Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

miércoles, 11 de enero de 2017

Brothers in arms... How foolish!


Breakup of Yugoslavia  (interesting videos to watch: 1 & 2) >>>>  how war ended a friendship, a brotherhood, a team..... Listen to this song by the Dire Straits as a kind of warm up. Pay attention to the lyrics

Once upon a time, there was a country named Yugoslavia, but especially there was an incredible basketball team... Then war came and it was the end of this country, of this great basketball... and of a great friendship. Watch this touching video: 'Once Brothers'  >>>

The tragic death of Drazen Petrovic (Sports Illustrated)

The more you travel, the more open you'll become and you'll discover how foolish wars are.

Why visit Croatia

10 best places to visit in Serbia

Learn some TRAVEL phrasal verbs with Lucy


TRAVEL is the general idea of going from one place to another.
JOURNEY is usually a travel by land.
VOYAGE is usally a long travel, mostly by ship.
TRIP is going somehere for business/shopping/studying or for a short period (a school trip)
TOUR is usually the travel organized for tourists with a circular itenarary.

Crossword on AIR TRAVEL  

Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:

WORD FORMATION: 1. secretarial  ,   2. musical  ,   3. additional  ,   4. professional   ,   5. personality   ,   6. centrally   ,   7. friendly   ,   8. yearly     9. monthly    ,   10. daily

English at university: Take note (episode 17)

The English we speak: Don't lose your bottle! (BBC Learning English)



13 comentarios:

  1. The origin of Yugoslavia dates back to the Second World War. After the communist victory in the Second World War, Yugoslavia was formed and comprised six republics, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia.

    Yugoslavia broke up into six countries in the 90s, because of factors as ethnic tensions and a deteriorating economy that played a major role in the breakup of the country. It also includes cultural and religious divisions between the ethnic groups comprising the country, a decline of the communist ideology and the end of Cold War rivalry.

    Petrovic was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional basketball in Europe in the 1980s before joining the NBA in 1989.

    I have heard many times about Petrovic and I know he played for the Real Madrid basketball team since he was one of the best players in the world. He helped the Real Madrid to win the Spanish King's Cup against Barcelona, the main rival of them. Unfortunately, he only played one season in Spain, he wanted to play in the NBA.
    At the age of 28, he died in a terrible car accident. He was travelling in a car with two women when their car fixed against a truck that had lost the control and had invaded the opposite rail due to the rain.

  2. Drazen Petrovic was born in Croatia the 22 of October, 1964. He was a basketball player who played in the position of escort, being considered as one of the best European players of the time of the 1980s his style of play allowed him to reach the NBA. Petrovic died in a traffic accident, he suffered on a German motorway at the height of the village of Dankendorf.

    On the one hand, according to the video I've seen about Croatia, I find it very interesting for its history and sites to visit and attend typical events like the Pula's carnival, Bubovnik's winter festival ... where you can learn about this culture.

    On the other hand, in Serbia has some of the most beautiful landscapes, there you can visit the archaeological site of Lepenski Vir, Gamzigrad, Studenica ... and about the nature the mountains of Brezovica, the mountain of Zlatar ...

    To conclude, Petrovic was a great player since he gets differents medals in the Olympic Games and went very far in his career participating in the NBA. Petrovic is considered the crucial part of the vanguard of the current influx of European players in the NBA, to the loss of this great player who we will never forget.

    Paola Ruiz 1º BACH A

  3. It is sad to see how the family ends up in the wake of a war, as this shows that the hunger for power in some people is more important than their family and that is a very sad thing. In history has happened many times, that because of a war two friends or brothers face, or simply not for a war if not for having power.

    In many families the brothers fight over inheritance, when one brother has more inheritance than another, the latter becomes jealous of him and the fights begin. We all know someone that their parents and their children are fighting for this reason and it is a very sad thing.

    In my opinion people should not only be moved by economic interests, there are other principles in this life more beautiful as friendship. Because if you always move for economic interests in the end you will end up in war or fight with many people.

  4. Yugoslavia was a country in Southeast Europe during most of the 20th century. It came into existence after World War I in 1918 under the name of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

    Yugoslavia was constituted by six socialist republics, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.

    Yugoslavia Broke up into six countries as a result of some conflicts during the 1990s. After a period of political crisis in the 1980s The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia split apart, but the unsolved issues caused Yugoslav wars

    Now, I´m going to talk about Drazen Petrovic, in my opinion one of the best three point shooters in the history, if not the best.
    If I had to compare him with an nowdays basketball player I would compare him with Klay Thompson, because both of them are amazing shooters, good deferders, they have almost the same height and also both of them are shooting guards.

    It is said that when Drazen was training and he missed a shot, he made a mark on the ground where he had failed the shot and then he had to throw 300 times from the same place

    Eduardo Perez Muelas

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  6. Drazen Petrovic was a big figure of the basketball. The last Eurobasket of the 80's and the first two of the 90's they were marked by his person. In 1989 the tourney was played in Zagreb. In that tourney, Drazen scoring a basket, attend a pass, and the most important, he had fun. The final who played versus Greece was a recital (98-77), where he scoring 62 points.

    He decided to not to participate in the Eurobasket of 1991 with Yugoslavia. He had decided focus in his career in the New Jersey Nets but, especially he kept the incident with Divac in the celebration of 1990 in the World Cup. For this reasons, Drazen decided not to go to the Eurobasket.

    petrovic concentrated for play with his selection the Mediterranean Games and the Eurobasket of 1993. When the team arrived to Frankfurt they had two days off, and Petrovic decided to go to Munich to see her girlfriend. He was in car, and on the way to Munich he was a car accident where he died. croatia losed the semifinal. The tragedy was too recent.

  7. Many people dream with having a brother or a sister, but people who have them dream with not having them. I have a great sister, I love her a lot and she is a nice girl. We sometimes have little arguments, but at the end, I love her a lot and when she has a problem I always help her because he´s the most important thing for me in this world.

  8. Many people have got a sister or brother. my brother and i have got our wraps but is the best brother for me. He is very funny and " mentirosillo". i love my brother. When my brother has got a problem I always help because is a important person in my live and is my brother.

    Jose Corzo Garzón 2ºA

  9. Have some arguments, but he is very funny and a bit of a liar. I love help him because he is an important person in my life and he is my brother.

  10. Many people want to have siblings and their dream is to have siblings.
    I have an older sister .
    Having siblings has some advantages
    When I was little and needed help in homework or had any doubts, I asked my sister for help.
    Before when I was a girl when I got bored I played with her.
    Now she can not help me because she has to study hard.
    I love a lot my sister although sometimes we fight

  11. Yugoslavia was formed before World War 2, end collpased in the last years of the 20th century. Where was the problem? Is it possible to be formed again? And the question I find the most inetersting and usually one of the least asked, there are more examples of this, and can it happen again?

    At the beggining Yugoslavia was formed b the idea of a unified nation, based on a common slavic culture, and a way to defend themselves from a posible comeback of the Austro-hubgary empire or the Ottomans, who occupied their land for centuries. But like in everything in life not everyone was happy against this idea, nationalism was well viewed and was fastly rising in all europe and some other places in the world such as the British Raj, this is due to it was seen as a great ideology where being proud of from where you are and unite under a culture the people with different views and opinions of the world (until some austrian took german nationalism too far...). BUt after being invaded by Nazi Germany and tried to be controlled from both mayor powers in cold war, the feeling of union started to shake, with some territories being more strongly active to participate in any of the sides of both wars or staying neutral at them, resentment between the know as Socialist Federal Republics was being forged and when the Soviet Union collpsed in the late ´80s and at the beggining of the ´90s, it dragged down with it the Communist side, which made a mark specially in Yugoslavia, which exploded in interna conflicts and wars, starting a procces of dismantlement with no coming back.

    Nowadays there are some examples of this states, that obviously in the extreme case of the end of Yugoslavia, but that commits wait i call the same "naive mistake". Examples are China, Russia, Italy Mauritania, and in a lower way, the nations with regional nationalism such as UK, Canada, Spain, Egipt and Syria. I´m not an expert, and I´m not going to try to act like one, but the way toresolve this isn´t easy, and it can´t work the same way in some places than in others, after all, people and culture it´s not the same in place like Israel, UK, Russia or Mauritania.

  12. The siblings are important because they make you feel that you aren't alone. Having a sibling teaches you to share many things, toys, the home, and the most important thing the love of your parents.
    You can play with him but also you fight, but you soon solve the problem .
    I have a sister and although we fight I love her a lot . I'm very happy to have her.

    Francisco José Prados Espinosa 1ºA