English is Cool

sexta-feira, maio 25

Childhood and bogeymen

When I was small I shared a room with my sister, Sue.
She slept by the window while I was next to the door. I
was happy with the arrangement because I was terrified
that Guy the Gorilla was going to escape from London
Zoo and climb through the window. While he ate up my
unfortunate sister I would get away down the stairs! Even
though I knew this was an irrational fear (why on earth
would Guy come to our ordinary house in the suburbs?),
knowing it was silly made no difference. Years later when
I told Sue my selfish reasons for sleeping near the door
she was able to sympathize. She confessed guiltily that
for years she had a similar belief that an escaped lion was
going to come up the stairs. He would have me for supper
while she got away through the window! Sadly, Guy, the
bogeyman of my childhood, passed away many years ago.
He was a harmless vegetarian who, had he come to my
home, would have only attacked the fruit bowl.

domingo, maio 20

Quoting Carl Jung

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact
of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction,
both are transformed.

quarta-feira, maio 16

Some "photopuns"

He had a photographic memory that was never developed.
Ele tinha uma memória fotográfica que nunca foi revelada.
Photography developers may have serious emulsional problems.
Quem revela fotografias pode ter sérios problemas emulsionais.
The photograph I took of the sandstorm turned out grainy.
A fotografia que tirei da tempestade de areia saiu granulada.
The weekend is on its way. Good photographs to everyone!

sexta-feira, maio 11

A bead and another on eternity

Eterno é tudo aquilo que dura uma fração de
segundos, mas com tamanha intensidade que
se petrifica e nehuma força consegue destruir.
Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Little drops of water, little grains of sand,
make the mighty ocean and the pleasant land.
So the little minutes, humble though they be,
make the mighty ages of eternity.
Julia Fletcher Carney

sábado, maio 5


I like this word! Doesn't it sound nice?

Let me tell you what its meanings are:

It means the discovery of something fortunate, that is,
when you come across something pleasant, valuable or

It also means the natural gift someone is endowed with
for making these pleasant, valuable or useful discoveries
by chance.

And here we go to its origin:

The word was coined in the mid-18th century by
Horace Walpole and it comes from the Persian story
"The Three Princes of Serendip", because all three
princes had such ability.

So, I wish you all lots and lots of serendipity!!!