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sexta-feira, 30 de maio de 2014

José Mourinho Fights Against Hunger

World Food Programme has announced that José Mourinho will serve as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger.

Read here

quinta-feira, 29 de maio de 2014

Great News

Today I received a notification from the Ministry of Education declaring that I was granted a leave of absence to accompany my husband, who has very recently been assigned a position abroad.
Can´t wait to join him!

Jokes about the English language

Q: What do you say when you are comforting a grammar obsessive?
A: There, Their, They're

Q: What's another name for Santa's elves?
A: Subordinate Clauses.

Q: How do you spell mousetrap?
A: C-A-T.

Q: What is Black and white and read (red) all over?
A: A newspaper

Q: "What letter of the alphabet has got lots of water?"
A: "The C"

Q: "What letter of the alphabet is always waiting in
A: "The Q."

Q: What begins with T, ends with T and has T in it?
A: A teapot.

quarta-feira, 28 de maio de 2014

RIP, Maya Angelou

Her last post on facebook:

"An unexpected medical emergency caused me the greatest disappointment of having to cancel my visit to the Major League Baseball Civil Rights Game ceremony. I am so proud to be selected as its honoree. However, my doctors told me it would be unadvisable for me to travel at that time. My thanks to Robin Roberts for speaking up for me and thank you for all your prayers. I am each day better."


Read the BBC News

Read: I know Why the Caged Bird Sings and other stories by Maya Angelou

Ugly Fruit

Ugly Fruit (Fruta Feia), a portuguese cooperative, is news in The New York Times

sábado, 24 de maio de 2014

Voluntários em Monsanto

Uma equipa de voluntários da Embaixada dos EUA em Portugal dedicou o seu trabalho à limpeza da mata de Monsanto. Desta vez contaram com a ajuda do Embaixador Robert Sherman, recentemente chegado a Portugal.

Um exemplo a seguir pelos diplomatas portugueses. (diplomacia ambiental?)

Muito obrigada a todos.


quinta-feira, 22 de maio de 2014

Happy Earth Day

Today is a day to celebrate  the EARTH !

In its natural form

Sequoia National Park

or transformed by man

San Francisco, California
Earth Day 2013

terça-feira, 20 de maio de 2014

Prom Night

As Prom Night is coming nearer, an American student asked the Vice President to be her partner at the Prom.

Read the story.

sábado, 17 de maio de 2014

O Portugal Futuro


O Portugal Futuro
O portugal futuro é um país 
aonde o puro pássaro é possível 
e sobre o leito negro do asfalto da estrada 
as profundas crianças desenharão a giz 
esse peixe da infância que vem na enxurrada 
e me parece que se chama sável 
Mas desenhem elas o que desenharem 
é essa a forma do meu país 
e chamem elas o que lhe chamarem 
portugal será e lá serei feliz 
Poderá ser pequeno como este 
ter a oeste o mar e a espanha a leste 
tudo nele será novo desde os ramos à raiz 
À sombra dos plátanos as crianças dançarão 
e na avenida que houver à beira-mar 
pode o tempo mudar será verão 
Gostaria de ouvir as horas do relógio da matriz 
mas isso era o passado e podia ser duro 
edificar sobre ele o portugal futuro 

Ruy Belo, in 'Homem de Palavra[s]'

quinta-feira, 15 de maio de 2014

Best european country contest

Portugal won first place. It was chosen by readers of USA Today
 5-United Kingdom

quarta-feira, 14 de maio de 2014

Cruzeiro no Tejo

O cacilheiro que representou Portugal na Bienal de Veneza, em 2013, já está em Lisboa. O “Trafaria Praia” faz cruzeiros no Tejo entre o Terreiro do Paço e a Torre de Belém (ida e volta) a partir do cais situado entre o Cais das Colunas e o Cais do Sodré . O mini cruzeiro demora cerca de uma hora.

No exterior do navio, da proa à popa, Joana Vasconcelos aplicou um painel de azulejos em azul e branco, pintado à mão, que reproduz uma vista contemporânea de Lisboa. A obra inspira-se no grande painel de azulejos do Museu do Azulejo que mostra Lisboa antes do terramoto de 1755.

A decoração interior é toda em cortiça


Nas vitrinas podemos admirar artesanato português.


Além da agradável viagem, onde se pode apreciar Lisboa, que está cada vez mais bonita, podemos visitar a instalação de Joana Vasconcelos sobre o fundo do mar.

Uma tarde muito bem passada.

quinta-feira, 8 de maio de 2014

Dia da Europa 2014

O Centro de Informação Europeia Jacques Delors( CIEJD) vai assinalar o Dia da Europa de muitas maneiras.
Veja aqui

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is celebrated on 8 May each year.

This date is the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant (1828- 1910) who recorded his memories and experiences of the Battle of Solferino in the book A Memory of Solferino, which inspired the creation of the International Commitee of the Red Cross in 1863.

The international Red Cross was founded to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering.

Henry Dunant was the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.

Today, 151 years after its establishment, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement help more than 277 million people worldwide.

Happy World Red Cross Red Crescent Day!

quarta-feira, 7 de maio de 2014

Boas noticias...

do ministro Crato sobre a obrigatoriedade do ensino da língua inglesa no 1º ciclo.

No Comunicado sobre a prova Key for Schools refere a importância da língua inglesa e da sua aprendizagem.
Espero que seja considerado insuficiente apenas uma aula  por semana (90m) no ensino da disciplina de inglês, no 9º ano, como acontece na escola onde leciono (ESR).

terça-feira, 6 de maio de 2014


 The Great War- 1916 - 1918 edition

My latest purchase was a set of 13 books about the Great War.

We got it in an antique bookshop in Rochester.

Bookstores and libraries are always an attraction when I travel in Portugal or abroad.

I was very proud to know that Book Riot, an American site about books, has considered the Mafra library in Portugal, the  most awesome library in the world.

After selecting Lello bookshop as the most beautiful and Bertrand, the oldest, it was now time for a library- all of them in Portugal...


domingo, 4 de maio de 2014

Happy Mother´s Day

Some years ago in Alentejo, Portugal

This music was very fashionable at the time:

While I was choosing the video it came to my mind the verses we used to write in primary school:

Com três letrinhas apenas

Se escreve a palavra mãe

Que é das palavras pequenas

A maior que o mundo tem

Previous posts:

                   Happy Mother´s Day 2014!

sábado, 3 de maio de 2014

Tour on the River Stour

Canterbury in 1 day
3rd part

The tour on the river Stour was a very nice way of 
learning more about this historic place with a quite witty guide.

The day could not have ended in a better way – with great company in a delicious Italian restaurant that was highly recommended.


The Ducking Stool

Canterbury in 1 day
2nd part

In medieval times, the ducking stool was meant to establish whether a suspect was a witch. It consisted of a strongly made wooden armchair in which the offender was tied and ducked into water. If the "witch" sank she was deemed innocent. If she survived the immersion it was deemed that she was in league with the devil, meaning that she had rejected the "baptismal water” and was thus burned in fire as a witch.

In the 17th century it became a method of punishment for women accused of prostitution or scold.

The ducking stool in Canterbury is a replica from 1910.

Canterbury in 1 day

Last Saturday I went to Canterbury. The last time I had visited this beautiful city was in 1981, 33 years ago. Whilst visiting the sights, engaging in good conversation, taking pictures and shopping I realized that if it takes me the same time to visit this place again I will be nearly 90…

Canterbury Cathedral is the most visited site in Kent because it is the oldest and most famous Christian monument in England and the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England.

It was founded in 597. That was the year King Ethelbert, an Anglo Saxon King, was baptized by St. Augustine, the cathedral's first archbishop who was  sent by the Pope as a missionary. 

When England was conquered by William of Normandy in 1066, bigger changes took place, as the Church gradually, over the next 500 years, came under the papacy’s greater influence.

Thomas Becket could be considered the second founder of Christian Canterbury. He was archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170 by followers of King Henry II with whom he had engaged in many conflicts over the rights and privileges of the Church. Soon after his death he was canonized and since then was venerated as saint by both the Catholic and Anglican Churches. 

The site of his martyrdom is a much visited corner in the Cathedral.

Geoffrey Chaucer´s The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories by the pilgrims on their way to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. Chaucer uses the tales and the descriptions of its characters to criticize English society of the time.

  Canterbury 26/4/14