian periods most of what we know of as Cornwall lay under the sea. During this time a complex mixture of sedimentary material was laid down on the seabed by the geological activity-taking place. Then approximately 300 million years ago, during the late Carboniferous period, two landmasses collided to form what is today Cornwall. These events created a land rich in minerals and hard rock (granite) and these have played a vital role in the forming of the history of the Cornish people.
We can see as we travel around Cornwall the importance that man has attached since prehistoric times to the rocks created by the geological activity. There are many examples of magnificent chambered tombs, stone circles and hut rings where the people of Cornwall have used the stones in religious contexts and for shelter. A good example can be found at Carn Brae.
As one of the UK's most popular tourist destinations Cornwall has no shortage of things to do whatever the weather or time of year. If rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and charming fishing villages aren't enough then we can help you find alternate activities.
It's not just the villages that have something to offer those sightseeing. The towns (and city!) of Cornwall are rich in history and attractions of their own. Cornwall has things to do for everyone, ranging from beautiful gardens, museums, theme parks, maritime centres, cornish heritage to zoos and wildlife reserves.

Ten Years Ago

Portugal celebrated opening of giant bridge (BBC)The bridge is named after the famous maritime explorer, Vasco da Gama. In 1498 Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to the Indies around the Cape of Good Hope and in the 500th anniversary year of that exploit, the bridge was most appropriately named after him. Gama's voyage began at Belém, only a few kilometres further down the river than the new bridge. Look here

23 March 2008

Adrian Mole

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ is the first book in the Adrian Mole series of comedic fiction, written by Sue Townsend. It focuses on the worries and regrets of a teenager who believes himself to be an intellectual. The book is written in a diary style and set in 1981 and 1982. It chronicles the supposed intellectual awakening of Adrian Albert Mole, and his wonderings, worries and woes. In the background, it refers to some of the historic world events of the time.

Apart from the sometimes hilarious events described in the diary, a lot of the typical humour originates from the reader immediately seeing through particular observations, while the boy pertinently and naively misinterprets them (such as the adultery of his parents and the pregnancy of his mother).

Sue Townsend
Susan Lillian "Sue" Townsend (born April 2, 1946) is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Adrian Mole series of books. Her writing tends to combine comedy with social commentary, though she has written purely dramatic works as well. She has suffered from diabetes for many years, as a result of which she was registered blind in 2001,[1] and has woven this theme into her work.

We wish...

20 March 2008

World Water Day

The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

A poem a day...

Homework, I love you. I think that you’re great.
It’s wonderful fun when you keep me up late.
I think you’re the best when I’m totally stressed,
preparing and cramming all night for a test.

Homework, I love you. What more can I say?
I love to do hundreds of problems each day.
You boggle my mind and you make me go blind,
but still I’m ecstatic that you were assigned.

Homework, I love you. I tell you, it’s true.
There’s nothing more fun or exciting to do.
You’re never a chore, for it’s you I adore.
I wish that our teacher would hand you out more.

Homework, I love you. You thrill me inside.
I’m filled with emotions. I’m fit to be tied.
I cannot complain when you frazzle my brain.
Of course, that’s because I’m completely insane.

Kenn Nesbitt

16 March 2008

Big Lunch

I started arranging my alphabet soup,
concocting big words to devour.
I swallowed a B U I L D I N G,
I gobbled a S T R E E T,
and then I injested a T O W E R.
I snacked on a S U B W A Y.
I bolted a B U S.
I wolfed down a P A S S E N G E R T R A I N.
I chewed up M O N T A N A.
I gulped I N D I A N A,
then tossed down the whole S T A T E O F M A I N E.

I ate the G R A N D C A N Y O N.
I lunched on the R O C K I E S,
and A S I A, I slurped from my cup.
I would have been fine,
but I started to dine
on M Y H O M E W O R K,
and then I threw up.

by Kenn Nesbitt

15 March 2008

Dia da Escola

"If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers." Edgar W. Howe
O Dia da Escola celebra-se hoje, no Brasil.