Podcasts This Week (August 19, 2013)

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ESL Podcast 922 – Getting a Second Opinion

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “conservative” and “records.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Remote Second Opinions.”
“As the costs of healthcare ‘rise’ (increase), many people who have received a diagnosis of a serious medical condition…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 412

Topics: The Pledge of Allegiance; the Grateful Dead; user versus customer versus subscriber; “Old Time Rock and Roll”; hands down

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Boston Massacre.”
“March 5, 1770 was not just a ‘typical’ (normal) day in Boston, Massachusetts…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 923 – Having Bad Credit

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “credit” and “strike.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Alternative Data Used to Establish a Credit History.”
“Credit reports and ‘credit scores’ (a number summarizing one’s credit report) are extremely important for Americans…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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3 Responses to Podcasts This Week (August 19, 2013)

  1. Dan says:

    Hey everyone,

    At times, I like getting the news from local media outlets from other countries, well, mainly UK&US.
    I thought it to be a good idea, always if the person in charge of this blog has nothing against, to give you guys the first
    three pieces of news I see as I open up the local news website of the province where I live here in Italy.
    This practice gives me the opportunity/motivation of writing and looking at the dictionary more often.

    Number one: An eighteen year old guy ended up handcuffed because he was threatening to death a sixteen year old guy who owned him 400€ for weeds he had purchased.

    Number two: A twenty year old female got bitten by an insect as she was heading to downtown. That caused her an anaphylactic shock. She was taken to the local hospital.

    Number three: Some folks living in a condo, smelled rotting flesh coming from the next apartment. Fearing it was a dead body they called the local 911, the firefighters came brought down the front door finding out it just was a broken refrigerator.

    That is all. Thanks

  2. emiliano says:

    Something about Strandford Upon Avon. Just what I saw last june.

    If not for the amount of people, from all over the world who come and go through the streets incessantly seemed that at any moment you take a leap in history and you will find Shakespeare himself strolling through some of its streets. Although I assume that in the time of the writer everything would be much older and of course rather more dirty.
    Too much dirty as this observed neatness now when you walk around this town like a story, pretty unreal, is absolute. Do not see a single paper, cigarette, NADA, and it is easy to see if you look at the photos.
    Undoubtedly is a showcase maintained, clean, beautiful, but nothing to do with what would this city in the time of his illustrious citizen was William Shakespeare.
    We like to think that at that time this small town might look like what is now, and nothing is further from the reality that such a comparison. If you think it’s absurd, who collected the garbage, feces, the streets would be full of mud, horse dung and other idols that his people would throw out the windows.
    dirt, poverty and filth would go on the same hand, which today we see a charming, lovely tale, worthy of being photographed again and again.
    Millions of times actually over the years. We would like to all people around the world have such a city, the birthplace of most illustrious character of English and world literature, as global English and comes to the same thing.

    Walking through its streets, seeing their homes maintained, it is easy to forget that the historical reality of the streets and houses would be safe to something completely different from what we see now.
    course obliterating parked cars glued to the sidewalk, back then we could find wagons, horses and stables where they watered the beasts of the posts.

    The monument call it “Memorial” in memory of the clergy and citizens who were sentenced to the stake for religious reasons.
    was the Queen Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon who wanted to convert again the Church of England to the Church Catholic under the Pope of Rome, for it appears that it was dedicated to the stake condemn anyone who does not abjured the new religion adopted by his father Henry to marry Anne Boleyn. Later, after Queen Mary died (called bloodroot, or bloody) was Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII who was dedicated to pursuing every Catholic who was in sight, this time sending gut Catholic priests who do not abjure his allegiance to Pope of Rome. usual, first one, then another and the common people and paying the whims of the powerful.



    Who will be buried here, mystery, but it is curious to see a cemetery in the middle of the city.
    Greetings, the gatufo


    Here it is imposible to stick the potos of this lovely place. Photos taken for me when I have been in
    Shakespeare´s born city.

    If you want to see them I am afraid that is necessary to go and see my blog.

    Thank you Jeff/Lucy to let me put something about my trip.
    Who knows, other week end I may put onother one description, without picutres of course.


  3. emiliano says:


    Evening is falling
    prelude to another day being born
    days and more days pass without feeling

    a child inadvertently goes by
    feels old too soon
    and die comes soon with its touches

    life is short
    too short to be happy
    soon passes, the years to old age

    is not short for those who suffer
    endless days in those wanting to die
    iit s the same, the years leading to the long-awaited end.


    I’ve been like a sleepwalker awake
    nights and ever sleepless

    am I tired of this traffic ?
    that leaves you love and live

    grim darkness of the night
    in darkness and loneliness

    I thought about not open ever the curtain
    just to give not my whole being some clarity

    clarity or truth is it what I longed
    after sleepless night I see the daybreak

    the day dawns and no more happens
    thinks that give me the same shadows in the night

    or day dawning reality does not provide
    everything repeats itself, again and again, careless

    day or night it is always the same
    lonelines without any light at the end of the túnel


    man, woman, fools in search of pleasure
    and death endlessly seek forward
    from the birth

    there is another world, another life to overcome
    then there is a prize, punishment for both pleasure
    who knows, will you deserve


    because Lord if thy hand formed body
    let you offended, because
    why GOD

    and if the blow and create the body you gave understanding
    which is why Lord, that drives us
    to lose the case and the reason?

    a pleasure ground gives us emotion
    joy, pleasure, feeling so much amazing
    never think about salvation?

    Lord, thy light we need
    for our good deeds, forgetting pleasure vain
    and dying peaceful our eyes closed.

    if something we think, soon we change
    our daily behavior, relentless, selfish
    evil would change for good?

    may be is it possible?
    at least for this poor soul that´s me
    thanks to God if I am not a foolish girl not more

    Conchita to your memory.


    From Cuca´s sister Conchita
    that pass away nearly fifteen years ago.


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