Monday, 1 September 2014

SEPTEMBER


Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.

William Wordsworth

Saturday, 30 August 2014

PRINCESS DIANA


Born Diana Spencer on 1 July 1961, Princess Diana became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. She married heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, on 29 July 1981. They had two sons and later divorced in 1996. Diana died in a car crash after trying to escape the paparazzi in Paris on the night of 30 August 1997. Continue reading here.
Click here to look at some of the most beautiful photos of her life.

Monday, 25 August 2014

REMEMBERING RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH






Here  you can read an article about the actor and film director Richard Attenborough who passed away in London yesterday. He was 90 years old.
Among his many films, my favourite ones are Gandhi (1982) and Shadowlands (1993), an emotionally moving romantic drama, based on the real-life romance, during the 1950s, between the British writer C.S. Lewis and a divorced American poet named Joy Gresham. 

Internationally as well as at home, Richard Attenborough was the personification of British cinema. Whether as actor or director — he liked to call himself “actor-manager”, in the old stage style — he remained a star for well over half a century. He was also the fiercest political champion of British cinema, defending it throughout the endless economic and artistic crises that his long career witnessed.
www.thetimes.co.uk


Friday, 22 August 2014

REGARDING RICHARD III


The Battle of Bosworth was fought on August 22nd 1485 and the Wars of the Roses came to an end. Henry Tudor had marched with his army from Milford Haven in Wales where he had landed with about 2000 men. The Battle of Bosworth is one of England’s significant battles as it ended the reign of Richard III and led to Henry Tudor becoming Henry VII, the first of the Tudor monarchs, a dynasty that lasted to 1603 and included the reign of two of England’s most celebrated sovereigns – Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I.
Here you can read an article on Richard III by eminent literary critic Harold Bloom.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

DISCOVERING VIRGINIA WOOLF'S LONDON


Here you can read an interesting article about Virginia Woolf, a born-and-bred Londoner.
Speaking of London, you can enjoy reading the essay, Street Haunting: a London Adventurewritten by Virginia Woolf in 1930.

That is true: to escape is the greatest of pleasures; street haunting in winter the greatest of adventures.
Virginia Woolf


Sunday, 17 August 2014

IN SEARCH OF SHAKESPEARE



Today I am posting a four-part series exploring the life of the world's greatest and most famous writer, William Shakespeare. Who else? It focuses on the life of the poet in the extraordinary times in which he lived. We are introduced to the dark world of Queen Elizabeth's police state - a time of surveillance militarism and foreign wars. We are reminded that Shakespeare lived through the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, the colonization of the New World and the beginnings of British power in America. However, most significantly, Shakespeare lived through England's cultural revolution: an enforced split with the old medieval English spirit world which was to lead the English people into a brave new Protestant future. Enjoy this fascinating documentary!



Tuesday, 12 August 2014

REMEMBERING ROBIN WILLIAMS


Robin Williams, Academy Award-winning actor, aged 63, was found dead at his home in  Tiburon, California in an apparent suicide yesterday.
His wife Susan Schneider paid tribute to her husband: "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.” She also said: “As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Here you can read an article from The Guardian about one of his most famous movies, Dead Poets Society (1989).


Monday, 11 August 2014

MARY SHELLEY' S FRANKENSTEIN





Here you  can download and read the eBook of Mary Shelley's novel; you can listen to the full audio-book of the novel as well. 



Friday, 8 August 2014

WHY LEARNING ENGLISH IS SO IMPORTANT


I have just found some articles about the importance of learning English. They are very interesting to read and think over.  Here you go!

Ten Reasons to Learn English