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sexta-feira, 24 de fevereiro de 2012

Jokes - 20

Problem Holidays

A man visits his GP (family doctor) and says, “Every time I go on holiday, my wife gets pregnant. Went to France and she got pregnant. Went to Ireland and she got pregnant a second time. Went to Spain and she got pregnant a third time.”
The doctor is a bit surprised and says, “Have you thought of using some protection to avoid this?”
The man replies, “No, but I’ve been thinking that maybe next time I should take her with me.”

Factory Workers

Two factory workers are talking.

The woman says, "I can make the boss give me the day off."
The man replies, "And how would you do that?"
The woman says, "Just wait and see." She then hangs upside-down from the ceiling.
The boss comes in and says, "What are you doing?"
The woman replies, "I'm a light bulb."
The boss then says, "You've been working so much that you've gone crazy. I think you need to take the day off."
The man starts to follow her and the boss says, "Where are you going?"
The man says, "I'm going home, too. I can't work in the dark."

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Songs of the Week - Creedence / Extreme

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
by Creedence Clearwater Revival

More Than Words
by Extreme

Recipe of the Week - Iced Coffee

Blended Vanilla Mocha

Serves 1


•1/4 cup chilled strong coffee
•1/4 cup ice cubes
•1/4 cup milk
•1 cup vanilla ice cream
•1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
•Whipped cream


1.Combine coffee, ice cubes, milk, ice cream and chocolate syrup in a blender.
2.Blend until smooth.
3.Pour into a large glass and garnish with whipped cream.

domingo, 12 de fevereiro de 2012

Videos of the Week

Business English - BBC

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Book of the Week - Treasure Island

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "pirates and buried gold". First published as a book on May 23, 1883, it was originally serialized in the children's magazine Young Folks between 1881–82 under the title Treasure Island; or, the mutiny of the Hispaniola with Stevenson adopting the pseudonym Captain George North.
Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, Treasure Island is an adventure tale known for its atmosphere, characters and action, and also as a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality — as seen in Long John Silver — unusual for children's literature then and now. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. The influence of Treasure Island on popular perceptions of pirates is enormous, including treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen carrying parrots on their shoulders.

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sábado, 11 de fevereiro de 2012

My Trips 8 - Switzerland

Switzerland is a country located in the middle of Europe, famous for its outstanding chocolate, rich banks, precise watches, pocket knives, cheese fondue, Swiss cheese, cuckoo clocks, and great services in hospitality. For being a small country, it is very easy to get around (mainly by train). Although I spent only 9 days in this country, I managed to visit 9 cities altogether: Geneva, Lausanne, Zermatt, Montreux, Zweisimmen, Bern (capital), Zurich, Basel, and Lugano. Try to fit in your visit a day-tour to the city of Vevéy and pay a visit to Nestlé chocolate factory.