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WHAT’S ON? January 15, 2009

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(by Leonardo Magalhães)


clip_image002[4]And the Golden Globe goes to…

When the red carpet awaits fantastic Hollywood actresses and actors to step on the hall of stars, many reporters begin their interview with almost every artist, where cameras fight against each other about who gets the best shot. Welcome to the second greatest film festival in the world, behind the Oscars, the Golden Globe awards.

clip_image004clip_image006Besides going through an unfortunate “no Golden event year of 2008” due to the writers’ strike, this year already turned out to be a hit of movies in theaters. Brilliant, beautiful artistic performances were shown and given to the public all over the place.

Therefore…And the Golden Globe goes to Salley Hawkins, best performance by an actress in a motion picture –musical or comedy, for “Happy-go-lucky”. And the Golden Globe goes to Colin Farrel, best performance by an actor in a motion picture – musical or comedy, for “In Bruges”.

clip_image008clip_image010clip_image012And the Golden Globe goes to Kate Winslet, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, for “The Reader”. And the Golden Globe goes to Heath Ledger, best performance of an actor in a supporting role for his horrible looking villain in the “Dark Knight” as the joker.


clip_image016clip_image018And the Golden Globe again goes to Kate Winslet, best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama, for “Revolutinay Road”. And the Golden Globe goes to Mickey Rourke, best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama, for “The Wrestler”.

Furthermore, there were many spetacular directors and great motion pictures over all… And the clip_image020clip_image022Golden Globe goes to Danny Boyle, best director, for “Slumdog Millionaire”. And the Golden Globe goes to “Vickey Cristina Barcelona”, for best motion picture – musical or comedy. Finally, and the Golden Globe goes to “Slumdog millionaire”, for best motion picture – drama.

Not only the people who received trophies, but the nominees were already considered winners. There were many marvelous interpretations. Congratulation to all of you for the hard work and the determination to make all films orginal, criative and unique, which once more enrich the beauty of art.


HAPPY NEW YEAR! January 15, 2009

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Dear Readers,clip_image002

Only now, as the year draws to a close, have I managed to set aside some time to drop you all a line, as the person that I am… sometimes a boss, a teacher and director; or a mother, a spouse, a sister, a daughter and aunt; a supplier and client; or a friend, colleague and acquaintance…
Today and at this very moment, I am just a person wishing to be happy and, if possible, seeking to make the lives of other people easier, so that they too can reach their personal goals.


First of all, I would like to thank all of you who have been part of my daily routine throughout the year of 2008, including family members, relatives, friends, colleagues, clients, and suppliers.

After all, everyone has helped to make 2008 an unforgettable year.


This year has been seen as a year of changes, trips and great discoveries.


Changes make us grow under all aspects, both inside and outside of ourselves.





  Each hurdle that we overcome,








                                                                                      each victory we achieve




shows us that, indeed, we do not achieve anything on our own and that in unity there is strength.

I would like to thank all of you who have trusted me, and have given me a chance to be part of your lives, even if only on a small scale.





May the year 2009 be full of victories, happiness and


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May the year 2009 be an enlightened and creative year!


May we all be happy, now and always! clip_image022









Miriam Magalhães

Message for 2009



This short poem by Fernando Pessoa is very well known, and is beautiful for its sheer simplicity.

It is worth pondering over the poem’s message.
Best Regards,

Miriam Magalhães

“De tudo ficaram três coisas:

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– A certeza de que estamos sempre a começar…

– The certainty that we are always about to start…clip_image030

– A certeza de que é preciso continuar…
– That we need to carry on…clip_image032

– A certeza de que seremos interrompidos, antes de terminar…
And that we shall be interrupted before we finish…

          Portanto, devemos:

Therefore, we should:

          – Fazer da interrupção, um caminho novo…
Turn the interruption into a new path…

– Da queda, um passo de dança…
– Turn our fall into a dance step…


             – Do medo, uma escada…
– Fear, into a staircase

– Do sonho, uma ponte…
   – A dream, into a bridge…


          – Da procura, um encontro.”
A search, into an encounter.”

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GRAMMAR LIFTING January 12, 2009

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(by Ecleia Fernandes/ Barbie)






  • Learn 10 new English words or phrases every day, Mondays to Fridays (repeat on Saturdays, relax on Sundays).
  • Unlearn one typical mistake before the next test .
  • Study 15 minutes every day.
  • Read the lyrics of an English song every week and try to understand its main content.
  • Read and try to understand one short English text every week.
  • Study English on ego4u every day.

Reaching your target step by step is much better than setting a huge target that you cannot achieve. Keep your MOTIVATION up.

Many a mickle makes a muckle.


· Mickle = small amount of something

· Muckle = large amount of something

BUSINESS TALK January 12, 2009

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Preparing for the interview


Interviews can be nerve-wracking and preparation is very important. You will be better equipped to answer questions and you will walk in to the interview feeling more confident. Here are some tips for preparing for an interview. Read the text below and select the best option from the drop-down menu of words.

If you have –1– the interview stage, your CV and letter of application must have been –2– ! The company now wants to know more about you. But there is still more work to do if you want to get that job! Make sure you have –3– the company as thoroughly as possible – use the Internet, company reports, recruitment literature etc. –4– yourself of why you applied to this company. Make a list of the skills, experience, and interests you can –5– the organisation. Finally, try to –6–the questions you will be expected to answer – imagine you are the interviewer!

1. ( )gained ( )reached ( )arrived ( )achieved

2. ( )effective ( )important ( )impressive ( )significant

3. ( )researched ( )discovered ( )inquired ( )examined

4. ( )remember ( )remind ( )imagine ( )summarise

5. ( )show ( )present ( )offer ( )demonstrate

6. ( )ask ( )suggest ( )give ( )predict



Check answers:


POP CORNER January 12, 2009

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Universal Studies and Planet Holiday now offer you a VIP Card. All you have to do is become a member of Pop Corner by bringing 2 DVDs.

With yout VIP Card you can hire DVDs every week without paying a penny!


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The 10 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating


  1. Beets: Think of beets as red spinach. They are a rich source of folate as well as natural red pigments that may be cancer fighters.
  2. Cabbage: Loaded with nutrients like sulforaphane, a chemical said to boost cancer-fighting enzymes.
  3. Swiss chard: A leafy green vegetable packed with carotenoids that protect aging eyes.
  4. Cinnamon: May help control blood sugar and cholesterol.
  5. Pomegranate juice: Appears to lower blood pressure and loaded with antioxidants.
  6. Dried plums: Okay, so they are really prunes, but they are packed with antioxidants.
  7. Pumpkin seeds: The most nutritious part of the pumpkin and packed with magnesium; high levels of the mineral are associated with lower risk for early death.
  8. Sardines: Dr. Bowden calls them “health food in a can.” They are high in omega-3’s, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium. They also contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese as well as a full complement of B vitamins.
  9. Turmeric: The “superstar of spices,” it may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
  10. Frozen blueberries: Even though freezing can degrade some of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables, frozen blueberries are available year-round and don’t spoil; associated with better memory in animal studies.

IT’S ALL ABOUT COOKING! January 12, 2009

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Maple Cookies



  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg, syrup and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir into mixture until well blended. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cool on wire rack.

LET’S GET FLUENT? January 12, 2009

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(by Daniela Amoretinha)


The other day I was watching David Letterman (the American Jô Soares), he was supposed to interview Senator John McCain that evening, but the latter canceled the interview the last minute saying he was rushing to Washington DC to think of ways to ‘save’ America from the recession… (…) (…).

Well, Letterman was not very pleased with that, and it got even worse when he finally learned what the presidential candidate was actually doing at that moment (but this you folks will have to find out by watching the link below); so, since Letterman knows he is one of those people that influences Americans, he started to say real nasty things about the candidate, his running mate, Sarah Palin, and the campaign itself; at one point he said: “… something is going haywire with the campaign…” which is an expression that relates to things that go out of control, that are messy, confusing and/or are not functioning properly, you can also say, for example: “Overeating makes the brain go haywire, prompting a cascade of damage that may cause diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses” (“Calorie overload can short-circuit your brainhttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26995427/). I decided to focus on this expression this month, not only because it is a common expression, but also because of its use nowadays, since the most accepted origin of this expression actually goes back to the rural life in the US in the 19th century.

The wire (arame) used to bind hay bale (fardos de feno) is called ‘haywire’; when the farmers had to cut it in order to release the hay, it would writhe and wriggle around trying to return to its coiled state, which used to hurt the farmers and create a huge mess, especially if lost in the grass field. As you can see, this expression arouse in the countryside, however is it commonly used throughout the country, even on TV!!!

ENGLISH 4 FUN January 12, 2009

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(by Zeek)




Some New Year’s resolutions

2003: I will get my weight down below 180.

2004: I will watch my calories until I get below 190.

2005: I will follow my new diet religiously until I get below 200.

2006: I will try to develop a realistic attitude about my weight.

2007: I will work out 5 days a week.

2008: I will work out 3 days a week.

2009: I will try to drive past a gym at least once a week.



CULTURE CORNER January 12, 2009

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(by Priscila Raposo)


  A Guide To The Real Australian Outback

One of the main Australia tourist attractions is of course

the Australian Outback itself.

The Outback is a huge place. Most of the Australian continent could be classified as Outback.


But there is no doubt that ULURU (AYERS ROCK) is the single most famous tourist attraction in Australia, and for many people Uluru is the only reason to visit Alice Springs in the first place. Ayers Rock is the most commonly used name, especially outside Australia.

Location and Size

· Ayers Rock is located in the middle of Australia, in fact very close to the actual geographical centre.



· Research suggests that Aborigines have lived in the area for at least 10,000 years.

· In 1950 Ayers Rock was made a national park.

· In 1995 the park name was changed from “Ayers Rock – Mount Olga National Park” to “Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park”, reflecting the traditional ownership and the Anangu’s close relationship with their land.


· About one in ten visitors climb Ayers Rock.

· The only accomodation near Uluru is the Yulara Resort just outside the park. Yulara offers different levels of accommodation, from luxury to budget, as well as a caravan park.

· To enter the park you have to purchase a pass. Cost is A$25 per person over 16 years, and the pass is valid for three days.