MARMITE....Love it or hate it!!!

Have you ever heard of MARMITE???.
Well, if you go to the U.K, you can have the opportunity to taste this special food there!. And do you know what it is made from???
Marmite is made from beer brewing, and it is said that it is perfect for vegetarians. The British version is a sticky, dark brown paste with a distinctive, powerful flavour, which is extremely salty and savoury. This distinctive taste is reflected in the British company´s marketing slogan: "Love it or hate it".
This product was originally British (1902), but a version with a different taste has been manufactured in New Zealand since 1919.
Well, you just have to taste it to savour some of the food which was invented in England!...

STEREOTYPES that can make your day!...

Stereotypes??? oH..YEAH...AS we know Stereotypes are the beliefs concerning those properties of human beings that may vary across nations such as appearance, language, habits, attitudes, values and so on.
It is true that there are plenty of studies about this subject, so, I am going to show some of the conclusions of some of the countries where the English language is spoken:

-AMERICAN – arrogant; assertive; open-minded; materialistic; ambitious; progressive; efficient; straight-forward; alert; practical; US-centered world view; egoistic; anxious; fast food eaters; war mongers; God is with us!.
-CANADIANS – submissive; neurotic; agreeable; modest; open-minded; progressive; efficient; straight-forward; polite; respectful; anxious; law-abiding; orderly; caring for handicapped/elderly/minorities; tolerant; multi-lingual; moderate; no hero/celebrity worshiping; don’t like successful people; anti-American; passive; boring; socialist mindset; eat blubber; wear funny hats; live in igloos further north.
-INDIANS – unconventional; adaptive; open-minded; agreeable; manipulative; hardworking; politically inactive; studious; intelligent; productive; inoffensive; poor personal hygiene; meditating or walking over fire, pinching needles through their mouth, in hands, legs and other private parts; spiritual, generally poor; snake charmers; legendary bureaucrats; huge families; love to watch soap operas; will outsource the whole world.
-IRISH – loud; no sense of cuisine; impulsive; glass of whiskey or beer in his/her hand; Celtic music fanatics; have red hair and “white-white” skin; live and sleep with their sheep; religious fanatics and protesters.
- BRITISH (UK) – drinkers; lousy food; stiff upper-lips; ultra-traditional; steady-on, old chaps; bulldog spirit; bad teeth and hygiene; rude; thin; smoke cigar or pipe; scruffy hair; “fitted” clothing; heavy binge drinkers; swear all day long; artistic; “fashionable”; deep thinkers; intelligent and articulate; boastful; anti-American; ride bikes; God save the Queen!.

Now it is the time to have fun with the following video entitled "BECAUSE I´M ENGLISH"!..What do you think???

How will the English say 2010???

Twenty-ten?, two thousand and ten?, two-oh-one-oh???

This is generating some doubts among all the english speakers..It has started during a radio program: The BBC has tackled the topic of how to pronounce 2010 with David Tennant. Can you guess the result???
Well, this is the interview with the actor David Tennat.
While some say ‘twenty-ten’, others are referring to ‘two thousand and ten’ and even ‘two-o-one-o’.
The subject was raised in a programme on Radio 2 on Boxing Day – which was hosted the Doctor Who actors David Tennant and Catherine Tate
Tennant, 38, referred to the year as ‘twenty ten’, when telling a listener to have a “wonderful new year”.

Tate, said: “Oh twenty-ten – get you! Who’s been reading the compliance rules!’”

Tennant told their guest, Bernard Cribbins: “We’re supposed to say twenty-ten.”

But Cribbins said he believed most elderly people would prefer to say two thousand and ten.

Miss Tate added: “You’re not allowed to say two thousand and ten…The people in there are exploding!”

The BBC has a unit which decides on uniform pronunciation. However, the BBC said there had been no ruling on 2010.

A spokesman said: “Prior to the show, it was decided “twenty ten” was the easiest way to pronounce the year. It was not breaking any rules to say it in an alternative way.”


Did You Know?

The holiday of Halloween dates back to the Dark Ages. Once truly spooky traditions have morphed over the years into much more light-hearted (but still mischevious) celebrations. Here is a fun look at some of the facts and figures that describe how Americans will be enjoying All Hallows Eve this October 31st.
Did you know that the origins of Halloween are rooted in an ancient festival honoring the dead, known as Samhain (pronounced "Sow-ween")? The Celtic people, who lived 2,000 years ago in the United Kingdom and northern France, believed that during Samhain, the veil between this world and the spirit world was at its thinnest. Samhain was a two festival, starting on November 1st.
Did you know that Halloween is also linked to the Catholic Church's celebration of All Saints Day? When the Church began sending out missionaries to the Celtic region, it adopted many traditional rituals and sanctioned them as Catholic activities. In the 7th century, for example, the Church's celebration of All Saints Day was moved to coincide with Samhain. A special mass called Allhallowmas was recited during All Saints Day, to honor any saints who did not already have a day of their own. The night before -- October 31st -- quickly became to be known as All Hallows Eve.
Did you know that the origins of "Trick'O'Treating" can be traced back to early celebrations of All Souls' Day in Britain? The poor would go from door-to-door, begging for so-called "soul cakes". Over time, the custom changed and children became the beggars, receiving apples, sweet buns and money. The tradition migrated over the Atlantic Ocean and quickly became entrenched in American celebrations of Halloween.
Did you know that more than 36 million children are expected to go trick-or-treating this Halloween? That's how many 5-13 year olds there are in the United States. Of course, age is no limit for Halloween fun, so those numbers might be a bit of an understatement.
Did you know that there are 106 million households in the United States? That's a lot of trick-or-treating ground to cover in just one night.


WoW OBAMA, the next winner of the NOBEL PRIZE!

Barach OBAMA, the 44th US president, has won the Nobel Peace Prize after just 9 months in office for his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people!.
This choice has come as a "surprise", because he has been just nine months in office and some people think that "he hasn´t had the time to do anything yet".
However, there are some other previous winners of the Nobel Peace Prize that state that in less than a year in office, he has transformed the way we look at ourselves, and the world people live and hope for a world at peace with itself.
Do you remember some of the famous people who have previously won this special prize?
Well, one of the most popular ones is "MARTIN LUTHER KING" in 1964, or other US presidents such as "THEODORE ROOSEVELT" in 1906 and "WILSON" in 1919. In 1979 mother "TERESA" also received this prize. One of the other famous names is the so called "NELSON MANDELA" in 1993. The next one was in 1994 "YASSER ARAFAT". In addition to this, "KOFI ANNAN" also received it in 2001 for working for human rights and defuse global conflicts.
So, do you think OBAMA deserves this important prize???

2012 London Olympic games! &After it,which city will be the next???

As everybody knows the 2012 summer OLYMPIC GAMES are due to take place in LONDON (United Kingdom, from the 27July to 12 August 2012).
London will become the first city to host the Olympic games "three times", having previously done in 1908 and 1948!.
Madrid was supposed to be a favourite place for these Olympic games and competed with other cities such as "London, New York, Paris and Moscow".However, LONDON won!!!.
And now, we are in the same situation as some years ago!!!. The Olympic committee announced that Chicago (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)and Madrid (Spain)are on the short list of cities bidding to host the 2016 Olympic Games!.
So, Which city will host the next 2016 Olympic games????. we´ll know quite soon!!!.
Well, in the end RIO DE JANEIRO WON THIS MATCH!!! now the Olympic Spanish hopes are lost!.
But we have to take into account that "in order to win we first have to learn to lose"!.


Did you know...? CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA is now a true British national dish, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences. Chicken Tikka is an Indian dish. The Massala sauce was added to satisfy the desire of British people to have their meat served in gravy. ”
Now I´m going to write about the history of this peculiar food???
Britain's obsession with curry began with the "raj1" in India, resulting in the first known (but short lived) British curry house opening in Marylebone in 1809 to serve food to returning sevants of the East India Company who had aquired the taste. This interest was reinforced by post war immigration from the sub-continent, which turned curry into a £3 billion a year industry (2005). In the early days "a curry" was something to eat after the pubs closed (see Keith Floyds account) but things have now gladly matured and most restaurants offer good food to customers looking for more than some "grub" after the "pub". Indeed "Chicken Tikka Masala" a British curry, has overtaken fish and chips as the nations favourite meal and curry accounts for 2/3rds of all eating out.
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