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Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Fox and the Grapes - video and video script

A hungry fox was wandering around in search of food.
'I'm so hungry. I can't find anything to eat.'
He was so hungry, everything around him was blurry.
The fox was passing a vineyard, but the fox didn't know it was a vineyard.
"Oh, I'm so hungry I can't even see well now."
"But what's that roundish thing that looks like a grape?"
"It would be nice if it was a real grape."
Fox hung his head and walked on.
'Huh? What's that smell?'
The fox suddenly became aware of the smell of grapes.
"Wow! It's a grapevine. There are so many grapes, My mouth is watering."
Fox looked at the grapevine and drooled.
"Shall I try one?"
The fox jumped up toward the grapes.
But the grapes were too high and the fox couldn't reach them.
The fox jumped up again.
He was about to touch them, but he couldn't pick them.
The fox continued to jump, but he kept missing.
"Oh, I'm so tired. Why are they so high? They're too high! I can't reach them."
The fox looked at the grapes for a long time and thought about how he could get them.
He suddenly got up and said to himself.
"Those grapes are probably too sour. I don't like grapes anyway."
"I don't want to eat sour grapes. I wasted my time for nothing."
The fox couldn't pick the grapes, so he made excuses and gave up.
The fox's stomach continued to growl and he continued to think about the grapes he couldn't reach.





Friday, 22 July 2016

Prince George celebrates his third birthday today - Photos & Video

Barefoot Prince George celebrates his third birthday today with new photographs released by Kensington Palace.


The little prince, third in line to the throne, can be seen in two shots playing on a swing in casual shorts and a T-shirt at his parents' country home, Anmer Hall, that is inscribed with their names, William and Catherine. It is believed to have been a wedding gift to the couple.



In recent years the royal household has often issued pictures taken of the Royal children by their keen amateur photographer mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. This time, however, they were taken by a professional photographer, Matt Porteous.

In a statement, William and Kate said: 'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share four new photographs of Prince George to mark his third birthday.

'They were taken by photographer Matt Porteous at their home in Norfolk in mid-July. 
Kensington Palace adds: 'The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs. They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday.'

The three-year-old today enjoyed a birthday party with all the trimmings at the family's Norfolk mansion, Anmer Hall. He was joined by his grandparents, Michael and Carole Middleton, as well as friends from his nearby Montessori School, Westacre.


Friday, 15 July 2016

The green song - video


Click on the picture... listen, sing and have fun!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

International Kissing Day / World Kiss Day

video

girl kisses boy 

boy kisses girl 
oh what a wonderful world 
boy kisses boy 
girl kisses girl 
oh what a beautiful world

Chorus:
love is love 

love is love 
love is love
black kisses white 

day kisses night 
oh what a wonderful world 
I kiss you 
you kiss me too 
oh what a beautiful world

Chorus
girl kisses boy 

boy kisses girl 
oh what a wonderful world 
boy kisses boy 
girl kisses girl 
oh what a beautiful world

Chorus

July 6th is National Kissing Day in the United Kingdom. This holiday has recently been adopted worldwide making July the 6th the International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day.
The idea behind the International Kissing Day is that many people may have forgotten the simple pleasures associated with kissing for kissing's sake, as opposed to kissing as mere social formality or prelude to other activities. Kissing can be an enjoyable experience in and of itself. It is an expression and experience of intimacy.                                                               (in Wikipedia)
In many cities, various types of Kissing contests are organized on this day and the participants can establish “Kissing Records” and win various gifts and prizes.
How and when was the first kiss invented/ originated?  Most capable sociologists argue that the history of kiss is not very clear and the inventor of the first kiss is not known, but they are sure that the kiss was not invented like any other equipment via phone, light or electricity.  Hence the word “Kiss” is not named after any person who first brought his lips together and opened them at once with a smooching sound that left a wet impression on his girlfriend / boyfriend.
Even though, it is not really important to trace the origin of the word defining the act of emotion and love ,  the most  significant fact is the rationale why this act was produced, and sociologists, anthropologists, historians , scientists and philosophers have no distinct vision of it. There are many hypotheses floating around.
What urges people to kiss? Firstly in many places it is a cultural practice.  Virtually in the entire world people during romantic rendezvous feel the unmarked urge to kiss and express their love and feeling towards their respective partner there is such an emotion that the people of the opposite gender are tuned to kiss and are ready and waiting for the moment. When one understands the pleasure and love attached with a kiss one would yearn for more kisses and derive more satisfaction from them.
This act works on daily basis; People watch personalities kissing on movie screens, advertisements and TV monitors. People keep hearing that some of their friends are in relationship with someone and kissing them and they come across many people on the streets kissing each other. As an outcome, in particular situations kiss is comprehended as an essential part of life. That’s the reason in any romantic encounters the unconscious typecast comes into power, and people feel almost an irresistible desire to kiss, regardless of whether they feel like to do it or not.
Renowned Kissers:
The first kiss in a movie was recorded in 1896 - by May Irvin and John S. Reye. It was a 30-second act by Thomas Edison named The Kiss, counting 191 kisses.
A. E. Wolfram an American from Minnesota on September 15, 1990 kissed approximately 8001 people in 8 hours during the kissing festival. It means he managed to kiss a new person every 3.6 seconds.
The longest kiss in movie history is credited to You're in the Army Now (1940); Lead Actors Regis Toomey and Jane Wyman kissed for 185 seconds, which is 4 % of the movie length. 
                                                                                             (in www.altiusdirectory.com)



Monday, 4 July 2016

4th July - American Flag Roll Cake - video recipe


INGREDIENTS

Stars and Stripes
  • 6 tablespoons (75 grams) unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup (92 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (92 grams) cake flour
  • Red and blue gel food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon cake flour, to mix in the red paste batter
  • 1 teaspoon cake flour, to mix in the blue paste batter
Cake Batter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ cup (104 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ⅓ cup (68 grams) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (114 grams) cake flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup (52 grams) granulated sugar
Whipped Filling
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup (104 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

DIRECTIONS

Stars and Stripes
  1. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. Tape off a rectangle to delineate where the stars will go, in the upper-right corner of the pan.
  2. Cream the butter and the powdered sugar together. Add the egg whites and cake flour. and beat until smooth.
  3. Fit a piping bag with a small, round number 2 tip, and fill with about 3 tablespoons of the batter. Pipe small white stars within the rectangle, spacing them apart from each other. Freeze the sheet pan for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the stars are set.
  4. Mix any unused star paste back in with the rest of the batter, then divide the batter in half.
  5. Color one half blue and the other half red. Mix in 1 teaspoon cake flour each to the blue and red paste batters.
  6. Fit two separate piping bags with flat number 48 tips. Spoon the blue and red batters into their own separate piping bags.
  7. Pipe the blue batter over the stars. Then carefully spread the blue paste to completely cover the stars. Freeze the sheet pan again for 20 minutes.
  8. Place masking tape in even lines to form the stripes in the rest of the pan. Pipe the red batter in between the pieces of tape to form the red stripes.
  9. Freeze the pan for 20 minutes while you make the cake batter.
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, whip the egg yolks and ½ cup of the granulated sugar until light yellow and fluffy.
  3. Add the vegetable oil, water and lemon juice, and mix well. The mixture should be thick and smooth by now.
  4. Sift in the cake flour.
  5. In a separate bowl, make the meringue. Using a hand or stand mixer fitted with the wire whip attachment, whip the egg whites and cream of tartar. Once the egg whites are frothy, gradually add in the ¼ cup of granulated sugar and increase the mixer speed. Whip until the meringue forms stiff, glossy peaks.
  6. Gently fold the meringue into the egg yolk mixture until there are no streaks of meringue remaining.
  7. Take the sheet pan from the freezer and remove the masking tape, thereby leaving blank “white” stripes. Pour the cake batter over the pattern and use an offset spatula to spread in an even layer to completely cover the stars and stripes pattern.
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the center of the cake is golden and springs back to the touch.
  9. Dust a clean kitchen towel with powdered sugar.
  10. Remove the cake from the oven. Slide a knife around the edges of the cake, and flip it out of the pan onto the sugared kitchen towel. Carefully peel off the parchment paper from the flag pattern.
  11. Place another clean kitchen towel (no powdered sugar) and the now empty baking sheet on the cake and flip it once again so that the blank side is facing up and the flag pattern is underneath. Roll the cake between the two towels, starting from the short end with the blue rectangle on the lower left corner. (This pre-rolling is to prevent the cooled cake from cracking when you roll it up with the filling later.) After 20 minutes, while the cake is still warm, unroll the cake to let it cool completely.
Whipped Filling
  1. Beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth and free of lumps.
  2. On medium low speed, add the whipping cream in a thin stream. Increase the speed to medium high and whip the filling until thick.
Final Cake Assembly
  1. Spread a thin layer of the whipped cream filling onto the blank side of the cake.
  2. Evenly scatter the chopped strawberries over the filling. Spread another thin layer of filling over the strawberries.
  3. Roll the cake up into a tight spiral, starting with the short end with the blue star field on the lower left corner.
  4. Wrap the finished cake and refrigerate for several hours, until the filling is set enough that you can slice the cake without the filling squishing out.

TIP

  • Chop the strawberries ahead of time and layer them between paper towels to absorb extra moisture.