Puerto de Ribadeo (Lugo, Galicia). Fotos. mmhr/2009

miércoles, 26 de octubre de 2011

domingo, 23 de octubre de 2011

The English Patient (II)

“The English Patient” was directed by Anthony Minghella. It is based on the book with the same title written by Michael Ondaatje. Both wrote the screenplay. It stars Ralph Fiennes as Lazlo Almasy and Kristin Scott Thomas as his partner. This film won nine Oscars in 1996.

The film is set in the North of Africa and Italy before and during the II World War.  Most of the story takes place in the Sahara Desert and in an old Italian villa.

The film is about a man called Lazlo Almasy, a Hungarian Count who is an explorer and cartographer employed by the Royal Geographical Society to make maps of the Sahara Desert. But the story has other topics: romances, war, exploration and discovery (of the Desert and of the characters too). At the beginning Lazlo Almasy is a man nicknamed “the English patient” because nobody knows his name. The American soldiers find him dying in the desert. He is burned in a plane crash and a Canadian nurse looks after him. The English patient takes him a book of Herodoto with a lot of notes and Hana, the nurse, reads a paragraph every day. She starts to know his story through the notes which appears in the film in a series of flashbacks. She discovers a man who is an explorer, an adventurer who works in the Sahara Desert during many years for several governments and institutions. He meets an English woman, she is his colleague’s wife, and they fall in love. One day, the colleague and his wife pick up Count Almasy in his plane and they crash. His colleague dies and Almasy takes his lover to a Cave of Swimmers because she is seriously injured. He goes to ask for help after he promises her that he will go back. Behind this love story is the Second World War and other romance between the nurse and a British Indian lieutenant.

I strongly recommend “The English Patient”. It is a drama, but it is a very romantic story. It has a beautiful picture and soundtrack. Also because the character of Count Almasy is based on the real Count Lazlo Almasy, explorer of the Sahara Desert and discoverer of the Cave of Swimmers, where he found prehistoric pictures.

Cave of Swimmers:

jueves, 20 de octubre de 2011

Palacio de Sobrellano

Fotos: mmhr (julio-2011)

Duck Story

A True Duck Story from Edmonton, Alberta !!!!!

Something really cute happened in downtown Edmonton this week. Michael R. is an accounting clerk at
the Bank and works there in a second story office.  Several weeks ago, he watched a mother duck choose the concrete awning outside his window as the unlikely place to build a nest above the sidewalk. The mallard laid ten eggs in a nest in the corner of the planter that is perched over 10 feet in the air. She dutifully kept the eggs warm for weeks, and Monday afternoon all of her ten ducklings hatched.

Michael worried all night how the momma duck was going to get those babies safely off their perch in a busy, downtown, urban environment to take to water, which typically happens in the first 48 hours of a duck hatching.
Tuesday morning, Michael watched the mother duck encourage her babies to the edge of the perch with the intent to show them how to jump off.  Office work came to a standstill as everyone gathered to watch.

The mother flew down below and started quacking to her babies above. In disbelief Michael watched as the first fuzzy newborn trustingly toddled to the edge and astonishingly leapt into thin air, crashing onto the cement below.  Michael couldn't stand to watch this risky effort nine more times!  He dashed out of his office and ran down the stairs to the sidewalk where the first obedient duckling, near its mother, was resting in a stupor after the near-fatal fall.  Michael stood out of sight under the awning-planter, ready to help.

As the second one took the plunge, Michael jumped forward and caught it with his bare hands before it hit the concrete. Safe and sound, he set it down it by its momma and the other stunned sibling, still recovering from that painful leap.  (The momma must have sensed that Michael was trying to help her babies.)

One by one the babies continued to jump. Each time Michael hid under the awning just to reach out in the nick of time as the duckling made its free fall.  At the scene the busy downtown sidewalk traffic came to a standstill.  Time after time, Michael was able to catch the remaining eight and set them by their approving mother.

At this point Michael realized the duck family had only made part of its dangerous journey. They had two full blocks to walk across traffic, crosswalks, curbs and past pedestrians to get to the closest open water, the River , site of the famed "River Walk."  The on looking office secretaries and several 
Edmonton police officers joined in.  An empty copy-paper box was brought to collect the babies.
They carefully corralled them, with the mother's approval, and loaded them in the container. Michael held the box low enough for the mom to see her brood. He then slowly navigated through the downtown streets toward the River
the mother waddled behind and kept her babies in sight, all the way.

As they reached the river, the mother took over and passed him, jumping in the river and quacking loudly.
At the water's edge, Michael tipped the box and helped shepherd the babies toward the water and to the waiting mother after their adventurous ride.

All ten darling ducklings safely made it into the water and paddled up snugly to momma. Michael said the mom swam in circles, looking back toward the beaming bank bookkeeper, and proudly quacking.

 At last, all present and accounted for: "We're all together again.  We're here!  We're here!"

 And here's a family portrait before they head outward to further adventures.. .

Like all of us in the big times of our life, they never could have made it alone without lots of helping hands.
I think it gives the name of
the famous "River Walk" a whole new meaning!  Maybe you will want to share this story with others. 

lunes, 17 de octubre de 2011


Boulevard de la Avenida da Liberdade (Lisboa, Portugal)

Foto: mmhr (agosto/2010)

domingo, 16 de octubre de 2011

Inside Job

Dirección: Charles Ferguson
Producción: Charles Ferguson y Audrey Marrs
Música: Alex Heffes
Fotografía: Svetlana Cvetko y Kalyanee Mam
Género: Documental
Montaje: Chad Beck y Adam Bolt
Narrador: Matt Damon
País: EEUU
Año: 2010
Inside Job (también conocida como Trabajo confidencial y como Dinero Sucio) es un documental de 2010 sobre la crisis financiera de 2008. Se estrenó el 16 de mayo en el Festival de Cannes de 2010. Ferguson ha dicho que trata sobre "la sistemática corrupción de los Estados Unidos por la industria de servicios financieros y las consecuencias de dicha corrupción."
Después de su exitoso paso por los festivales de Cine Cannes, Toronto, Nueva York y Valladollid, donde recibió enormes elogios de la crítica, "INSIDE JOB" fue galardonada con el Oscar a Mejor Película Documental en la 83 edición de la Academia. Y no es para menos... desvela sin tapujos los causantes (y beneficiarios) de la crisis mundial.
El derrumbe financiero a nivel mundial, ha supuesto más de 20 billones de dólares en pérdidas y, como resultado, millones de personas han perdido sus casas y empleos (y seguirán perdiéndose...). A través de una extensa investigación y de entrevistas con respetados expertos financieros, políticos y periodistas, "Inside Job" expone el auge de una industria deshonesta y desvela las corrosivas relaciones que han corrompido a los políticos, al reglamento regulador y a los académicos.

Este documental lo están pasando esta semana por Digital +.

sábado, 15 de octubre de 2011

Sevillanas del siglo XVIII


¡Viva Sevilla!
Llevan las sevillanas
en la mantilla
un letrero que dice:
¡Viva Sevilla!

¡Viva Triana!
¡Vivan los trianeros,
los de Triana!
¡Vivan los sevillanos
y sevillanas!


Lo traigo andado.
La Macarena y todo
lo traigo andado.

Lo traigo andado;
cara como la tuya
no la he encontrado.
La Macarena y todo
lo traigo andado.


Ay río de Sevilla,
qué bien pareces
lleno de velas blancas
y ramas verdes.

En 1931, Federico García Lorca graba junto a Encarnación López, La Argentinita, cinco discos gramofónicos que contenían una canción en cada cara, lo que da un total de diez.   Algunas de ellas son: Nana de Sevilla, Sevillanas del siglo XVIII y Las morillas de Jaén.

La Argentinita puso la voz, el zapateado y las castañuelas y Federico la acompaña al piano. Solo en una de ellas, Anda jaleo, se escucha un acompañamiento orquestal.

                                                                                                                                                                   El éxito de estas grabaciones realizadas por la discográfica La Voz de su Amo fue inmediato y desde entonces estas canciones son obras claves del cancionero tradicional.

En el siguiente enlace podéis escuchar estas sevillanas:

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