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Thursday, June 30, 2016



It’s that time of the year when the weather gets colder and we prefer  bundling up and lounging around at home. It is also a great occasion to watch good flicks.
Below there are two comedies based on Shakespeare’s plays that we’ll be watching during this winter break while we are drinking hot cocoa and eating pop-corn.

Let’s snuggle up on the couch and enjoy ! 

"10 Things I Hate About You''(1999) is inspired by Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew”. This movie is a funny teen film that goes  beyond the stereotypical high school movie and demonstrates that Shakespeare's timeless vision of human nature is accurate in our days, too.
This movie is a 1999 romantic comedy directed by Gil Junger and starring by Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and  Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
It brings Shakespeare 'The Taming of the Shrew’ to a setting in a modern American high school. The story this time involves two Seattle sisters. Bianca Stratford who is popular and her shrewish older sister Katarina, who is unpopular, never dates and is the class brain. But Bianca's father has forbidden her to date until her older sister Kat starts going out.When a new boy Cameron arrives at Padua High School, he instantly falls  for Bianca Stratford - but his hopes of winning her heart takes a tumble when he learns that Bianca will never be allowed to date by her father until her rebellious older sister Kat has done so first. And so, without her even knowing it, the search for a suitable boyfriend for Kat begins.
So he hatches a plan to persuade Patrick, the school outlaw, to ask her to the prom. He takes a $300 bribe, but then realizes that Kat is actually quite lovely, etc., and really falls in love with her.

"She’s the man"(2006) is a cute romantic teen comedy loosely based on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” It was directed by Andy Fickman and starred by Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, and Julie Hagerty
The premise of the film involves the main character (Viola) to cross-dress as a man, pretending to be her twin brother, in order to have the opportunity to play soccer on the men’s team to prove women are equally as capable and talented.
When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she's not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs.

These movies represent just a sliver of the films that owe credit to Shakespeare’s plays. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016



“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.“Sigmund Freud.

Father's Day falls on Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Uruguay. The date when Father’s Day is celebrated varies from country to country. It is celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the third Sunday of June .
It is a day to honor fathers and father figures, such as grandfathers and fathers-in-law. Many people make a special effort to visit their fathers or to send them a card or gifts.


The idea originated in the USA and has been officially celebrated there on the third Sunday in June since 1966.

The exact origins of what we now know as Father’s Day are disputed, though we do know the movement for a day which celebrated fatherhood began roughly 100 years ago.

Many believe that Sonora Dodd, from Washington, came up with the idea after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon in 1910 .
Dodd ,who had been raised by her  father as a single parent after her  mother died in childbirth, began a campaign to have the day officially recognized with the local YMCA and the Ministerial Association of Spokane. 

The first such “Father’s Day” was held in Spokane in 1910, with a number of towns and cities across America later following suit.

However , it is Grace Golden Clayton,  who should be credited with the concept of Father’s Day, after she suggested a day celebrating fatherhood in 1908.
She put forward the idea following a mine explosion in a nearby town which killed more than 360 men – arguing that children in the town needed a time to remember their fathers.
Mrs Clayton may have been inspired by Anna Jarvis' work to establish Mother's Day; two months prior.

But it was not until 1966 that it was put on the country’s official calendar by President Lyndon Johnson.  In 1972 it was made a permanent national holiday by President Richard Nixon.
The celebrations in the United Kingdom are thought to have been inspired by the American custom of Father's Day.
Now, the day exists simply to remind everyone that dads are great.