The origin of speed dating

The concept of speed-dating originated in Los Angeles, California

in 1999. It was invented by a rabbi to help singles in the Jewish

community find a partner. Originally singles were given eight

minutes together, to make an impression before moving on to

the next potential partner. At the end of the rotation they wrote

down who was hot and who was not, and in the case of a good

match contact details were exchanged.

The concept was soon exported, and took off in London in 2000.

The craze soon spread all over the UK, and spawned Speed

Dating Agencies and an Internet Site for finding Mr. or Ms right.

The eight minute limit is supposedly based on science. It is the

time required for our hormones to tell us whether the person

opposite us is a potential mate. In our increasingly busy lives,

where traditional courtship rituals are disappearing this time

limit has now been further reduced to only three minutes, about

the same time it takes us to brush our teeth.


The Big Bang Theory

Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind of "beautiful minds" that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard's roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow CalTech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities... including love.


What are you doing?
Size ratio was all wrong.
Couldn't visualize it.Needed bigger carbon atoms.

Sure, sure.
How did you get into this place?
Back door has a five-pin tumbler system,single-circuit alarm.
Child's play.

You can start sorting protons and neutrons while I build carbon atoms.
No, I don't think so.
We need to go home now.
But I'm still working.
If you don't come out of there,I'm going to have to drag you out.
You can try, but you'll never catch me.
For God's sake.Sheldon, come here!



Robin Hood, again.

Interview with Russell Crowe. Spanish subtitles.
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Helena Bonham Carter on Alice in Wonderland.

Listen and try to fill in the blanks.
Helena Bonham Carter on Alice in Wonderland.
1. The film Alice in Wonderland is a _______________ of Lewis Carol’s original tale.
2. A 19-year-old Alice _______ ________ the rabbit hole to Wonderland, which she discovers is actually called Underland.
3. There she meets up with old friends and takes on a quest to _______________ the wicked queen who is ruling the land with fear.
‘Off with his head! ‘, ‘Off with his head! ‘
4. The movie has an outright _______________ message
5. Helena is a _______________ despotic, ghastly old battleaxe in the film.
6. Helena inspired on her daughter to play the part of the Red Queen who is a _______________.
7. The Red Queen’s head is enormous, gigantic, bulbous like a _______________.
8. Girls all over the world would love the _______________ The lips would set a trend.
9. Anne Hathaway plays the _______________ queen.
10. Helena wears blue eye shadow, about four _______________, very high eyebrows and a very high hairline. Tim Burton was quite specific about that.

Check your answers

Off with his head

Someone has stolen three of my tarts!
- Did You steal them?
- No, Your Majesty.
- Did You?
- No, Your Majesty.
- Did You steal them?
- No, Your Majesty.
- Did you steal my tart?
- No, Your Majesty ...
It´s cranberry juice.
- I was so hungry! I did not mean to ...
- Off with his head!


BP must pay for oil spill

Listen and fill in the gaps with the correct information:

American President Barack Obama ___________________ British Petroleum (BP) is responsible _____________________ up the huge oil spill off America’s southern coast. The oil slick is now the size of Jamaica and has started washing up on beaches in Louisiana. Obama told reporters that BP "is ultimately responsible ___________________ paying the costs of response and cleanup operations". US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ___________________. She called on BP to take urgent action to send resources to tackle the disaster. BP’s CEO Tony Hayward is in the area to personally direct the emergency mop-up ___________________ exercise. President Obama ___________________ area.

The catastrophe _____________________ a BP offshore oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico. As much as 5,000 ___________________ are now pouring into the sea. Experts believe it is on its way to becoming the worst oil spill in U.S. history. ____________________ 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. The ___________________ enormous environmental and economic damage to the southern U.S. states. Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi have all called a state of emergency. One of the biggest problems ___________________ cleaning up the oil. The affected coastline is full of wetlands that are difficult to reach by boat. Hundreds of different species are under threat including ___________________ marine life.



Books made into films

Bridget Jones's Diary

And here you have an excerpt from the book:
Bridget Jones's Diary excerpt