Beach life!

16 de julio de 2019 at 15:18

A popular city beach in Barcelona. Source @ Wikimedia commons

“Sunshine is the best medicine” so the saying goes. You can produce Vitamin D by being in the sun and maybe this is one of the reasons that going to the beach in the summer is one of the most popular things to do on holiday. For this reason, in this post we look at beach vocabulary.

Summer fireworks

14 de junio de 2019 at 10:32

 

Barcelona fireworks. Source @ Wikimedia

Summer solstice is on its way and in Catalonia and Valencia, as well as in other parts of the world, celebrations take place to commemorate the shortest night of the year, or Saint John’s Eve. This festival is always on the night of the 23rdJune and it is celebrated with food and drink. It is also celebrated with fireworks and bonfires and because of this it is also called the ‘Night of Fire’. In honour of this celebration this blog post takes a look at fireworks.

 


Chocolate at Easter!

17 de abril de 2019 at 10:38

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Easter happens on a different date every year; it is a moveable celebration. The date of Easter depends on the moon and it can be any time between March 22nd and April 25th. This year Easter is late and Easter Sunday will be on April 21st.  When Easter finally arrives this year many people will celebrate with chocolate eggs. But is this a good thing?

Top Christmas movies

21 de diciembre de 2018 at 13:04

This Wonderful Life Source @ Wikimedia Commons

Christmas is almost here. Last Christmas in the UOC blog we looked at top Christmas songs. For this year’s Christmas blog post, we’ll take a look at some top Christmas Day movies. A Christmas tradition in the UK and USA is to sit around with your family after lunch and relax with a movie, so talking about which film you are going to watch is very important.

Do you know what has been voted the top Christmas Day movie of all time? Let’s find out more.

Des Sans-culottes aux… Calzonazos

25 de septiembre de 2018 at 10:06

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Les Sans-culottes! Oh ces gens qui se promènent sans culotte, c’est-à-dire sans ce sous-vêtement que tout le monde est censé porter! Ne nous

Summer solstice at Stonehenge

19 de junio de 2018 at 20:37

Watching the sunrise at Stonehenge on summer solstice. Source@wikimedia commons

Did you know that the summer solstice happens when the sun is in its highest position in the sky as the North Pole tilts towards the sun by 23.4˚? This is the longest day of the year in terms of sunlight as the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn in the Northern Hemisphere. The exact date for this changes every year but it is somewhere around the 21st June. However, this event is not just important for astronomy. In the UK the summer solstice has a direct relationship to the ancient monument Stonehenge.  Read on for more…

A perfect picnic

11 de junio de 2018 at 17:57

June is a lovely time to be outdoors and when the weather is good, picnics are the way to go.  It only takes a warm day for people in the USA and the UK to pack their picnic baskets and head to the great outdoors. Discover more and pick up some summer eating tips here!

Le 1er mai et le muguet

7 de mayo de 2018 at 7:06

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Le premier mai, c’est pour nous tous la Fête du Travail ou la Fête des Travailleurs, on ne sait pas trop comment dire au juste mais ce n’est pas grave. C’est un jour férié, on ne travaille pas et on est payé, c’est bien là l’essentiel!

Et en France il y a une tradition supplémentaire pour cette date

The spoken word

24 de abril de 2018 at 17:52

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Did you know that William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes both died on April 23rd?

This strange but true fact is one of the main reasons that April is a very special month for books. In April there is St Jordi’s Day in Catalunya and also UNESCO’s World Book Day. However, before there were books and the written word, there was the oral tradition and the «spoken word». In recent times, spoken word performances have been enjoying a renaissance; find out more here.

Nom d’un chien!

19 de marzo de 2018 at 10:17

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Vous connaissez peut-être déjà ce juron que nous utilisons pour éviter de blasphémer sur le nom de Dieu. En plus de nos chers canidés, nous pouvons aussi nous exclamer sur le nom d’une pipe ou d’un petit bonhomme… Mais au fait, savez-vous quels sont les noms de famille les plus habituels en France? Si vous avez tout de suite pensé à Dupond et Dupont,