Conversaciones con estudiantes de Escuela de Idiomas en Icod en Tenerife.
My friend Alicia had invited me to Icod to talk to English language students. I spent the afternoon wandering around the old part of Icod, Alicia picked me up late afternoon and took me to the school which was next to the football ground.
She introduced me to her teacher, then took me to her class. She asked that I talk on music and Paulo Coelho, plus a few other topics.
I like music, at least good music, I do not like bad music.
Good music can be changed. Good musicians can improvise.
Bandcamp is a good site for music. It enables sharing, we can listen on-line, we can download high quality music formats for example FLAC as well as mp3 and it connects the music with those who like the music. Everyone benefits. [see mp3 v FLAC]
To listen to FLAC need VLC Media Player.
Listen to lyrics of music. Bandcamp often includes the lyrics.
Use Google Chrome to browse the web. Can also be used for reasonable translation.
When we like music or a book, it is because someone has shared it with us.
Paulo Coelho is a well known writer. Before he wrote, he was a music producer and songwriter. He had always wanted to write. When he was young, he told his mother of his wish to be a writer. She thought he was crazy and had him placed in a Mental Hospital. He descibes this experience in Veronika Decides to Die.
Most people think his first book was The Alchemist. It was not. His first book was The Pilgrimage, an account of walking the pilgrim’s route the Road to Santiago (a medieval pilgrim’s route between France and Spain).
El Camino de Santiago runs across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.
His latest book is Aleph, a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway. And yes, according to Paulo Coelho, a true account of what took place.
We need to read good books, but not easy to find books that are written in good English, easy to read and interesting to read. Try Agatha Christie and Paulo Coelho.
Last year I was with Paulo Coelho at a party in Istanbul to mark St Joseph´s Day.
Guildford is a small town southwest of London. The name is derived from golden ford.
Words and phrases
dog-eared – looking worse for wear
like watching paint dry – tedious, slow, boring, nothing happening
Muchas gracias a Alicia por la invitación.
Synchronicity: During a break between the classes I went for a walk. I noticed a large print of a London red bus. It was the No 38. This was the bus I used to catch to visit my grandmother! It shows destination Victoria. Alicia gave me a lift home. She told me she will be visiting England. She will be staying at Victoria!