Monday, 30 June 2008

Spain wins the Euro 2008

Congratulations Spain!!!
Spain claimed their first major title for 44 years after winning Euro 2008 with a deserved victory over Germany.
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was Spain's goal hero, striking after 33 minutes when he cleverly lifted Xavi's pass over Germany keeper Jens Lehmann.
Spain dominated the final throughout, with Torres heading against the post and Marcos Senna almost adding a second from close range after 80 minutes.

Spain have long had a reputation as under-achievers on the big occasions, but this was a richly-merited victory for veteran coach Luis Aragones and a team that played outstanding football throughout the tournament.


Spain have won the European Championship for the second time. In 1964, they also lifted the trophy after beating the Soviet Union 2-1 in the final. In 1984, they also reached the final but lost 2-0 against France.
Just as Greece four years ago, Spain have kept clean sheets in all three knock-out rounds after the group phase.
As well as winning the European Championship three times (1972, 1980, 1996), Germany have now also lost three European Championship finals (1976, 1992, 2008).
With four goals, David Villa has become top scorer at Euro 2008 without having played in the final. That is the fewest goals for a European Championship top scorer since 1992, when Dennis Bergkamp, Tomas Brolin, Henrik Larsen and Karl-Heinz Riedle all scored three goals.
At the age of 38 years and 232 days, Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann became the oldest player ever to appear in the European Championship final, breaking the record set by Arnold Muhren (37 years, 23 days) in 1988.
At the age of 69 years and 337 days, winning coach Luis Aragones has become the oldest coach ever to appear in the final of a European Championship. Aragones is more than four years older than Otto Rehhagel (65 years, 327 days) was four years ago when Greece beat Portugal in the Euro 2004 final.

For more information, click here.

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Thank you!

Hello everybody: students, colleagues and friends,

The school year is over and now I want to evaluate the results. I don't know if I will be with you the next year again, but anyway I would like to thank you for many things.

It has been a hard but wonderful year and you have contributed to make it so special.

My dear students, thanks for your attention in class, for your behaviour, for the support you gave me when I was feeling down after my accident. Thank you, my colleagues and friends, for those experiences and coffees you have shared with me this year, and for being always there when I needed it.

In short, thank you all for making me want to be a better person and teacher.

Have a nice summer!!!

It's shopping time!

Do you like shopping? It's sales time now. Be careful not to spend too much money on unnecessary things.

I've been shopping and spent a lot of money recently! Where did I go and what did I spend it on?
Find out by doing these four exercises:

Exercise 1: Pre- listening vocabulary task
Exercise 2: Click on the words you hear
Exercise 3: Listen and complete the text
Exercise 4: Is this exactly what you hear?

Monday, 23 June 2008

Ancient football players ...

So, according to this picture ... football was not an English invention ... or was it?

The contemporary history of the world's favourite game spans more than 100 years. It all began in 1863 in England, when rugby football and association football branched off on their different courses and the Football Association in England was formed - becoming the sport's first governing body.

Read the complete history of football here.
Is the goalkeeper Iker Casillas?
Congratulations Iker and congratulations Spain!!!

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

The Great Things Mom Taught Me!

This fun page is for all of the mothers of the world who lovingly try to teach their kids some of life's most important lessons.

In the end, little brats just end up growing into bigger brats without learning a thing, but hey, at least mothers try their best to teach them something along the way! Enjoy the jokes!

My Mother Taught Me About...

1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION..."Just wait until your father gets home."

2. My Mother taught me about RECEIVING...."You are going to get it when we get home!"

3. My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE..."What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you! Don't talk back to me!"

4. My Mother taught me LOGIC..."If you fall out off that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

5. My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE..."If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

6. My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD..."If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job."

7. My Mother taught me HUMOR..."When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

8. My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT..."If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

9. My Mother taught me about GENETICS..."You're just like your father."

10. My Mother taught me about my ROOTS..."Do you think you were born in a barn?"

11. My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE..."When you get to be my age, you will understand."And last but not least...

12. My Mother taught me about JUSTICE..."One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you....Then you'll see what it's like!"

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

She is really intelligent, isn't she?

Click on the picture to enlarge.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

UEFA Euro 2008 Austria-Switzerland

For football lovers again... Did you think that football was over this year with the end of our National Leagues or Championships? It wasn't, it isn't in fact. Yesterday the UEFA Euro 2008 was inaugurated!!! We now have nearly a month of interesting national teams football matches!!! So, get ready, steady and go!

Here you can see the four groups and the participating national teams.

For more information on the tournament, click here, the official Euro 2008 site.

If you want to read Alex Ferguson's team guides, click on this link. What is Ferguson's bet for the Euro 2008?

And what is yours? What team do you think will will the Euro 2008 Cup? Post your comments with your answers!!!

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Predicting the Future!

We've all heard predictions about the future. Sure, sometimes "experts" are right on target, but check out what they got wrong! Thanks, and enjoy! :-)

Predicting the Future ...

"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances." -- Dr. Lee DeForest, Inventor of TV

"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosive." -- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project

"There is no likehood man can ever tap the power of the atom." -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." -- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"But what ... is it good for?" -- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

"640K ought to be enough for anybody." -- Bill Gates, 1981

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." -- Western Union internal memo, 1876.

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." -- Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." -- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." -- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this." -- Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy." -- Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." -- Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." -- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

"Everything that can be invented has been invented." -- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction." -- Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon." -- Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.

and last but not least...

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." -- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Gomaespuminglish IV

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