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Catchy

Pleasing and easy to remember (especially of a tune or song). South Korean rapper Psy has beaten Justin Bieber with his global hit “Gangman style”, whose video has become the most … Continue reading

30/11/2012 · Leave a comment

The unknown

A variable, or the quantity it represents, the value of which is to be discovered by solving an equation. But, why is ‘x’ the symbol for the unknown? Watch and … Continue reading

28/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Wee Wise Words

Little sapient words. “Wee Wise Words” is an animation series broadcast on  Northern Ireland, in which its  youngest citizens give their opinion about various subjects. This time children from primary schools … Continue reading

26/11/2012 · 2 Comments

Angels’ share

Portion (share) of a wine or distilled spirit’s volume that is lost to evaporation during aging. “From award-winning director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty comes a bittersweet comedy caper … Continue reading

23/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Turn the tables

Reverse one’s position relative to someone else, especially by turning a position of disadvantage into one of advantage. If we say Africa, the image that comes to our mind is hunger, … Continue reading

21/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Omnishambles

I have always envied -and enjoyed- the creativity of British people to play with their language producing new words all the time. Terms in which you can appreciate their sense of … Continue reading

19/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Flip side

Another aspect or version of something, especially its reverse or its unwanted concomitant. “There’s a flip side to everything,” the saying goes, and Derek Sivers shows this is true in … Continue reading

16/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Lifelogging

Making a systematic recording of events, observations, or measurements. ….of your life. Taking photos has become a widespread trend among young -and not so young- people who share all these images through … Continue reading

13/11/2012 · 2 Comments

Scot-free

 Without suffering any punishment or injury. Although acid attacks are increasing in most areas in Pakistan, many of the 150 victims who have acid thrown on them every year will  … Continue reading

12/11/2012 · Leave a comment

In Malala’s name

While the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala is still in hospital, tens of thousands of people around the world have signed an online petition  to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. … Continue reading

10/11/2012 · 1 Comment

Poppy Day

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of … Continue reading

09/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Quit

Resign from a job. At first I thought that Superman himself had quitted. I wouldn’t have blamed him. So busy occupation, too many demands for a generous hand. Then, reading … Continue reading

07/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Quadrennial

Recurring every four years. The 57th quadrennial  US presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, when Northamerican people will choose the presidential electors who, one month later, will … Continue reading

05/11/2012 · 1 Comment

Date

“A lost art, virtually nonexistent in the 21st Century. Replaced by casual meetings for lunch or coffee where the bill is dutch and parties wear jeans”. (Urban Dictionary)

02/11/2012 · 1 Comment