Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sleepy Washington

The legend of Sleepy Hollow is Washington Irving's most recognised contribution to American short-story fiction. Anytime is great to learn more about the headless horseman and the curse on Tarry Town villagers, but also about traditions and witchcraft from ancient times. Here is a brief sample from Tim Burton's view....What's yours? HUSH, it's in the book.

Washington Irving's anniversary

From 2nd October 2009 to 28th February 2010, Granada (Spain) receives an exhibition on Washington Irving's works, which coincides with the 150th anniversary of his death. This is the closing event the city is carrying out to commemorate Irving's relationship with this Andalusian province, its customs and people portraited on his Alhambra Tales. Thus, manuscripts, engravings, old photos and films are shown in the gallery located at Carlos V's Palace. You can also learn about the route he followed through the provinces of Sevilla, Málaga and Granada (Andalusia) which helped him create the literary frame for his tales.
If you want to visit the exhibition, just click here. Washington Irving and Granada

On the other hand, if you want to follow his footsteps and revive his voyage, just get ready and have a look at The route of Washington Irving

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

On the picture, the first Thanksgiving meal of the Pilgrims, at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621.

Although it's considered a secular holiday, its origin was religious. It was a time to give thanks for the first harvest after the arrival and settlement of the Pilgrims from the Mayflower and express gratitude in general.
Nowadays, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. The typical Thanksgiving dinner, a roasted stuffed turkey in cranberry sauce, baked beans, creamed potatoes with gravy and pumpkin pie gathers families and friends around.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

International Childhood Week

Childhood is a special period of life. Therefore I want to commemorate the date of Childhood, 20th November, by remembering those cartoons which are based on literature, comic strips and tv series for kids. Many of them are known by their video game version. Somehow they also have contributed to the diffusion of their source, even if they have done it by mentioning them. Anyway, they become a thriving ground for imagination. Try to guess their names!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

World Diabetes Day

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every person in the world should follow a balanced diet and do some physical exercise to be healthy. However, there are thousands of people who are not aware of its importance for the prevention of some diseases, such as diabetes. For that reason, the International Diabetes Federation together with its member associations has launched a campaign to promote an early diagnose at all ages, paying special attention to children. If you are interested to know where you can go to learn more about diabetes and the campaigns carried out in your country, here you are a link that may be helpful:

It happens in the best families

Monday, November 9, 2009

New Moon

On the occasion of the imminent release of the 2nd. part of the successful Twilight's saga in cinemas, New Moon promises to become a blockbuster this autumn. Moreover, this event has also attracted the most reluctant readers as it has turned out to be one of the most appealing titles of fiction, keeping suspense until the very end. This fact has brought about Twilight to be read all over the world. In addition to this phenomenon, we must bear in mind a film only takes a couple of hours to tell a story. So, if you want to know what really happens in this new episode, don't wait to be told! This is my recommended book for this holiday. I hope you enjoy it!