Thursday, 23 June 2011

23rd June 2011 – 10th day

“Today we got up very early because we are coming back to Spain. I was very excited because I was visiting Liverpool city.” (Raquel)
“Today is the last day. I got up very early and I had a shower like everyday. Then I ate cereals for breakfast like everyday, too. (Jesús)
“We had breakfast at eight o’clock, we took the suitcases and went on the bus.” (Andrea)
“We got up at 6:00, we had breakfast and tidy the rooms. After two and a half hours in a bus we arrived in Liverpool. We got up a tourist bus and visited The Cavern, a famous pub with many photos and posters of The Beatles. “ (Estefanía)
“We visited The Cavern and other important buildings. Finally we went to the airport and returned to Spain.” (Marcos)
“We saw The Cavern, the club where The Beatles played, and a museum about Africa.” (Pedro)
I feel so happy to return home but I know I needed England and my friends this summer.” (Alejandro)


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

22nd June 2011 – 9th day

This morning it was raining. The weather was very cold. We went to Dowdales school.” (Noelia)
Today we’ve spent the day at school again. My friends Costi, Aisha and Ángela did a flamenco show. They danced fantastic! (Raquel)
“My partners Costi, Aisha and Ángela danced flamenco. Later Alicia, Andrea and I participate in the Sevillanas. I think people really liked it” (Noelia)
“The girls danced flamenco and at twelve o’clock we had lunch.
“They danced three times and two journalists interviewed them.” (Pedro)
“Costi, Ángela and Aisha danced and there were photographers of a newspaper of Dalton.” (Estefanía)
“Then we had lunch and we said goodbye to the school and to Paul Beach.” (Estefanía)
“Then we visited Barrow. Barrow is a small town.” (Marcos)
“Then we visited Barrow-in-Furness. I saw the town Hall. It’s enormous. I went for a walk. Then we came back to the hostel, we had dinner and we said goodbye to Derek and Jocelyn.” (Jesús)

“For dinner we had a barbecue with Derek and Jocelyn and we wrote in their visitors’ book.” (Estefanía)

“In the evening we packed the suitcases because tomorrow we’ll go to Spain.” (Andrea)

Presentation of flamenco.

In november 2010 Unesco declared Flamenco as cultural Heritage.
Flamenco is a Spanish dance and music genre, created in Andalusia in the 18th century with Andalusian music and dance as its base. Gypsies created and developed this genre. Andalusia folk songs, dances and the guitar are its main aspects.

Flamenco is also known as cante grande, hondo or jondo. It´s an artistic expression that has its origin in popular celebrations, such as weddings and its characterised by its simple accompaniment.

Singing is performed without music and dance is accompanied by the clapping of hands and stumping of feet. Guitars came into use in the 20th century
Originally words and scripts dealt with private lives and were sang in first person in familiar contexts.
Later, more literary, pretentious and educated rhymes and lyrics were introduced together with rhythms , dances, oriental and Moorish influences ,passion and the tragic and melancholy tone of the gypsy soul gave way to el cante flamenco.
There is a great variety of songs and dances that are all based on basic categories or palos (classified according to rhythm, depth, festive or serious character, geographical origin) which are the following Soleá (bulerías, cantiñas, alegrías…), Seguiriya (cabales, serranas…), Tango (tientos, marianas…), Fandango (rondeña, Huelva, malagueñas, granaínas…) y Petenera.
Like all forms of popular art, flamenco is in a constant state of evolution and recreation.
As a result, there are great varieties of Flamenco today, with influences from South America to mining work, to present day conditions. Flamenco music has very diverse musical forms.

Having said all of this, we are going to try to give you a global image of flamenco in this modest show, starring the students of IES Miguel de Cervantes: Aisha, Ángela y Constanza.
First they’re going to dance a Bulería. Bulería is a style of flamenco song and dance from Jerez, in Cádiz.

Now they’ll dance a tango, which is another style of flamenco song.

                                          ROSA MARIA- CAMARÓN DE LA ISLA

And finally, they’ll dance Sevillanas. Sevillanas are from Seville but they are a popular dance in fairs all over Andalusia.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

21st June 2011 - Spanish Day Menu at Dowdales

That was a nice surprise from the kind ladies in the dinning room. Thank you very much!

21st June 2011 – 8th day

“We got up at seven o’clock and went to the secondary school, then we did the presentations and ate in the canteen.” (Marcos)
“We went to Dowdales and gave our presentations. Then we had lunch at Dowdales and we went to the park. I played football.” (Jesús)

“We have given our presentations and it was great. The teachers have congratulated us. After lunch we did sports with the pupils of the school but Consti, Alicia and Andrea felt sick, so we left the school and went to a park. There I listened to music.” (Pedro)

“We prepared some presentations about Spain and Granada and her we explained our presentations. Then we went to the canteen for lunch.” (Raquel)

Andrea, María

“Today we went to Dowdales school to do presentations. We did them four times in four lessons but I’ll do my presentation tomorrow because I’m dancing with Aisha and Costi” (Ángela)
“I visited the school sports grounds of Dowdales where the kids do exercise and play all sports.” (David)

“We played football and other sports and I’ve made a new friend. His name is Danny. He took bugs from under the grass and put them in a bottle” (Alejandro)

“We had dinner. We have eaten baked potatoes with chicken.” (María)