30 September 2008

Happy birthday, Raz!

Happy Birthday Raz! I hope you can wear something lighter and go dancing with Ant Célia! You both deserve some very sweet moments! I brought a chocolate cake! I wish you like chocolate!
Happy Birthady!

28 September 2008

Farewell, Mr Newman!

The star still shines brightly for those who watched him on the screen over and over again, who loved his blue eyes, who used to talk about the most beautiful man in the world! Paul Newman kept his beauty till the end of his days on earth. Once Rocky Graziano said: Someone up there likes me. Now, Paul Newman may say: Someone down there likes me! I dare say, Mr Newman: everyone down here likes you and will miss you so much!
Farewell, Mr Newman! Thank you for the movies, especially this one!
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27 September 2008

On Armanda's wedding day!

Dear Armanda, may all your dreams come true!

24 September 2008

Don't forget the seatbelt!

Nils Bohlin, from Sweeden, invented the three-point seat belt - not the first but the modern seatbelt - now a standard safety device in most cars. Nils Bohlin's lap-and-shoulder belt was introduced by Volvo in 1959.
A seatbelt can save your life and you should never forget it.
Learn the song and sing it along on the road!Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Passenger Safety Song)

Twinkle Twinkle little Star
I wear my seatbelt in the car
If my Mum or Dad forget
I remind them it's not done up yet
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
I wear my seatbelt in the car

Twinkle Twinkle little Star
I wear my seatbelt in the car
Over my shoulder across my lap
Click Clack Front 'n' Back
Twinkle Twinkle little Star
I wear my seatbelt in the car.

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22 September 2008

All we need is energy!

Here's a quiz to test your energy knowledge.

Look here!


Let World Carfree Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…...365 days a year.
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17 September 2008

Happy Birthday Ant Célia

Dear Célia,
I'd like to send you a birthday gift. The gift that you deserve is not available for me to buy for it's made of all the good wishes someone can ever express: Have a Great Life. Every minute of your lifetime is precious. I should even say every second. Happy Birthday dear Célia.
Take this poem that seems to be written for you!

A Teacher for All Seasons

A teacher is like Spring,
Who nurtures new green sprouts,
Encourages and leads them,
Whenever they have doubts.

A teacher is like Summer,
Whose sunny temperament
Makes studying a pleasure,
Preventing discontent.

A teacher is like Fall,
With methods crisp and clear,
Lessons of bright colors
And a happy atmosphere.

A teacher is like Winter,
While it’s snowing hard outside,
Keeping students comfortable,
As a warm and helpful guide.

Teacher, you do all these things,
With a pleasant attitude;
You’re a teacher for all seasons,
And you have my gratitude!

By Joanna Fuchs
May this birthday cake come true! May you reach the sweetest part of life!


16 September 2008

About Sagres

There is very little left from a historical point of view as the only items left from his original building is the small chapel of Nossa Senhora da Graçaand reputably the giant pebble wind compass, Rosa dos Ventos.The present walls surrounding the area are the remains of a 17th Century fort.There is very little vegetation, the ground being mainly rock with barely any covering soil...Text source-here


How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.

by Elsie Brady


13 September 2008


Never avoid the beauty of a sunset. Specially when the sea is there, too.
Try to keep those beautiful moments inside you.
Photo-Sagres, 13th September, sunset

12 September 2008

Tu és a esperança, a madrugada.

Tu és a esperança, a madrugada.
Nasceste nas tardes de Setembro,
quando a luz é perfeita e mais dourada,
e há uma fonte crescendo no silêncio
da boca mais sombria e mais fechada.

Para ti criei palavras sem sentido,
inventei brumas, lagos densos,
e deixei no ar braços suspensos
ao encontro da luz que anda contigo.

Tu és a esperança onde deponho
meus versos que não podem ser mais nada.
Esperança minha, onde meus olhos bebem,
fundo, como quem bebe a madrugada.

Eugénio de Andrade

10 September 2008

Delicious, aren't they?

These are cream custard tarts. They are very popular among us and they are one of the reasons why we are also getting fatter and fatter. They are everywhere. They are really democratic. They can appear on a King's table or on the poor man's table too. Everybody knows them. Everybody has already tasted one at least once. They are incredibly delicious. Even a toothless baby could eat one of this delicious tart.
Some old cake shops are very famous for baking these tarts in a very special way. Visit one of these and you will become addicted to cream custard tarts for ever!
Find out why people call them Pastéis de Belém!

Ralph Waldo Emerson

He (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, philosopher, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early 19th century. His teachings directly influenced the growing New Thought movement of the mid 1800s.
Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, Nature. As a result of this ground breaking work he gave a speech entitled The American Scholar in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. considered to be America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence". Emerson once said "Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."
Considered one of the great orators of the time, Emerson's enthusiasm and respect for his audience enraptured crowds. His support for abolitionism late in life created controversy, and at times he was subject to abuse from crowds while speaking on the topic, however this was not always the case. When asked to sum up his work, he said his central doctrine was "the infinitude of the private man."

9 September 2008


The 2008 Summer Paralympic Games, the thirteenth Paralympics, is being held in Beijing, China from September 6 to September 17, 2008. Mainland China is expected to field the most athletes. As with the 2008 Summer Olympics, equestrian events will be held in Hong Kong and sailing events in Qingdao.
On June 26, 2005, The Beijing Olympic Committee announced that the slogan for the 2008 Olympics will be "One World, One Dream". This will be the same slogan for the two events.

5 September 2008


Malta, officially the Republic of Malta, is a small and densely populated European microstate, comprising an archipelago of seven islands, making it an island nation. Situated in Southern Europe, 93 km (58 mi) off the coast of Sicily (Italy), it is located in the Mediterranean Sea, giving the country a warm, Mediterranean climate, while a further 288 km (179 mi) to the island's south is Libya. The capital city is the historic Valletta.
Throughout much of its history, Malta has been considered a crucial strategic location due in large part to its position in the Mediterranean Sea. It was held by several ancient cultures including Sicilians, Romans, Phoenicians, Byzantines and others. The island is commonly associated with the Knights Hospitaller who ruled it. This, along with the historic Biblical shipwreck of St. Paul on the island, ingrained the strong Roman Catholic legacy which is still the official and most practiced religion in Malta today.
The country's official languages are Maltese and English, although there are strong historical ties to the Italian language on the islands. Malta gained independence from Britain in 1964 and is currently a member of the European Union which it joined in 2004.

Events - September 5

1666 - Great Fire of London ends: 10,000 buildings including St. Paul's Cathedral are destroyed,but only 16 people are known to have died.

1800 - Malta is conquered by Great Britain.

Before you go back to school...

...try to find out if you're allergic...
Poor Alex! He had an allergy that no one could explain...

Alex had an allergy
that no one could explain.
It made him wheeze and cough and sneeze
and moan and groan in pain.

A single slight exposure,
and he’d start to squawk and squeal.
A second time ensured
that he’d be barking like a seal.

He’d salivate and slobber
as his nose began to twitch.
He’d squirm and say his body felt
like one gigantic itch.

At last they found the cause,
which Alex thought was pretty cool.
So now he stays at home;
he is allergic to his school.

A poem by Kenn Nesbitt

4 September 2008

Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. According to Nobel's will, the Peace Prize should be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

The Peace Prize is awarded annually in Oslo, the capital of Norway (Alfred Nobel's will stated that the Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded by a committee of five people elected by the Norwegian Parliament). The actual prize always is presented on the 10th of December, the anniversary of the death of Nobel.


"Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity."
Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize, 1952Photo - Mozambique, 1952

3 September 2008

These are the results of my personality test!

Global Personality Test Results
Stability (46%) medium which suggests you average somewhere in between being calm and resilient and being anxious and reactive.
Orderliness (36%) moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly flexible, improvised, and fun seeking at the expense of reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment.
Extraversion (53%) medium which suggests you average somewhere in between being assertive and social and being withdrawn and solitary.
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Madness of the day!

We are all born mad. Some remain so.
Samuel Beckett
I assume that I remain so...
That's why I keep doing personality tests, knowing that nothing will ever change!
I do that for fun. You may try!
Look at the results of my last personality test!
Global Personality Test Results
Stability (36%) moderately low which suggests you are worrying, insecure, emotional, and anxious.
Orderliness (50%) medium which suggests you are moderately organized, hard working, and reliable while still remaining flexible, efficient, and fun.
Extraversion (76%) high which suggests you are overly talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting at the expense too often of developing your own individual interests and internally based identity.
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2 September 2008

Some theory to start with...

Class Rules
Talk about class rules. Students need to know what the absence and homework policies are. If you don't allow cell phones or eating in class, it's easier to deal with it on the first day, rather than address it when it occurs. You may have to address it then, as well, but you laid the ground work on day one.
(Well... Theory is always a good way to start something. But I believe that we can't avoid the surprise of reality itself. So,I'll take this tip only as a tip!)
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1 September 2008

Dedicated to all ants I know!

The Ants, poem by Douglas Florian Ants are scantily
Half an inch long,
But for their size
They're very strong.
Ants tote leaves
Five times their weight
Back to their nest
At a speedy rate.
They walk on tree limbs
Upside down
A hundred feet
Above the ground,
While down below
Beneath a mound
They're building tunnels
And so it's been
And it will be
Since greatest
Ant antiquity.

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