Tuesday, 29 June 2010

22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD - A PHOTO ALBUM

        


No.7
From Dracula's 15th century palace to Ceausescu's People's Palace

Count Dracula, the fictional character, was inspired by the Romanian (Wallachian)  Prince Vlad the Impaler. The vampire's residence was Europe. Prince Vlad lived in Sighisoara, Poenari and occasionally Bran Castle.
The other famous Romanian figure lived in Bucharest and is still remembered for his selfishness and lack of respect for the people. The Romanian Parliament today was meant to be his residence. It's a mammoth building, second largest civilian administrative building, most expensive and heaviest:
- 270 m by 240 m
- 92 m underground
- 1700 rooms
See more at:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx3qF6WOOkM&feature=player_embedded#!
Other estimates: 3,500 tonnes of crystal (480 chandeliers), 1,409 ceiling lights, 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze for monumental doors and windows, 200,000 sqm of woolen carpets etc.
Important events were organized here:
- The Palace hosted the 20th NATO Summit in 2008
- Costa Gavras shot scenes of the film "Amen" in the Palace, meant to represent the Vatican.
- The Palace appeared in "Top Gear" on BBC (2009). The presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are shown race throughout the underground tunnels and garages in an Aston Martin, a Ferrari California and a Lamborghini.
Sad memories: The construction began in 1983 and required demolishing of much of Bucharest's historic area, 19 Orthodox churches, 6 Jewish synagogues, 3 Protestant churches and more than 30,000 residences.
Do you consider it a beautiful building?
 

Sunday, 20 June 2010

TEEN CHAT DECODER

Aplicatie pentru decodificarea acronimelor si abrevierilor folosite online.
Is your child using text abbreviations or acronyms? You don't understand what he is saying online. Go to:
http://www.teenchatdecoder.com/

Friday, 18 June 2010

TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON EXAMINATION RESULTS

June 2010 Session

2000 students registered for this exam. There were 141 absentees.
  

     71.64%                   GRADE  A
     24.47%                   GRADE  B
       3.72%                   GRADE  C
   0.17%                    FAILED

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Here's what girls are playing

Jocuri, articole revista, trailere ale celor mai noi filme pentru copii si ... multa, multa distractie.
Follow this link. You'll love this site recommended to girls aged 8 - 12.



Saturday, 12 June 2010

22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD

No.6
The information below was provided by Livia P. who has just passed her Grade 4 Trinity College London exam. Livia is a 5th grader and her project was on Australia.



* the flattest continent with the oldest and least fertile soil
        * the world's largest island and smallest continent
        * the lowest population density (2.8 inhabitants per square kilometres)
        * the driest inhabited continent




 Trinity College London exam (Grade 4) project
Author: Livia P., English student at Lexis Marasesti-Unirea, Bucharest, Romania
        



       

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

THE LESSON OF COMPETITION


Should we teach our students to compete?
According to an online poll we shouldn't.
Yes: 45%
No:  55%
 
Still, Mrs. Laura Fratu, director of Lexis Constanta, branch of Lexis Schools of Languages decided to  encourage the students to participate in an online design competition. She gave us a couple of very good reasons why children should be taught to compete from an early age. On one condition: to always keep in mind the basic rules.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD

No. 5   Largest cities in the world ranked by land area 

Rank City / Urban area                Population                  Land (in sqKm)   Density (people per sqKm)
1 New York Metro USA                  17,800,000                         8,683                2,050
2 Tokyo/Yokohama Japan               33,200,000                         6,993                4,750
3 Chicago USA                                   8,308,000                        5,498                1,500