Tuesday, June 30

Amy McDonald

Young singer-songwriter Amy McDonald, 21, was born in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, Scotland.

She taught herself how to play the guitar. When she was 15 she started doing shows down Glasgow.

Her first album, "This is the life" was released in 2007 and she has sold over 2.5 million records worlwide.

She will be live in Santander (Spain) in Sonorama Festival on 14th August, 2009.

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Sunday, June 28

Slumdog Millionnaire

I've just seen "Slumdog Millionnaire" and I am greatly surprised.

Generally I feel disappointed with films which have won Oscars (maybe I expect too much from them) but this time this explosion of light, colour, magnificent images and the exciting story at the same time emotive and stimulating left me breathless.

Probably it should have shown India slum boys' problems more deeply and people could think that eight Oscars are too many. They may be right.

But this is a delicious film and we are overtaken by emotions as varied as joy, pity, happiness, anger, revulsion and surprise that together with the superb exhilarating final dances when the credit lines appear provoke unforgettable memories of this delightful film.

"Slumdog Millionnaire" is the story of a Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown in flashbacks which explains why he knows the answers.

Jamal Malik,an 18 year old orphan is about to experience the biggest day of his life.
With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who
Wants To Be A Millionnaire? But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him: how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to pove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions.

But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out.

Sunday, June 21

"Waltzing Matilda"

"Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's best known and much loved national song. It is recognized by every Australian, and has attained status as the nation's unofficial national anthem.

For over 100 years "Waltzing Matilda" has been passed on by word of mouth, in written forms, in sound recordings and other media. It has been represented in countless artistic works, through music, films, television, dance and literature. The song appears in multiple genres -parodies and painting, in travel stories, in children's books, at sporting events.

The words of "Waltzing Matilda" were written in 1895 by the famous Australian poet Andrew Barton Paterson. The music was written by Christina Macpherson (based on a folk Scottish tune).

"Waltzing Matilda" is the story about a tramp who camps by a creep and steals a sheep. Three policemen arrive and he escapes arrest - and certain hanging - committing suicide by leaping into the billabong, where his ghost may be heard by all who pass by.

Glossary of the Australian terms:

WALZING MATILDA: The act of carrying the "swag"

BILLABONG: Section of still water adjacent to a river

COOLIBAH: A species of gum or eucalyptus tree

SWAGMAN: An Australian tramp or itinerant farm hand, carrying his "swag" (his provisions and blankets)

BILLY: An open topped tin can, with a wire carrying handle, used as a kettle for boiling water into which tea is thrown

TUCKER BAG: A bag for "tucker" or food, part of the "swag"

JUMBUCK: A sheep

SQUATTER: A grazier or farmer owner. The meaning of this word has changed later in the twentieth century to mean a person who occupies a property illegally

TROOPERS: a cavalry soldier or a policeman on horseback.

The only one of these words that has basically died out of Australian English is "jumbuck". "troopers" is a bit dated, and "Waltzing Matilda" only survives because of this song.

Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me? the swagman asks, a century later. And a warm, dry wind from the gracelands of australia bears the burden of his sorrow to the world.

Sunday, June 14

A true story

This is a true story it happened to me two years ago.
One winter afternoon, I was walking with my mother in law when it suddenly started to rain quite heavily. As it was also cold we decided to go to the bus station where we could sit down for a while and she could talk to other old people who also went there when the weather was unpleasant.
As I would need to spent there some time I bought a magazine and a packet of chocolate biscuits (my favourites). We sat down on some armchairs in the open waiting room of the station and I started to read.
Beside the armchair where the packet of biscuits lay, an old woman sat down in the next seat, she greeted me and then started to talk to the other ladies there.
When I took out the first biscuit, the woman took one also. I was surprised but said nothing.
For each biscuit I took, the woman took one too.
When only one biscuit remained, the woman, taking the last biscuit, divided it into half, giving me one half. I felt happy of sharing my biscuits with her.
Then she said she had to go, took her things and said goodbye.
Some minutes later, I looked into my bag to take my glasses and to my surprise my packet of chocolate biscuits was there, untouched, unopened.
I felt so amazed and ashamed!
I had forgotten that my biscuits were kept in my bag.
The old woman had shared her biscuits with me and even had divided her last one without feeling irritated or angered by my behaviour.
And now there was no chance to explain myself... nor to apologize.
I had a strange impression of desolation that evening and I felt unhappy and unsatisfying.