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Decorate, a floor or pavement, with mosaics. Cover, a plane surface, by repeated use of a single shape, without gaps or overlapping.   Tesselation from Guilherme Maueler on Vimeo. First … Continue reading

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 Ability to control people and events.  The amount of political control a person or group has in a country.  Strength. A natural skill or an ability to do something. A … Continue reading

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Last  Sunday The Simpsons reached a television milestone (an important event in the development or history of something or in someone’s life) with the broadcast of its 500th episode, “At Long Last … Continue reading

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Cold shoulder

Penélope Cruz has decided to give fur the cold shoulder , that is  to reject any fur articles of clothing. Wearing fur ( the thick hair that covers the bodies of  some animals) has … Continue reading

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This short film is based on an archival sound recording taken from the 1945 Linguaphone series ‘English Pronunciation – A practical handbook for the foreign learner.’ by Peter A.D. MacCarthy … Continue reading

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In important financial newspapers we have recently seen a lot of acronyms , abbreviations consisting of the first letters of each word in the name of something, pronounced as a word, to … Continue reading

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A sudden, sharp cracking sound or movement. A sudden loud sound like something breaking or closing; and thus a hurried, irritable tone or manner. An informal photograph (also snapshot) which is not very … Continue reading

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From Vote for Love , a collection of children’s sayings compiled by Nanette Newman. Hello from ant1mat3rie on Vimeo.                                                               Lyrics and music from the song Hello by Lionel Richie.

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Post it

To send someone to a particular place to work, to send a letter or parcel by post, to leave an electronic message on a website, but definitely, to stick or … Continue reading

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The Press

Newspapers and magazines, and those parts of television and radio which broadcast news, or reporters and photographers who work for them. Samuel Aranda’s work has been chosen  as Photo of the … Continue reading

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A vegan is a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet.  The environmental veganism rejects the use of animals products maintaining that this industrial practice is environmentally damaging and … Continue reading

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Some catchy melodies latch onto you , no matter if they are your favourite or not, pursuing you everywhere, distracting you , driving you nuts…..and then…. Distraxion from Mike Stern on Vimeo. What … Continue reading

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Vanish, escape, evade, run away from danger, a place or the normals.  

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Virtual virtuosi

People who are extremely skilled at something , especially at playing an instrument or performing. And in this particular case, performing something that can be done or seen using a … Continue reading

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