domingo, 20 de mayo de 2018


PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE ROYAL WEDDING

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows in front of 600 guests including the Queen, more than 30 royals and famous faces. Prince Harry, 33, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, married Meghan Markle, 36, an American actress, at Windsor Castle. Each has a new title. Harry is now the Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Ms. Markle will be known as Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex. Oprah Winfrey was there. So was Elton John, Serena Williams, and the Clooneys and the Beckhams.

Sir Elton, who was a good friend for Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, performed at the lunchtime reception.

More than 100,000 people turned out to see the couple as they sat in an open carriage  through Windsor and to express  their congratulations  to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

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Ms. Markle is a highly unusual royal bride: She’s American, divorced, three years older than Harry, had a high-profile career and is biracial. It’s a new day for the monarchy.

Black bishop Rev. Michael Curry makes history, mentions slavery in American-style sermon in front of the British Royalty

Rev. Michael Curry was giving an American-style sermon called "The Power of Love".Curry said: "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said: 'We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.'
"There’s power in love," he added in his own words. "Do not underestimate it. Anyone who has ever fallen in love knows what I mean."
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He was followed by gospel choir Kingdom Choir singing Ben E. King's Stand By Me. Beautiful moment.


Around 600 guests were in attendance. As Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne, he was not obliged to invite diplomats from across the globe to the celebration, which was less of a state occasion. 
It was an extraordinary mix of tradition and modernity, of centuries of history and up-to-the moment flourishes. Oprah was here, and so was Meghan’s mother, an African-American social worker who wore a conventional mother-of-the-bride outfit and also a nose stud.
Some of the 1,200 guests, who were selected by regional Lord Lieutenant offices from a broad range of backgrounds and age groups, were announced on Twitter, along with the stories of how they have served their communities.
Veterans from Afghanistan and celebrities joined the celebration together.
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Queen Elizabeth stepped out at the wedding showing her support for the union and she had pulled out all the stops for the occasion.
She loves her colour-popping brights and once again Queen Elizabeth made sure she was seen, choosing a lime green coat. She loves a matchy-matchy look and chose a hat in the same hue with contrasting purple feather detail.

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jueves, 3 de mayo de 2018



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sábado, 28 de abril de 2018


 Prince William and Kate Middleton  have something to celebrate: 

Royal baby newsKensington Palace announced the royal baby's arrival on Monday, releasing a statement that read: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son,   Prince Louis Arthur Charles. The new prince's name is a touching tribute to his grandfather and great-grandfather's mentor, Lord Louis Mountbatten. 

Royal Family tree and line of succession

The Queen, at the age of 92, is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Find out more about the Royal Family and the line of succession below.

Royal family tree and line of succession
The "new prince" above is here...

Prince Charles
The Prince of Wales is the Queen's eldest son and first in line to the throneAs heir to the throne, his main duties are to support the Queen in her royal commitments.

Prince William
Prince William is the eldest son of the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, and is second in line to the throne. The Duke was 15 years old when his mother died. He is appointed a Counsellor of State - standing in for the Queen on official occasions. 

Prince George of Cambridge
Prince George of Cambridge was born in 2013. Prince George is third in line to the throne, after his father and grandfather.

viernes, 23 de marzo de 2018


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VOCABULARY
Cuaresma - Lent
Semana Santa (época) - Easter (Eastertide)
Semana Santa (la semana) - Easter Week o Holy Week
Domingo de Ramos - Palm Sunday
Jueves Santo - Maunday Thursday
Viernes Santo - Good Friday (probablemente viene de "God's Friday")
La Crucifixión - The Crucifixion
La Pasión de Cristo - The Passion of Christ
ayuno, oración, penitencia - fasting, prayer, penance
La Última Cena - The Last Supper
Calvario - Calvary
Jesús Cristo - Jesus Christ
Jesús en la cruz - Jesus on the Cross
La Resurrección - The Resurrection
Domingo de Resurrección - Easter Day / Easter Sunday
Procesiones de Semana Santa - Easter processions (Easter parades*)
Conejillo de Pascua - Easter Bunny
Huevo de Pascua - Easter egg
Float (pasos) of Virgin Mary carried during Semana Santa (Holy Week), Seville, Andalucia, Spain, Europe Stock PhotoIr a misa - go to mass
Pasos de Semana Santa - Easter floats.
La Virgen - The Virgin Maria, The Madonna.
Hojas de la palmera - palm leaves
Basilica - basilica
Cirio - candle
Morris Dancing 
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Explicar la Semana Santa en inglés.La lista de traducciones de terminología de las procesiones de Semana Santa termina aquí por no existir buenas traducciones de ciertas palabras pero quizás sirva de ayuda una explicación en inglés de: costalero (people who carry the floats), nazareno (robed, hooded figures; penitents carrying crosses with hood, tunic and belt), cofradía, hermandad (church brotherhoods), chicotá (the distance between two stops of the float), arriar (halt, rest for the carriers of the float), capirote, penitente ("penitent" with tall, pointed hoods with eye-holes), talla de la Virgen o del Cristo (Maria or Christ effigy), la Madrugá (early Good Friday morning), saeta (a haunting lament to the Holy Mother sung from a balcony), Los "armaos" - Roman centurions, ruta oficial (official route), misterio (tableaux of bible scenes), al Cielo con Ella (comment from the capataz to the costaleros ordering them to lift the float with the Virgen Mary), pestiños, torrijas (sweet cakes typical at Easter time in Spain).




sábado, 27 de enero de 2018

BURNS NIGHT




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Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. The day also celebrates Burns' contribution to Scottish culture. His best known work is Auld Lang Syne.

Haggis, neeps and tatties traditionally eaten in Scotland on Burns Night.
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What Do People Do?

Many people and organizations hold a Burns supper on or around Burns Night. These may be informal or formal, only for men, only for women, or for both genders. Formal events include toasts and readings of pieces written by Robert Burns. Ceremonies during a Burns Night supper vary according to the group organizing the event and the location.
The evening centers on the entrance of the haggis (a type of sausage prepared in a sheep's stomach) on a large platter to the sound of a piper playing bagpipes. When the haggis is on the table, the host reads the "Address to a Haggis". This is an ode that Robert Burns wrote to the Scottish dish. At the end of the reading, the haggis is ceremonially sliced into two pieces and the meal begins.

Public Life

Burns Night is an observance but it is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.

Background

Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland, on January 25, 1759. He died in Dumfries, Scotland, on July 21, 1796. He was a bard (poet) and wrote many poems, lyrics and other pieces that addressed political and civil issues. Perhaps his best known work is "Auld Lang Syne", which is sung at New Year's Eve celebrations in Scotland, parts of the United Kingdom, and other places around the world. Burns is one of Scotland's important cultural icons and is well known among Scottish expats or descendants.Resultado de imagen de bURNS NIGHT 2018Resultado de imagen de bURNS NIGHT 2018

Symbols

The Scottish flag is often displayed at Burns Night celebrations. It is known as the Saltire and consists of a rectangular blue background with thick white bars on the diagonals. The diagonals form a cross that represents Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
At Burns Night events, many men wear kilts and women may wear shawls, skirts or dresses made from their family tartan. A tartan was originally a woolen cloth with a distinctive pattern made by using colors of weft and warp when weaving. Particular patterns and combinations of colors were associated with different areas, clans and families. Tartan patterns are now printed on various materials.
Many types of food are associated with Burns Night. These include: cock-a-leekie soup (chicken and leek soup); haggisneeps (mashed turnips or swedes) and tatties (mashed potatoes); cranachan(whipped cream mixed with raspberries and served with sweet oat wafers); and bannocks (a kind of bread cooked on a griddle). Whisky is the traditional drink.
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viernes, 13 de octubre de 2017


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Christopher Columbus was an Italian-born explorer who set sail in August 1492, bound for Asia with backing from the Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
Columbus intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia. Instead, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings established colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland during the 10th century.
Later that October, Columbus sighted Cuba and believed it was mainland China; in December the expedition found Hispaniola, which he thought might be Japan. There, he established Spain’s first colony in the Americas with 39 of his men.
In March 1493, Columbus returned to Spain in triumph, bearing gold, spices and “Indian” captives. The explorer crossed the Atlantic several more times before his death in 1506.
It wasn’t until his third journey that Columbus finally realized he hadn’t reached Asia but instead had stumbled upon a continent previously unknown to Europeans.


The first Columbus Day celebration took place in 1792, when New York’s Columbian Order—better known as Tammany Hall—held an event to commemorate the historic landing’s 300th anniversary. Taking pride in Columbus’ birthplace and faith, Italian and Catholic communities in various parts of the country began organizing annual religious ceremonies and parades in his honor.
In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation encouraging Americans to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage with patriotic festivities, writing, “On that day let the people, so far as possible, cease from toil and devote themselves to such exercises as may best express honor to the discoverer and their appreciation of the great achievements of the four completed centuries of American life.”
In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, largely as a result of intense lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic fraternal organization.
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