Very few of us have been taught how to keep our brains healthy.
We know too many sweets are bad for our weight. It's easy to remember too little sleep will affect our mood. Every child knows that a Band-Aid is the answer for a scrape or cut. But what about our brains? What are we supposed to do when our minds won't stop spinning? What do we do when we feel stressed all the time?
Each of these nine behaviors will not only make your brain healthier, they are free and everyone can learn how to practice them.
Which one do you like best and why? Which one is more appealing to you?
Història de dos pares i dos fills, de la
seva amistat i de com aquesta relació es pot veure afectada pel destí. Amir és
el fill de Baba, qui mai està satisfet amb ell. Amir intent tota l’estona demostrar
al seu pare que ja és un home.Hassan és
el fill del servent d’Amir, i tot i que és de classe inferior, és el seu millor
amic de la infantesa. Amir es proposa guanyar la carrera anual d’estels perquè
el seu pare es senti orgullós d’ell… I aquí comença la història.
3. Do you know that…
1. Due to
Afghan mores concerning male rape, Paramount Vantage agreed to relocate the
young actors out of the country to the United Arab Emirates and arrange visas,
housing and schooling for the young actors and jobs for their guardians.
Paramount Vantage accepts responsibility for the living expenses until they
reach adulthood, a cost some estimated at up to $500,000.
Khalad Hosseini describes the filming (in Kashgar, China) of the Kabul kite
tournament scenes: "There weren't actually any kites in the sky. We were
just kind of looking up at these strings going up to these cables and hanging
from the other side there were water bottles to give the string a sense of
tension." To which director Mark
Foster adds "Yes, because we had no wind." CG kites were added in
David Benioff mentions on the DVD commentary that what Uncle Saifo the kite
seller says in Dari is completely different from what is shown in the English
subtitles. Director Mark Foster adds that the improvisation technique was
common among the Afghan actors, many of whom weren't really actors.
4. In the
book the servant boy, Hassan, was a harelip (cleft upper lip), but that was
left out of the film because it would have required two hours of makeup every
day, it would have been difficult for the boy to act in the makeup, Director
Mark Foster didn't want to put the boy through it, and it wasn't essential to
Mark Foster mentions in the DVD commentary that his passion to make the film as
authentic as possible was responsible for his insistence on filming
Afghanistani characters speaking in Dari (with English subtitles). Author Khaled Hosseini says "Iran and Afghanistan share a language - they
call it Farsi in Iran and we call it Dari in Afghanistan - it's essentially the
same language, but the accent is very different." He mentions that the
speaker at the soccer game is speaking in Pashdu, the other main language of
scenes ostensibly taking place in Afghanistan were mainly shot in the cities of
Kashgar and Tashkurgan in the Xinjiang region of China (officially the Xinjiang
Uygur Autonomous Region). The DVD commentary mentions that scenes shot in
Kashgar include the kite tournament, the mosque where Amir prays, and Rahim
Khan's apartment in Peshawar, Pakistan. Scenes shot in Tashkurgan include the
opening scenes of a kite duel and the boys running the kite, the Pomegranate
tree, and the Taliban compound where Amir meets Sohrab. Scenes shot in or
outside of Beijing include the wedding and the soccer match. The San Francisco
bar scene was also shot in China.
Khaled Hosseini mentions in the commentary that the name on the door "Dr.
Amani" is his homage to his medical school roommate. He mentions in the
documentary "Words from the Kite Runner" also on the DVD that he,
himself, was a practicing physician for eight and a half years before choosing
to concentrate on writing after 'The Kite Runner' book became successful.
character is white with blond hair in the book, but he is brown with black hair
in the movie.
prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title 'Playground Bully'.
millionsbooks were sold.
film sound track was composed by Alberto Iglesias, a Spanishcomposer and he was the first to be nominated
forthe Academy Award
1.How does the real Assaf look like?
2.Where is the mosque where Amir prays?
3.Which language do Iran end Afghanistan share?
4.Who was a harelip in the book, but he wasn’t in the
5.Where were the two young actors relocated and why?
6.Why were water bottles used in the kite tournament
7.Who composed the sound track?
8.Look for a map of Afghanistan. Find out which is its
capital and which are the bordering countries?
9.In the film you can see that at the end of the 70s
the Russian army was in the country, why?
10.How many books did they sell in the last 8 years?
11.Who are the Taliban?
12.What is the Sharia?
13.What is the political situation of Afghanistan at
14.Write a short description of Amir Jan and Hassan.
15.Find out the meaning of these words: Mulas,
Pashtunes, Hazara, Kebab,
there a theatre version of the novel?
1.Which character do you like best and why?
2.What do you think of the relationship of Amir and his
3.The kites in the film have an important meaning. What
do you think it is?
4.Which is your opinion on how women and children are
treated in the Afghanistan society?
THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
10th December 1948 -Paris
Here below you can read some of the Human Rights
articles. Can you remember any scenes in the film in which these rights are not
beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with
reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of
has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be
prohibited in all their forms.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman
or degrading treatment or punishment.
Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders
of each state.
Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return
to his country.
has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religión.
has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
Check out these thirty interesting facts you should know about Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland; one of the world’s most influential novels.
The novel was
written by Lewis Carroll. This was a pseudo name; his real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
many jobs including; novelist, mathematician, clergyman, photographer and
It was first
published on 26th November in 1865.
published by Macmillan Publishers.
It has been
classed as one of the world’s most influential novels.
The novel is
full of nonsensical rhymes.
There aretwelvechapters in
A sequel,Through the Looking-Glasswas an equal success.
other successful works includeThe
Hunting of the SnarkandJabberwocky.
features many characters. The most recognised are: Alice, the White Rabbit, the
Dormouse, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Caterpillar, the Chesire Cat, the
March Hare, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.
(Alice’s cat) has become a popular literary cat.
Twinkle Twinkle Little BatandHow Doth the Little Crocodile are mimicked in the novel.
The Walrus and the Carpenterhas also become a successful and
The idea for
the novel came when Carroll went rowing up the Isis with three young girls;
Lorina, Edith and Alice.
development occurred on further boating trips in Oxford.
claim thatAlice’s Adventures in
Wonderlandwas based on realistic people and
The title for
the original novel wasAlice’s
Adventures Under Ground.
novel was illustrated by Carroll.
heroine, is not a blonde as illustrated. The original Alice was a brunette.
novel was released, it gained little attention.
Victoria was a known fan.
were banned in China in 1931, on the grounds that ‘animals should not use human
been many adaptations ofAlice’s
Adventures in Wonderland, including two Disney films; one
fully animated, and the other byTim Burton
Beaumont voices Alice in the Disney animated film. She also voices Wendy
Darling inPeter Pan.
It has been
depicted on the stage for adults and children alike.
adaptations have been created, such asAlice in Sunderlandby Bryan
American McGee’s AliceandAlice: Madness Returnshave been successful third person games.
filmmakers have used the idea of Alice for films, such as 2010’sAlice in Murderland.
syndrome, which is also known as Todd’s syndrome, is a disorientating
neurological condition. It is associated with brain tumours, drugs and
been many drug references within Alice, such as an ‘Eat Me’ cakes which makes
you grow, a ‘Drink Me’ bottle which makes you shrink, and a multi-sided
mushroom to make you grow and shrink.
1.Though today Disney’s AIW is a
cult-classic, when it was released in 1951, it was considered a complete
failure. It wasn’t until the 1960s that AIW became more widely appreciated and
2.Disney’s version of
AIW is a combination of two books written by Lewis
Carroll:Alice’s Adventures in
Looking-Glass. For example, the Queen of Hearts in the Disney film was
inspired by characters from bothbooks– the Queen of Hearts
(Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and the Red Queen (Through
the Looking Glass). However, the two characters are quite
3.Though AIW was said to be written by
Lewis Carroll, that is actually a fictitious name. The author’s real name was
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and one may consider him a “Renaissance Man.” He was
not only a successful author, but also a mathematician, photographer, and
4.For those who have read the original
Alicebooks, you may recall
the illustrations throughout the story. However, Disney opted against using
those illustrations and instead hired Mary Blair as the concept artist. Mary
Blair was a very successful artist famous for her work in both WDW films and
parks. Her art can also be seen in the moviesPeter
PanandCinderella, and the ride “It’s a
Small World”. (PS: I love Mary Blair! I have severalbooksfeaturing her
5.The only character that was not from the
but was included in the movie, was the Doorknob.
6.The voice of Alice in Disney’s version
was played by Kathryn Beaumont.
She alsoplayedthe role of Wendy in
Disney’sPeter Pan. More recently, her
voice was used again in the video gameKingdom
Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
7.As with many Disney films, AIW features
several hidden mickeys. Be sure to
look out for one in the smoke from the Dodo bird’s pipe and another in the tea
8.Speaking of the Dodo bird, many believe
that this character was actually inspired by the author of AIW. Apparently,
Charles frequently stuttered and had difficulty pronouncing his last name.
Instead of saying it in its entirety, he would simply call himself “The Dodo.”
9.A famous character from AIW is the White
Rabbit, who always carries a clock and claims he is “late.” Each time his clock
is seen, the time is set at 12:25.
10.All of Disney’s parks
include AIW inspired attractions. The most famous is the Mad Tea Party ride,
which is featured at every Disney park. In California, Disneyland has ride
simply called AIW and it depicts the scene of Alice following the White Rabbit
down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. At Disneyland Paris there is Alice’s
Curious Labrynth, and in Tokyo there is a Queen of Hearts themed restaurant.
Alice and the rest of the gang are frequent additions to many of the parades
and character meet-and-greets.