Pablo Picasso, by Claudia Tribaldos (1 Bach D)

Background:

Pablo Picasso was born in the Andalusian city of Málaga on the southern coast of Spain on 25 October 1881. His father was a drawing teacher at a local art school who discovered Picasso’s talent at an early age and made him study at an Art School.

When he first visited Paris in 1900 impressionism was well known. Another groups as the Pointillists were challenging Impressionism, and some artists as Gaugin and Van Gogh were developing their own style.

Picasso was well known because of his very active romantic life. He drew a lot of paintings based on their lovers like ‘The Portrait of Marie Therese’ or ‘The Portrait of Jacqueline Roque with Crossed Arms’. He was married once with Olga Khokhlova in 1918. They had a son and a daughter whose were an inspiration too for Picasso’s paintings. He separated from Olga in 1935 he was in love with a seventeen year old Parisian girl called Marie Therese, which had a child with Picasso too. During the love affair with Marie Therese he met another woman called Dora Maar and they became lovers. He got more lovers within the time but he ended with a woman calledJacqueline Roque. Jacqueline became his secondwife until 8 April 1973, the day of Picasso’s death. Seguir leyendo

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Cooking: Tiramisu, by Idara and Elvira (1 Bach d)

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Who is Sylvia Plath?, by Claudia Tribaldos (1 Bach D)

Sylvia Plath is an American poet, born in 1932 in Boston. She excelled at school. Her father died when she was 8: in the late 30s he became very ill. She attended smith college in 1950 and became editor of a magazine.

She had both successes and failures in the publications. This leaded to a high-low life in which she often questions herself and her own talent.

The darker side of Plath: she was a sensitive individual prone to depression. She constantly questioned if her work was good enough and craved literary success. After being rejected from a creative writing class she applied for college, she spiralled into a black depression. She underwent electroconvulsive therapy. Then she attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills and spent 4 months in a psychiatric institution. She decided to complete college and she got a scholarship to Cambridge. In Cambridge she had boots of depression until she met poet Ted Hughes in 1956.

They got married a few months later. They had a turbulent marriage as hughes cheated with another woman. They spent time in America, where Plath tried to concentrate in her writing career. Plath and Hughes returned to England in 1959, when Plath gave birth to her first child, Frieda. They moved to Devon; it was there were Plath was happier and wrote some of her best poetry. Plath gave birth to Nicholas in January 1982, but that summer Plath and Hughes separated, leaving her alone in Devon with two children. This was an extremely difficult time in Plath’s life, and she became profoundly depressed. The following February Plath committed suicide by sealing herself in the kitchen while her children were upstairs in bed, and gassing herself using the oven.

For many readers, the poetry of Plath will always be overshadowed by her death. It is tempting to see Plath’s work as a prolonged suicide note at times as a record of mental anguish.

Plaths themes:

  • Mental anguish
  • Inner turmoil
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Self-destructive thought
  • Fear of total neutrality
  • Physic landscapes
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Ramones, by Arancha Álvarez (1 Bach D)

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Animal Farm book review (1 Bach D)

PrintMartín Herrera wrote:

“I really liked this book; I started reading it because it was the shortest one, but I liked it from the first page.

In my opinion this book should not be read by children since it talks about themes such as: Communism and what is like to be in a dictatorship, which are not easy to understand for them. Even though I’m not studying history at the moment I found this book really interesting. The plot was awesome and I believe that only the best writers are able to tell a story the way the author did using animals as if they were people. The characters are great, almost every animal has a different personality and that makes the story way more interesting, since you don’t know what they are going to do next.

The ending was perfect, it was a great way of telling that the animals had converted in what they first were afraid of. A great conclusion for even a better book.”

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Rosa Parks, by Paula Sánchez (1 Bach D)

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The Internet, by Marta Roquero (1 Bach D)

internetDO YOU THINK THE INTERNET HAS A NEGATIVE EFFECT ON PEOPLE´S LIVES?

Many people today believe that the internet has a negative effect on people’s lives. I disagree with this view for a number of reasons.

First of all, without the Internet people would not be able to communicate with their friends as easily as we do with it. People would also spend much more money on communication.

Another aspect to consider is that thanks to the Internet, you can keep up-to-date with all news and current affairs, and you can consult it whenever you want.

Of course, there are people who think the internet is not beneficial to a person who is addicted to it. I agree with this statement, but I do not think it is bad if you use it moderately.

In conclusion, I believe that although the Internet can be bad for you if you use it carelessly, it is a good way of communicating with your friends, being informed, searching for information…

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Paris, by Natalia Salvatierra (1 Bach. D)

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Athletics, by Lourdes López (1 Bach D)

Last March I was lucky to participate in the National Championship of Athletics, which took place in Sabadell. It was an extraordinary experience, because being able to assist to a hight level competition, to travel to another city and to meet new people who share your same passions, is something indescribable.

Even though I have just said that I was lucky to participate in the competition, I had been working really hard and training a lot during the year, and the satisfaction of achieving the goals that you thought were impossible, is something unique.
I didn’t win. Neither I improved my mark; but I didn’t care about that. I enjoyed so much that I fell in love again with the sport I have been practicing more than twelve years of my life.

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Routines. 1 ESO

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