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terça-feira, 10 de maio de 2011

My Trips - 2

Picture of the Week

I visited Italy in January 1996. While I was there, I spent a couple of days in Venice. The city is composed basically of canals and on the streets one will see nothing but people, I mean no cars at all! Ambulance and fire brigade move in and out on boats that do not exceed 10Km/h! Back in those days, there were just around 200 gondolas, according to the gondola driver who showed me around. They are ALL painted black to mourn the Venetians who resisted the attacks of Napoleonic troops and died protecting their territory. The white bridge on the background was designed by Michelangelo.

quarta-feira, 4 de maio de 2011

Jokes - 16

Joke of the Week

The patient says, "Doctor, I have a pain in my eye whenever I drink tea."

The doctor says, "Take the spoon out of the mug before you drink."
If you want to listen to this joke, click on the following link:

The Italian Man Who Went to Malta

Pronouncing the Alphabet

The Alphabet Song

domingo, 1 de maio de 2011

Grammar - Prince William

Prince William

As [À medida que] the royal wedding [casamento real] between Prince William and Catherine Middleton inches closer [vai se aproximando] to the big day [do grande dia], fans [os fãs] are remembering their favorite memories [suas lembranças prediletas] of the couple [casal].
Many of us remember [Muitos de nós lembramos do] his first day of school [seu primeiro dia de aula] at Eton, his day at an amusement park [parque de diversões] and even [até mesmo] a trip [um passeio] on the Maid of the Mist [o "Maid of the Mist" é um barco para turistas] at Niagara Falls [Cataratas do Niágara].
Over the years [Ao longo dos anos], Prince William has grown into the man [cresceu e se tornou o homem] he is today and along the way [ao longo dessa trajetória], many have had the opportunity [muitos tiveram a oportunidade] to meet the prince in different capacities [exercendo diferentes funções].
The Prince has been extremely involved with [participa ativamente] various charities [instituições de caridade] around the world and many people may have had the chance to meet William.
We want to know if you have ever met Prince William [você conheceu o Príncipe William] and what memories you have from that encounter?
Do you have anything you want to say to him as he gets ready [durante os preparativos] to marry Kate Middleton?

Roxette - Song of the Month

It Must Have Been Love
by Roxette

The Art of War - Book of the Month

The Art of War
Sun Tzu

The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise that is attributed to Sun Tzu (also referred to as "Sunzi" and "Sun Wu"), a high ranking military general and strategist of the Kingdom of Wu who was active in the late-sixth century BC, during the late Spring and Autumn period. (Some scholars believe that the Art of War was not completed until the subsequent Warring States period.[1]) Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it is said to be the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time, and is still read for its military insights.

To download a PDF version of this book and some questions, click on the following links:

Labor Day Recipe

Deep-Fried Onions with Dipping Sauce Recipe

2 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.20 5 25


1 sweet onion
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon pepper


1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
7 tablespoons beer or nonalcoholic beer
Oil for deep-fat frying


1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chili sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Cut onion into 1-in. wedges and separate into pieces. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne and pepper.

For batter, in another shallow bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir in beer. Dip onions into flour mixture, then into batter and again into flour mixture.

In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry onions, a few at a time, for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Serve with onions. Yield: 2 servings.