Category Archives: Interesting videos

My Enemy My Brother (by Vicente N. 1B1)

Thank you very much, Vicente, for sharing this gripping story with such a valuable lesson: Wars are all stupid, senseless and absurd. Differences only exist in our minds, not in our hearts. What a shame we don’t listen to our hearts more often 😦

If you want some food for thought, don’t miss this story:

http://www.myenemymybrothermovie.com/#my-enemy-my-brother

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Her Coach Has To Catch Her As She Collapses At The End Of Every Race (by Jose 2NI)

Thank you very much, Jose, for sharing this link with us. It is a moving story of courage and spirit of achievement… And as this is going to be the last post of the year, I have to admit that it is a very good way to do it!

It is also a good reading and listening exercise for B1-B2 level students of English. So don’t miss it!

http://faithreel.com/her-coach-has-to-catch-her-as-she-collapses-at-the-end-of-every-race/

 

 

London Bridge is falling down…

Do you know the famous nursery rhyme “London Brigde is falling down?” Well, have a look at the following link and discover the real history behind this rhyme!

http://www.rhymes.org.uk/london-bridge-is-falling-down.htm

London BRIDGE IS FALLING DOWN-ILLUSTRATION

 

 

How to make a Christmas Pudding

As we couldn’t do that in class, I post the video here to give you a cooking idea for Xmas… Scrumptious!

Nicole Delian- Real-life Sleeping Beauty (Rare Disease Day)

Today is the International Rare Disease Day, so here you are a video about a girl who suffers from one of these rare diseases.

(Source: YouTube)
This 17-year-old teenager from North Fayette, Pa., has a rare condition called Kleine-Levin Syndrome — or “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome” — that makes her sleep 18 to 19 hours a day.

And when she does wake up, she is often so tuckered out that she is in a sleepwalking state and doesn’t remember doing basic things like eating, according to KDKA-TV.

Nicole’s somnambulant state has been so severe that she once slept through the holidays, awaking one day in January when she finally opened Christmas gifts alongside her family, according to ChartiersValley.Patch.com.

“She’s never really adjusted to it,” her mother, Vicki Delien told the website. “She’s 17 now and it really upsets her. She’s missed out on a lot.”

Delien told talks show host Jeff Probst (see video above) that the teen has at times slept 32 to 64 days in a row, waking only in sleepwalking mode to eat.

Kleine-Levin Syndrome is incredibly rare, only affecting about 1,000 people worldwide, and very hard to diagnose.

In Nicole’s case, it took 25 months for doctors to diagnose her, according to ChartiersValley.Patch.com, and everything from a virus, to epilepsy to West Nile was bandied about, including, unfortunately, the possibility she was faking it for attention.

When a typical episode of Sleeping Beauty Syndrome begins, the patient becomes progressively drowsy and sleeps for most of the day and night, waking only to eat or go to the bathroom, according to the Klein-Levin Syndrome Foundation website. “When awake, the patient’s whole demeanor is changed, often appearing “spacey” or childlike. When awake he experiences confusion, disorientation, complete lack of energy (lethargy), and lack of emotions (apathy).”

Patients also report that everything seems out of focus, and that they are hypersensitive to noise and light. Some patients also have intense food cravings and/or uninhibited hypersexuality.

The Delians did not say whether Nicole has experienced these symptoms.

There is no known cure, but Nicole’s family is using a combination of epilepsy and narcolepsy medication to minimize the incidents to just two a year.

And this is a link to the Official Webpage for Rare Disease Day

Isaac Asimov

This is a very interesting video about Isaac Asimov talking about the impact of new technologies in education and in our learning process. This interview took place in 1988 and it is very interesting the way he foresaw the future (or our present).  Definitely, a genius.

 

Freegans

It is often said that we live in a consumer society where most people think that the more material objects they have, the happier they will be. However, while some people are buying excessively beyond their needs, others don’t have enough money to buy even the most basic things they need. Excessive consumerism is using up the Earth’s resources and as Ganhi said: ‘There is enough on Earth for everybody’s need, but not for everyone’s greed’.

Freegans believe that too many things in our consumer society are just thrown away when they can still be used and this includes things which are produced for almost immediate consumption, like food. So freegans thake things out of rubbish bins and use them. The main thing that freegans look for is food. Most of the food that freegans find is past the sell-by date or the packaging is damaged, but it is perfectly edible.

As well as finding food, they also find drinks, books, DVDs, CDs, clothes, toys… just about everything. They say that the best places to find things are in the bins outside the big shops, offices, schools and hotels and that the goods are clean and in a near perfect condition.

Freegans say they help reduce pollution because they recycle things and stop them going to incinerators and landfill sites.

What do you think about this? Should supermarkets and shops give away the food and products they don’t sell? Would you eat food from the garbage? Would you mind having freegan relatives?