30 August 2009

Bye, August!

If you need some colours to make your schooldays a little bit nicer, brighter and happier, take a crayon and try to do it by yourself. I think I need some blue, some yellow and some green. Tha's all! Bye August! See you next year!

29 August 2009

Árvores do Alentejo

Some trees seem to be happy, completely covered by green leaves!
Some trees don't cry.

27 August 2009

Árvores do Alentejo

Horas mortas... Curvada aos pés do Monte
A planície é um brasido e, torturadas,
As árvores sangrentas, revoltadas,
Gritam a Deus a benção duma fonte!

E quando, manhã alta, o sol posponte
A oiro a giesta, a arder, pelas estradas,
Esfíngicas, recortam desgrenhadas
Os trágicos perfis no horizonte!

Árvores! Corações, almas que choram,
Almas iguais à minha, almas que imploram
Em vão remédio para tanta mágoa!

Árvores! Não choreis!
Olhai e vede:Também ando a gritar, morta de sede,
Pedindo a Deus a minha gota de água!

By Florbela Espanca

His words- Edward Kennedy

"Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins."
Condemning President George W. Bush's actions leading to the war in Iraq in a speech given at the Brookings Institute in Washington on April 5, 2004
Edward Kennedy, the last Kennedy, died yesterday. He was 77 years old.


23 August 2009

A moment is just a moment

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
I enjoyed this moment so much! First, the sunset. Then, the lights of day and night together.I hope the photo may show how beautiful this moment was.

22 August 2009

Sérgio Vieira de Melo

Sérgio Vieira de Mello (March 15, 1948 –August 19, 2003) was a Brazilian United Nations diplomat who worked for the UN for more than 34 years, earning respect and praise around the world for his efforts in the humanitarian and political programs of the UN. He was posthumously awarded a United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 2003.
He was killed in the Canal Hotel Bombing in Iraq along with 20 other members of his staff on 19 August 2003while working as the Secretary-General's Special Representative in Iraq.

19 August 2009

World Humanitarian Day

The General Assembly designates 19th August as «World Humanitarian Day»!
This day celebrates those who devoted their lives to people who need a great help to live. This day celebrates the life of those who died for this!
Sérgio Vieira de Mello and his companions did. It happened six years ago, on this day.

14 August 2009

The Scottish hat

The Tam o' Shanter (Scottish hat) was named after the character, Tam o' Shanter, in a poem of that name by Robert Burns. The "bee in the bonnet" is made of wool with a pompon in the center. Originally Tam o' Shanters were only made in blue, because of the lack of chemical dyes, and were called "blue bonnets". Now they come in all shades, including tartans. In Scotland, it is traditional for soldiers to wear a tam o'shanter, while officers wear the Balmoral or Glengarry instead.

13 August 2009

Full Scottish breakfast

In Scotland, a square sliced sausage patty, black pudding, fried tomato, tattie scones, oatcakes, haggis and fruit pudding might also be served, along with the foundation of bacon and eggs.

How to Talk with a Scottish Accent

Step 1
Familiarize yourself with Scottish slang and vocabulary. Always use the word "wee" when describing something small or young. "Aye," "bonny" and "lassie" are also commonly used and makes your accent seem authentic. Pick up a book of words that are distinctive to the Scottish dialect.
Step 2
Learn to roll your Rs. Scots are the only English speakers to employ the rolled R sound and do it regularly, particularly following the letters D, G and T.
Step 3
Pay attention to your vowels. Analyses have shown that Scottish English speakers use five fewer vowel sounds than any other English speakers. Use the shortened version of vowels. The words "cot" and "caught" should sound the same. Pronounce E as though it has been cut off in the middle, creating an "eh" sound. Use only one form of the letter I, so everything rhymes with "might."
Step 4
Collapse words into as few syllables as possible and drop the G from words ending in "-ing." Replace "not" with "nee." When you are speaking with a Scottish accent, tell someone that you "didnee do anythin' in Ednbrah" instead of saying you "didn't do anything in Edinburgh."
Step 5
Listen to Scottish accents. Watch Scottish films like "Trainspotting" or films that prominently feature Scottish actors using their native accent. Sean Connery, Ewan McGregor, Billy Boyd and John Hannah are distinctly Scottish.

8 August 2009

A Scottish piper!

There is always someone playing a pipe! Wherever you are, you are listening to a Scottish piper . It is because of that I wanted to share with you the music of " Spirit of Glen". It is played by the the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards!

The castles of Stirling and Edinburgh !


The flowers are magnificent! There are flowers all over the streets!


It's not easy to talk about what I saw! Scotts are really kind and the landscape is something incredible! It is the better I have near a sunset, my dear Ant!

Just listen to the music!!

It's wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!