Sunday, March 4, 2018

                 The War of the Worlds

                                            h. g. wells

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scru- tinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. 
It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a mis- sionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment.
The planet Mars, I scarcely need remind the reader, re- volves about the sun at a mean distance of 140,000,000 miles, and the light and heat it receives from the sun is barely half of that received by this world. It must be, if the nebular hypothesis has any truth, older than our world; and long before this earth ceased to be molten, life upon its surface must have begun its course. The fact that it is scarcely one seventh of the volume of the earth must have accelerated its cooling to the temperature at which life could begin. It has air and water and all that is necessary for the support of animated existence.
Yet so vain is man, and so blinded by his vanity, that no writer, up to the very end of the nineteenth century, ex- pressed any idea that intelligent life might have developed there far, or indeed at all, beyond its earthly level. Nor was it generally understood that since Mars is older than our earth, with scarcely a quarter of the superficial area and remoter from the sun, it necessarily follows that it is not only more distant from time’s beginning but nearer its end.
The secular cooling that must someday overtake our planet has already gone far indeed with our neighbour. Its physical condition is still largely a mystery, but we know now that even in its equatorial region the midday temperature barely approaches that of our coldest winter. Its air is much more attenuated than ours, its oceans have shrunk until they cover but a third of its surface, and as its slow seasons change huge snowcaps gather and melt about either pole and periodically inundate its temperate zones. That last stage of exhaustion, which to us is still incredibly remote, has become a present- day problem for the inhabitants of Mars. The immediate pressure of necessity has brightened their intellects, enlarged their powers, and hardened their hearts. And looking across space with instruments, and intelligences such as we have scarcely dreamed of, they see, at its nearest distance only 35,000,000 of miles sunward of them, a morning star of hope, our own warmer planet, green with vegetation and grey with water, with a cloudy atmosphere eloquent of fertility, with glimpses through its drifting cloud wisps of broad stretches of populous country and narrow, navy-crowded seas...
To go on reading you can go to
http://www.planetpdf.com

Sunday, January 7, 2018

books


You alredy know how important is to read in English in order to improve.
Here below you can find a list of books you can download freely.

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes - A. Conan Doyle
Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Dracula - Bram Stocker
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Treasure Island - R. Louis Stevenson

It's a good start, don't you think so?


Antonyms

Antonyms

Antonyms are words that mean the opposite or nearly the opposite of each other for one meaning.
Below you can find a list of the most common ones, where the antonym is missing you have to find it out.
Let's start:
above - below
absent -present
achieve - fail
add -
admire
adore
afraid - confident
alert - asleep
amuse - bore
answer
argue
arrogant
attract - repel
awkward -graceful
back - front
bare
better
bent
body - soul
bitter - sweet
brave - cowardly
brief
bring
busy
cautious - careless
chilly - warm
command -obey
constant, crazy, cruel, cry, destroy, deep, doubt, friend,
copy, dim, drunk, dull, earth, east, end, exceptional, full
countryman, failure, famous, follow, forgive, fresh, free.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year to everybody!
For sure during these days you have seen a lot of beautiful videos, but perhaps not this one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR5D2HvfFOs
Let me know what you think of it.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Welcome Back!


Dear students,

Are you ready to start this wonderful year?
So many good times are waiting for us.


Are you ready too?


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Déjà Vu & Butterfly Effect


Look for information about this little trick of the mind that makes you think that you've already lived a certain situation. Be prepared to explain to your friends. Have you ever experienced it?


In the film you can recognise some examples of the butterfly effect. Investigate what is all about, if it's just a concept taken from physics or something that can actually happen.


DISTRICT 9

After watching the film District 9 and having read the papers that I re-propose you, analyse the situation of the District 9 camp and the refugees' you can find in Europe. Pay special attention to the one in Calais, which has been dismantled last week.

Please click on "Read More" in order to have the papers at your disposal.