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

domingo, 1 de abril de 2018

FALKIRK, history and modernity

Falkirk may instantly remind you of the famous battle of Falkirk between the Scots and the English. Here's an extract of the film Braveheart:

Braveheart ~Battle of Falkirk 1298

Well, actually, that is not really what happened. Watch this other commented video.

But that is the past, here's the Falkirk Wheel as a landmark to stay for ever, made to commemorate the new Millenium  >>> Archimedes and a Boat Lift: the Falkirk Wheel

Other videos related to the Falkirk Wheel:   1   2   3   4   

Here are other solutions found in the past  >>>  The Famous Fort Augustus Locks:  1  2   

During my latest Scottish experience I came across several new expressions and words, a really interesting cookery channel (Classic Mary Berry):

  • Two examples of this BBC celebrity: a retro version and a nowadays version:

Mary Berry's Easter Feast (part one)

 & some delicious easy beef burgers.

  • New expressions and words connected with the road/traffic:

- CITY BYPASS is a synonym for ring road.

- How would you say this expression in Spanish: GIVE WAY? and what does the expression GIVE WAY TO ONCOMING VEHICLES mean?

- Be careful with the word DIVERSION. It is a false friend. Another expression is DIVERTED TRAFFIC.

- What is A BLIND SUMMIT? (Blind summits ahead)

  • And, by the way, do you know what a 'front-line teacher' is? Albert is one, for example.


And finally here's an interesting episode by Joel & Lia to watch: Questions Brits Have For Americans!


  • Episode 140307 / 14 March 2018    >>>  Rescuing crumbling Paris landmark   -  Language related to 'Buildings'.  Need-to-know language: chunks, flying buttress, brace, Gothic masonry & crumbles.

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  2. What is Falkirk? Well, it is a town in Scotland's central belt, located between Edinburgh and Glasgow in the Forth Valley, which is bursting with brilliant contrasts and outstanding attractions.

    Falkirk is well-known for being the location where films like Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson, and TV series like Outlander have been filmed. However, its fame comes from the real battle that took place in this city. In 1298 the army of William Wallace fell to the English under Edward I but in 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated the Hanoverians in the other battle of Falkirk.

    In addition, Falkirk is also famous for its large number of monuments, for example: the Kelpies (they are the world's largest equine sculptures and they were designed by Andy Scott) and The Falkirk Wheel ( it is the world’s only rotating boatlift, which is used to connect the Forth & Clyde and Union canals in central Scotland).

    To conclude, I would like to say that Falkirk looks like a fantastic place to visit since it is full of atracctions, art galleries, events, activities, historical treasures and modern wonders for people of all ages.

    Irene Ramón 2ºBACH

  3. Today I’m going to write about Falkirk. Falkirk is a large town in Scotland. It has a population of 35,168 (2010). Some very famous
    There are two important battles took place at Falkirk. The Battle of Falkirk took place on 22 July 1298. This battle was one of the major battles in the First War of Scottish Independence. The two bands were the Kingdom of Scotland (William Wallace) and the Kingdom of England (Edward I). The other Battle that took place was the Falkirk Muir which took place on 17 January 1746, the Jacobites under Charles Edward Stuart defeated a government army commanded by Henry Hawley.
    Falkirk is also a very famous place in Scotland because some of the biggest films has been filmed there for example Hamlet.
    Finally, I want to say that it would be a very wonderful place to visit and to know more about this place.


  4. The Battle of Falkirk, which took place on July 22, 1298, was one of the greatest clashes in Scotland's First War of Independence. The English army, commanded by King Edward I, defeated the Scottish forces under William Wallace. However, Eduardo was unable to completely subjugate Scotland because his army had been weakened by the pre-battle tactics of scorched earth used by Wallace.
    The Scottish army, again composed of peasant lancers as in Stirling, was arranged in four large hedgehog formations of some 2,000 spearmen each.3 The long spears were several meters long and shaped an apparently impregnable defense. The gaps between the Scottish formations were filled with archers with short-range bows, and in the rear was the small troop of cavalry, from Comyns and other magnates.